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Feb. 11: MWE Live + DJ Amar, FCBD + Extended Performer Lineup, Balkan Belly Brass Bash

An Extra Special Tuesday night this week with an extended performance lineup featuring dancers from North And South of the border.

  • We have a Live Balkan Brass Band – MWE, joining us for a full-on live set.
  • Featured Special Guest performers include Caro Dumanni from Costa Rica; Laura June from Vancouver, BC; Michaella Manning, Hannah Lily and Pixie Fordtears from Los Angeles, CA.
  • We also have our 2nd Tuesday residents FatChanceBellyDance and Wendy Martlatt, and resident Millie Maddox.
  • In addition to the Announced Performers, we will have a couple of SURPRISES as well, included in a Total-Improv Tag-Team set mixed by DJ Amar.
  • DJ Amar will be spinning global dancefloor beats late night as well.

We will have 2 performance sets this week, plus an Eclectic Ensemble style improv set. Note that performances this week are planned to start at 10pm SHARP. There will also be a later set, so if you don’t make it by 10, there will still be lots to see.

This week’s LINEUP:

Resident Dancers:
FatChanceBellyDance . Wendy Martlatt . Millie Maddox

Guest Dancers:
Michaella Manning . Hannah Lily . Pixie Fordtears
Caro Dumanni . Laura June (with MWE)

+ Surprise Guest Dancers featured, in addition to some of the above dancers, in the Eclectic Ensemble Improv set with DJ Amar.

SCHEDULE:

Music:
DJ Amar
MWE

9pm – Music and Happy Hour. Great time to arrive, get a drink, get settled in and grab a front row seat on one of the comfy couches for the show.

10pm – 1st Set of Performances with FatChanceBellyDance, Wendy Martlatt and Special Guests

10:40 – MWE Live with Laura June

11:20 – 2nd set of Performances with Special Guests and residents

11:30 – Tag-team Improv performance sets with DJ Amar mixing live on the fly

11:45 – DJ Amar – open dancefloor

1am – wind down or keep going if you’re all still dancing and drinking :).

9pm-1am . F8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF . $5-10 sliding scale donation + tips for the dancers encouraged . 21+

Support Underground Nomads by coming to the show and/or via live stream. Donate to the Underground Nomads Fund at gofundme.com/undergroundnomads

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Caro is a dancer from Costa Rica who got into dancing since she was 3 years old. As a latin, she was first introduced to rhythms like salsa, merengue, cumbia, soca and reggae. Caro also took gymnastics, yoga, ballet, modern dance, hip-hop and breakdance while growing up. And then, a little turkish belly dance which lead her into Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Since then, she’s been growing up as a fusion dancer, choreographer, teacher and performer. She feels truly inspired by her teachers: Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Amy Sigil, Heather Stants, Anasma, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Kajira Djoumahna and many more. “It’s always an honor to be in their class learning about dance and how to teach it.” Her true passion is to teach dance and she’s been doing it for the last 10 years. She feels the biggest reward is watching her students grow and enjoy dance in every level. As a performer Caro has participated in several festivals in Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, USA and Croatia, like the Opa Fest, Massive Spectacular (Las Vegas), Tribal Fest (California) and Split Tribal Fest. She also has been teaching in CR and Colombia, Argentina, USA and Croatia (at Tribal Fest, Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, Split Tribal Fest and more); Caro is director of Dumanni’s Dance Company and produces dance intensives in Costa Rica (Costa Rica Summer Intensive 2009-2010) and Colombia (Bogota Mini Intensive #1, #2, #3). Plus now she launched her own clothing line called “Dumanni”. Also as a hobby, she works as a Creative Director and Hair & Make Up Artist on Jorge Dengo’s Photo Shoots. Caro believes in living on the positive side and enjoy every moment as if it was the last.

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Based in San Francisco, CA, MWE puts a modern and eclectic twist on Turkish and Balkan folk music. As a five member acoustic wind ensemble, MWE plays traditional and original songs with the rarely paired clarinet and the double-reeded zurna.  Add one more clarinet, a saxophone , and a davul (a shoulder slung marching drum), and you’re about the closest to heavy metal you can get without amplification.  MWE’s shows are loud, wild, and raucous affairs known for drawing entire audiences to their feet in one song or less.

