INSTRUCTORS

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•  Amanda Pittoreska     •  Antonella Sciahina     •  Aradia of Las Vegas     •  Ayana     •  Deb Rubin      •  Foxycat Alice      •  Hannah Lilly      •  Horus Mozarabe      •  Joline Andrade      •  Kamrah      •  Karolina Lux      •  Kelli Li      •  Kimberly Larkspur      •  Maki Arai      •  Michelle Sorensen      •  Olga Meos      •  Rin      •  Sara Lyn      •  Serena Spears      •  Valenteena Ianni



AMANDA PITTORESKA



Amanda Pittoreska from Switzerland dances and trains Fusion Bellydance passionately for over 13 years – accompanied by other dance styles and forms of movement such as Yoga Pilates and Fitness. Her development as a dancer has taken her across Europe and the US to study with the most prestigious representatives of the scene such as Samantha Emanuel Anasma Rachel Brice Kami Liddle the Orchidaceae Dance Company Zoe Jakes or Mira Betz.

Meanwhile Amanda works internationally as an instructor and performer. She has performed at events like the Tribal Fest in California, the Massive Spectacular in Las Vegas or the Theatrical Bellydance Conference NY as well as various events all over Europe. She taught workshops in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Austria. In 2014 she opened the Studio Pittoreska in St. Gallen Switzerland where she teaches regularly, hosts guest instructors and organizes events.

In addition to her continuous dance practice in belly dance as well as Urban Dance styles including the Orchidaceae Dance Intensive in Lisbon she concentrates more and more on further health promoting movement concepts in particular Pilates, Spiraldynamik® (an acknowledged movement and therapy concept) and Fitness. Amanda is a certified 8 Elements Datura Style™ Teacher POLESTAR® Pilates Trainer Mat Dipl. Spiraldynamik® Specialist Level Intermediate and Group Fitness instructor.

www.pittoreska.com


ANTONELLA SCIAHINA



Antonella Sciahina is well known for her precise and strong technique and her original and passionate performances. Her unique style is the result of studying different styles of dance and disciplines like modern and contemporary dance, popping, odissi, yoga, drama and different styles of belly dance with the add of an eclectic personal taste, a creative musicality and a spicy personality. Her style of teaching is famous to be generous, passionate and detailed, always focused on pushing the boundaries of her students.

After she graduated in Cinema Studies, she worked in the film industry as assistant director before she decided to dedicate herself completely to dance and fitness. She has been studing belly dance for 20 years and since 2009 she has been traveling along the globe to study with all the masters teachers of the Tribal Fusion style.

She never stops learning, and working to accomplish her dance and fitness formation. She started teaching belly dance in 2002 and she is a certified Pilates Instructor, a Datura Style™ by Rachel Brice certified teacher and an Integrated Dance by Ashley Lopez certified Instructor. She is in process of acquiring the whole DanceCraft certification by Zoe Jakes.

She teaches regularly in Rome and she has been teaching workshops and intensives all over Italy and also in other European countries (Hungary, Spain, Belgium, France). She is the Director of the Aradia Spell Dance Association located in Rome which promotes classes, workshops, shows and events like the rekwown Tribal Fusion Express International Dance Festival.

www.tribalfusionbellydance.it/antonellasciahina/


ARADIA of LAS VEGAS



Aradia has performed as a soloist through out the United States, Canada, Barbados, Egypt and Switzerland. She has danced at many of the top hotels, restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, as well as performing for Celine Dion's wedding at Caesar's Palace, BlockBuster's premiere opening for "The Mummy" at MGM, and Maxim Magazine's party at the VMA's in Las Vegas. She has appeared in several TV spots on Discovery, Bravo and the Travel Channel. Aradia is a sought after instructor and choreographer, her professionalism and friendly personality make her one fo the most requested dancers in Las Vegas.

Aradia's love for Middle Eastern dance began at the age of 7, a second generation belly dance, and daughter to Serene, Aradia immediately fell in love with the passion and beauty of the dance, and knew this was her calling. Her style is unique, with an authenticity appreciated by her Middle Eastern audiences. She has diligently worked to become a well-rounded dancer in Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish oriental dance, as well as the many folkloric dances that comprise the Middle East and North Africa.

Aradia has refrained from studying any of the classical dance forms, such as ballet and jazz, in an attempt to maintain an ethnic purity in her dance style, yet, she continues to be a lifelong student studying with top dancers from around the world, in a quest to expand her knowledge, and understanding of the Middle Eastern culture and dance.

