INSTRUCTORS

Amy Sigil       April Rose       Ariellah       Lady Fred       Heather Stants

Jill Parker       Kami Liddle    Sharon Kihara    Zoe Jakes







AMY SIGIL:
Amy Sigil has been studying Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for 18 years, and has dedicated & inspired dancers from around the world by never compromising from her vision. She teaches internationally, as well as locally in her home town of Sacramento, where she is the owner of Hot Pot Studio and the Creative Director of UNMATA.

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She is the creator of ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style), a dance vocabulary language where dancers from all corners of the globe can come together and dance spontaneously, creating something amazing right in the moment of her 'lead and follow' technique.
www.unmata.com




APRIL ROSE:
April Rose began bellydance at age 11 in Sacramento, California after being inspired by one of Suhaila Salimpour’s legendary company performances at the Renaissance Faire. After studying 5 years of cabaret style bellydance under Daleela Morad, she became a student of fusion bellydance at Hot Pot Studios, directed by Amy Sigil. From 2005 to 2010 April Rose danced as a company member of Sigil’s hard-hitting experimental dance troupe UNMATA.

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In 2009 April earned a bachelors degree in Dance from UCLA where she studied choreographic method, the role of dance in the production of culture, and a variety of dance forms (including: ballet, modern, West African, jazz, hip hop, Bedhayo Javanese court dance, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Khathak classical Indian dances, contact improv, and Skinner Releasing Technique). In 2008 and 2009 she studied abroad in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India where she studied the Hindi language, yoga, and dance. From 2010 to 2012 April Rose danced as a principal performer with Miles Copeland’s groundbreaking commercial dance company Bellydance Superstars. While touring internationally for the shows “Bombay Bellywood” and “Magic of the Dance”.

After her touring break from school, April Rose returned to Los Angeles to finish graduate school at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures|Dance Department, where in 2012 she earned her Masters degree in Dance Studies, with honors. April’s research explores the transnational history of bellydance since the mid-19th century and the many incarnations of bellydance practice in the post 1960’s US. She is currently editing her Masters thesis for future publication.

April Rose now permanently resides in Austin, Texas directing her dance school, Rose Movement Studio (www.rosemovement.com), where she teaches classic bellydance, experimental bellydance, and Improv Tribal Style (she is the first ever certified teacher in the UNMATA format of ITS). April has had the honor of teaching dance technique, history, and theory at bellydance conferences in over 20 countries including Russia, Estonia, Croatia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India, Mexico, Colombia, France, Italy, England, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Canada, and Brazil. Look for April at a festival near you, visit Rose Movement in Austin, TX or study with April Rose from anywhere at Rachel Brice’s online dance studio, Datura Online.
www.aprilrosedance.com




ARIELLAH:
Ariellah is a modern international belly dance performer and instructor known for her dance technique and powerful stage presence. She has an extensive dance background that includes strict classical ballet training for 12 years with the Royal Academy of Dance from London.

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She has studied and performed belly dance since 2001, commencing her training with the Folkloric style Janine Ryle of Danse Mahgreb, in which she performed mostly Algerian Berber dances. Ariellah began studying Tribal Fusion belly dance with Rachel Brice in early 2002 and became a founding member of Rachel's Indigo Belly Dance Company in 2003.

Most recently Ariellah began training in classical Indian Odissi dance, studying in India at the Shakti School of Dance in 2009 and continuing her studies in this dance form for the past 6 years. Her style infuses many genres of dance, all with a modern dark flavor that is uniquely her own. The signature dark flavor of her style, along with her skill as a dancer, has made her a legend in both the conventional and Gothic belly dance scenes. Ariellah’s personal adaptation of Tribal Fusion belly dance gave birth to an offshoot style that she refers to as Dark Fusion. It preserves the fundamentals of traditional Middle Eastern belly dance technique, with a strict emphasis on posture and muscle isolations of the hips, stomach, shoulders, and chest. Unique to the style is a distinctive expression of dark emotion, frequently presented in theatrical fashion. The choice of music and costuming is often influenced by trends in the goth scene.