MWE has performed at many of the Bay Area’s world music venues such as Ashkenaz, Amnesia, the Red Poppy, and Yoshi’s Lounge to name a few. In addition to performing locally, MWE has gone on three tours which have taken the band all over the west coast to cities such Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC among others. They’ve also performed at Golden Fest in New York- the largest Balkan music festival in the United States. MWE has also been lucky to collaborate with music luminaries Peter Jaques, Faisal Zedan, Paul Bertin, Samuel Atchley, Tobias Roberson, Eva Salina Primack, Marco Peris, and Matt Darriau. MWE also plays an important role in the belly dance community, providing live music for some of the most well-known American dancers including Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Mira Betz, Elizabeth Strong, Jill Parker & The Foxglove Sweethearts, Laura Albert of Luciterra, and Danielle Elizabeth.

Michaella

Michaella Manning fell in love with bellydance in 1999, when she began studying classic cabaret style with Wiporil and Mesmera. Now primarily a tribal fusion bellydancer with a penchant for 1920’s glam, music, and styling, she teaches and performs internationally for a variety of events, whether it be instructing at a bellydance intensive in Mexico City or entertaining a Saudi Arabian Princess at the Versace Mansion. Currently she works with Zen Arts Entertainment Company, is a member of the dynamic dance company The Jewels that Raq, and is a choreographer and performer in the flapper bellydance trio Les Petites Bonbon. Michaella presently resides in West Hollywood, California and loves soaking in all the old time glamour she can find.

Pixie

Pixie started dancing at the renaissance pleasure faire in southern California.. quickly realizing this is what she wanted to do with her life she spent the last 4 years studying with everyone she could.. She perform’s weekly with the Jewels That Raq! which has really helped her become the performer she is today! She’s really happy to be a part of this event because Sam and Amar were the ones who gave her the opportunity to perform her first solo so they have a very special place in her dance heart!!!

Hannah

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Hannah Lily can be found performing regularly throughout Los Angeles and beyond as a soloist as well as with numerous dancers, musicians, and variety acts.  She has studied primarily American Tribal Style® (ATS®) and Tribal Fusion bellydance, but continues to expand her dance training and pursue her interest in other forms of movement including yoga and fire arts.  She is certified in ATS® General Skills and Teacher Training and in Level I and Level II of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements program.  Hannah Lily currently dances with The Nautch Conspiracy, an improvisational tribal style troupe, as well as her most recent project Les Petites Bonbons, a flapper-inspired bellydance revue. www.hannahlilybellydance.com

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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.

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Underground Nomads resident and C0-founder DJ Amar is resident DJ with Surya Dub and resident VJ with Non Stop Bhangra. Amar plays 2nd Tuesdays and occasional other Tuesdays supporting each week’s resident and guest acts at Underground Nomads. On 2nd Tuesday, Amar throws down a full-on dancefloor DJ set.

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2nd Tuesday resident Wendy Martlatt

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2nd Tuesday residents FatChanceBellyDance

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Resident dancer Millie Maddox (The Belly Dancing Baker)

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Dec. 24: Maneesh the Twister, DJ Amar, Improv Dance Jam – Holiday Party

Yes, Underground Nomads is happening on Christmas Eve. We’re having a holiday party. Every one is welcome, regardless of what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate. We are about the music, the dance and the hanging out with friends at our favorite bar.

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Come join us after your family festivities, if you are doing Christmas Eve with family. We will be playing music straight through to 1am (or later if you all still feel like partying). If you’re not doing anything, come join us early for Happy Hour.

The night will begin with some downtempo beats, kicking off at 9pm. Shortly after 10pm, we will have our All-Improv Dance Performance Jam featuring some of our favorite dancers, and hosted by our MC TATYANA.

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Following the Performance Jam, MANEESH THE TWISTER and DJ AMAR will take the decks and rock out the dancefloor with their Surya Dub vibes for the rest of the night.

