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

“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

Gigi at the 2011 Ojai Bellydance Festival

“I personally tell my students all the time, dance from your heart, and dance for other women…Which is where I believe, the origins of bellydance came from.”  Gigi Corkett http://www.gigicorkett.com/ Gigi is one of my absolute favorite people.  She’s intelligent, caring, fun to be around, and a great dancer!  The following is from an interview … Read more