May 2016 Featured Dancer: Shahravar

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Shahravar began studying and performing Middle-Eastern dance in 1991. As a master instructor, dancers are drawn to study with her. She has been teaching since 1993 and opened the Urban Ghawazii Belly Dance Studio in 2008. She also founded the popular Troupe Habibi Habibi in 2008. In 2004, Shahravar created Utah’s first collaborative belly dance troupe, Shah Sitara, a performing level group of advanced students.

Shahravar has performed thousands of shows across the country for stage shows, Arab, Turkish, Indian, Greek and Afghani events, museums, universities, schools, senior centers, festivals, family parties, weddings, cultural and corporate events. Sword work or “Raks Sayef” is her true specialty.

Over the years, Shahravar’s work has been featured in Jareeda Bellydance Magazine and she has performed and taught workshops throughout the United States and has studied under experts as varied as Mahmoud Reda, Carolena Nericcio, Sahra Saida, Amaya, Alexandra King, Bert Balladine, Rachel Brice, and Kami Liddle. Her specialties include swords, veils, zills, folkloric, and improvisation. In 2009, she was awarded “Best Fusion Bellydance” by Salt Lake City Weekly. Shahravar is an enchanting performer and master bellydance teacher with a focus on Egyptian, Saudi and Lebanese folkloric dances. With over 24 years experience teaching Middle eastern dance and Pilates, she is also a respected fitness instructor with a diverse background.

As a belly dance performer, her love for the dance arts and respect for the cultures they represent shine through. Her shows have moved people to tears and left audience in awe.

As a teacher, Shahravar is dedicated to helping her students reach attainable goals from her classes and specialty workshops, whether it be fun, self-esteem, or skills to be a professional level performer. Shahravar’s dance and Pilates classes can be life changing for students who want to work on their personal style, not copy someone else.

She is the co-owner of the Salt City Dance & Fitness Studio where she teaches classes and creates a welcoming space for many teachers to offer their classes. The studio also features a darling Boutique.

Shahravar also co-hosts a Summer Dance Festival wtih Fvorboda of Desert Journey School of Dance. The fesitval offers a venue for a diverse dance performances from many cultures. August 20th at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. FREE to the public.

Belly Fit core toning/Pilates with Shahravar: Thursdays 5:30-6:15 PM

Bellydance Basic’s with Shahravar: Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:15 PM

Bellydance level II with Shahravar: Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Bellydance level III with Shahravar: Wednesdays 7:45 – 8:45 PM

For more info and full class descriptions vist www.slcbellydance.com

call 801-699-6809 or email: slcbellydance@gmail.com

April 2016 Featured Dancer: Lyra Zoe

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Lyra is a Belly Dancer, Painter, Costume Maker, Jeweler, Sculptor, and Teacher. She started belly dancing just weeks before turning16, but her interest started when she was a little girl and went with her family to see belly dancers in local restaurants. Her aunt increased her interest in dance by teaching her how to dance with veils, castanets, and fans in the living room to world music. She’s the one that taught Lyra how to floreo and peek out from behind a veil. When Lyra was in high school she took the opportunity to start taking belly dance classes from the school around the corner (Kismet). She fell in love with the beautiful dance style and how inclusive it is for all types of women. Just a few months later she started performing under the direction of Annyvwn in a multitude of different styles. Since then she has learned many different styles under several different teachers. A few of the teachers she has had over the years include Fvorboda, Trisha McBride, Kelsey Kumari, Amanda Borba, Leggy Meggy, Amina, and the Ladies of Shimmy Shakti. Lyra is certified to perform level 1 ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style) under the direction of Jenna and Christina from Shimmy Shakti created by Amy Sigil and her troupe Unmata. She is a Tribal Fusion dancer fusing Hip Hop, Contemporary, American Cabaret, Indian, Thai, ITS, and Urban tribal. I have taken a number of workshops, danced with several troupes, and been a part of many shows. Lyra has created her own solo style fusion called Squid Fusion. Squid Fusion is defined by its fluid movement and sharp accents. I teach beginning technique and intermediate/advanced choreography classes on Sunday evenings at The Velveteen Serpent Movement Studio and Boutique owned by Michelle Sorenson in Salt Lake City. Currently she dances in Michelle’s performance group Aduro performing ITS and choreography. She also takes classes from Stephanie Buranek and also performs with her own student troupe, The Movers and Shakers. Lyra has been performing for 11 years this summer and hopes to never stop. Some things she loves about Belly Dance include: the community/your tribe, body confidence, loving my curves, road trips, her students, teaching, sparkly things, making a breakthrough on a hard move or choreography, designing and making costumes, hearing a song and seeing the whole choreography play out in your head, and the music. The troupes she has been a part of include: Kismet, DecaDance, Delight, Adia Shanti, Dragomi, Nepenthe, Solar Echo, Aduro, and The Movers and Shakers. Lyra has performed in The Black Box Bellydance Affair, The Utah Arts Festival, Summer Fest, Spring Fest, Boise Fusion Fest, Summer Oasis, and several shows produced by Meg H, Kita Zira, Thia, and Fvorboda. I also dance at restaurants, weddings, and multicultural events.

