Meet our Family of Instructors
When 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 study 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 and 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 of 6 sister-dancers. I also love to write about the art of Tribal Bellydance and how it intersects 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.
Now, in 2014 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 life's work by combining my passion for collective human transformation and paradigm shift, peace, sustainability, and justice with the potential and power of women gathering in circle. I initiated a new program in January 2014 called The Art of Feminine Transformation. The seeds for this program grew after my experience with a trip to the Amazon with the Pachamama Alliance and a Bioneers program, Cultivating Women's Leadership in the summer of 2013. Through my activism and continued education with indigenous leaders I'm exploring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ahh...bellydance, my portal to grace. It is such a catalyst for peeling away my layers and revealing the true dancer within.
I have always been attracted to music, movement, and dance. Intuitively, I knew that I needed to express myself through this beautiful art form known as bellydance. I was looking for a way to experience my femininity and grace more fully, and not only am I experiencing that but I have found the deepest well of possibilities.
I am so fortunate to be able to dance with a community of women on a regular basis. One of the easiest ways I know of to melt away the frustrations of your day is to get together with your friends and dance!
I have been bellydancing since 2007. Since then, I have taken many classes and workshops in a variety of styles, from various teachers. I currently take classes in Gypsy Caravan Tribal Style Bellydance. I am grateful to be included as a member of Serendipity's Kiss Tribal Bellydance. In 2012 I earned my Collective Soul I certification from Gypsy Caravan. In 2013 I earned my Collective Soul 2 and Teacher Training 1 certifications with Gypsy Caravan. I have been teaching since 2012 under the guidance of Hilary Giovale, who continues to be one of my greatest inspirations.
I can be contacted directly at email@example.com or (928)699-9069.
Ginger Van Divier
Bellydance has been particularly empowering for me; it has strengthened my self-confidence which has not only been applicable to bellydancing but is far reaching to so many other aspects of my life. Bellydance is a fun, challenging, rewarding and creative way to bloom and grow within yourself and outwardly with others. I have discovered many dear friends during this bellydancing journey, friendship developed during my current tribal dance journey and other belly dance friendships that endure even through our dance paths and lives take different turns. I feel so very fortunate to be part of Serendipity's Kiss Tribal Bellydance and to have Hilary as our troupe leader and and teacher!
I felt the mysterious siren song of bellydance calling in my late teens but it wasn't until 2005 that I was finally able to heed the call of my heart! I dabbled in bellydance for a few years and then became a more seriously interested dancer and performer. I have enjoyed a variety of bellydance styles, teachers, classes, and workshops. I discovered my love of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance through Hilary's classes and I haven't stopped since. In 2012 I earned my Collective Soul 1 Certification and in 2013 I earned my Collective Soul 2 and Teacher Training 1 Certification with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company.
I hope you come to our classes and workshops to begin your own journey of discovering your inner dancer - come bloom with us and have lots of fun! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (928)525-4633.