Movement is a natural part of who I am. Belly dancing is the most profound and joyful movement I have ever experienced. In 1998, it began an experiment, a chance to get “in touch” with myself. My first series of classes included over 40 women in a huge circle at a community center in Seattle. It was overwhelming. I felt awkward and self-conscious. After moving to the Denver area, I discovered Belly Dance Concepts, Joynan’s studio in Englewood. That is where my path into Belly Dancing began.
I danced with Joynan from 1999-2007, moving from a beginner to professional level dancer in her troupe, Navel Maneuvers. She is now a mentor and friend, and I continue learning from her expertise. I have also attended workshops with amazing teachers and performers including: Suzanna Del Vecchio, Rachel Brice, Urban Tribal, Ultra Gypsy, Kassar, Momo Kadous, Fat Chance Belly Dance, among others. My studies have given me a strong base in technique as well as an ability to combine styles and movements to bring my personal pizazz to my performance and teaching.
I began teaching in early 2002, opening my own studio late that year. I love teaching! Sharing this artistic dance form is an honor, and I am privileged to have almost 50 women dancing with me now. My troupe, Mountain Kahia Dancers, participates in student shows, community events, and haflas.
Performing and entertaining are other aspects that I enjoy. I have performed in many venues, including parties, women’s retreats, community parades and festivals, among other events. See my events page for more on this. I vary my performance with sword, fans, Thai fingers, veils, poi, candles and, of course, zills. In addition, I am part of the professional troupe The Sultry Emberz. I find delight, power, beauty and grace in the dance. My dance style is technical, playful, and soulful.