Sept. 17: DJ Sep + Verbatim, Danielle + Jeanette, Masha, Bramani

Shortly Following Dub Mission’s 17 year Anniversary this past Labor Day weekend, DJ Sep returns to her new residency On for another dubbified journey around the world.

DJ Sep
DJ Sep

We also have the amazing Hot Pot dancers from Sacramento, VERBATIM, joining the crew for some signature Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance. If you haven’t seen them rock the stage, don’t miss this (If you have seen them, you know not to miss it).

Verbatim (UNMATA / Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento)

Verbatim is Hot Pot Studios premiere troupe, a collection of performers and instructors in Unmata I.T.S. and dance fusion. Since their establishment in 2005 by Amy Sigil, Verbatim has performed over 200 shows from rockin out with local musicians in pop, punk, rock, world fusion dance to the international stages and belly dance festivals worldwide. Now the independently self directed Verbatim promises to continue being ” An exotic taste on a rock & roll palette.” Verbatim is Heather Macdonald, Natascha Storms, and April Hollon (aka lil’a).

Also joining us on this night will be a duet performance with locals Danielle and Jeannette, as well as solo performances by Bramani and Masha.

Fusion belly dance artists Danielle Lottridge and Jeanette Walton began to collaborate on innovative explorations of musical and physical form two years ago when they formed the duet “Two Winks”. They’ve danced at shows, clubs, and art collectives in San Francisco, Oakland and Southern California, and they are thrilled to present new choreography at Underground Nomads!

Danielle Lottridge and Jeanette Walton

A captivating belly dancer, tantalizing burlesque artist, fierce aerialist, and incredible fire eater all in one, Bramani Quinn is one of the premier performers of the bay area.  Bringing theater. dance, and circus training together she is sure to inspire every audience.

Bramani Quinn

Masha is a multi-award-winning dance artist specializing in Modern and Classic Egyptian belly dance styles. She is distinguished for her grace, refined musicality, and expansive dance training within and beyond the realms of Middle Eastern dance.

Masha (Photo by Scott Belding)

September brings exciting performances by residents FatChanceBellyDance, Verbatim and more, plus very Special Guest music producers and DJs from Austria and Japan, Dunkelbundt and Makyo.

We are excited about our new venue in SOMA, F8, with a great sound system and dance floor, awesome bar and lounge area, and friendly staff. Easier parking too, and BART access (short walk from Civic Center BART). We will be starting earlier, at 9pm. Come early for happy hour snacks and cocktails. Bar opens at 6pm.

We continue showcasing the finest and most beautiful dance talent available in the SF Bay Area and beyond, bringing a different mix of performers each week.

We arrive at 8pm, kicking off with dance performances starting between 9:30-10 following a warmup downtempo DJ set by Amar.
$5 Cover, 21+, Free before 9:30. 2-for-1 before 11 with mention.

Drink Specials this week: $2 Red Stripe

Sept. 10: DJ Amar + FatChanceBellyDance, Surreyya, Shanti Jourdan

It is time to welcome our resident Mega-Troupe FatChanceBellyDance for their first Official appearance at Underground Nomads.

FCBD will be joining us on this night, and normally on the 2nd Tuesday of the month with DJ Amar. This week will also feature SHANTI JOURDAN and SURREYYA.

The night will be a post reverence party for those still in town for the Reverence show hosted by UNMATA honoring Jamila Salimpour. We may have additional surprise guests joining us, and are offering a special deal (see below) for ticketholders from the Reverence show.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10: DJ AMAR + FatChanceBellyDance, Shanti Jourdan, Surreyya Hada.*Post-Reverence weekend party:Free Entry before 10pm with Reverence ticket. 2-for-1 until 11 for anyone who asks.

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Presenting the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style is FatChanceBellyDance.

Since the creation of FatChanceBellyDance by Carolena Nericcio in 1987, the troupe has fascinated audiences worldwide with their exciting improvisational technique. Carolena has refined a montage of different “tribal” elements into what has been coined American Tribal Style bellydance. Through their participation in dance festivals, collaborative productions with other artists, and benefit shows for community events, FCBD has established a strong professional reputation in and out of the Bay Area for performing as well.