Aradia's performances are full of energy and strength, layered with fluid technique, musicality, artistic emotion and passion. She is truly a dancers dancer, through her extensive training, and sheer joy form creating her art, which is evident in her smile. Aradia currently teaches workshops, master classes and lectures at Universities, and directs her own professional dance company; Aradia and The Ra Dancers.

www.AradiaLV.com


AYANA



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DEB RUBIN



Deb Rubin, MA, CMT, RYT, is an internationally acclaimed teacher/performer of tribal fusion belly dance, who proudly emerged from the vibrant, world-renown San Francisco Bay Area scene - the mecca of where it all began, during a pivotal time in the global expansion of tribal fusion. Coined “The Queen of Slink” for her captivating performance style that gracefully blends the roots of ancient gypsy spirit, with art nouveau charm and contemporary elements, she has graced stages, theaters, clubs, speakeasies, and music festivals all over the world. Deb currently teaches workshops and retreats around the globe, fusing yoga, tribal fusion belly dance, performance artistry, and therapeutics as pathways for embodied artistry.

Deb got her tribal roots as a member of the groundbreaking Ultra Gypsy Dance Theater, under direction of Jill Parker, known by many as the creator of modern tribal fusion belly dance, and Deb’s first teacher. She is also grateful to her other main teachers studying with for over a decade: Carolena Nericcio, Suhaila Salimpour, Zoe Jakes, Heather Stants, and Rachel Brice, who she had the honor of assisting at Tribal Massive 2008. Deb is the director of Project Merkaba Dance Company, founder of Deb Rubin Dance Alchemy online school and Embodied Artistry trainings, and creator of SF Mecca Immersion—the pioneering educational training/retreat into the heart and soul of San Francisco Tribal.

Deb looks back fondly on this special time in her dance path, and in the evolution of Tribal Fusion, and is deeply humbled and grateful to have been a part of that pioneering and vibrant artistic community of music and dance in the San Francisco Bay Area, having had the opportunities to learn from and dance with her biggest inspirations in the genre, known as the pioneers. She attributes much of her artistic style and early influences to her immersion in the life, tribe, and cultural fabric of the Bay Area Bohemian counterculture, and now fuses that with her 30+yrs of dedicated study/performing or dance and movement arts in many genres (jazz, contemporary, ballet, contact improvisation, acroyoga, gymnastics, West African dance, 5 Rhythms, and Classical Indian dance).

A yoga teacher, bodyworker, and somatic specialist for over 2 decades, Deb helps people unwind trauma, tension, and limiting patterns from body and mind, and get out of pain, so that they can move with ease, depth, mastery, and grace, radically uplevel their dance technique and creative expression, optimize performance, and confidently and powerfully step into their leadership. Deb is the creator of Dance Therapeutics Movement Mastery multi-level training format, providing dancers with the tools, structure, methods and path for both dance development and personal transformation, while learning how to unlock body pain, uplevel your dance ability, unleash creative power, improve technique and stage artistry.

Deb was named “The Best Kept Secret in Tribal” by Fuse magazine, 2011. Her articles are published in Yoga Journal magazine and Fuse Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Pre-Med from Princeton University, an MA in holistic health education from JFK University (including an emphasis on Somatics and Somatic Psychology); Massage and Bodywork training certifications from San Francisco School of Massage, and Sunshine Network in Chaing Mai, Thailand, Yoga Teacher Training from Integrative Yoga Therapy, and is currently getting her eRYT-500 hours under the guidance of Shiva Rea and the Samudra Global School for Living Yoga.

With 20 yrs. experience working in the field of mind/body medicine, and 30+ years in the dedicated study and performance of dance (many genres), Deb has created her Dance Therapeutics multi-leveled, accredited training program and apprenticeships as a pathway to support dancers in deepening their self-care, body (somatic) intelligence, and dance/movement empowerment WHILE providing the methods and system to hone your craft, grow your movement vocab, and reach your dance/performance goals. Blending the best of science and artistry, the ancient wisdom of Yoga with the modern science of fascia, somatics, and trauma unwinding, the program offers healthy tools to refine dancers'; artistic medium (the body) for optimal performance both on the stage in the life, continuing to push the edges of exploring human potential, flow states, and performance optimization through an integrated approach.

www.debrubindance.com


FOXYCAT ALICE



FoxycatAlice is a professional worldwide belly dance teacher and performer. She dances from the soul and fuels her movements from her feelings, preferring improvisation on stage. Even her teaching has often been thought of as a creative performance. She has been teaching workshops and judging bellydance competitions in Egypt's Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival since 2018, and has traveled to Germany, Singapore, Japan, Vitnam, Taiwan, and more.

