Join Underground Nomads at the 18th Annual How Weird Street Faire on Sunday, May 7th, 2017! This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and, for the 4th year in a row, Underground Nomads is honored to produce our very own stage showcasing our unique flavor of world sound and dance performance! Come find us at the intersection of 2nd and Minna (enter on Mission to find us!) for the Belly Dance Revolution. And don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook! If you’re feeling generous, please consider donating to help support this awesome event!
We’re thrilled to have another stellar line-up of DJs, dancers, and musicians this year – Take a look inside for more info on all your favorites!
Amar is amongst a handful of local DJs whose taste cuts a path through an abundance of musical selections and leads dance floors into a hypnotic sway like snakes before the charmer. In this instance the muse is a masala that brews sounds from the Middle East and Balkans with rhythms of the Asian underground and electric Brazilian vibes. Whether it’s breaks, bhangra, house, drum & bass or down-tempo, the global nature of Amar’s sets bridges a multi-culti span from the world to the Bay Area.
Electric Vardo Surya Dub
DJ Suresh is resident DJ at Underground Nomads and spins the best mixes in world beat. Expect the unexpected as DJ Suresh takes you on a music journey covering many continents and blending it with global bass and world beats. A staple of the world vibe on the dance floor, Underground Nomads is proud to present DJ Suresh.
Amberetta and Friends
Amberetta is empowering women, one shimmy at a time. She performs Modern Fusion Belly Dance as a soloist in the San Francisco bay area. She is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Bay Area Moving Arts Center in El Cerrito, CA, where she teaches belly dance and yoga on a regular basis. Amberetta is also the founder and producer of Shake the Bay, is co-director of Full Metal Blonde, and is an active member of Dangerous Beauties. Amberetta Amberetta on FB
Carla is a belly dancer bringing her own unique voice to belly dance in the San Francisco bay area. Originally from Venezuela, Carla has studied for many years with some of the most prominent and respected dance teachers of our time. She can be seen at Underground Nomads and performing at some of the City’s hottest events.
Dalila Jasmin has an extensive dance background from Ballet to West-African, and has been Belly Dancing in the Bay area for over 25 years. She has lately been dancing with Underground Nomads, Curtains Cabaret, private parties, and even danced at a catholic high school.
Dan’s music is influenced by the traditions of Eastern Europe from Bulgarian Roma Wedding Bands to polyphonic vocal laments, Early American Jazz and Film music from Busby Berkeley, and Cab Calloway to Scott Joplin, and modern alternative rock like Radiohead, Bjork, and Soundgarden. His extensive scoring catalogue for film and television is described as “hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” (SF Bay Guardian). His soundtrack artistry spans a wide range of emotion and style, and has supported hundreds of cinematic works with rich with virtuosic performance, lush acoustic orchestrations, sonic textures resonant with sound design, and strikingly innovative melodic themes.
DJ Sep is the founder, promoter, and main resident DJ at Dub Mission, one of the longest-running club parties in the world. Now 20 years strong, Dub Mission has been voted the Bay Area’s Best Reggae party three times in the last five years. Sep has won a Goldie Award (Bay Guardian) and been nominated for Best DJ (SF Weekly Music Awards). For many years, Sep hosted two shows on Bay Area radio: at former college radio station KUSF, and Berkeley’s public radio station KPFA. Sep has spun at Festival Raztlan, Red Bull Culture Clash, HempCon, Silent Disco/Hushfest, How Weird, Sunday Streets, Cal Academy of Sciences, Oakland Museum of Art, and venues throughout the Bay Area. She has also performed in London, Vancouver, Tijuana, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and Portland. In addition to producing more than 1000 shows, Sep has opened for many artists, including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sly & Robbie, The Wailers, Quantic, Culture, Mad Professor, Culture, Yellowman, Big Youth, Les Nubians, Rachid Taha, Kinky, and The Cinematic Orchestra.
Elizabeth Strong is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose work focuses on the integrity and spirit of traditional dance forms inside of a contemporary framework. Elizabeth was a touring member of Bellydance Superstars, and was a founding member of Bellydance Evolution and of Beats Antique’s dance company with Zoe Jakes. A former principal member of Katarina Burda’s Aywah! Ethnic Dance Company, Elizabeth has traveled to Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria to study closely at the source and is now considered one of the leading experts in the form. She performs with live music groups including Kugelplex, MWE, Brass Menazeri, and Fishtank Ensemble, and renowned world musicians including Faisal Zeidan and Rumen Sali Shopov. Elizabeth has had original choreographies commissioned by Jill Parker and Jillina Carlano, and has received grants from Zellerbach Foundation and from Bill Graham Presents Foundation. Her Turkish Roman instructional DVD was released in 2011. Elizabeth currently teaches and performs internationally. Find Elizabeth (and her DVD) at
FatChanceBellyDance® is a Bay Area dance troupe that has become known around the world for the phenomenon American Tribal Style®. Directed by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, movements are inspired by folkloric dances of the Middle East and India. Aesthetically based on the richness of textiles and jewelry from North Africa and India, ATS® is a method of improvisational choreography. The dancers use a vocabulary of natural movements and cues to communicate via gesture and eye contact when dancing together. The effect is vibrant thread drawing the audience into the tapestry. More info: FCBD
Janaka Selekta featuring Samba Guisse & Ishmeet Narula
Janaka Selekta brings together a truly global live electronic performance featuring maestro Senegalese percussionist and singer Samba Guisse who has performed with world music luminaries such as Baba Maal and to take things over the top, powerhouse Punjabi singing sensation Ishmeet Narula joins Janaka as they blend their unique combination of hard hitting drums, deep bass and uplifting North Indian songs.
