About Hilary Giovale

Hilary GiovaleWhen I took my first bellydance class in 2003, I experienced a deep realization that this would be something life-altering.

In December 2006, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Sustainability.  For my thesis, I did qualitative research with young women and Tribal bellydance.  My research showed that women correlate Tribal dance with higher confidence, self-esteem, happiness, and better body image.

In 2007, I traveled to Australia with my family. There, my husband and I started the BellyRoles Project, a collaborative photo and narrative project with Tribal dancers.  We had an article about the BellyRoles Project published in the January-March 2008 edition of Bellydance Oasis, an Australian magazine.

I've studied various forms of Middle Eastern dance with teachers in Flagstaff, throughout the United States, and Australia.  In 2007, I earned a teaching certification with Gypsy Caravan in Portland, Oregon. I completed Teacher Training 2 in 2008 and Teacher Training 3 in 2010. During the years of 2007-2013 I was certified in Collective Soul 1-6 with Gypsy Caravan. I danced with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International, a beautiful group of dancers from around the world from 2011-2013. In 2013 I was certified as a Master Teacher.

Since 2008 I've been teaching. I feel blessed to share my love of this dance with students, and see how it becomes a catalyst for their own transformations. I am privileged to direct the troupe Serendipity's Kiss Tribal Bellydance, a beautiful group that has included many dancers since 2010 and currently includes 4 sister-dancers. I also love to write about the art of Tribal Bellydance; especially its intersection with body image, health, spirituality, and women's empowerment. I'm inspired by the transformative nature of Tribal dance, the community it creates, its ancient roots and modern innovations.

At present, I am looking within and listening deeply. Over the years this dance has finely honed my intution, which is now leading me in a new direction. In this quiet space I'm finding inspiration to fully integrate the elements of my work by combining my passion for collective human transformation, peace, sustainability, and justice with the potential and power of people gathering in circle. I'm currently expanding as an interdisciplinarian; my social profit and humanitarian work are now informing the unfolding of my dance, as I focus on healing and releasing historical trauma through movement and embodiment. Collaborating with partners in the Healing with Earth and Sky Project and The Art of Feminine Transformation is bringing me countless insights. Continuing education and partnership with indigenous leaders is creating powerful explorations of personal and collective de-colonization. I currently serve as the artist in residence for Victim Witness Services of Coconino County and co-author the blog Sister Perspectives.

I can be reached at contact@bellyroles.com.