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Maneesh the Twister is founder of Surya Dub, the Ambassadors of Dread Bass. He has brought together dubwize communities from Roots & Dub Reggae to Dubstep and Ragga to Dread Bass, UK Funky, Tropical, and Drum’n’Bass to Bhangra, S. Asian Electronica and Global Bass Beat worlds together. Surya Dub has won Best Club Night in the SF Weekly Music Awards & Best Ambassadors of Dread Bass from SF Guardian Best of the Bay. Also Maneesh was awarded the Best Club DJ of San Francisco by the SF Bay Guardian! He is also a resident of the longest running weekly dub & roots night in the World, Dub Mission, which is 17+ years and dubbing!

Maneesh toured India, UK, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and played the VH1 NYE with 3000 folks on Baga Beach in Goa on New Year’s Eve! Maneesh has shared the stage with legendary Jamaican producers Lee “Scratch” Perry & Scientist, Thievery Corporation, Francois K, Kode 9, Adrian Sherwood (On-U sound), Mala (DMZ), The Bug & Warrior Queen, Flying Lotus, Mad Professor, Bassnectar, State of Bengal, Smith & Mighty/RSD, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus, Bobby & Nihal (BBC Radio 1), DJ Hatcha, Headhunter, DJ Vadim, Z-Trip, Sub Swara, Eskmo, Blutech, Kush Arora, Poirier, Badmarsh & Shri, MIDIval PunditZ, 2562, Lazer Sword, Gas Lamp Killer, Dum Dum Project, Cheb I Sabbah, Dan the Automator, Mark 1, Badawi, Lyrics Born, David Starfire, Dub Gabriel, Jah Warrior Shelter, DJ G, J Boogie, Roommate/Babylon System, Juju, Antiserum, Navdeep, & Solomonic Sound (Rob Paine).

Check out the 2009 SF Station Interview:
Maneesh the Twister – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Dec. 17: DJ Sep, Angela, Calamity Sam, Laura Elizabeth, Amina

This week’s lineup of dancers include a new Guest Performer Angela, with residents Laura Elizabeth and Amina Zareh both performing solos, and Calamity Sam – which means there will likely be some sort of an ITS jam in the mix :).

DJ Sep will be taking the decks following the performances for the rest of the night, with You on the dancefloor.

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Photo: Wick Sakit Photography
Angela started belly dancing a little over 4 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to the Bay Area a year and a half ago, and now dances primarily with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Angela has a background in Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Improv, as well as previous training in jazz dance. As a soloist, she now focuses on Fusion belly dance. As a performer, her primary goal is to let her dancing reflect her deep love of music and movement.

Note that Underground Nomads WILL happen next week on Christmas Eve (with Maneesh the Twister and DJ Amar), and we will be taking New Year’s Eve off (See F8 website for their NYE lineup). January will bring some exciting new changes, bringing in Bob Duskis (Six Degrees Records) to kick off 2014 (First Tuesdays continue as Cheb i Sabbah Tribute Tuesdays). We will also be bringing in DJ Mundi on Jan 21.

Nov. 19: DJ Sep, Heather Shoopman, Calamity Sam, Cheb i Sabbah Music Hour

In honor of our Co-Founder and resident DJ Cheb i Sabbah, opening hour at Underground Nomads will feature his music, followed by dance performances and DJ sets in his honor.

DJ Sep returns for her 3rd Tuesday residency with a Global Dub set.

This week features Special Guest dancer from LA, Heather Shoopman, and resident dancer Calamity Sam. Heather and sam have a long history of performing together, and we could quite possibly be graced by some duet action, as they were dance partners for years and love performing together.

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Heather Shoopman hails from Oklahoma where she grew up dancing everything from hip hop to country western.  She has studied music and dance her entire life, and very eloquently embodies the songs she performs.  Heather fell into bellydance over a decade ago and never looked back.  Her studies in acting also contribute to the strong, fluid, zany style that is uniquely Shoop.  She practices tribal improvisation regularly with her troupe “Heavy Metal”.  Some favorite choreography collaborations have been with Mesmera, Calamity Sam, Sherri Wheatley and Jillina.  She is a proud co-founder of BFLA-Belly Fusion Los Angeles, a collaborative focused on public awareness of Fusion Bellydance as an art form. In addition to traveling worldwide and teaching online at powhow.com, Heather teaches and performs regularly in LA.  Her intention is to share the delight and healing power of dance.

