Knowledge & Inspiration
Knowledge & Inspiration
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Growing up in a Fairview Park, Ohio, Anita Lalwani was a bookworm. While she dabbled in athletics (tennis, skiiing, and even synchronized swimming!), it was not until she moved to San Francisco and met Carolena Nericcio that she fell in love with one activity – American Tribal Style® (ATS®) bellydance! Her devotion to the ATS® dance form became so strong that Anita extracted herself from her administrative office job to embrace the art of movement and physical fitness full time. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2005 and a personal fitness trainer in 2008. These skills have enhanced her teaching of bellydance and helped her to develop a popular Dance Conditioning class that blends yoga, dance drills, and strength training for the ATS® belly dancer. Anita has been dancing with FatChanceBellyDance® and instructing classes for over a decade. In her workshops and classes, Anita shares with her students her passion and belief in the transformative power of music and dance.
I’m lucky enough to have been a FCBD® troupe member since 2005, studying directly under Carolena Nericcio since 2003. This means being in the studio 3+ days a week, blood sweat and tears, side by side with the greats of ATS® ie: Carolena Nericcio, Wendy Allen, Anita Lalwani, Sandi Ball, Marsha Poulin, Colette Todorov, Jessie Gauld, Karen Gehrman and the likes. I know my ATS®. Make sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from me as I wind my way around the world. I can’t wait to sweat it out with all you lovlies!
Valizan began his journey into Middle Eastern dance in 1995 when he joined The Society For Creative Anachronism, an educational group that learns about the Middle Ages by recreating it. Teachers Rayah Bint Youssef and Moria The Black instilled basic technique, while classes with the sublime Roula Said took him to a new plateau. Current influences include Yasmina Ramzy, FatChance Bellydance, Jillina, Rachel Brice and Francisco Carranza.
He has become a sought after solo performer and teacher for his powerful style and energy. He also heads up his own tribal troupe, Shades Of Araby.
Appearances include Arabesque Dance Company’s productions Asala and Oum, Black Forest Tribal Fest in Offenburg, Germany, The International Bellydance Conference Of Canada, Tribalcon, Sacred Circles, Tribal Camp Oslo In Oslo, Norway, Tribal Revolution in Chicago and Face Zenna at the Royal Ontario Museum. He also headlined In The Heat Of The Hafla in Milwaukee, Belly Boo Bash in Dayton, Ohio and The Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY.
He began teaching American Tribal Style® bellydance at Arabesque Academy in 2004, and became an apprentice in the Arabesque Dance Company in November 2005 when he began training in Egyptian Folklore with master teacher Yasmina Ramzy. He was honoured to be a lead dancer in the Arabesque Dance Company, and in the all-male bellydance troupe, The Righteous Rogues Of Raks.
Valizan holds a degree from The Ryerson School Of Journalism, took the Arabesque Academy Pro Course, is the first male to graduate from the FatChanceBellyDance® Teacher Training program and is the first FatChanceBellyDance® Brother studio.
The learning continues...
For more information, visit http://www.valizan.com/.
In 1995, Liz began her journey into belly dance on a whim by walking into a class with a friend. The empowering spirit of the dance and fellowship hooked her immediately and it wasn’t long before she co-founded a Middle Eastern dance company with fellow dance sisters. Zivah Saphirah specialized in studying and performing Egyptian cabaret and folkloric dances.
Liz loved the way she felt when she danced but found self-confidence a constant challenge. Upon discovering American Tribal Style (ATS)® she was drawn to the strong and powerful aesthetic of the format but there were no classes available in the city. Not to be thwarted, Liz spent several years studying all the ATS® videos and materials she could get her hands on. In 1999 Liz’s prayers were answered when Megha returned to Birmingham. Liz began taking classes with Megha and her love for the dance blossomed. Her experience leading a dance company and dedication to ATS® led to an invitation to join Devyani Dance Company in 2004. Since then, she has had the pleasure of teaching and performing ATS®throughout the United States.
Through the dance Liz found a conduit for self-confidence and she set out to share it with as many people as she could. She received her American Tribal Style® General Skills and Teacher Certification in April 2007 followed by her Teacher Training 2 (TT2) Certification in 2009. She was honored to be accepted into the first Advanced Teacher Training in San Francisco and completed the two-week intensive in June 2015.
Currently Liz is sharing the gift of ATS®and the remarkable community it fosters by teaching weekly classes in Birmingham, Alabama as an ATS® belly dance Sister Studio CE(?) (SSCE) instructor and by lending her knowledge and skills to the position of assistant director of Devyani Dance Company and Dala (a local collective).
In 2004, DeAnna met Megha, Director of Devyani Dance Company, and fell in love with American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance. She joined Devyani Dance Company’s professional troupe in the fall of 2004 and in 2007 she was in the very first group to receive Sister Studio and Teacher Certification outside of FatChance BellyDance®. For the past ten years, DeAnna has dedicated her dance career to receiving the highest level of training and establishing herself as a leading professional in the ATS® community.
DeAnna is one of less than 20 Tribal Pura International Sister Studio Continuing Education instructors in the world and was one of the instructors accepted into the inaugural ATS® Advanced Teacher Training Certification.
She’s had the pleasure of teaching and performing throughout the United States as well as India. She has appeared in FatChanceBellyDance® Tribal Basics Volume 7, Volume 9, in multiple performance DVDs and as an instructor in Indian Temple Poses and Yoga for ATS®.