She also taught Bellydance on the ATV (Asia Television Limited) in 2014-2015, and had interviews by the TVB (Hong Kong Television) - and was interviewed for Germany's DUS TV station, as well as 'Thế Giới Văn Hóa Vietnam. She is the chairlady of Asia Tribal Belly Dance Association; and the Organizer of the International Bellydance festivals in Hong Kong - "Tribal Kong" and "Oriental Mystery."

www.foxycatalice.com


HANNAH LILLY



Hannah Lily discovered dance through her love of music and has been enchanted ever since. Based in Los Angeles, she enjoys performing frequently at some of the city’s most iconic venues and quirkiest bars, as well as popular west coast music festivals. She has danced in a wide-range of productions as both a soloist and in collaboration with other dancers, musicians, and variety acts.

A dedicated student of bellydance, Hannah Lily focuses most of her studies in Fusion Bellydance styles, and has studied extensively with many of today’s innovators and her most influential teachers. She is a graduate of Carolena Nericcio’s (FatChanceBellyDance®) ATS® General Skills and Teacher Training and has completed Rachel Brice’s 8 ElementsTM as a certified Datura StyleTM teacher. Most recently she completed Key of Spades in Zoe Jakes’ DanceCraft program. An active instructor herself, Hannah Lily teaches regular classes and workshops.

Hannah Lily strives to be a versatile bellydancer and a genuine artist, sharing her story while honoring her dance lineage. Her commitment to the dance is fueled by the multifaceted connections, impetus for creation, and pursuit of infinite challenges. Whether in the studio, on stage, or in life, Hannah Lily hopes to empower, inspire, and connect.

www.hannahlilybellydance.com


HORUS MOZARABE



Horus Mozarabe living in Lisbon, Portugal, as been learning and dedicating his life to all dance forms since 2007. His dance training started with his friend Petra Pinto, who introduced him to Bellydance and all his culture, religion and habits related. He completely falls in love with and starts his journey. Ballet, Comteporary, Breakdance, Movement Therapy, Classical Indian Dance and all other ethnic and urban dance forms are classes in his regular basis practice. In his formation/influences he as names such as Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Zoe Jakes, Lulu Sabongi, Tito Seif, Kami Liddle, Samantha Emmanuel, Illan, Carolena Nericcio, Suhaila Salimpour and many others.

Traveling around the world to teach and perform is where he finds his true passion sharing his knowledge and the away he see this art form. Alongside his dance life, Horus is finishing is degree in Osteopathy and living his dream with his half orange and two dogs.

www.facebook.com/horus.mozarabe/


JOLINE ANDRADE



Joline Andrade (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer and researcher in the field of dance. She has a degree in Dance and in the Professional Dancer Course at the Federal University of Bahia. In 2011 completed the Postgraduate (Specialization) in Contemporary Studies about Dance in the same university. In her project called "Tribal Tour", founded in 2011, has taught many workshops in different states of Brazil.

Among her new projects, is the “Curso de Formação em Dança Tribal” that has already been held in São Paulo-SP, Salvador-BA, Fortaleza-CE, Caixas do Sul-RS and Brasília-DF. Joline is director of EtnoTribes Festival, festival of contemporary ethnic dance and music sponsored by the Culture Fund, as well as the Dramofone Festival, both held in Salvador-BA.

Joline has participated in important international events as a dancer and/or teacher:

Gothla Spain in Madrid (ESP) in 2010;
Opa Fest in Buenos Aires (ARG) in 2011;
Massive Spectacular ™ in Las Vegas (USA) in 2013;
World Bellydance Convention in Seoul (KOR) in 2013;
Uy Uy Uy Festival in Montevideo (URU) in 2013;
TribaLX in Lisbon (POR) in 2014;
San'Lo in Rome (ITA) in 2014;
Sol y Luna in Madrid (ESP) in 2014;
The Tribal Massive™ in Las Vegas (EUA) in 2015;
II Encuentro de Danza del Vientre e Fusión in Caracas (VEN) in 2015;
Aywah Intensivos de Danza Tribal in Buenos Aires (ARG) in 2015;
The Tribal Massive™ in Las Vegas (EUA) in 2016;
Delirium Bellydance in Mexico City (MEX) in 2017;
Tribal Burn Festival in Odessa (UKR) in 2017;
Opa!Fest in Buenos Aires (ARG) in 2017;
The Tribal Massive™ in Las Vegas (EUA) in 2018;
Roma Tribal Meeting in Rome (ITA) in 2019;
Gothla France in Aix-en-Provence (FRA) in 2019;
Persephone Unveiled in Athens (GRE) in 2019.