In 2007, Ariellah founded Deshret Dance Company (DDC). Under Ariellah’s artistic direction, and with contributions from the troupe members, DDC became a vehicle for further exploration of Dark Fusion belly dance in the arena of group choreography and performance. Ariellah is featured on multiple performance and instructional DVD's, and has been featured in bellydance magazines around the world.

www.ariellah.com

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THE LADY FRED:
Frédérique is a worldwide renowned instructor & performer. She is known as an avant-garde artist, theatrically driven belly dancer, instructor, pioneer, and creator / director of both Silent Sirens Theatre™ and Siren Syndicate™. Frédérique’s performances are based on vignetted theatre inspired narratives, and have made an enticing impact on her audiences as well as motivating her peers.

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She began studying American Tribal Style Belly Dance (ATS) in February of 1997 with Amy ‘Luna,’ then shortly after with director & phenomenal dancer Jill Parker where she stayed until December of 1999 and left to delve into creating something new.

Frédérique established herself as an artist through originality; branching out through the integration of urban underground lifestyle and tribal style belly dance. With almost two decades of experimentation and self-realization, Lady Fred is a revered innovator and pioneer in the Tribal Fusion community. Outside of the ATS training she had from Luna & Jill, her movement and dance style is self-developed and authentically her own; it is because of her foundation in ATS however that she owes her improvisational skills.

Frédérique is known for her overall avant-garde theatre style and is responsible for introducing the use of new genres of music (dnb / dubstep / classical / scores) to tribal belly dance starting as early as 2000. With her innovation and coalescence of sound editing, she continues to push the boundaries in the set mixes she creates and raises the bar in stage presentation in the tribal fusion world. She is also responsible for influencing the union of vintage stylization with the use of antiques for costuming embellishments and old Jazz music used widely in tribal fusion community today as a staple to the genre.

Frédérique's instruction leaves students inspired with knowledge and perspective on individuality and defining one’s passion through movement. This fashion of instruction has her teaching domestically and internationally while inspiring current and next generation belly dancers to explore their artistic abilities and express themselves through movement. This innovation comes from her impulsive artistic momentum which has enabled her to fully realize and accomplish her visions.
www.ladyfred.com



HEATHER STANTS
Heather Stants is a lifelong artist and dancer with a degree in photography and fine arts. Her career in tribal fusion belly dance began in the mid 1990's when she became the assistant director of Read My Hips (www.readmyhips.com) in Chicago, Illinois. In 1999 Heather moved to San Diego, California and launched the San Diego Tribal Fusion Belly Dance movement through her classes and the formation of Urban Tribal Dance Company.

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Heather's diverse movement and arts background feeds her creativity and her groundbreaking approach to choreography. Heather and Urban Tribal Dance Company are known for their contemporary approach to belly dance, a pared down costume emphasizing body line over ornamentation, athleticism and the use of the dance form as a means of personal expression and interpretation. As a compliment to her dance training, Heather has an established yoga practice that feeds her body, mind and soul.

In 2009, Heather took the steps toward sharing her love of yoga with others by completing the 200-hour Infinite Yoga Teacher Training (www.infiniteyoga.com), with her teacher Dana Rae Paré, and becoming an ERYT with Yoga Alliance. Heather's flair for fluid movement allows her to create dynamic yoga classes with just the right balance between challenge, alignment and rejuvenation. See the San Diego teaching schedule for a list of weekly yoga classes. In addition to teaching several weekly classes in San Diego since 1999, Heather tours extensively sharing her love of modern tribal fusion dance with dancers in the U.S. and abroad. Her tours have taken her all over Europe, Canada, Asia and Latin America.
www.heatherstants.com




JILL PARKER:
Jill Parker is the founder of the modern Tribal Fusion belly dance phenomenon, birthed out of San Francisco California in the mid-90's. Jill was an original member of FatChanceBellyDance, and founder of Ultra Gypsy Dance Theater, the trailblazing company that gave birth to such great dancers as Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Lady Fred, Rose Harden, and countless others.

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With nearly three decades of experience, Jill has trained the top belly dancers in the genre and influenced a generation of belly dancers with her modern innovations, all the while remaining deeply rooted in her connection to the traditional, sensual, and authentic. Jill's big heart and deep love for this intoxicating form shine through in her generous teaching as well as her knockout performances worldwide.

An exceptional teacher with a gift for demystifying this intricate dance, Jill makes it accessible for new dancers, and offering insights for refinements and nuance to even the most seasoned professional dancer. Jill uses creative self-expression to promote health, encourage self-care, relieve stress, and build self-esteem. She fosters an inclusive sense of community and wellness in her classes.
www.jillparkerbellydance.org

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KAMI LIDDLE:
Kami Liddle is a solo dance artist born with a passion for movement. She began taking ballet and tap lessons at the age of four and by the age of eleven, Kami auditioned for a part as a hip hop and jazz dancer for a youth performing troupe in CA where she performed for several years before moving to Nevada. She reunited with her passion for dancing again at seventeen, with an ethno-cabaret fusion of belly dance, in addition to studying the Fat Chance Belly Dance videos religiously.

