Heather (Intermediate Belly Dance)
Heather has been dancing on and off since the age of 4.
She discovered belly dance in 2006, but found a passion for it while taking a workshop with Zoe Jakes in 2008. She hasn't stopped dancing since. While her main focus is fusion bellydance, she strives to learn all she can about what she considers to be an amazing and under-appreciated art form. Heather recently completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements Culmination.
She was a founding co-director of the Twisted Dance Tribal Fusion student troupe, Fringe. Heather is a former member of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion troupe, Torque.
Photo credit: Pixie Vision
Mimi (Belly Dance - All Levels)
A soloist with the Twisted Dance Collective, Mimi began bellydancing in 2003 and has studied a variety of styles, incorporating elements of orientale (“cabaret”) and fusion styles into her classes. She is an accomplished performer of balance dances (dancing with swords, trays, and the shamadan) and incorporates finger cymbals into many of her classes and performances. Mimi currently trains in the Salimpour Bellydance formats and is JSBD Level I and SSBD Level I certified. She is also a proud alum of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion group, Torque.
As an instructor, Mimi is committed to helping students focus on their physical capabilities, safely execute movement and technique, and develop respectful appreciation of the cultures that have shaped bellydance. Her classes encourage students to grow from strong foundations into their own personal form of dance. She’s kind of funny, too, and really likes coffee. For more about Mimi, visit her website: mimibdance.com.
Photo credit: Torey Searcy Photography
Sara (American Tribal Style®)
Sara began belly dancing in 2011. After trying several styles, she was drawn to the positive and proud form of American Tribal Style, which speaks to Sara's love of strong community, her passion for music and movement–not to mention the glorious pageantry of the costumes. All these elements are woven together celebrating the past, present and future of communal dance. She continues studies with her teacher Mimi, and attends as many workshops as possible to further her knowledge of American Tribal Style® bellydance.
In 2013, Sara continued her ATS® training by attending the FCBD® American Tribal Style General Skills/Teacher Training with masters Carolena Nericcio and Mehga Gavin. There, she earned her TT Certification. Sara has Sister Studio status, meaning anywhere she teaches a "Sister is in the Studio" following the FCBD® teaching format & guidelines.
She is currently working towards her Sister Studio Continuing Education certification for the third year, and hopes to attend Teaching for the Teacher and Advanced Teacher Training at the FCBD® Mothership in San Fransisco in the future.
Photo credit: MJ Richard
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