Instructors

"[the instructors] were all different, professional and positive. They all brought wonderful personalities and various teaching techniques to the class. It sure made me excited to continue on with the classes and experience courses from as many of the instructors as possible! They all have so much to share!"- Yvonne (student)

Aurora
Aurora is an accomplished, graceful dancer with experience as a solo and group performer. She is credited for being an excellent and dedicated teacher. For more information regarding Aurora's dance training, please see her Bio.


Holly

Holly is a versatile and creative dancer. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, and gymnastics as youngster but didnít take her first bellydance class until 2002 with Delia. From there she studied under local instructors Donna Cucheran, Anemone Ruder, Shehenda, Aldiya, and currently Aurora. She has also participated in workshops with world renowned instructors Hadia (Montreal), Sahra Saeeda (California), Helene Eriksen, Beatta & Horacio Cifuentes (Germany), Yasmina Ramzy (Toronto) and more to come. Holly received her Personal Fitness Training Certification from NAIT, and group fitness training through the AFLCA and Spa Ladyís Apprenticeship Program.



Natasha
Natasha has been dedicated to the art of dance for nearly two decades. Her training is primarily in classical ballet and began in 1987. She was privileged to be accepted into the professional program at the Edmonton School of Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. From 1995-1996 Natasha danced with the Edmonton Festival Ballet Company. In the later years, she incorporated jazz, lyrical, modern and tap to give variation to her art form.
In the fall of 2004, Natasha fell in love with middle eastern style dancing. She gives credit to Ana, Aurora and Zaghareet! for their support and knowledge that has guided her path in this new art form. As of spring of 2007, Natasha has added another role with the studio as the public relations representative. She looks forward to all the many years ahead not only teaching but working with the public on behalf of the organization and its students.



Kristin
Kristin began her bellydance training in January of 2003 and has been instructing for EBA since 2005. In addition to her role as a principle dancer with the Edmonton Bellydance Ensemble, she also performs as a soloist at weddings, restaurants and special events around the city. In the summer of 2009 Kristin completed the Professional Middle Eastern Dance Program at Arabesque Academy in Toronto with Yasmina Ramzy. In 2008 she was a featured performer at various venues in Seville, Spain. She has taken bellydance workshops with Aida Nour of Egypt, Tito Seif of Egypt, Yousry Sharif of the U.S.A. and Zuel of Spain. Additionally, Kristin performed with the Salsaddiction NYLA Team throughout 2007, including a performance at a World Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico.


Elizabeth
When Elizabeth dances her joy and excitement is tangible. She began bellydancing in 2002. Since then, she has taken courses, classes, and workshops from the wealth of amazing bellydance instructors in Edmonton and abroad. In 2003 she discovered tribal style belly dance and therein devoted the bulk of her efforts. She was a key member and principle dancer in Zaghareet!, the Edmonton tribal bellydance troupe, from 2003-2006. During that time, Elizabeth began learning dance poi with fellow troupe members. Elizabeth's dance poi has burgeoned from small experiments into spectacular light, flag, and fire performances. In 2006 that Elizabeth became an ardent performer of American Tribal Style (ATS) as created by Carolena Nericcio of Fat Chance Bellydance. She continues to study American Tribal Style (ATS) under Brandi at Edmonton Bellydance Academy. Elizabeth has also been performing ATS as a proud member of Three Eyes Tribal since its inception in 2008. Elizabeth is often a substitute instructor for Tribal and Poi classes and Edmonton Bellydance Academy


Jessica
Photo coming Jessica has danced most of her life studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Irish. Her love affair with Belly dance began later in life, in 2006 when she registered in a class on a whim as a stress reliever from her Masters Degree. Since then, she has been addicted.
In addition to Classical Egyptian style, Jessica loves double veil and Assaya. She continues to explore a variety of styles in belly dance and has taken workshops from Sonia and Petite Jamilla as well as classes from Aurora, Kristin and Aldiya.
She also enjoys being mom to two amazing little ones. She spends her days with 2 year old son and 4 month old daughter who entertain and inspire her.


Suzanne
Photo coming Suzanne's livelong love of dance began with Hawaiian and Filipino Folk dance at an early age. She began bellydancing in 2003 with various Edmonton instructors such as Viraj and Aldiya. In 2005 to present time, Suzanne began her study of this art form under Aurora and has become an Edmonton Bellydance Ensemble Troupe member. She has also participated in workshops such as Aida (Egypt), Yasmina Ramzy (Artistic Director and founder of Arabesque Academy - Toronto) and Sadie (Denver, US). Suzanne's passion also includes all styles of Middle Eastern dance, fusion of other dance forms, choreographing and translating music into emotion. Suzanne has a 5 yr old daughter and 2 yr old twin girls who are on their way to mastering bellydance movements and never cease to amaze her!
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