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Although her degree emphasis was on photography, Kami spent most of her energy dedicated to her dance minor, studying various aspects of dance such as movement theory, dance history, theory of teaching dance and choreography studies as well as the various required technique classes. In 2003 she joined the teaching staff at the university on a letter of appointment and taught classes there until 2005.

Kami's style is what she calls a modern fusion of an ancient dance. Although she is primarily a tribal dancer, she pulls from the various styles of belly dance that she has studied, as well as modern, hip hop, jazz, and bhangra dance. Her goal is to always be a student of dance and to constantly expand her repertoire.

She joined Bellydance Superstars in 2005 and is a contributing choreographer, as well as having been the director of the Tribal Superstars thru 2012. Most recently, Kami started her own troupe, Gold Star, and has been collaborating with Bay Area band Junk Parlor.
www.kamiliddle.com

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SHARON KIHARA:
Known the world over as one of the pioneering forces in the field of Tribal Fusion belly dance, Sharon Kihara is hailed and regarded as one of the most seasoned, avante-garde, wacky and well-traveled artists in the genre. So far, Sharon has performed and taught to tens of thousands of students in over 50 countries. She has appeared on numerous television shows and music videos worldwide, and has been featured in radio and media in countless countries, as well as several Bellydance Superstars and Bellydance Evolution DVDs.

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Sharon began her training at the tender age of three, beginning the way most dancers begin, at the Ballet barre. Jazz, tap and Congolese would follow soon after, and by the ripe old age of ten, Sharon stumbled upon a treasure- she witnessed her first belly dance performance, and it was indeed life changing. Belly dance became a life obsession, and by age 13 Sharon was performing. She later went on to University, working on degrees in choreography and kinesiology in tandem with holistic medicine, and performed regularly with her repertory contemporary dance company.

Sharon’s education in belly dance has been eclectic, with teachers of great influence including Suhaila Salimpour, Jill Parker, and the great Samara, Sharon’s first teacher, and Aziza of Montreal, Sharon’s childhood inspiration to dance. In late 2003, at the request of friend Rachel Brice, Sharon was recruited to dance in the pioneering dance company Bellydance Superstars, created by music mogul and svengali Miles Copeland. Sharon spent five years continuously on tour as director, soloist, and choreographer. Since leaving the tour to pursue new dreams, she has been recruited by the legendary Jillina to dance as a principal and choreographer in the innovative and critically acclaimed new touring production, Bellydance Evolution. Sharon holds the distinction of being the only Tribal dancer to have been featured as a Principal in the world’s two most successful international companies.

In 2009 Sharon relocated to Berlin, Germany, and created the first comprehensive Tribal cross-training program in Germany, focusing on Tribal Fusion belly dance, folkloric Oriental styles, Classical Ballet, and Yoga. The program is still in implementation in the capable hands of Beata and Horacio Cifuentes. Currently Sharon is happily residing in beautiful Portland, Oregon. When not dancing around the world, Sharon volunteers at Equine rescue and rehab centers, tromps through forests, researches constantly, and sleeps.
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ZOE JAKES:
A versatile and extremely well-rounded performer, Zoe Jakes has developed an instruction style uniquely her own, and is a popular touring instructor, with her workshops regularly selling out rapidly. Her passion is for Belly Dance to get wider recognition and respect, and her classes reflect that with a focus on strong technique and long-term motivation.

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Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah!, along with the talented Mira Betz and Elizabeth Strong. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in people’s faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Americana Vaudeville with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud Member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice as her teachers and inspiration.

Currently Zoe Jakes is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has six albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. Zoe designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, along with adding set designer and stylist to her body of work. With multiple years and disciplines of belly dance under her belt, she has also studied Jazz, Ballet, Tango, Popping, and Indian dance.

Zoe Jakes is pursuing her desire to bring belly dance to the masses - performing at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo put her in front of thousands of people that didn’t know belly dance from an elephant. Zoe always includes her own Tribal Fusion aesthetic, as well as the many dance forms that have influenced her art the most.
www.zoejakes.com

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