“I was practically born on a team”

                       Interview with Amy and Kari of Unmata at Tribal Fest 2012 Amy Sigil is a world renowned Tribal Fusion and Improvisational Tribal Style dancer, teacher and choreographer.  Kari and Amy have been dancing with each other for years in Amy’s troupe Unmata, based in … Read more

Sometimes videos just don’t do a performance justice. But if you haven’t seen Marjhani perform live, watch the following video to see how mesmerizingly talented she is: Marjhani at Ojai Bellydance Festival, 2009   Marjhani is one of the most memorable performers you’ll ever see.  Certainly she has a unique dance style, and she doesn’t … Read more

“My Love is Choreography”

Karin and I had a long and lovely talk at Tribal Fest.  She’s directed Mandala Dance Works and taught dance at the collegiate level for 30 years.   Mandala, based in Los Angeles, was primarily a Modern Dance company.  But after taking a brief hiatus to learn Bellydance, she then encompassed Belly Dance Fusion, incorporating jazz, hip … Read more

“People in the audience feel things through you”

Meeting Anasma was a true joy for me. She’s a talented and captivating performer that is able to fuse dance styles with grace and mastery. Fortunately for us, she shares her talents through teaching. Having similar passion in bellydance fusion, hip-hop and theatrical performance, I own and love her DVDs Bellydance Hip-Hop: Liquid Fusion and … Read more

Interview with Heather Shoopman at Tribal Fest, May 2012 Its always a pleasure to see Heather’s big smile at events around LA, so it was especially lovely to have her in my interview chair sharing her diverse history. She has learned gymnastics, martial arts, rock climbing, martial arts and choreographed for the Pom Pom Squad … Read more

Pin-Up Bellydance

The lovely Michelle Manx met with me one night of Tribal Fest 2012. This interview was the beginning of a beautiful night where we celebrated her birthday at the Cosmik Casbah afterparty. Michelle is a sweetheart and it was a highlight of Tribal Fest 2012 to get to know her better. She studied ballet for … Read more

Backstage at “A Taste of Los Angeles Bellydance”

Last Saturday January 21st, was the premiere event for the new Los Angeles chapter of MECDA (Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association).  It may have been called “Taste of Los Angeles Bellydance” but we all left satiated.    There was over 8 hours of performances and workshops by Devilla, Heather Shoopman, Mandala Danceworks, Princess Farhana and … Read more

Ayse Cerami and 9/8 Improv Tribal Fusion

Ayse and I have both danced with Medianoche Dance Company, just not at the same time.  So I’m happy that I got to know her at the last Tribal Fusion Faire in San Luis Obisbo, CA.  We both share a love for 9/8 rhythms, Turkish dance, Folk dance, Tribal Fusion dance, American Tribal Style (ATS) … Read more

Of Dancers and Drummers

Issam and Alia On August 14, 2011 Issam Houshan taught a free drum workshop at the Housewarming party for Los Angeles Bellydance Academy.  Having studied doumbek (Middle Eastern drum) for 2 years, I made sure to be there.  Issam is famous for being the main drummer for Bellydance Superstars, but he has also played for … Read more

“We take who we are out onto the floor”

One of my favorite dancers at Tribal Fusion Fest was Trish Shannon.  She is a captivating story teller who created a performance, not based on cool dance moves, but on specifically chosen movement based on its history, intention and how it fit with the greater story.  She invited the audience to come along with her for the … Read more