Thanks for the success of the
8th Annual Project Shimmy October 22, 2016
Twisted Dance Collective is proud to announce that we raised $1725 that we will be able to donate to THP. Each year Project Shimmy helps to raise vital funding and awareness for Triad Health Project, the area’s HIV / AIDS service organization, in addition to providing the public with an opportunity to experience a variety of world dance styles. 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.
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Aakrisht is a professional performing troupe under the creative direction of Rinku. They are artistes representing different genres of dance from all over the world, coming together as one cohesive unit to learn and perform Indian classical and contemporary routines throughout North Carolina and beyond. Each member of Aakrisht Group is recognized individually for their own unique identity, enthusiasm, talent and dedication to the troupe. In addition to studying and performing with Rinku the members regularly attend workshops, participate in Indian dance related events and teach students in the local community. Fueled by the passion and commitment for dance excellence Aakrisht Dance group has established itself as a premier dance troupe in North Carolina and beyond with major dance performances in artistically rich locations such as Manhattan, Las Vegas and New Jersey.
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 out 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.
Black Fox Belly Dance
BlackFoxBellyDance are ATS® performers from Winston-Salem, NC. Under the direction of Luci Jennings, BlackFox hosts two annual events in Winston-Salem:"Shimmy for the Shelter" a fund raiser benefiting programs for Family Services and "Autumn Dance Salon & Tribal Jam" a community based belly dance seminar at Academy of Dance Arts Winston-Salem.
Heather is a fusion dancer from Greensboro, NC and a proud member of Twisted Dance Collective. She has been dancing on and off since the age of 4. Heather discovered belly dance in 2006, but found a passion for it while taking a workshop with Zoe Jakes in 2008. 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.
Photo by Pixie Vision Photography
Helix is an advanced student ATS® troupe that began at Twisted Dance Studios in Greensboro, and is now a member of the Twisted Dance Collective. Helix is led by Sara Ann Howard--a Sister Studio Instructor certified by Fat Chance Belly Dance® and Carolena Nerricio-Bohlman.
Composed of dancers who range in age and background, Helix members are committed to a joyful and ethical expression of bellydance and enjoy challenging, laughing with, and learning from each other in their love of the dance.
Photo by CP Studios
Jexxus LeStrange is a tribal fusion dancer that has experience in multiple dance forms. Jexxus fuses these many forms of dance with traditional belly dance technique to bring her audience a show that they will never forget. Jexxus has practiced this art for over 10 years and now teaches for the Twisted Dance Collective.
Mahsati Janan is an instructor, performer, and researcher focused on modern and traditional evolutions of stage and folkloric dances of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Mahsati is the artistic director and producer of the successful "Raqs Layali: Evening of Folkloric and Modern Belly Dance" shows featuring dancers from across the southeastern US showcasing multiple dance styles that influence or derive from the roots of belly dance.
For more information, please visit www.mahsati.com.
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.
Photo by JA Wiley Photography
Ming & Mila
Ming Wu and Mila Napoli, from NC, will perform an Indian Fusion Dance choreographed by Rinku Bhattacharya Das to the song Chalte Chalte. Ming performs ATS and Indian Dance with the Dayanisma and Askrisht dance troupes. Mila is a belly dancer in the Suhaila Salimpour certification program and recently discovered Indian Dance.
Photo by Studio Jaki
Naima Sultana is a performer and instructor from Charlotte, NC, who's had a love-affair with Mid-Eastern dance since 1994. With a strong background in ballet and jazz, she loves the wide range of styles that bellydance offers, from Orientale to folkloric to fusion. In addition to solo work, she also performs with the collaborative company Spirit of the Lotus, is a member of Kamilah's Roses of the Realm troupe at Carolina Renaissance Festival, and has had the honor of performing with Jillina's Bellydance Evolution company in New York City, Boston, Prague, and Maribor in 2015. (RaksSultana.com)
Photo by cunningham photo artists
Well, HeLLOO there! 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.
