Belly dance has been a huge part of my life for around 16 years. I founded Body Temple Dance in 2005 and am one of Adelaide’s longest running contemporary/tribal belly dance teachers.
I absolutely love creating specialised dance programs, and have provided teacher training opportunities to many local dancers who have moved on to open their own dance schools. I've been fortunate to teach and connect with hundreds of women from all over the world through my instructional DVD’s "The art of tribal bellydance". And it was from the material in these DVD's that was the seed for growing my latest offering, The BellyDance Blueprint.
My Intention as a teacher:
For the 14 years that I have been teaching, I feel most passionate about inspiring women to feel empowered, beautiful and creative. I believe that with the right mind set, balanced with consistent inspired action taking is the key to feeling great and achieving your goals.
Creating is so rewarding, and I love guiding dancers to craft their own work that feels alive, authentic and aligned with who they are. I believe that while technique is important, there is something missing when a dancer expresses without authenticity. And that when there is an alignment of technical skill, creative expansion and authentic expression, the greater the sense of confidence, love and fulfilment (and stage presence!) This philosophy is the foundation of The Bellydance Blueprint.
Understanding how the body, mind and spirit thrives, is something I’ve been passionate about for as long as i can remember. My interest has led me to learning many body work practices such as Sufi Yoga, hatha yoga, pilates, weight training (for a short time!) Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I studied Qi Gong as a part of my Advanced diploma in Chinese medicine and happened to meet the love of my life under a tree while at my first Qi Gong Class!
How belly dance became my career path
There was a difficult decision I had to make many years ago. I just completed my advanced diploma for Traditional Chinese Medicine (specialising in acupuncture), had also started teaching belly dance classes and then fell pregnant! It soon became clear that I would only have the capacity to nurture and develop one area of my career. While practicing as an acupuncturist was a reliable source of income, Belly dance awakened something within me that was so creative and powerful that I chose the unknown and unpredictable path of Bellydance, and I haven’t looked back! My other “job/passion” is a jewellery designer, so in between being a mum, teaching, performing, practicing yoga and dance…I create unique, powerful crystal jewellery with an intention to inspire and empower those who wear it. You an view my work HERE!
Belly dance history and training
I started belly dance 16 years ago and was first formally introduced to this ancient art form at the age of 7 when I went to classes with my mum and could instantly do a ‘belly roll’! Since rediscovering belly dance in my early 20’s, I have been fortunate to travel all over Australia, performing and training with other amazing dancers.
While I have been largely self taught, my main influences and teachers have been:
Carolena Nerricio whom I received accreditation for teaching American Tribal Style Bellydance
Shakti, my Classical Indian/fusion dance teacher who inspired me to expand my creative movement vocabulary
Suhaila Salimpour whom finally gave me the clarity on muscular isolations, timing and a structured way of viewing this dance form.
Over the years, I have been lucky to train with many of the Tribal fusion greats, such as Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Illan Riviere, Amy Sigil, Elizabeth Strong, Matt Jacob, Mardi Love.