Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with over a decade of dedicated dance training. She considers herself a "forever" student and continues to seek instruction through workshops and classes from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.
Olga Meos is a renowned tribal fusion/ATS dance artist , choreographer, and creative director from Kazakhstan. She created Tribal Pro Dance Group in 2009 and was also the organizer of the biggest tribal festival in Khazastan, "Tribal-K".
She has traveled the world performing and teaching workshops and just recently moved to Tallin, Estonia.
A founding member of international art collective, Black Lotus Kult, Kindle utilizes many different styles to celebrate the spiritual, sensual and unusual through her art, with a primary focus on dance and movement. Since 2002, she has held audiences captivated by fire performance, using poi, fans, and fire palms. In 2005, during a move to Sacramento, she found herself fall in love with the experimentation and fierceness of belly dance ignited by instructor, Amy Sigil. Since then, Kindle has received intensive instruction in this art from world-renowned masters, and has traveled all over the country enjoying and sharing this dance with others.
Kindle consistently strives to educate herself and promotes her growth as an instructor and performer by consistently studying and learning. Consequently, she has successfully completed the following:
Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Phase I Initiation with Recognition July 2012
Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Phase II Cultivation with Recognition July 2013
Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Phase III Culmination with CertificationOctober 2015
Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Phase IV Transmission with Teacher’s Certification November 2016
FatChanceBellyDance American Tribal Style® General Skills Classic October 2017
Zoe Jakes Format DanceCraft Graduation of Key of Diamonds May 2018
Level 1 & 2 in UNMATA ITS– Studying under Dahlia Moon (Seattle WA), Kari Unmata (Sacramento CA), and Amy Sigil (Sacramento CA)
Anna Nummelin is the founder of Peanut Butter & Gypsy and a performing member of Shuvani Tribal Belly Dance of Wisconsin. She currently teaches belly dance at 5 Koshas in Wausau, Wisconsin. She resided in Miami, Florida, and taught at Lotus Dance Studio and the University of Miami from 2007-2012. She is certified in the ATS style and as a Women's Temple Leader through the Awakening Women Institute.
Pamela Luedtke is a founding member of Shuvani Tribal Belly Dance established in 2000. Pamela focuses on group folk forms and choreographed expressivity in belly dance. She instructs Tribal Belly Dance at Studio B Pilates, Stevens Point, WI and co-instructs with Anna Nummelin at 5 Koshas in Wausau, WI.
Pamela is also a modern dancer and choreographer. She was a soloist for the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre in New York, NY and worked with other dance luminaries such as Anna Sokolow, Bertram Ross and Agnes de Mille. She instructed modern dance technique at Mary Anthony's Dance Studio and taught Movement for Actors at the Herbert Berghoff Acting Studio (HB Studio) in New York, NY. She has performed and taught dance and choreography classes throughout the country.
She is the founder and artistic director of Point Dance Ensemble (PDE), which was established in January 2000. The company will be celebrating its twentieth season in 2020. She teaches ballet and modern dance with the dance department at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point (UWSP). She is certified both as a Pilates instructor and as an educational kinesiologist (Brain Gym©).
Lacey began her journey into Tribal Belly dance at the early age of 15 in southern California with Patricia Johnson. Her love for this beautiful art form was immediate; she began performing at tribal events and around campfires at SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) events almost instantly. However, as fate would have it Lacey sustained an injury that would prevent her from ever pursuing a career in classical dance. To her surprise though, because Belly Dance is best danced barefoot her doctor approved and encouraged her to continue Belly dancing.
Lacey then traveled cross country from California to Central Florida where she was exposed to the large community of Cabaret Belly dancers in Florida. Lacey then spent the next four years studying, teaching, and performing classical Cabaret Belly dance in Florida as well as in Southern California. It was during her last trip to California where her original love for Tribal Belly dance was re-ignited. Lacey then made the decision that she wanted to bring her experience and love of Tribal Belly dance to Florida. So she began Florida Tribal Dance in November of 2006 for just that reason.
Lacey is the director of Florida Tribal Dance Troupes: Aeonium Dance Collective, offering professional Tribal Fusion performances, Blue Caravan, a troupe specializing in improvisational Tribal Style, and Silver Sage Tribal Florida Tribal Dance's student troupe. Lacey and Florida Tribal Dance also host "A Tribal Garden", their annual Gala every Spring, celebrating the students, troupes, and extended family of Florida Tribal Dance.
In addition to teaching weekly classes, Lacey is also available for instructional workshops. She prides herself on her upbeat personality that puts students in a fun place to learn and her meticulous breakdown of movements so whether you are a first time dancer or a seasoned professional, you will find Lacey's teaching easy to comprehend and useful in any dancer' s progression.
Lacey holds a beginning certification in the YogaFit Method.
Lacey completed the American Tribal Style General Skills Certification by Fat Chance Bellydance in June 2009 as well as American Tribal Style Teacher Training in 2017.
Lacey completed and passed the necessary requirements and testing for Phases I, II, and III of Rachel Brice's 8 Elements program. Phase 1: Intitiation in 2012, Phase II: Cultivation in 2013, and Phase III: Culmination in 2016.
Leah Hutton Blumenfeld
Leah Hutton Blumenfeld has been dancing since the age of 10. She started studying ballet and modern dance in her home town on the west coast and continued at Emerson College and Green Street Studios in Boston, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. She has performed with the Washington Junior Concert Ballet; Eugene Ballet, Oregon; Futorian Dance Theatre, Boston; The Ground Theatre Ensemble in Washington, D.C.; and Ballet Theatre Company of West Hartford, CT, among others. Ms. Blumenfeld has studied yoga and Pilates in conjunction with her dance training for more than 25 years. She received her Pilates teaching certificate in 2005. Ms. Blumenfeld took her first belly dance class in 1999, enrolled as a student at Belly2Abs in 2009, and has performed with Tribal Trance under the guidance of Anaizh since 2012. When not dancing, she is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Barry University.