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9th Annual Project Shimmy September 23, 2017
Each year Twisted Dance Collective presents Project Shimmy, a world dance concert, which helps to raise vital funding and awareness for Triad Health Project, the area’s HIV / AIDS service organization. Torque Bellydance (now retired) began Project Shimmy in 2008 as a way to help Triad Health Project meet the needs of individuals living with HIV / AIDS and their loved ones.
We are proud to present the lineup for this year (in alphabetical order.)
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Multi Award Winning Master Instructor Amustela prides herself on being a “classic” example of the American Belly Dancer. Recently relocated from the Washington D.C area to Charlotte NC, she has been a lifelong dancer, and involved in the study and performance of Middle Eastern Dance for over 25 years. She has studied many types of Middle Eastern dance and has faithfully brought them together in the style of the American restaurant show. Firmly grounded in Egyptian and Turkish cabaret technique, her show can also include dramatic veil, skillful sword, finger cymbals, floor work and cane. All of these fun and expressive components, of what has become known as the American Cabaret show, flow seamlessly from one number to the next, yet still preserving the unique magic of each part.
Apsara is a student-level performing bellydance troupe under the creative direction of Kaitlyn. Apsara actively studys various styles of bellydance and performs at local and regional events through North Carolina and beyond. Each member of Apsara brings her own unique energy, dance experience and talent to the troupe which adds a dynamic flavor to their performances. In addition to studying and performing with Kaitlyn, members regularly attend workshops, participate in bellydance related events and are committed to promoting the art of bellydance in eastern North Carolina. Members include, Cher Burke, Andi Eastwood, Kim Fields, Kaitlyn & Apsara's Newest addition, Annie Lamb.
Kim and Casey, aka the Broken Dreamers, are dancers with the Twisted Dance Collective's American Tribal Style troupe Helix. Both have been dancing various styles of bellydance through illness and injury, but discovered their dance friendship through the improvisational style of ATS.
BlackFox Belly Dance
BlackFoxBellyDance established in 2012 by Luci Jennings located at Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem
Dayanisma, a Turkish word meaning unity, is an American Tribal Style® troupe under the direction of Dawn Ruckert. Tonight, they bring you an improvisational skirt piece using their ATS® skirt dialect to the song Gypsytronic by Balkantronika. For more information on Dawn or Dayanisma visit dawnruckertbellydance.com
The ATS® student troupe of Twisted Dance Collective of Greensboro, NC, Helix was formed in Jan 2012 when it became obvious that the ATS® students were dying to get out & share their love of the dance. Composed of dancers who range in age, background, and level of experience, Helix members are committed to a joyful and ethical expression of belly dance and enjoy challenging, laughing with, and learning from each other in their love of the dance. And of course, they dance together because they love it! Helix is led by Sara Howard, a FCBD® Sister Studio instructor.
Mahsati Janan is a performer, instructor, and researcher based in Asheville, NC. She specializes in Egyptian style, but also performs Lebanese, Turkish, Folkloric, and American-based styles. Mahsati has been performing professionally for 20 years and enjoys sharing her love of these dances through her teaching and performances. For more information, please visit www.mahsati.com
Mila Napoli is from Chapel Hill, NC. Tonight she will perform a belly dance drum solo with a touch modern dance inspired by a Suhaila Salimpour choreography from the Suhaila Salimpour School of Bellydance.
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. As a dance 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.
Modest Mayhem is a tribal fusion group started by our artistic director, Sashame. Based out of Daliana Dance in Greensboro, the dancers of Mayhem have been performing together for several years. In this time, the troupe has been fortunate enough to have the support of two studios and the talent of many dancers. We are excited to have the opportunity to dance at Project Shimmy and hope you enjoy our performance.
The Mirage is a group of dancers from the Huntersville, North Carolina that have come together to share their love of Raqs Sharqi. The dancers in The Mirage love the beauty and empowerment associated with the dance form and they enjoy promoting the feminine spirit through the art of Middle Eastern dance. These dancers continue to learn and grow together and they appreciate their opportunities to share and participate within the wonderful community of dancers.
Nezumi started taking bellydance classes through the local community college for fun, but it soon became an obsession. She tried a variety of styles, but soon realized that Fusion was her love. Dance and music have been a vehicle for Nezumi to be able to express her emotions to an audience. She enjoys dancing to electronic dance music because she loves music with surprises and a heavy bass. With lots of pops and locks, Nezumi likes to tase her audience with her amazing skills and leave them twitching in their seats.
East meets West in tonight’s Arabic fusion performance by Orientale Expressions, adapted from an original choreography by Cassandra of Minneapolis. Their music - “El Alem Allah” (Only God Knows) - is by the Egyptian pop singer & songwriter Amr Diab, also known as the "Father of Mediterranean Music," a style that blends Western and Egyptian rhythms.
Rayah began her dance journey in 2010 with Twisted Dance Collective. Since then, she has enjoyed studying, teaching, and performing a variety of bellydance styles. She hopes to continue to learn, teach, and perform for many years to come.
Since 2007, Scott has been practicing the arts of poi, contact staff, and double staff, as well as exploring interests in buugeng, contact juggling, and acro yoga.
Scott has specializes in designing custom performances with both fire and LED props and has demonstrated his abilities at numerous events around North Carolina including, the annual Greensboro Summer Solstice Festival, Project Shimmy, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, the Greensboro Festival of Lights, Five Elements Festival, as well as many other private affairs and functions. Scott is currently working with the NC Triangle based group Imagine Circus.
Shu'la is a World Dance performer and instructor from Wilkesboro NC. Over the past decade, Shu'la has studied various cultural dances from North Africa, the Middle East, and India, with a special fondness for Belly Dance and Bollywood Dance. Shu'la believes in dancing for the joy of it. Her goal in teaching is for everyone to leave happy.
Sunanda Tribe is World In Motion's tribal improvisation performance troupe. Under the direction of Dawn Ruckert, members explore the joys of this exciting and dramatic dance form and share it with you, the audience. Tonight, they will be performing a short choreography into a fast and fun zil improvisation. For more information on Sundana Tribe or World In Motion, visit http://www.worldinmotiondance.com/ or http://www.dawnruckertbellydance.com/
The Three Graces
In Greek mythology, the Three Graces were the goddesses of musical, dance and artistic talent. They presided over banquets, dances, and all other pleasurable social events. The collective spirit of these goddesses inspired the name Three Graces Entertainment and a vision of cultural entertainment as well as belly dance classes. Our performances consist of original and authentic interpretation of international dances and music. Allow the performers of Three Graces Entertainment to bring their musical and dance talents to your next event.
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