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Director of the acclaimed Dangerous Beauties dance troupe and Co-director of Troupe Scimitar Surreyya is a highly sought after performer and instructor.  She sings in English and Turkish, and dances regularly solo as well as with several world fusion and rock bands. Surreyya’s performance is full of excitement, and is inspired by Egyptian, Turkish and American Tribal flavors of dance.  A passionate and creative performer, she also incorporates props (sword, cane, snakes, veil, finger cymballs) into her repertoire and has won several prestigious dance awards. Surreyya thrives on audience participation, often giving impromptu lessons and adding a comedic twist to her performance.

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Shanti Jourdan began Belly Dancing in 2002 and found what she had been missing in her Western dance training. After 5 years of American Cabaret style belly dance, a troupe mate took her to see The Indigo and Shanti fell in love with Belly Dance all over again but this time with an obsessive passion for isolations and layers.
Since then Shanti has devoted herself to Tribal Fusion and studying with those who inspire her. She is 8 Elements Phase II certified and enjoys collaborating in group projects as well as performing as a soloist in Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast. Her dancing is currently inspired by Hahbi’Ru, accordions, Mardi Love, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Calamity Sam and her beloved teacher, Rachel Brice.
Shanti Jourdan Belly Dance Triple Scoop

September brings exciting performances by residents FatChanceBellyDance (Sept. 10), Verbatim (Sept. 17) and more, plus very Special Guest music producers and DJs from Austria and Japan, Dunkelbundt and Makyo (Sept. 24). October brings DJ Jimmy Love, Zoe Jakes and the French Tribal Embassy (details soon).

We are excited about our new venue in SOMA, F8, with a great sound system and dance floor, awesome bar and lounge area, and friendly staff. Easier parking too, and BART access. We are starting earlier, at 9pm. Come early for happy hour snacks and cocktails. The bar will be open all evening.

We continue showcasing the finest and most beautiful dance talent available in the SF Bay Area and beyond, bringing a different mix of performers each week.

Doors 9pm, kicking off with dance performances at 9:30 following a warmup downtempo DJ set.
$5 Cover, 21+, Free before 9:30.

1192 Folsom . SF

Sept. 3: Father and Son Cheb i Sabbah and Opium

Kicking off September, we have a special Father + Son night with Cheb i Sabbah and his son, Elijah – aka Opium, who you have seen at the door at the legendary Tuesdays at Nickies … Now fast forward to 2013, and welcome the next generation of Sabbah – Global infused Hip Hop.


As always, the night will feature  dance performances at 10pm (Note we will begin performances at 9:30 starting next week), this week featuring Jennifer Faust, Millie Maddox and Laura Albert.


Jennifer Faust is a Bay Area local fusion bellydancer with a background in professional ballet – dancing with Dance Theatre Seven, Marin Ballet and in the UC Santa Barbara Dance Company.  Like most dancers, Faustsought new venues for dynamism and movement. During a performance of Jill Parker’s ‘Ultra Gypsy’ in San Francisco, she fell in love with bellydance. Captivated by the complexity that tribal bellydance fusion granted in the translation of music to physical form, Faust began training in 2003. She joined the Suhaila Dance Company from 2005-06 and then took a five year hiatus to compete in Muay Thai taking her to Thailand.  Currently Faust is a member of the following dance troupes: Ariellah’s Deshret Dance Company, Ego Umbra, Adara (directed by Natalie Nayun) and the Dirty Foot Dames collaboration.

Faust is a Registered Nurse and began her independent film making adventure in 2012 collaborating with Freyja and DJ Amar:


Millie Maddox is a professional 2D artist and animator with a background in the mobile video games industry. She discovered belly dance 7 years ago and took her very first class here in SF with The Mama of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Jill Parker. While working in NYC she continued her dance studies with Sera Solstice, Danielle Hutton and the East Coast Tribal stylization of movement. Cammi Darshan Vance was also one of her core teachers and heavily influenced the style of movement and emotion that she brings into her dance. Millie is a member of Cammi Darshan Vance’s troupe Petrichor with whom she has performed semi-professionally at Venus Uprising 2010, Tribal Fest 2012, and Danse du Ventre at the Alberta Rose theatre in Portland Oregon 2013. She also performed with Jill Parker’s Student troupe at Kafana Balkan this Summer. Millie has recently transplanted back to the Bay Area from from New York City and is currently immersing herself in the rich belly dance culture of San Francisco while in the process of developing with her own unique voice in dance.
Millie also bakes killer gluten free brownies which you can find occasionally at Stephanie Field’s Sugarfoot Grits food pop up around San Francisco.
Photo is courtesy of Jasmine Van T Productions.


