Nicole Yvonne - Bellydance Instructor
My love affair with Fusion Belly dance began in 2006. I attended weekly Egyptian Belly dance classes, completely dedicated to practicing new moves so meticulously that I could shimmy in my sleep. At the end of the class series, my instructor introduced a young woman who was "going to show us a very different side of Belly dance", with a style called Tribal Fusion. Within moments of the music starting, I was captivated and in awe. Her strong isolations, intense stage presence, and slow, slinky movements were mesmerizing. Like being struck by lightening, I knew that I wanted to learn how to move like that.
Tribal fusion was a fairly new form of bellydance, and finding any instructional videos or DVDs proved difficult. Because of this, I became a self-taught fusion dancer and performer, and offer a unique approach to teaching this dance form. My study began by pouring over youtube videos, dissecting the movements and focusing on the stage presence of my favorite dancers.
Since my humble beginnings, I've had the pleasure of working with many superb, influential belly dancers, including Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Sadie Marquardt, Ashley Lopez, Carolena Nericcio, Lakita, Deb Rubin, Elizabeth Strong, Ma'isah, and Carrie Moore.
Tribal fusion has been my passion and pleasure for many years, and I continue to explore and grow in this dance form constantly. I love how accepting and boundless it is, and invite anyone who would like to explore their own creativity and inner goddess to join in on my workshops and weekly classes.
In my fusion classes, we will explore the many elements of dancing with strength and poise. We focus a lot on the foundation; building our bodies and dance vocabulary from the ground up, with lots of isolation practice, fun new combinations each week, choreography practice, intensive drills, and lots of stretching! I strive to make each class a true experience for my students, and make sure every class is a fun, empowering workout!
Changing to a weekend workshop format
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