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!