“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

  Bahar Sarah is a teacher who will give you invaluable gifts that simply cannot compare with standard dance class content. She was one of the few people who replied to my inquiries for dance instruction while planning my trip to Turkey. As it’s rare to find teachers of ‘spiritual dance’ on a bellydance teacher … 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

‘Whatever you do, everything is behind bellydance’

In preparation for my trip to Turkey, I talked to and emailed and facebooked everyone I knew (and didn’t know) in connection to Turkey or Turkish dance. From the amazing Artemis Mourat, Turkish and Romani style teacher and dancer, I received a few wonderful leads. It seems her student, Gigi (Dilsah) was now living and … 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

When the Musician Connects to the Dance

I had the fortunate opportunity to both interview and take a drumming workshop from Karim Nagi at Cairo Caravan in June.  Having primarily learned Doumbek (Arabic hand drum) through DVD and by following along with other drummers, I had learned many rhythms simply by the pattern and the general pace, without any connection to dances … 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

Farhana, Princess of Hollywood

    Princess Farhana is a captivating performer with a hefty bag of tricks (her abdominal work is extraoardinary).  Over three decades of performing has created a great stage presence with many costumes and personas to offer.  But more than this, she is one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet (or read about).  In addition … Read more