Words from Our Belly Dancer
I began studying dance while living in Los Angeles, California in the nineties. I later relocated back to Chicago where I began studying in Oak Park at the Academy of Movement & Music. Following my time at the Academy, I moved on to study with a modern dance company named Deeply Rooted. Here, I spent several years studying and performing various forms of modern dance along with ballet and Dunham style dance.
In 2002, I began to study American Tribal / Tribal Fusion style belly dance. After many years studying belly dance and its various fusion styles, I have truly grown into my own style of fusion belly dance. I continue to study with internationally known performers/instructors both locally and throughout the U.S. I have taught my own unique style at various workshops both in the U.S. and in the U.K.
Currently, I am the director of the tribal dance troupe, the Gypsy Queens, along with my student troupe, Piper’s Girlz. Both troupes perform at various street festivals, haflas (belly dance parties), and private functions and are based out of Pineapple Dance Studio in Forest Park, IL where I am involved in the Fly Yoga program. I am also certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
In the most recent years, I have begun collaborating with another local dancer on a very special project that encourages fusion dancers to push their limits with their dance. This side project, Sine Metu
, has become a true entity of its own by allowing other dancers of all genres to join in.