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Twisted Dance Collective's 10th Annual Project Shimmy
October 20, 2018
Van Dyke Performance Space at 7:30 pm
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. This year's show is at the Van Dyke Performance Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center.
Aisha is an awarding winning dancer based in Charlotte Metro Area of North Carolina. She is known for her musical, emotive dancing that fuses Modern and Classical Egyptian, American Cabaret, and Tribal Fusion belly dance styles. She has been cast in Francesca Pedretti and Alica Giampieri's NYC run of La Divina Commedia and Bellyqueen's Milan, Italy run of Journey Along the Silk Road. She co-produced the dance show Night of the Blackbird and was a member of NYC dancer Maki Moves dance troupe. She has also performed with live bands at Kaeshi Chai's weekly dance and music event, Djam Under Jebon, and participated in haflas with New York's top and up and coming dancers. In 2017, Aisha was awarded 2nd Place at Cairo Khan NYC dance festival from a panel of esteemed international dancers and teachers in the Semi-Professional Category, and received her certificate of completion for the Bellyqueen 40-Hour Teacher Training. You can find her online on Facebook at Aisha Belly Dance.
Ajna Tribal, from Richmond, VA, delights the senses by dancing improvisationally with swords to fast Celtic music in honor of Project Shimmy's 10th anniversary and to celebrate the strength and pride of triumphant female warriors in whatever they are battling!
Apsara is a student-level performing bellydance troupe under the creative direction of Kaitlyn. Apsara actively studies 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.
Dani and Mimi
Dani and Mimi are a student and teacher duo in the Twisted Dance Collective. Both have a deep love of head props, especially sword, and will be combining forces to bring the audience an exciting modern sword piece at Project Shimmy.
Dayanisma is a professional American Tribal Style® belly dance troupe that was created in 2011 by Dawn Ruckert. Dayanisma is a Turkish word meaning "unity". Located in the Raleigh-Durham metro area of North Carolina, our members are unified in dance, in sisterhood, and in our love of ATS®. Through our performances, we convey our joy and love of dance in a way that is felt as well as seen. Whether it is performing classic ATS®, Dawn's signature basket dialect, or ATS® variations with skirt or sword, Dayanisma is dedicated to creating captivating and awe-inspiring group improvisation.
Scientist, dancer, activist. A lover of diversity of humanity and dance.
Heather and Mimi
Heather and Mimi began dancing together as members of Torque Bellydance in 2008 and collaborate on duets that combine their love of and respect for bellydance and allow them to challenge each other artistically while also engaging and entertaining audiences of all ages.
Helix is an ATS® troupe that began at Twisted Dance Studios in Greensboro, and is now a member of the Twisted Dance Collective. Composed of dancers who range in age, background, and level of experience, Helix members are committed to a joyful and ethical expression of ATS dance and enjoy challenging, laughing with, and learning from each other in their love of the dance.
Kaitlyn is an international bellydance instructor and performer based in Eastern North Carolina. She started her dance training at an early age with formal classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Gymnastics. Deciding to pursue music and visual arts in her later childhood, dance was something she could never shake and luckily found her way back to it via Bellydance in her early 20's. She is always inspired Middle Eastern dance and immerses herself in the art by studying and teaching various styles that include Egyptian and Cabaret, American Tribal Style®, and Tribal Fusion.
Among some of her accomplishments in dance, Kaitlyn has attended week-long intensives w/ Aziza of Montreal, completed Levels I & II of Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt cultural certification program, received General Skills & Teacher Training Certification in ATS® from Fat Chance Bellydance®, judged professional bellydance competitions in 2010, 2011 & 2014 and performed alongside Indian Bollywood star Raggeshwari in 2008. Kaitlyn is also a featured dancer on the instructional video series for the smash hit “Learn Bhangra App”.
Kaitlyn began performing with Bellydance Evolution in 2014 and her dreams were realized when she was selected for the Atlanta & DC dates, and again in 2015 for the Boston and NYC dates of “Alice in Wonderland” East Coast Tour. In 2016 Kaitlyn traveled with Bellydance Evolution to China on a 2 1/2 month, 29 city, 35 show tour. In 2017 she found herself touring with BDE again on the West Coast; with shows in Los Angeles, Seattle & Portland. And later in that same year in Atlanta for their U.S. premier of "Fantasm: Odyssey of Dreams", and again in July for dates in Los Angeles & Dallas.
Currently she is the troupe director of her local performance troupe "Apsara", performs monthly at Marrakesh in Jacksonville and is a event producer and collaborator in her area.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/KaitlynBellydance
The League of Extraordinary Bellydancers
The League of Extraordinary Bellydancers is a theatrical, geeky bellydance troupe. For over 4 years, LXBD has delighted audiences with their unique interpretations of beloved fandoms like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter. Currently LXBD is hard at work on their biggest project ever: their D&D inspired theatrical bellydance extravaganza! Visit www.geekbellydancers.com or @DnDBellydancers on Twitter for more info and updates.
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.
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As educators of cultural dance and music, Three Graces Entertainment presents various programs to schools, corporations, state and county festivals and fairs, as well as offer bellydance and polynesian lessons in Winston-Salem.
The Mirage is a group of dancers from 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.
We are so much more then a troupe. We are a collection of Innovative, experimental dancers that range from hip hop, ballet, traditional cabaret and fusions of them all. Music, props and comedy can be seen in many of our numbers.
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.
Nita loves to put her own twist to belly dance to create something spicy and new. Belly dance is her passion and loves to share this joy with everyone.
Orientale Expressions Middle Eastern Dance Troupe
Award-winning Orientale Expressions belly dance troupe presents the dances of the Middle East and North Africa with theatrical flair! INTRO (if needed): Set in the risque style of the Moulin Rouge (the world-famous turn-of-the-century cabaret in the city of love and amour - gay Parie!), Orientale Expressions is "spectacular spectacular" tonight, dancing their adaptation of a Dalia Carella choreography to Ghannali El Aalam Kello ("He Sang to Me") by Lebanese singer/songwriter Grace Deeb. Ooh la la, monsieur - the best way to behave is to misbehave!
Sashame came to bellydance 13 years ago and fell in love. With her dance background in traditional ballet and pointe, she found it too rigid and after the birth of 2 of her 3 children, decided to try something new. Though she teaches mostly Tribal Fusion, she considers herself more of a Tri-baret dancer being able to play with both Tribal Fusion and Cabaret.... with a dash of ballet.
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.
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 currently works for Imagine Circus, a Triangle based talent company that specializes circus and cirque themed performance art.
Sunny’s Belly Dance
Sunny has been doing belly dance for over 10 years. She is the founder of Sunny’s Belly Dance and belly dance instructor at YMCA in Charlotte.
Vylet is dancing for 2 of Cups Belly Dance. 2 of Cups offers an eclectic dance style, Gypsy Soul Belly Dance.
Led by Vylet Noble, students are encouraged to access the unfettered wild dancer within.
Tempering traditional Egyptian Belly Dance and American Tribal style with the freedom of Gypsy and African styles of dance and mixing in modern dance with a dash of Burlesque, the result is a more gentle style belly dance that anyone with the will and energy can do.
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