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While not every student wants to perform, Twisted Dance Collective believes that growing as a dancer involves dancing in public. TDC wants to give Intermediate students an opportunity to perform and currently offers one student level troupe - Helix.
American Tribal Style® Student Troupe
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, a FCBD® Sister Studio instructor.
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Sara began belly dancing in 2011. After trying classes in 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 studies with her teacher Mimi, as well as attending 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 toward her Sister Studio Continuing Education certification for the third year, and hopes to attend Advanced Teacher Training at the Mothership in San Fransisco in the future.
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Azadi, former owner of Twisted Dance Studios, discovered belly dance in September 2005 and has been obsessed with it ever since. A true student at heart, she takes several classes a week and frequently attends workshops. She has studied fusion and cabaret styles, American Tribal Style® (ATS®) and tribal improvisation, performance skills, and African dance. Her favorite style is ATS® because she loves the interaction between dancers and the proud, grounded look of the dance. She is the founding member of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion group, Torque and previous co-director of Twisted Dance's ATS® student troupe, Helix.
Azadi earned her General Skills & Teacher Training 1 & 2 in April 2011, making anywhere that she teaches ATS® is a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio. She has also successfully completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements: Initiation and Cultivation Intensives. She plans to obtain teacher certification in the 8 Elements Method.
Jodi has been dancing most of her life. She is an original member of Helix.
Khaleesi started taking belly dance classes in 2013 under the direction of Mimi and Xavier Shadowdancer. Although she has a background in modern dance, belly dance was new territory and the challenge was accepted. When Sara invited her to an ATS beginner class, she was hooked. In 2015, she was accepted as a member of Helix and has been thrilled ever since. Khaleesi continues to study under Mimi and Sara and loves performing with this brilliant collective of dancers.
Photo by Caroline Antrim
Kim, a dancer her whole life, started belly dancing on a dare in 2008, when she joined Studio 318 to study under Xavier Shadowdancer. She followed him to Twisted Dance, where she has was accepted as a member of the performing troupe Malaika. Kim discovered her love of American Tribal Style, and began taking regular classes. In 2015 Kim joined Helix.
The movement of belly dancing, a movement that transcends the cultural definitions of beauty, allows Kim and great joy. She loves this community of dancers, and looks forward to years of playing with them.
Rayah got into belly dance in 2010 as a way to get fit after becoming a mother, and has been dancing ever since. Rayah has studied a variety of styles of belly dance, including tribal, fusion, and oriental, and has studied the use of a variety of props, with a special interest in zils.
She has a background in ballet and gymnastics, experiences which have left an influential mark on her style of instruction and performance. As an instructor, Rayah draws on elements from a variety of forms of belly dance, including cabaret, fusion, and tribal style belly dance.
As a performer, Rayah is inspired by artists who blend elements from a variety of styles into a natural expression of the dance. Rayah was a member of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion group, Torque, co-director of Twisted Dance's cabaret student troupe, Malaika, and is now a soloist and performer with Twisted Dance's ATS® student troupe, Helix.
Samiya was raised by parents who shared their lifelong joy of all forms of dance and music. She started bellydancing in 2004 and has studied with a variety of teachers in a variety of styles, including American Tribal Style® at the FatChanceBellyDance® studio, tribal fusion with Jill Parker, and Egyptian at the Cassandra School.
Samiya loves all forms of dance and has dabbled in hooping, Afro-Caribbean, poi spinning, and West African dance.
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