www.jolineandrade.com


KAMRAH



Kamrah is Chicago’s first trans masculine belly dancer. They have been dancing since 2001, and have traveled all over the country to teach and perform in multiple styles of belly dance. Kamrah is known for their killer isolations, creativity, and theatrical pieces.

Kamrah is dedicated to the safe and effective practice of belly dance, and passes their knowledge as a scientist, a martial artist, and massage therapist on to their students.

www.tattooedbellydancer.com


KAROLINA LUX



Karolina Lux is a boundary-breaking fusion belly dancer based in Los Angeles. She has worked with such fantastic projects as Beats Antique, March Fourth Marching Band, Vagabond Opera, Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot, and Vau de Vire Society. She has taught at such diverse events as the Dublin Burlesque Festival, Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival, or Tribal Festival Hanover, and appears teaching on numerous instructional DVDs. Karolina also writes music and choreographs for her own touring band, Sepiatonic. In Sepiatonic, she can be seen co-creating electronic music, singing, dancing, playing her trumpet, and changing costumes in 3 minutes!

Karolina believes in continuously growing as a dancer and instructor. She is constantly pushing her training in belly dance, waacking, vogue, popping, house dance, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and burlesque, and character acting. She did BA work in theater/film/world dance at San Francisco State University, UMASS Amherst, and Humboldt State University, and synthesized her knowledge into her new genre: Neo Bellydance. Karolina loves to help students find access to new shapes in dance, find new depths in their music, set clearer goals for their art, and tell their story more expressively on stage.

www.karolinalux.com


KELLI LI



"It's wonderful to tell my story by dancing. But what I want most is to touch the stories inside your hearts through my dance." Kelli Li's dance is good at capturing delicate emotions, transforming them into expressive body movements and overwhelming pieces. That's why her works are so contagious and exceptional. Her performances are vivid and linger with the audience for a long time because her movements forge a connection between herself and them.

As a diverse artist from Taipei, Taiwan, Kelli Li has been learning different types of dances since childhood. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Fusion Bellydance, Oriental Bellydance, Arabic Fork Dance and many more. She can gorgeously and clearly merge and dance out the essence of all these styles. This is what makes her dance style--Kelli Belli Fusion Style--so unique and exquisite. Her style can vary from passion to indulgence, humor to sadness and do so all in one performance. Based on strong foundations, Kelli Li develops her own way of cross-training belly dancers on how to be real ARTISTS. She encourages students to think out of the box and be creative, exploring boldly all the possibilities of each choreography and each piece of music. Gradually, students are able to break free and dance with genuine soul.

Kelli smashes boundaries, and LIVES fusion dance with every fiber of her being. With this strong motivation, Kelli Li never stops learning and trains in a wide variety of disciplines to constantly challenge herself and to continuously evolve as a dance artist. She is an ITS certificated teacher by UNMATA’s Amy Sigil; has trained at The Tribal Massive for many years; and currently runs AbunDance Fusion Dance Company, a Fusion Bellydance company, in Taiwan. Kelli Li continues to produce "Fuse the World” theater project, which she has been doing every year since 2012. Kelli regularly teaches in Taipei but also enjoys traveling, teaching, performing, and training around the world. This gives her an opportunity to explore the differences and similarities of dance from a variety of cultures and styles. Through classes, workshops and travel, Kelli Li openly shares her distinctive and heartfelt approach to dance with everyone she meets.

www.kellilidance.com


KIMBERLY LARKSPUR



Kimberly Larkspur is a classically-trained-musician-turned-dancer with degrees in Music Education and History, an absolute passion for pedagogy, and a well-honed sense of delight in the absurd. With performance experience ranging from choral religious music to burlesque, she's hooked on sharing and exploring many facets of art both onstage and in the classroom.

