Devi Mamak is troupe member and artistic director of the award winning Ghawazi Caravan, based in the Blue Mountains, NSW, since 2000. She is considered one of Australia’s premier Tribal Bellydance and American Tribal Style (ATS)® dancers, teachers and choreographers, having trained many of the top dancers in the genre. Devi has earned a reputation as a patient and thorough teacher. As a performer she is renowned for her strong stage presence and innovative, colourful choreographies.
Highly sought after as a teacher and performer, Devi regularly teaches around Australia and NZ, Asia, Europe and the U.S.A.
Devi has also studied a variety of Middle Eastern dance styles herself for well over a decade as well as Flamenco, Classical Indian and Ballet. Devi has travelled to San Francisco several times to study with the masters of Tribal Bellydance and has dedicated herself to ATS® since 1999. U.S.A teachers include FCBD®, Gypsy Caravan, Jill Parker, as well as ‘Bellydance Superstars’, Rachel Brice and Kaeshi Chai.
Devi has also attended workshops and/or classes with Karen Gehrman, Jessie Gauld, Colette Hunter, Megha Gavin, Suhalia Salimpour, Kajira Djoumahna, Tribal Feat, Rachel Lazurus Soto, Paulette Rees Denis. Classes/workshops with local teachers include Jrisi Jusakos, Terezka Drinzik, Ruth Brent, Sarah Hamilton, Susan Brown, Diane Dupont, Mel Rogers, Gintarus, Belyssa and of course her first teacher, Kaiya Seaton.
Devi has also completed two teacher development courses with renowned Australian dancers, Belyssa and Terezka.
Devi is the first person in Australia to be accepted into Carolena Nericcio’s intensive Teacher Training Course. Devi has now received her teaching accreditation in the highly regarded Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD)® format, with several of Ghawazi Caravan movements being accepted into the format, featured, as are Ghawazi Caravan, on DVD Volume 9: Anatomy of a Step. Devi has been invited to perform and co-teach the General Skills test with Carolena both in Australia and Taiwan.
She has also collaborated with well known dancers such as Deb Rubin and was invited to be part of Belly dance Evolution by Director Jillina Carlando where she got the opportunity to work alongside Jillina, Kaeshi Chai, Sharon Kiharaand other great artists.
Devi regularly performs at functions ranging from community events, festivals, as well as private and corporate functions. Devi has been invited to be a part of major funded productions such as Unmasked and The Firebird where she had the opportunity to work collaboratively with dancers and musicians of various styles including Mory Trarore, Emily Cooper, Colin Berryman, Pandit Ramchandra Suman, John May, Miriam Leiberman, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Keith Kempis.
Other artistis Devi has worked with include Jrisi Jusakos, Karen Gehrman, Tarek Sawires, Andy Bussutil, Skorba, Sekhyl and Hyde, Solace, Jeff Rees, Bobbi Singh, Al Maha, Karen Wray, Lester Iyves, Waiting for Guiness, Paulette Rees Denis, Belyssa Radzivanas, Achusla, Amera Eid and Hilary Cinis.
In 2009, Devi and Ghawazi Caravan received funding from The Cultural Partnerships program to produce Intertwine which was a uniquely diverse show which drew together dancers, musicians and artists of varied disciplines and styles, braiding their talents together into a compelling and cohesive whole, intertwining cultural traditions and an ebullient creative spirit, presenting the result in a theatre style environment. Intertwine was a huge success which included 3 sell out shows. The latest installment of Intertwine was picked up by the Sydney Fringe Festival for September 2010.
Devi holds weekly classes in ATS® for all levels and ages in the Blue Mountains and is regularly invited to teach workshops interstate and internationally. She is the Artistic Director of student troupes, Ghaziya and Ghawazi Girls.
Devi regularly sponsors major proponents of ATS® from the U.S.A. and in 2006 hosted the first Australian Tribal and Trance Festival which was a huge success with participants attending from all over Australia, N.Z and the U.S. Devi is also a classically trained, conservatorium accredited piano teacher with 34 years teaching experience (having begun teaching at age 14) and is a mother of two.
Melody‘s vast dance experience began in her youth studies in modern dance. A certified ACE®
group fitness and spin instructor, she started her belly dance journey studying with many masters in
folkloric and classic bellydance. She was a member of the Desert Orchid Dance Company; noted for their
sword work and was featured in an IAMED production “Rock‘n the Casba” in Los Angeles,
CA with other notable featured performances at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Melody went on
to study sword dance with countless teachers to hone her style and ability as a sword handler. Her
ATS® journey began in 2004. She is a Sister Studio and is active in the SSCE program.
Through collaboration efforts with Carolena Nericcio, in 2009 Melody, a major contributor and co
creator integrating slow sword dialect the DVD “ATS® With An Edge” was produced. Then
in 2018, new and updated material was crafted on the new dual DVD set “Any Way You Slice It”
ATS® Sword Dialect. She has traveled the world teaching and sharing sword dance passion.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Kristine Adams & Anita Lalwani
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.