I currently study under and perform with the incredibly amazing Ebony Qualls as a member of her ShimmyPop troupe. I am also a founding member of the belly dance collective Sacred Hips in Motion and the performance group Troupe Malkia.
My superpowers are: Creativity and the ability to get things “Done.” Must be the Virgo in me. I enjoy all things creative, working out, most outdoor activities, traveling, well-placed sarcasm, and eating Chipotle while binge-watching scary movies (zombies are my jam!). I love plants (even though I struggle to keep them alive) and I LOVE to laugh, be silly and joke around. Depending on what you find funny, you’ll either think my personality is hilarious or just so-so. BUT it will take you a while to even see my silly side because…
Did I mention I’m an introvert?
My dance training began at Mamasita’s Dance & Wellness Studio in Washington, DC under the tutelage of Sunyatta Amen. It is here that I fell in love with belly dance and met many wonderful women, including some that would later become members of Sacred Hips in Motion, the teaching group I co-founded. I love to perform with like-minded women and am in two performance troupes: Troupe Malkia, the performance subgroup of Sacred Hips in Motion; and ShimmyPop, led by Ebony Qualls.
Over the years, I have studied under such notable dancers as Amel Tafsout, Alessandra Belloni, Tarik Sultan, Lotus Niraja, Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Shahrzad, Rachid Alexander, Jillina, Rachel Brookmire, Belladonna, and Ebony Qualls. I have performed in local Washington DC venues including the University of Maryland, the Source Theater, American University’s Greenberg Theatre, the National Mall, as well as at various private events including birthday and bachelorette parties and weddings. Most recently, I had the honor of performing with Ebony Qualls in Paris, France, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
In addition to performing, I share my love of belly dance through teaching and exposing students to the many benefits of this art form. Other dance forms I enjoy include Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Tahitian, Polynesian, and ANY dance form that gets the body moving. In my spare time, I love to explore other creative areas such as painting, crafting, discovering new music, and helping people.
I currently hold a Bohemian Blade Level 1 & 2 Certification and am working on my Reiki Level 1 Certification with the goal of becoming a Reiki Master.
I believe that my vessel must be full in order to share, teach, and help others, therefore I consider myself a lifelong student when it comes to dance, and this thing called life.