“The music is your boss.”

SamBDSS-TabooMediaMost 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.

Calamity Sam is currently the Exclusive Bay Area UNMATA / Hot Pot I.T.S. instructor, offering classes in the East Bay on Monday nights at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville. Visit thecalamitysam.com for details.
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Extended dj set by DJ Sep spinning a worldly mix of her signature dubwise sounds with an ethnic flair. DJ sep and Cheb i Sabbah were among SF’s first DJs to push the boundaries on the Electronica scene to bring World Beats to the dancefloors in full-force. 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 which just celebrated its 17 year Anniversary), all in one night. Can’t miss that!
DJ Sep’s recent article for the SF Weekly blog, in rememberence of Cheb i Sabbah:

One Fantastic Ride of a Life: Dub Mission’s DJ Sep Remembers Cheb i Sabbah

SF Weekly: [After hearing the sad news that DJ Cheb i Sabbah passed away last week, we reached out to DJ Sep, producer/promoter and founder of Dub Mission, who was also a friend of Sabbah’s. She wrote back with this remembrance.]

On my computer is an 82-page “worksheet” document, an absurdly long to-do list. On page 11 is a reminder to send Cheb i this email:

So I discovered something interesting the other day…..”Cheb” means young. “Sabbah” means morning. “Cheb i Sabbah” means young of the morning. Sepideh [my full first name] means white, used to describe dawn, as in white of dawn….WE HAVE THE SAME NAME!  🙂

I never got the chance to send the email.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, many words will be written about Cheb i Sabbah and his remarkable contribution to world music. His massively influential, self-coined “outernational” style of mixing Asian, Arabic, and African music together in one set will be emphasized. His indelible mark as a pioneering promoter will be noted. Many will talk about his 1002 Nights, those uniquely memorable events that brought world-class musicians to the Bay Area, often for the first time. Many will mention his long-running Tuesday night dance party at Nickie’s. “He turned me on to so much music I’d never heard before.” We’ll continue to hear that over and over again. And it’s all true. His impact was global.

I always thought of him as a local DJ. It was a privilege to be able to think of him that way which made it even more fun.

By any standard Cheb i had one fantastic ride of a life. A Jewish Algerian kid moves to Paris as a teenager, discovers DJing, manages Don Cherry, delves deep into Hinduism, records an untold number of talented world musicians, releases seven cherished records…and that’s just his official biography.

“As both a DJ and a promoter, I have a massive amount of respect for Cheb i.” That was one my quotes from an article on him written by Billy Jam in 2011, a few months after he was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. It’s still true, but the memories that keep coming back now have to do with Cheb i the person, not DJ Cheb i Sabbah. The signature mix I keep remembering was the mixture of his opposing characteristics. Cheb i could be very gentle and generous, especially to the musicians he championed, or curt and withholding, refusing to tell a fan the name of the song he’d just played before shooing the guy out of the DJ booth.

It was his character, not just his music, that drew so many to him. It was rewarding, being in his company. I once spent more than four hours at his apartment, having one of the most memorable conversations I’ll ever have. I know my experience is not unique. And yet, he could be exasperating to work with, his insistence on doing things his way causing avoidable hassle and stress. My experience is definitely not unique there either.

His stubbornness could be funny too. Once when we were producing and DJing a show together, he was told by the owner of the venue that he wouldn’t be able to smoke during his set. Cheb i calmly informed the owner that it would be impossible for him to DJ without smoking, he’d never done it before. Needless to say his set that night was accompanied by his usual chain smoking, with one concession. Between puffs, he held his arm down instead of up.

Google “the measure of a man” and many variations come up. This one by Peter Nivio Zarlenga struck me: “The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.” Perhaps Cheb i’s greatest misfortune came at the end when he faced a painful fatal illness. And here I find his most important and, hopefully, lasting influence on me. He faced mortality with grace and quiet determination continuing, stubbornly, to do what he loved until the end, death and smoking regulations be damned.

— DJ Sep / Dub Mission (For the SF Weekly)

Opening the night, we will play Cheb i Sabbah’s As-Far-As DJ mix, leading into the dance performances and DJ Sep’s dancefloor set.