A passionate dancer and a music lover. Navani has been studying and performing a range of dance styles of the Middle East, from traditional to folk and pop but her main focus has been on what is traditionally called Bellydance and Turkish Romani. This current year, celebrating 10 years on stage she is honored and happy to perform for again for Project Shimmy, Twisted Dance Collective and all of you who support our beloved dance form.
Nayna and the Raq-A-Bellas
Nayna is a multifaceted middle eastern dance performer, instructor and choreographer who brings warmth, excitement, and power to every performance. She fell in love with the dance in 2002 and is proficient in Egyptian, American Cabaret, and Fusion. While mesmerizing to watch on stage, Nayna's first love is teaching. She loves to challenge her students and push them to nurture the power and beauty that bellydance brings out in every person. At Project Shimmy, she will perform a fusion veil piece with some of her student troupe The Raq-A-Bellas!
Nayna and Shawn
Besties for almost 20 years, Nayna and Shawn finally found the time to merge their dance backgrounds together. What they got was a funky hot Hip Hop Bellydance Fusion number that will surely make you wanna get up and dance.
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.
Photo by mj richard photography
Orientale Expressions Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, an award-winning belly dance troupe from the Chapel Hill, NC area particularly enjoys folkloric dances of the Middle East, presenting them with both fun and theatrical flair!
Orientale Expressions will dance to Yammul Kholkhal (Woman with the Wooden Shoes) adapted from choreography by Aegela of Toledo, Ohio to music and combinations by master Egyptian dancer and choreographer Mahmoud Reda.
Photo by woodland willow photography
Phoenix is a fusion dance group, risen from the flames of the now-defunct Twisted Dance Studio groups, Torque, Fringe, Malaika, & Helix, which still exists as part of the TD Collective. Phoenix members have varying dance backgrounds, including ATS® (American Tribal Style®), American Cabaret, Tribal Fusion, & African.
Queens of D'Nile
Wendy, Lori and Destiny of Queens of D'Nile Studio in Concord believe belly dance is for EVERY body - all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities and walks of life.
Lori and Wendy have been dancing together since 2008 and were joined by Destiny in 2013. As well as being instructors at QoD, the three co-produce We Will Raq You and are basically joined at the brain.
Rayah began her bellydance journey in 2010, and has since performed in a variety of styles and with a number of groups, as well as a soloist. This is Rayah's fifth year performing at Project Shimmy.
Scott Hinzman began his study of flow in early 2000 by means of training in the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu under the guidance of Sifu William Mason and Grandmaster Phillip Holder. Upon discovering a passion for fire, flow, and circus arts, he tirelessly trains and explores techniques and movement to further his means to express himself as an artist. Since 2007, Scott has been practicing the arts of poi, contact staff, double staff, and fire eating as well as exploring interests in buugeng, contact juggling, and acro yoga. Fire safety is always a top priority and a subject of intense study and practice. Scott has received the Raleigh Fire Triangle "License to Burn" training as well as maintaining a current CPR/AED certification.
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. In the past, he has conducted workshops at Twisted Dance Studios and is currently a co-founder of Sacred 8 Studio, a modern movement arts studio that encompasses flow arts, acro yoga, aerial arts, as well as many other forms of emerging movement arts and dance.
Sunanda Tribe is World In Motion Dance Studio's tribal improvisational performance troupe under the direction of Dawn Ruckert. Members explore the joys of this exciting and dramatic dance form and love sharing it with you, the audience. They are thrilled to be a part of Project Shimmy again this year! For more information on Sunanda Tribe visit www.dawnruckertbellydance.com.
The Lost Jewels
The Lost Jewels ethnic fusion belly dance troupe takes inspiration from the traditional and modern dances of a variety of cultures. We flavor our belly dance style with the spices of movements and costumes from India, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Latin America and the Middle East.
We have been studying, dancing and performing as a troupe since 2002. We enjoy the opportunity share time with our dance sisters and practices are always filled with laughter. Our Troupe is about sharing, sisterhood and the joy and freedom that comes from dance.
Photo by Creative Perspective Studio
The Mirage is a group of dancers from the Lake Norman area of 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.
Three Graces Entertainment
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. Based out of Winston-Salem, our dancers perform throughout North Carolina. Visit our website for class and event information.
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