Janaka Selekta on Spotify
Ishmeet Narula on Spotify
Jill Parker & Little Egypt Belly Dance
Little Egypt, a San Francisco-based dance theater company founded by Jill Parker, specializes in inventing and interpreting sensuous and intoxicating women’s dances from Egypt and Morocco to the Balkans. Their evocative work is inspired by belly dance reinterpreted through the creative artistic lens of modern tribal fusion belly dance via Jill Parker’s format.
Little Egypt Belly Dance
Karen Iliana is a belly dancer based in San Francisco Bay Area, and Marin County. She demonstrated a musical desire at an early age, which led her to study a variety of forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, salsa, tango and oriental dance. Her studying of oriental dance includes completion of *SAED program,extensive training with legendary Shabnam and Heaven Mousalem, as well as many other prodigious dancers. She continues to seek training from the best teachers available, further developing her passion and understanding of the art that manifests in her graceful dancing.
Karen Iliana can be seen performing at various restaurants, festivals and events around the Bay Area, Marin and Sonoma. She is available for birthday parties, weddings, engagement parties, showers, corporate events and other festivities.
Karen Iliana Dance
Khepri Dance Company with Andrea Sendek
Khepri Arts and Productions draws inspiration from the Egyptian sun God Khepri. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Khepri was associated with the sacred scarab beetle, and it was his task to push the sun across the sky every day, and escort the sun through the underworld each night. Every morning the sun would emerge again and travel across the sky. Because of this role in the eternal celestial dance of the sun’s return, Khepri is associated with rebirth, renewal, and resurrection. The word Kheper literally means to emerge or come into being.
Like the sun god, Khepri Arts is dedicated to helping the light within each dancer emerge, and honoring the shining ancient traditions of our art as we emerge with new works that renew and invigorate traditional belly dance. Khepri Arts shares its dynamic vision of belly dance through performance, event production, teaching, and community outreach.
Andrea Sendek on Facebook
Larissa Archer & San Francisco Bellydance Theater
San Francisco Bellydance Theater is a new company founded and directed by Larissa Archer, who has studied and performed with Fat Chance Belly Dance as well as her mother, Masha Archer, founder and director of the seminal San Francisco Classic Dance Troupe in the ’70’s and ’80’s.
Lindsay has always loved dance, and spent her childhood studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics. In 2007, she attended Kosmos Dance Camp, rediscovered her dance roots and found her true dance passion…bellydance! Living in the Bay Area, Lindsay has had the great privilege of being surrounded by some of the best teachers in the bellydance world. She has studied extensively with Cera Byer, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Tatseena and Deb Rubin. She has performed throughout the Bay Area and beyond, as both a soloist and as part of several dance companies, including Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot, Cera Byer’s Swerve Dance Company, Raven Ebner’s Ego Umbra, her own collaborative troupe Tears of Erzulie, and Tatseena’s Serpent Sirens and Dreams of Cleopatra. She is currently certified in Zoe’s Dancecraft format at level 2. By day, Lindsay works as a Mechanical Engineer in the wind industry and is also the mother of several rescue cats.
Liquid Love Drops
An exploration of hypnotic and enchanting sounds and entrancing patterns.
Liquid Love Drops has been entrancing booties across the bay and beyond, her vibrant personality, skills as a soundtrack selectress combined with a few of her ear worm bass heavy mixes and her high energy show that captures your attention and traps you on the dance floor.
As a professional sound selectress and DJ, she has been recognized for her skills and chosen by other promoters to share the stage as an opening or closing act for acts such as Bassnectar, Glitch Mob, Beats Antique, Little Dragon, Thievery Corporation, Ooah, Edit, An-ten-nae, Marty Party, Joker, Kalya Scintilla, and Random Rab.
Maria Sokolova and ALMAZ
Maria is an award-winning professional belly dance artist based in Santa Clara of the San Jose / San Francisco Bay Area, California. She is the house belly dancer at several popular bay area restaurants and a frequent guest at many Bay Area Arabic, Turkish, Moroccan and Persian public and private venues. Her elegant and cheerful dance style made her a sought-after performer in the Middle Eastern community. She has had the honor of performing for audiences in Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Russia and the United States. Maria is a belly dance instructor at several local dance studios and a director of her student troupe ALMAZ. She also enjoys traveling to teach workshops locally and internationally.
