An internationally sought-after teacher and performer, April Rose's 16 year-long bellydance career includes such accomplishments as being a former principal dancer in Bellydance Superstars and UNMATA. April has a Masters degree in Dance Studies from UCLA and a BA in Dance, for which she was trained in choreographic method, multiple dance techniques, and critical dance theory. A dynamic and encouraging teacher, April uses all these skills in her thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching bellydance. She is especially focused on the history of bellydance, its transformative potential, and its malleability for creative innovation. April Rose tours internationally and runs intensives and regular classes at her dance studio in Austin Texas, Rose Movement Studio. For more info visit: www.aprilrosedance.com.
Carly's fascination with bellydance began as a young girl hearing stories and seeing costumes from her mother who bellydanced in the 1970's and 80's. Since beginning classes at the age of 16 she has supplemented her training with workshops from, in her opinion, some of the most influential dancers of modern bellydance including Rachel Brice, Suhaila Salimpour, April Rose, and Sharon Kihara. In 2015 she relocated to Austin, Texas to study with her long-time inspiration, April Rose. She is currently a Rose Movement certified instructor teaching Level 1 classes at the studio. She also offers Tarot readings and instruction as a holistic tool for personal growth.
She holds strong belief that as one teaches, two learn. She appreciates all her mentors and students that fuel the development of this great dance.
Beginning with Tribal Fusion belly dance with Geneva Bybee and World Fusion dance with Geri Rosa at The Red Tent Dance Studio in Missoula, MT, Blair has been belly dancing for almost 10 years and she continues to be fascinated with the evolving styles of this art form. Blair has had a variety of teachers, influences, and inspirations that have kept her both performing and instructing for the past 7 years, with no end in sight! Currently, she is studying Hot Pot ITS in addition to the Rose Movement Studio curriculum under the tutelage of April Rose, as well as continuing DanceCraft certification through Zoe Jakes. Blair Logan is also a founding member of the Migrations World Dance and Music Festival, which aims to progress work toward spreading education and opportunities in dance, music, and self-expression in the local community.
Lauren Checchio is an acclaimed world percussionist, bringing audiences to their feet with her passionate, graceful, and joyful performances. Lauren often surprises audiences world wide with her knowledge and virtuosity of middle eastern and Indian-drumming. They cannot believe that she is a girl from NY. A classically trained cellists, Lauren discovered hand drums at a show in Manhattan when she was 28. Later she traveled to Israel and discovered Doumbek. When she returned to the US she met her first tabla teacher, Ty Burhoe, and had a rigorous daily practice under his tutelage for years. In the last few years Lauren has toured nationally with her all women Mistake/Sephasrdie group called Divahn. She is a highly sought after teacher who has collaborated with Grammy Award winning artists Glen Valez and tabla master Anindo Chaterjee. She is also in demand as an accompanist for dance and recently collaborated with tribal belly dance superstar Sharon Kihara.
Hassan Christopher is an award winning director/choreographer and master instructor. He is honored to have earned the Lester Horton Innovator Award, an NAACP award for Best Stage Choreography, a New York Musical Festival Award for Excellence, and numerous nominations. His work as a performer and director/choreographer has been seen at venues nationally and abroad including the Guggenheim, REDCAT, Socrates Sculpture Park, UCLA, Grand Performances among others. In addition to self-producing new and original projects, his freelance credits include choreography for Comedy Central's Chocolate News and the Naked Trucker & T-Bone show and music videos for TVOTR, Shakira, Usher and Britney Spears. Hassan is also a passionate movement educator with over a decade of teaching experience in contemporary, jazz, partnering, improvisation, choreography and urban dance forms. He has taught at leading studios including the Edge in Hollywood and served as a guest lecturer and teaching artist for UCLA, LMU, Scripps College and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and New York. Most recently he did movement direction for rising pop sensation and singer/trumpet player Spencer Ludwig and co-created a full-length site-specific work that earned Critic's Pick in Time Out New York.
Stacey has been studying Bellydance since 1995, and specifically the Salimpour formats since 2001. She has instructed group classes for over 10 years and has traveled to various cities to teach workshops. When it comes to Bellydance, she has been a producer, sponsor, student, teacher, assistant, collaborator, seamstress, designer, workshop attendee, troupe member, choreographer and director. Her performance experience spans from restaurants, parties and parades to theater productions large and small. Stacey is Level 4 certified and pursuing her Level 5 certification in the Suhaila format, which is the official teaching level enabling graduates to offer Suhaila CEC’s (Continuing Education Credits) to certified students. She is Level 3 certified in the Jamila format. Stacey directs the Tekatek Dance Ensemble, her advanced student dance troupe and sponsors annual workshops by Suhaila Salimpour. Stacey carries with her not only a love and passion for bellydance, but for creativity in whatever form it may take. As an instructor, her style is supportive and patient, yet challenging. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” - Picasso