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Laura Albert of Vancouver Canada is a founding member and co-director of Luciterra Dance Company.  A lover of magic, the hyper-real, mystery, elegance, vintage dust, metaphors, otherworldliness, and praxis, she spins her tales through the creation of movement, costumery, and community.  She holds certifications with Suhaila Salimpour (Level one), Colleena Shakti (100 hours of Odissi training), and Carolena Nericcio (General Skills).  She has been performing up and down the West Coast since 2008, and has performed in major festivals from the yukon to california.  Luciterra currently produces a travelling full stage show incorporating fusion bellydance, contemporary dance stylings, contact juggling, circus arts, fat beats, and digital culture, which can be seen at music events, major festivals, and underground parties across the West Coast of Canada and beyond.

Opïum Sabbah will be sampling tracks from his up coming album Freedom ïs Free produced by his father Cheb i Sabbah.

Representing urban youth world wide, Freedom ïs Free is a portrait of the societies we live in today. The album reflects the many issues & dilemmas as seen through the eyes of an American Hip Hop artist with Algerian roots.The artistry of Opïum Sabbah (son) and the dj science production skills of Cheb i Sabbah (father) bring a powerful message to the ongoing struggle.

Continue reading Sept. 3: Father and Son Cheb i Sabbah and Opium

Aug. 27: DJ Amar + Calamity Sam, Little Beasties, Kae Montgomery & Holly Shaw

As usual, we kick off at 9pm with a warm-up DJ set, dance performances at 10, and open dancefloor for the rest of the night. Tonight, we have a couple of improv dance performances to DJ Amar’s set later in the night as well.

Amar will be playing a set inspired by his Hookahdome sets played at burning man and Hookahdome events around the bay, as a dedication and sendoff to the camp while they head out to the playa for this year’s burn.

Tonight is for those who are staying in town and not trekking out to the playa.

Amar will be joined by Special Guest Shirzad – aka Persian Starr, performing live persian instrumentation, for an early live set and with Amar later in the night.
Check out his new album here.

Tonight’s performance set features a nice cross mix of what is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area belly dance scene.  We are so lucky to feature such talented dancers who bring a traditional contemporary American tribal, Spanish Flamenco and supper fusion interpretation of Bellydance.  Don’t miss the show, you have a lot to see.  Please bring tips for the dancers!

Most known for her musicality and ability to connect with the audience, Calamity Sam is not afraid to ham it up and show her sense of humor on stage. She has been a featured performer and instructor in France, Holland, Spain, England, and across the U.S. Sam is based in Oakland, CA where she teaches Unmata/Hot Pot I.T.S.,co-produces Taverna Nights with Tatyana Balte, and the Tribal Fest Afterparty with DJ Amar.  You’ll find her regularly in Los Angeles performing at Zulu Lounge, and producing an Improv night in L.A. called Eclectic Ensemble with DJ Amar.


Little Beasties is a fusion belly dance duo based in Berkeley, CA. Amina and Laura Elisabeth first met in Ariellah’s dance classes in 2010 and became fast friends. As part of Forlasi, Deshret’s sister troupe, the two have continued their dance pursuits and have been learning and performing together for the last few years. With their considerable combined dance experience, shared passion for genuine expression through movement, commitment to technique, and penchant for gettin’ hyphy, the Little Beasties aim to entertain and connect with their audience.

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Kae Montgomery
Performing an improv set to DJ Amar’s mixing live.

Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

Kae Montgomery

Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area-based dancer, choreographer, and creativity coach whose sensuous and imaginative artistic work shines with personal authenticity while drawing on her extensive knowledge of diverse dance traditions. While principally a flamencodancer, Shaw has also studied contemporary modern dance, as well as other ethnic dances, and she draws on those techniques and sensibilities to weave tapestries of nuanced and emotionally expressive work.

Shaw has performed as a soloist with Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years at the ODC Theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cowell Theatre, and with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She has danced in the Edinburgh Arts Festival,  was a starring guest artist in “Forever Flamenco” at L.A.’s Fountain Theatre, performed with several companies in the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, and was also a telvision host for Festival Revue  in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2007, she created the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco and Berkeley and is currently curating its most recent incarnation, The Sunday Salon. Shaw’s most challenging and revelatory work to date was a video blog, 365Dances, where she created a dance sketch every day for an entire year and posted videos of that work online. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style and now offers specialized workshops like The Deeper Lab as well as private creativity coaching for those wishing to sharpen their creative skills. To find out more, please visit

Holly Shaw

Happy Hour till 9:30
$5 cover after 9:30 (free before 9:30)
1192 Folsom St. SF

Performer lineup Updates for tonight’s Full Moon Dub Birthday Bash

Tonight is gonna be awesome. In celebration of Miss Kelly’s birthday, more additions have been made to the lineup for the 10pm dance performance section, with improv. performances during the DJ sets too.