Join us also on Nov. 21 for a Memorial event at 1015 Folsom from 7pm-2am featuring live music, DJ sets and more. 1002 Nights – A celebration of the life and music of Cheb i Sabbah. Details at Cheb i Sabbah’s page. Click on his photo above, or Here, to connect.

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.


New Venue starting July 30th – Moving to F8

Dear supporters, Please note that we are moving to a new venue at the end of the month.

We  are excited to be moving to F8 at 1192 Folsom St. (@ 8th) in the SOMA area of San Francisco. The new venue has an awesome sound system, nice and still intimate dancefloor, great bar with some excellent drink specials, and an overall nice friendly vibe.

Kicking off our residency at F8, we will have more nights with Cheb i Sabbah – August is Cheb i Sabbah Month !

Moving forward, we are planning on having 2 DJs (or one DJ and one live act) each week. We will still have the dance performances. We are not taking anything away, just adding more. We plan to bring in occasional special guest DJs and music acts. We will also be starting a little earlier, so you can enjoy some Happy Hour drinking and snacking while we get the night rolling.

We have loved doing nights at Bissap Baobab, and will continue to do occasional events there, but this move opens up some amazing new possibilities us as well as for them. Please join us at F8 on any Tuesday on or after July 30th.

The resident DJs are on somewhat of a regular monthly rotation. Due to our tour schedules, we may be occasionally swapping weeks. For example, Amar and Dulce are switching nights for August, so Dulce can rock it out at Burning Man. Cheb i Sabbah will be traveling in October to work on his upcoming new album, so we will be filling in for his nights. You can always check the website for the most up to date schedule if you wish to see a particular one of us on a night. We plan to post our schedules at least a month out, and will post any changes as soon as we are able to.

Below is our schedule for our July 30 Launch and for the month of August. We will post all of the details once we confirm the lineups. Please check back in after the weekend or subscribe for updates. You can also find our updates on the facebook page. Help us spread the word by sharing this post on facebook and twitter and following us there. We thank you for your continued support.

JULY 30: Opening Night with Special Guest JEF STOTT

*- August is CHEB i SABBAH month -*

AUG 6: CHEB i SABBAH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

AUG 13: LAUNCH PARTY with DULCE VITA + more TBA

AUG 20: DJ SEP + more TBA

AUG 27: DJ AMAR + more TBA

DANCE PERFORMANCES EVERY WEEK curated by GINA GRANDI

Full lineups for each week will be announced soon.
September schedule will be announced at the beginning of August.

Here are a few pics of the new venue.

The dancefloor: separated from the bar, nice wood floors, clean but not too fancy.

Our view of You from the DJ booth – nice and close 🙂

Some couches for you to lounge in, relax and have a drink, hang out with friends.

Our flyer designed by Jimmy Love, edits by Calamity Sam

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June 25th Dancers

Joining us for this Tuesday night’s performance is a great collection dancers.  On the decks is the fabulous Miss DJ Dulce Vita.  Dulce is part of Opulent Temple as well as being a very well rounded, well respected female DJ.  We are so pleased that we will be joined by Sam, Shanti and Parya for this night for the bellydance performances.

Calamity Sam

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.

Shanti Jourdan

Shanti performs and teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance, specializing in American Tribal Style. Her dancing is unique in the level of grace, musicality and nuance found in her movements. The joy she feels for this art form is immediately felt by her audiences and students alike.Having studied western dance and yoga for many years before belly dancing, Shanti understands the body’s movement from the inside out. Her teaching style is warm and encouraging with a focus on technique and clarity of movement.

Parya Saberi

“Starting with Persian dance lessons at age 7 in her home country of Iran, Parya Saberi began her love affair with dance. For over 10 years, she trained in On2 New York Style Salsa and performed as part of Melaza Dance Company at numerous venues including the Los Angeles Salsa Congress. More recently, she is training her buns off with many of the best belly dance instructors of the Bay Area (and beyond), including Andrea Sendek (Suhaila Salimpour format), Zoe Jakes, Jill Parker, Rachel Brice, and Kami Liddle. She is currently a member of the Suhaila Salimpour Repertoire Ensemble.”