Kimberly runs Dauntless Dance and Movement studio in Houston, TX, home to the Dauntless Dance Company, and when she’s not rolling around on the dance floor, she can often be found hunched over a cutting table cussin’ costumes in the Larkspur Designs studio.

www.kimberlylarkspur.com/about.html
www.dauntlessdance.com/kimberly-larkspur.html


MAKI ARAI



Maki is a Japanese dancer and instructor and directs her own school, Onstage Bellydance Groove in Tokyo. She studied jazz dance from Yutaka Koga, a choreographer of a Japanese theater company, while she was a university student, and then learned dance from Melmo, a Japanese TV program choreographer, and has appeared as a dancer on TV and in live performances. She has also studied bellydance from Kayou Aoki in Japan and studied folk dance and oriental dance at the Nile Group Festival in Egypt.

She has traveled all over the world to study with the premier instructors of our time at events such as The Tribal Massive, Rakkasah, Miami Bellydance Convention, Tribal Umrah, Fuse the World and more. She has learned from many masters, and been inspired by her first tribal fusion teacher, Anasma, as well as UNMATA Amy Sigil, who created an ITS that allows conversation across languages without words. She is an UNMATA I.T.S Level 3, Level 4 certified teacher (2017), and UNMATA I.T.S Level 1 & 2 certified teacher (2016).

Maki remains fascinated by the depth and beauty of this dance, tribal fusion, and continues learning to pursue expression, body, and the dance itself. She has won many dance competitions and awards across the globe, and has performed worldwide.

www.makiarai.com/


MICHELLE SORENSEN



Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with over a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS and Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Practitioner Phases 1, 2, and 3 Initiation, Cultivation, and Culmination Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.

www.michellesbelly.com/
www.TheVelveteenSerpent.com


OLGA MEOS



Olga has been dancing her entire life, and teaching bellydance for the past 14 years. She became the first teacher of tribal fusion and American tribal style (ATS) in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2008-2009; and proudly earned 'Sister Studio' status in January 2017 after General Skills and Teacher Training certification by Carolena Nericcio and Megha Gavin.

She studied and continues to study permanently from a variety of world renowned teachers of tribal style, yoga, and other dance styles in Russia, Europe, and USA. (Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Amy Sigil, Tjarda Van Staratten, Sharon Kihara, Jill Parker, Suhaila Salimpur, Carolena Nericcio and FCBD teachers among others). Her tribal fusion dance style is mix of bellydance and modern style. She combines femininity and boldness, and gives her students confidence in their powers.

She is the director and creator of Tribal Pro. Dance Group since 2009; and has cultivated and trained more than 17 instructors in Tribal Pro. Olga is the organizer of biggest Kazakhstan tribal festival "Tribal-KZ" in its 10th year. She recently created choreography for more than 20 international collaborations for the festival. She additionally travels the world teaching and performing.


RIN



Rin emerges from over two decades of exposure to a diverse array of movement avenues. Having dabbled in several influences, from ballet to hip-hop to jazz, she has developed a uniquely fluid and evolving voice in dance which offers a peculiar stretch beyond genres.

Rin first entered the world of belly dance in 2007 through classes at Sahara Dance in Washington, D.C. She eventually found herself learning and performing with Ebony Qualls’ urban fusion troupe, Raqs Caravan Urban. Along the way, Rin developed a technical foundation of Tribal Fusion belly dance through intensive study with Rachel Brice of Portland, OR. With the intention to remain as focused and generous as her instructors, Rin now shares her own eclectic style in classes and performances.

Enthusiasm for creative projects and collaboration has led Rin to contribute choreography for large theatrical productions. Such productions include “Alice in Wonderland” and “Fantasm: Odyssey of Dreams” by Bellydance Evolution, as well as “Oceanic” and “Eternal Forest” by Electric Nomad Dance.

Rin’s profound passion for sound, paired with her music background in piano, have led her on an exhilarating path of electronic music composition in recent years. In 2015, Rin formed Myriad, an experimental fusion dance project featuring artistically diverse dancers and set to original music. Myriad opens a world of opportunity to experiment with her love of music and dance composition with a dynamic group of artists.

Rin enjoys organic experimentation with flow in her personal practice. She often emphasizes “presence” in her classes to invite students to tap into their own experience, facilitating environments in which dancers can feel personally inspired by curiosity to develop their own vision.

www.rinajna.com


SARA LYN



Sara Lyn fell madly in love with Bellydance at the age of 17 (2005) when she saw beautiful women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, adorned from head to toe, move their bodies in ways that seemed impossible. She credits her instructor and mentor, Samira Il’nia for laying a solid foundation of bellydance technique, musicality, and challenging her dancers to push themselves every single class with conditioning, strong practice habits, and camaraderie which Sara instills in her students today.