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March 2016 Featured Dancer: Ana Kitka za Sofja

anakitkaAna Kitka za Sofja (Kitty) started belly dancing in 1979 after watching a belly dancer perform at the old Athenian Restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. Kitty was studying and performing Eastern European folk dancing at the time and the belly dancing seemed like a natural extension. Kitty studied with Aziz and Nushaba (at the University of Utah) and was soon performing traditional American belly dance with Kismet.
Using her background of modern dance, ballet, folk dance, and musical theater, Kitty performed at many venues and began to teach. Since then, she has studied cabaret, American Tribal Style, and tribal fusion and currently performs with Gypsy Flame, known for their spectacular costuming and world fusion style, combining folkloric dance with traditional belly dance moves.
Kitty loves to lend her “voice of chocolate” to any and all belly dance events as the announcer. Her favorite part is getting to watch ALL of the dancers in performance, some for the first time and some for the thousandth time! She feels very close to the community in her announcer seat – like being in a huge family reunion every time.
Kitty plans to continue to dance and costume and present workshops and give back to the Utah Belly Dance Community in any way she can, because paying it forward is truly the best part!

January Featured Dancer: Tinuviel

TinuvielTinuviel’s dancing has been described as both ethereal and joyful. She started out her journey in this artform with Munierah, and continued her study with Viktoriya Shershnova and Stephanie Buranek. She is a current and founding member of Stephanie’s troupe Anahata. Tinuviel produced and directed Bring Your Gifts in 2012.

Transporting her audience to someplace new and magical is one of her favorite things about performing and she is working on creating new shows in the near future. Tinuviel has been part of the Utah bellydance community for over 16 years. She is currently a moderator for the Utah Bellydance Facebook page, and loves connecting people with teachers and events. As a teacher she is an enthusiastic, caring instructor who takes great satisfaction in seeing her students grow and progress. Grateful every day for everything this dance form has taught her, she strives to pass on that love and joy.

tinuvieldancer@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/tinuvieldancer/

December Featured Dancer: Trisha McBride

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Trisha is an intuitive and empathic teacher, honing and developing these specific skills for over two decades. She understands the human body by connecting on a cellular and emotional level to others. This gives her an advantage to tune into her students specific needs.Trisha is a spiritualist by nature and a mystic at heart.

Trisha has been a tribal belly dance instructor since 2003 and a full time yoga instructor since 2010, teaching under a thousand hour RYT certificate via Dana Baptiste’s In Body Academy, SLC, UT.  An associates degree in Eastern Philosophy via Salt Lake Community College, SLC UT.   and an associates degree in Classics via Hunter College NY, NY.  Trisha deeply believes in her path through healing herself and teaching others to do so through  “movement medicine,” the union of yoga, ritual dance and from the heart fluid movement.  Using a strong understanding that WE have the tools within our own spirit to break open the proverbial cage and transform through the expression of strong movement.

An avid scholar of myth and philosophy, Trisha weaves myth and uses iconography within her teachings to connect students to a deeper and ancient part of themselves.  “Through this movement we heal ourselves and honor our teachers and ancestors.  Remembering those that came before us.”

 

More History…

Trisha moved to San Francisco in 1998 to study tribal belly dance, where she studied with Fat Chance Belly Dance and the modern fusion maven, Jill Parker. Trisha was recruited in 2001 by Azure, a San Francisco tribal belly dance troupe. Her dance style was polished and refined by Azure troupe leaders Michael McElhaney, Brigitta Gudheus, and Andra Young.

She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2002, and her teachings began in 2003. Trisha built the belly dance program at the Greenhouse Holistic Yoga Center from 2003 – 2009, with a focus on fusing belly dance and yoga. Trisha developed a unique improvisational dance form during this time called “Lunar Improvisation.” Balancing and drawing on the energies of the elements, Trisha has always dedicated her dance to the Goddess, which feeds her artist endeavors on a spiritual level.

Trisha has also learned from and hosted belly dance legends Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love, Unmata and Mavi Clay.  Soon to add to the list … NagaSita.

Taking her teaching to the next level in 2013, Trisha combined teaching forces with long time friend Sibyl Buck.  The two creating a signature retreat called Set Sail and Surrender. They are now coming up on their third retreat in Costa Rica for 2016.
If she is not in the yoga or dance studio, Trisha is in her design studio, designing her dance troupe’s performance costumes or her active wear and casual to high fashion lines, creating what she calls High Vibration Fashion.  “ Draping people in gorgeous designs, cut in delicious fabrics is one of my favorite art forms.” (Please see the TriLuna design page for more on Trisha’s design work.)

