I love bellydance. From the first fusion bellydance video a roommate showed me many years ago, I was hooked. I began taking classes in 2008 in Connecticut with Tava Naiyin, an outstanding Oriental and Cabaret teacher and dancer. She was nurturing and challenging- opening opportunities for me to perform with live musicians in NYC, inviting me to her troupe, the Manipura Dance Collective, and introducing me to the rich historic and living social traditions of bellydance.
Tava also encouraged me to seek tutelage from Rachel Brice, whose authentic interest, unique teaching style, and gentle encouragement has made a huge impact on my relationship with this dance and the community that keeps this art form alive.
I've been blessed with a beautifully woven web of dance colleagues, friends, and family through many travels and adventures. Most recently I've come back to the East Coast from Sacramento, CA. In 2012 I moved to the Sacramento area and began taking classes at Hot Pot Studios, home of Unmata. I immediately fell in love with their Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS), and was invited to dance in the Hot Pot troupe Reverberation in 2013. I was blessed to be immersed in Hot Pot ITS language with this globally loved studio for three years. In that time, I had some amazing opportunities, not the least of which was performing on the Tribal Fest stage in Sebastopol in 2014 and 2015 for Hot Pot studios and ITS.
Now that I'm back on the East Coast, I'm excited to share new dance experiences with you!
What is Tribal Fusion?
There are whole essays dedicated to this subject- but simplistically it is bellydance done differently.
But you don't have to take my word for it!
If you are interested in classes, tribal fusion combines multiple kinds of dance styles and techniques for a full body and mind workout. With great music and a supportive community, Tribal Fusion dance is the kind of workout that is so much fun, you will forget you're exercising!
'Tribal' also often refers to a dance language- a specific vocabulary of movement that an entire tribe can interpret for seamless group synchronicity in improvisational dances. If you are ready for a great challenge or desire a fantastic base of vocabulary movements, Eliot is certified in levels 1 and 2 of Hot Pot/Unmata ITS, and loves to share this beautiful and technical, globally performed dance language.
Perhaps you would rather be a supportive audience member than a dancer! If you are interested in hiring Eliot for your events, tribal fusion is a versatile performance art form, adaptable to a wide range of music stylings and themes. Contact Eliot today!
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