Sara’s classes have a mix of conditioning, strength and balance exercises, a strong focus on technique, topping it off with her slinky stylization. In her teachings she enjoys working with the muscles, paying close attention to the little details, isolations, and bringing awareness (and a challenge) to the body and mind, all while bringing layers of musicality into the mix.

Sara’s online studio and in-class dance school, Vimana Fusion, is located in the heart of Sin City Las Vegas, NV, where she aspires to inspire her students to find their own voice in the language of dance.

Sara’s wanderlust has taken her all over the world, and in 2020 she begins a much anticipated tour schedule to teach nationally and internationally with her Husband and new baby girl by her side.

With over a decade of dedicated dance studies and training, Sara considers herself a “forever student” and humbly wants to say thank you for this opportunity and is looking forward to sharing with you!

www.vimanafusion.com


SERENA SPEARS



Serena Spears is a fusion dance performer, teacher, and choreographer from Brooklyn, NY. As a solo artist, she integrates three decades of dance training across numerous movement disciplines to deliver her signature blend of boundless energy, athleticism, technique, and commanding stage presence. With a background in hip-hop, modern, African, and ballet as well as Afro-Latin and Middle Eastern dance forms, Serena focuses on creating seamless fusion that fascinates and moves audiences around the world.

Serena began her Middle Eastern dance training in 2006 at Inner Spirit Dance with Roni Yaari until 2010 when she transitioned to studying contemporary fusion bellydance under the mentorship of Sera Solstice. Serena has performed across the country with the fusion bellydance company, Solstice Tribe, directed by Sera, and worked as a substitute teacher at Solstice Studio in New York City for nearly a decade. In addition to her years with Sera Solstice, Serena has studied with the leading ladies of fusion bellydance including Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Donna Mejia, Mira Betz, Sharon Kihara, Jill Parker, Kami Liddle, Amy Sigil, and Suhaila Salimpour. Serena completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements: Initiation in 2013 and attained her Suhaila and Jamila Level 1 Certifications in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

In 2014, Serena began deeply studying Latin partner dances. She has spent the last five years diving into salsa, bachata, chachacha, rumba, and Afro-Cuban folklore. In 2017, she joined Balmir Latin Dance Company, traveling, co-teaching, and performing salsa and bachata. In late 2018, she joined Codari Dance Company and continues to perform Latin hip-hop fusion with them nationally. She has also performed as a guest artist with Sekou McMiller and his Afro-Latin contemporary fusion dance company, SmC Dance, as well as with Miguel Aparicio, Beatrice Capote, and their Afro-modern fusion company, Sabrosura Effect.

As a teacher, Serena brings students broad dance knowledge across many genres, an academic background in education, clear explanations and demonstrations of technique, a focus on individuality and safety, and a warm, encouraging personality. Serena is very excited to be bringing a brand new workshop to Tribal Massive, a festival that has become a dance home away from home since 2013.

www.facebook.com/serenaspearsdance/


VALENTEENA IANNI



Tribal Fusion bellydancer and teacher from Rome, Italy, Valenteena Ianni is well known in Italy and in Europe for her stimulating and precise way of teaching and her emotional performances. Director and main choreographer of ‘Armonica Dance Company’, founded in 2012, Valenteena performs alone or with her Company all over the main tribal fusion world stages. Studying directly with the American master teachers and founders of this style, Valenteena is also a Level 2 certified Hot Pot ITS teacher (UNMATA Style).

In 2015 she developed a program called .:: KILLER Dancer’s PATH™ ::. structured in 4 Killer Immersions of different levels, regarding Valenteena's Tribal Fusion training methodology, now taught in Italy and all around Europe. It's a tribal fusion training offered to dancers of every level who look for technical and creative tools to grow and to teachers who are looking for an alternative and clear teaching method.

Director of Karma Experiment (Non-Professional Tribal Fusion Company) from 2016 which now gathers 50 dancers from all over Europe, Valenteena presented in May 2018 the first edition of "The Fifth Dimension", a Karma Experiment Show, and she is currently working on its third edition for 2020.

www.valenteenaianni.com/