November Featured Dancer: Stephanie

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Stephanie, a native to Utah, has loved dancing all her life. She received training in ballet, jazz, and tap as a child, but at the age of fifteen she, discovered her love for belly dancing, when she became introduced to the sensuous art form. After eighteen years of study, she has become a highly sought after performer and instructor.

Her path in belly dance training started under the tutelage of local instructors Raffa and Aziz, and has taken her into a variety of dance arenas in order to create a well-rounded technical style. In her endeavor to continue to develop her dancing, Stephanie has examined Egyptian dance ethnology to create a solid foundation from which to enhance her knowledge of the cultural heritage of Middle Eastern dance.

Stephanie is constantly building on her style incorporating tribal fusion, Latin, African, ballet, and jazz dance forms into her posture and movement. Her love of Egyptian dancers of the silver screen has inspired a style that encompasses a graceful beauty on stage, with energy, personality, exquisite technique, and flirtation.

It is Stephanie’s desire to continually learn and enrich her love for dance and bring her audience along with her. Her thirst for knowledge has led her to study with many great dancers and instructors, including: Mahmoud Reda, Dina (of Egypt), Randa Kamel, Dandash (of Egypt), Diana Tarkhan, Sahra Saida, Mohamed Kazafy, Jillina, Virginia, Aziza, Ava Fleming, Suhaila Salimpour, Ansuya, Dalia Carella, Carolena Nericcio, Rachel Bryce, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Sabrina Fox, Sherri Wheatley and many more.

Stephanie was a principal member of the Baraka Dance Company, under the direction of Raffa, which gave her the opportunity to travel, perform, and teach workshops throughout the Western United States. She was also a founding principal member of the Blue Lotus Dance Collaborative as well as co-director of the Hathor Dance Collective.

Stephanie is currently sharing her passion for belly dance with her students at Shimmy Studios, where she focuses on all facets of belly dance, including Egyptian dance technique, fusion belly dance technique, body conditioning, and dance ethnology.

Stephanie offers classes and workshops for all levels of dance experience.

www.stephanieshimmys.com

October Featured Dancer: Aaliyah Jenny

aaliyahAaliyah Jenny recently relocated to the Salt Lake City, Utah area from NY and she couldn’t be happier! She is so excited to get to know everyone in this amazing state. Please visit www.dance18.com for more information on Aaliyah Jenny’s travels, performances, classes and awards. She has also set up a FB community page called Jenny’s Transformation about her battle and victory over breast cancer. Thank you so much to Utah Bellydance for the honor of being this month’s spotlighted performer.

September Featured Dancers: Beauté Obscuré

Photography by Renee Keith, Costumes by Pretty Macabre

Beauté Obscuré, “Beautiful Darkness,” presents an aura of sensuality, of magic and a remembrance of ancient temple dancers, all neatly wrapped up in a Tribal Fusion package. Incorporating backgrounds in ballet, modern dance, hip hop, and Egyptian Cabaret, Beauté Obscuré elevates Tribal Fusion to a new level of elegance, precision, and fluid choreography. The direction of this troupe is the collaborative effort of Pretty Macabre (Andrea Hansen), and Meg Hinds. Together they have created a dance genre that is totally their own― dramatic, feminine, and elegant. Watch Beauté Obscuré perform and be transported to a place beyond time with their effortless and graceful play of darkness and light, soft and strong, ancient and contemporary styling of dance. (Edited from SLUG article by Astara Knowley)

Beauté Obscuré is making their presence known in the Utah and beyond in the Middle Eastern dance scene. Inspired by French Victorian, their costuming is original, and presents a more delicate and feminine presentation than typical ATS costuming. All costumes are made by Pretty Macabre.

Semi-intermediate classes on drills and combinations are available, and can serve all levels of dancers, from beginning to advanced. Meg Hinds and Pretty Macabre teach original combinations that can be used in choreographies. For more information about classes and performances contact Beauté Obscuré at Beauteobscure@yahoo.com.

http://www.beauteobscure.com/

 

April 2015 Featured Dancer: Aylin

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When Aylin discovered Middle Eastern dance, it was a life-changing moment. The beauty of the movement, the expressive character of the dancer and the amazing music had her spellbound. Ever since then she has returned almost daily to the dance as a thirsty traveler seeks the oasis. She believes true Middle Eastern dance shows the heart and soul of the dancer.

Aylin enjoys dancing with a troupe or as a solo performer. She does most of her own choreography, as well as costume design and creation. She has learned many props and uses them to add variety to her dance. Aylin likes to teach, and in 2009, she started the Sight of Water Dance Studio at the request of several students. She chose the name of her studio because the beauty of Middle Eastern Dance is as breathtaking as the sight of water in the desert.

Aylin teaches in Orem: https://www.facebook.com/SightOfWaterDanceStudio