Her love of dance, movement and anatomy eventually led to her immersing herself in yoga study and teacher training. She became a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (200hr RYT) in December 2013 with a focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow.
DeAnna’s continuous ATS® and yoga training creates a unique teaching style while remaining true to ATS® roots and tradition.
Krisztina is the founder and artistic director of Czigany World Fusion Dance. Her formal dance training began over 30 years ago with classical ballet and she has been building on that foundation ever since. She has studied many dance styles over the years and combined them all in the formation of Czigany World Fusion Dance.
As a teacher she strives to not only teach a series of steps, but to also show her students the magic that is dance and the freedom it gives them to feel and to express what lies deep within their soul. "Everyone has a beauty inside that is so indescribably brilliant; one that consists of all of their passions, their hopes, their fears, and their dreams. I help my students to get in touch with that part of themselves through dance."
As a performer, Krisztina not only shows you the dance visually, but you can actually feel her become one with the music. You will experience the combination of dance and music in waves of energy and emotion as she paints a picture and creates a breathtaking work of art before your eyes.
Krisztina is Michigan’s first Sister Studio to FatChanceBellyDance®, is Advanced Teacher Training Certified, and is an ATS® Sister Studio Continuing Education Instructor. She is also certified in group fitness and holistic fitness, has been teaching since 2001, and is the creator of the ATS® Drill Companion DVD series and the Work that Skirt ATS® Style DVD.
Angie Never is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher who has been sharing her passion for movement with students of all levels for the last thirteen years. She strives to offer students a sense of empowerment, an awareness of their bodies, and a glimpse of the divine within each one.
Angie took her first bellydance class in 1997 and was introduced to yoga in 1998. Having lived as a bookworm since puberty, she was instantly amazed by her ability to feel strong, sexy, balanced and aligned in the dance studio and on her mat, and this new experience of self-love kept her learning and practicing.
As a yogi, Angie stayed connected to the powerful roots of her Hatha practice while exploring the fluidity of Vinyasa practice as well. In 2010, after more than a decade of personal practice, she completed Teacher Training at the 200-Hour Level from Yoga on High in Columbus, OH, and went on to teach Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Prenatal, Teacher Training, Pranayama Teacher Training, and classes for troubled teens. In 2014, she and co-teacher Joyce Eubanks created Yoga Enlarged (formerly Big Asana), a yoga class for the plus-size population that was the first of its kind in Ohio, and developed a complete New Beginner Curriculum for this community. In 2015, she completed Teacher Training at the 500-Hour Level, the highest level available to yoga teachers.
Angie Never currently offers weekly yoga and bellydance classes in Columbus, OH, and specialty workshops across the United States.
Richard Harper has had a successful career as a hair and makeup artist working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours and regional opera companies as well as print work, portrait work and industrial films. He has worked for the Broadway companies of Les Miserables, Grease, Blood Brothers, Kiss of the Spider Woman, My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Sugar Babies, among others, and has been lucky enough to work with great stars of the stage: Vanessa Williams, Carole King, Rosie O’Donnell, Joel Grey, Debbie Allen, Ann Miller, Kim Criswell, Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle, Werner Klemperer, Lea Salonga, Regina Resnik, Sharon Lawrence and Kay McClelland. He has received cosmetology licenses in several states, worked as a platform artist and colorist and specializes in wig construction, repair and design.
Rune started his musical career playing trombone and baritone horn at the age of 12, and played low brass with the Wayne State University orchestra for three years. In autumn of 2000, he began studying Middle Eastern percussion and music, and has studied from Oussama Naja, Souhail Kaspar, Raquy Danzinger, Kevin Hartnell, and others.
Rune has performed at local Renaissance Fairs and festivals, Lebanese and Egyptian weddings, Middle Eastern restaurants, the International Arab Festival in Dearborn, MI, Chaldean weddings and henna parties, museum exhibit openings, Pennsic, and other private events. His playing style has been inspired and influenced by his teachers and such performers as Hossam Ramzy, Issam Houshan, Faisal Zedan, and Setrak Sarkissan.
Rune continues to study Middle Eastern percussion and music, participates in the local drumming community, and performs with several local world music bands.
He is available to teach workshops, private lessons, and performances at various events.
Kristine Adams is lucky enough to have been a FCBD® troupe member since 2005, studying directly under Carolena Nericcio since 2003. This means being in the studio 3+ days a week, blood sweat and tears, side by side with the greats of ATS® ie: Carolena Nericcio, Wendy Allen, Anita Lalwani, Sandi Ball, Marsha Poulin, Colette Todorov, Jessie Gauld, Karen Gehrman and the likes. I know my ATS®. Make sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from me as I wind my way around the world. I can’t wait to sweat it out with all you lovlies!
Growing up in a Fairview Park, Ohio, Anita Lalwani was a bookworm. While she dabbled in athletics (tennis, skiiing, and even synchronized swimming!), it was not until she moved to San Francisco and met Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman that she fell in love with one activity – American Tribal Style® (ATS®) bellydance! Her devotion to the ATS® dance form became so strong that Anita extracted herself from her administrative office job to embrace the art of movement and physical fitness full time. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2005 and a personal fitness trainer in 2008. These skills have enhanced her teaching of bellydance and helped her to develop a popular Dance Conditioning class that blends yoga, dance drills, and strength training for the ATS® belly dancer. Anita has been dancing with FatChanceBellyDance® and instructing classes for over a decade. In her workshops and classes, Anita shares with her students her passion and belief in the transformative power of music and dance.