Performing with Elizabeth Strong, Natalie Nayun has studied dances from the Middle East for over 12 years and dances from Central Asia for over six years. Her passion for dance began when she was 14 and has only gotten stronger as she continues to learn the many styles that make up this vast region of the world. She is lucky enough to have studied dance in her travels to Tajikistan, Turkey and Oman. She is the director of Adara Dance Company and the UC Berkeley Central Asian and Middle Eastern Dance Company, Sorayya. Her hope is to share the beauty in these regions of the world through dance.
Nathalie Tedrick & Students
Nathalie Tedrick is a professional actress, dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She has toured worldwide with the Bellydance Superstars from 2007 to 2014. Nathalie is featured in several Bellydance Superstars DVDs including Babelesque: Live from Tokyo, The Art of Bellydance: Live from Shanghai, Solos From Monte Carlo, and Bombay Bellywood: Live from Los Angeles. Nathalie is also featured in various Persian music videos.
She began dancing at the age of five, studying Shakespeare at age seven in Northern California, and has a background in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Gymnastics, and Belly Dance. Not only a performer, she is also a popular instructor. Nathalie has taught Belly dance workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She offers a wide variety of Belly dance workshops that focus on clean, powerful technique, while maintaining a grounded, feminine approach to the art form.
Nathalie was a principal actor with the Avalon Players’ Shakespeare Company for five years. She can also be seen in several commercials including a national commercial for AT&T Yellow Pages. Nathalie has studied at Brian Reise Acting Studios, Warner Loughlin Acting Studios, and Cliff Osmond Acting Studios. Nathalie’s dream is to act in Television and Film, while continuing to perform and teach Belly dance.
Onyx is a tribal fusion dancer originally from Southern California and now a resident of San Francisco. Back in the day she was a performer and creative director of Orange County’s The Jewels That Raq! and performed and toured for several years with LA based band Mutaytor. She is now a resident performer at Underground Nomads in San Francisco.
RockaBelly is a Theatrical Rock Fusion Belly Dance Company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. These ladies love to put on a show mixing belly dance, western dance, and ethnic dance using a punk rock n’ roll aesthetic.
Shanti performs and teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance, specializing in American Tribal Style. She does both improvisational and choreographed dancing, enjoying the different creative processes. Having studied western dance and yoga for many years before belly dancing, Shanti understands the body’s movement from the inside out.
She currently performs as a soloist in the general Los Angeles area and collaborates with fellow dancers throughout the west coast.
After 5 years of Cabaret style belly dance, Shanti saw Rachel Brice perform at The Roxy in 2007 and began exploring this new world of Tribal style.
Since then she has studied intensively with Rachel and is 8 Elements Phase I: Initiation and Phase II: Cultivation certified. She is also FCBD General Skills certified through Carolena Nericcio.
Shanti Belly Dance
Suciawani Balinese-Traditional Dance
Suciawani consisted of two kawi words: suci = sacred and awani = land. So Suciawani means sacred land.
The name is also after one of our teachers, Ida Ayu Ketut Suciawani (1978 – 2010), who was always supportive and encouraging to us. As a teacher, Ibu Dayu was always believed on her students and trusted them to be able to build their dance skills. Anyone can dance if one is willing to learn and be open.
Suciawani Balinese Dance
Suhaila Dance Company
The Suhaila Dance Company has been at the forefront of classical, contemporary, and fusion belly dance since its founding in 1996 and includes some of the most highly trained belly dancers. Under the direction of acclaimed choreographer and master instructor Suhaila Salimpour, the company performs classic and contemporary works created by Salimpour herself, including the critically-acclaimed Sheherezade and her newest body of work, Enta Omri. SDC has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including multiple times at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
All company members hold a Level 3 certification or higher in the Suhaila Salimpour format which includes intense focus on movement technique, emotional work and finger cymbal proficiency. They also perform with Bal Anat, the folkloric and fantasy belly dance troupe founded by Jamila Salimpour in 1968 and currently under the direction of Suhaila Salimpour since 1999.
Current company members: Abigail Keyes, Lisa Price, Parya Saberi, Rachel Duff and Tina Toy
Suhaila Dance Company
Teaching and Performing their distinctive style internationally at major festivals and events across the country and around the globe, tribal-fusion powerhouse UNMATA’s high-energy brand of dance has packed the house and electrified audiences at venues of all sizes.
The high-energy teamforce of UNMATA is known for extreme choreography, inventive Tribal improvisation, and for tapping into an unmistakable divine inebriation on and off stage. UNMATA members include Amy Sigil (choreographer/director), Shelly DeCant , Kari VanderZwaag and Sarah Stinson.
Verbatim Dance is a troupe of Teachers and performers in Belly Dance Fusion and Improvisational Tribal Style based out of Hot Pot Studios in Sacramento,CA.
Yvonne Michelle featuring Kara Gwyn
Yvonne Michelle: A storyteller, shape maker, and middle jiggler for 10 years and counting!
Outersect with Auric Medicine
“Outersect music is glitchy psychedelic downtempo breakbeat that lives somewhere in and around a space inhabited by the likes of Shpongle & Ott, with occasional side trips to left field.
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