Introducing the newest program of the Belly Dance Business Academy…….The Belly Dance Hero Interview Series!!
Each month we will be interviewing a belly dancer who uses their dance super-powers for good. Some months you will be invited to join in the conversation and some months you will have access to a pre-recorded interview. The interview series is free of charge but we ask that you consider making a donation to the hero’s recommended nonprofit or charity as a way to support the amazing work they are doing in their communities and world.
Check out our interviews with Belly Dance Heroes. (All videos and audio are downloadable to watch or listen at your liesure!
Belly Dance Hero: Kamrah
Kamrah is Chicago’s first trans masculine belly dancer. They have performed tribal fusion, American cabaret, Lebanese, and Egyptian belly dance since 2001. They have taught at festivals like Tribal Fest®in Sebastopol, CA, the largest tribal belly dance festival in the world, Tempest’s Waking Persephone (Seattle) in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and, had the event not been canceled, at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive in 2016. Noted for their creativity, isolations, and theatricality, they currently perform throughout the country as a soloist. Kamrah is also a member of Raks Geek (directed by Dawn Xiana Moon), a geek belly dance and fire company based in Chicago that has garnered press from MSN and The Daily Mail. Kamrah has also danced with Tucson-based Skirt Full of Fire, directed by Jolie Roberson.
They are a trained massage therapist, and their knowledge of anatomy enables them to teach students how to dance both powerfully and safely.
Kamrah has 13 years of experience in a variety of martial arts, including kenpo, jiu-jitsu, karate, and kendo. They won third place at Tae Kwon Do World Championships (White Belt) and studied kung fu with Lou Illar (Sidekicks with Chuck Norris). They are also a research scientist with a background in molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology and currently manages the undergraduate laboratories at a local university.
They also recently started a student fusion belly dance troupe, Ahsena.
Kamrah currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is available for workshops and classes all over the country.
Belly Dance Hero: Violet
Violet is the owner of Satori Violet Belly Dance, creator of trademarked dance language Fly Fusion®, director of The Bleuebellatrix Project, a founding member of internationally-touring dance troupe Dubrikato, and a traveling dance performer and instructor. She has been dancing for over a decade and has been a belly dance business owner for 6 years.
Violet has a unique energy and has build an amazing community of dancers locally in her home studio and around the world. We will be talking to her about how she builds community and more.
Belly Dance Hero: Carrie Meyer
Many of you know Carrie as the premier belly dance photographer in the US. She has a unique way of capturing the beauty and spirit of her subjects. She is also a Belly Dance Business Academy instructor and blogger educating folks about photography, how to interact with a photographer and copyright issues around photographs.
Join me live for my interview with Carrie on November 29 at 7pm Central or submit questions for her in advance. The interview will be hosted by Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, plan to log on about 10 minutes early and we can make sure you are all set before the interview begins. It is a super easy platform to use, but we will be able to assist you if you have any difficulties before the interview is live.