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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 TEAM Sync), 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

EBONY QUALLS

Ebony has taught and performed in multiple cities throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, South America and the United States. She has toured internationally with the world famous Bellydance Superstars and Bellydance Evolution and has performed in and choreographed for Zoe Jake’s House of Tarot. She is most honored to be a guest instructor on Rachel Brice’s Datura Online, the leading website for belly dance instructional videos.

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Ebony has taught and presented at health and wellness events Wanderlust, Daybreaker and Ecstatic Dance. She has performed onstage with Grammy nominated band Thievery Corporation, with electronic musician and performance artist Peaches, and with Turkish/Electronic fusion recording artist Oojami. She is a member of the award winning troupe Raqs Sahara, has guest performed with Solstice Ensemble, has directed fusion troupes Raquettes ShimmyPop and Raqs Caravan Urban, and is a soloist at a variety of engagements including restaurants, private parties, weddings, festivals, music videos, concerts and numerous theater performances.

Ebony’s playful spirit flavors both her performances and her approach to teaching belly dance since 2003. A combination of strong technique, musicality, and innovation are the foundations of her colorful dance presence. Ebony teaches and performs both traditional raqs sharqi and her own dynamic fusion belly dance style, which is fueled by her background in both oriental and urban dance genres.

Along with her love of dance, Ebony is in love with teaching. A founding instructor of Sahara Dance – Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, her students describe her as “approachable” and her classes as “fun” and “challenging”. She teaches weekly classes in both traditional and urban fusion formats and has choreographed for Raqs Sahara, Sahara Tribal, Raqs Caravan West and Raqs Caravan East. Newcomers to belly dance are Ebony’s favorite students, as they are a major source of inspiration to her.

Ebony continues her own regular dance studies and has trained with world-renowned master instructors from traditional raqs sharqi and tribal fusion circuits.
https://ebonyqualls.com

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 over her lifetime of dance study has become one of the most famous fusion bellydancers in the world! Teaching and performing for decades, she has shared her love of dance with countless students around the globe. 

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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

KARIM NAGI

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999.

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He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges.

Additionally, Karim Nagi’s Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.
Check out Karim online at http://www.karimnagi.com

RACHID ALEXANDER

Rachid Alexander is a well-educated Oriental dancer born on the island of Curacao. He was inspired by the intriguing art of oriental dance when he was a little boy, whilst he was visiting a theme park in the Netherlands. Once he had returned to the island of Curacao he decided to learn the art of oriental dance and was trained by Zareefa al Noor and took lessons at the MEDE (Middle Eastern dance exchange) in Miami with other great dance teachers and masters.

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Now residing in The Netherlands, he is one of Europe’s most sought after male belly dancers. Rachid performs all over Europe, the USA, Asia and The Caribbean in dance festivals, expos and galas. He teaches workshops to share this art and has judged several dance competitions.

Highlights of his dance career include; dancing in the Antilles and wining the first
 prize during the Talent show at the University of the Netherlands Antilles. Performing at the prestigious Amstel hotel, Holland Casino and the annual Society lunch for many well-known Dutch Stars in The Netherlands. Touring during the Dunya Festival, Afrika Tage festival and being chosen as one of the best acts amongst the 2500 auditions in Holland’s Got Talent have also been great achievements during his career.

Rachid has also been featured several times in magazines, newspapers and in TV programs. His dance style can be described as intricate, passionate and dynamic. Full of dynamic energy and passion he reveals the beauty of oriental dance on Middle Eastern rhythms!!!
http://rachidraqs.nl

SADIE MARQUARDT

Sadie Marquardt is a global Bellydance sensation. She has spent the last 10 years traveling the globe conducting workshops and shows in hundreds of cities across 40+ countries. She is the most-watched Bellydancer on YouTube with over 30 million hits on just one video alone. Sadie is an inspiration and icon to her students and fans around the world and serves to empower people through the captivating art of Oriental Dance (Bellydance). She has produced dozens of bestselling instructional videos. She has represented the art of Oriental Dance in front of millions of viewers on the hit show “America’s Got Talent.”

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Sadie is the founder and director of the “Raqs Flow” training program, which enriches students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. She recently launched a new clothing line of athletic dance wear and produces a variety of destination dance retreats around the world, taking her students on a deep journey and exploration of this incredible art form as well as their own inner selves.

Sadie lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves spending time in nature, hiking, camping and adventuring with her family. Aside from dance, Sadie has a deep passion and commitment to living and creating a holistic, sustainable lifestyle and world. She loves to combine her passions in her retreats; bringing the power of nature, dance, music, conscious living and human connection together.

When she is not busy traveling the globe she can be found teaching her award-winning bellydance classes and workshops as well as performing locally in Colorado.
www.sadiebellydancer.com/

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