Kimberly Mackoy and Jeannette Walton will be joining the lineup tonight, in addition to Marci Ann, Amber Burke and Miss Kelly.

DJ Amar will open the night with a chill global dubby set to warm up the dancerfloor from 9-10pm. Dance performance will kick off at 10pm. Following the performances, DJ Sep will take over the turntables for the rest of the night.

Full Moon Dub: DJ Sep Extended Global Dub Set + Miss Kelly’s Birthday

Extended dj set by DJ Sep spinning a worldly mix of her signature dubwise sounds with an ethnic flair. We are lucky to have DJ sep among our resident crew. While many of you get to see her at Dub Mission playing a more roots, reggae dub style set, you now have the opportunity to be on the dancefloor as she pulls the classics out of her global closet and brings new treasures from around the world to the dancefloor. Think KPFA’s Off The Beaten Path (Radio show hosted by DJ Sep for many years) meets Electric Vardo (Sep is one of the original co-founders of Electric Vardo) Meets Dub Mission (Weekly Sunday dub/reggae/dancehall night in SF that is about to celebrate its 17 year Anniversary), all in one night. Can’t miss that!

Birthday Celebration for Miss Kelly featuring belly dance performances by Marci Ann, Amber Burke and Miss Kelly. In celebration of Miss Kelly’s birthday, we convene together with one of tribal fusion’s original raqstars. It’s going to be a very special night as we celebrate her sweet and sassy self, and enjoy her elegant and beautiful dancing. For this night, we celebrate Miss Kelly, one of the original members of the groundbreaking dance companies out of San Diego, Urban Tribal Belly dance, directed by Heather Stants. Miss Kelly now lives in San Francisco and continues to be active in dance and pursue belly dance as an art. A good friend and long time advocate of dance, Miss Kelly brings her friends for a fierce night of belly dance that you won’t forget.

Miss Kelly

F8 is now introducing Drink Specials on Underground Nomads nights. This week we will have $2 Red Stripes and $3 shots of Fernet. They have all sorts of great drink options including an awesome Happy Hour until 10pm.

Come early and enjoy the evening at the bar. Remember, we begin at 9pm with warm chill global vibes. We start charging at 9:30. Dance Performances kick off shortly after 10pm, followed by DJ sets for the rest of the night.

$5 entry after 9:30. 2-for-1 before 11 if you ask.
21+ only. 1192 Folsom St, SF


Launch Party Dance Performances

So here’s the deal, if you haven’t heard yet … Underground Nomads is a new weekly in SF where some of the finest local Global Beat DJs have joined forces with the Bay Area’s most amazing dance performance artists – bringing in Special Guests from near and far to join the resident crew.

Each Tuesday, we begin at 9pm, with a Happy Hour warmup set where you can chill to ambient tribal vibes. Dance performances kick off at 10pm, followed by our DJs rockin the dancefloor for the rest of the night.

This week, we bring you Resident DULCE VITA, joined by Special Guest KITTY D (See Previous post for details), for your dancing pleasure. Our featured Dance Performance artist is ERICA.

Erica has performed in the Bay area for more than ten years, captivating audiences with her contagious smile, sensual moves, joyful dance, and technical skill. Her graceful and passionate embodiment of bellydance has been influenced by studies in Tribal Fusion, Cabaret Bellydance, Turkish Roman, Persian, jazz, and traditional folkloric dances. She has performed professionally in theaters, restaurants, private parties, and nightclubs since 2002. Past performance experience includes work with Ultra Gypsy, Elizabeth Strong, Damage Control Dance Theater, L’Anonyme Collective, Miriam Peretz’s Student Ensemble, and Adara Dance Company. Erica has also studied with and been influenced by Jill Parker, Miriam Peretz, Suhaila Salimpour (certified), Elizabeth Strong, (as well as her teacher Reyhan), Kami Liddle, Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, and Ansuya. Currently, Erica is a principal dancer in Adara Dance Company, and well as performing solo work.

Tuesdays at F8 (1192 Folsom)