Ariellah studied classical ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance of London for twelve years, beginning at age three. After a four-year break from dance that included two years in the Peace Corps on Africa’s Ivory Coast, she returned to the United States eager to learn the dance of her Moroccan ancestry. Ariellah performs tribal and dark fusion belly dance worldwide. She has studied and performed belly dance for the past seven years, both with Janine Ryle of Danse Mahgreb and as a founding member of The Indigo with Rachel Brice. Her style infuses many genres of belly dance, all with a modern dark flavour that is uniquely her own. She is featured on many DVDs, including the first of its kind “Gothic BellyDance” DVD and her first instructional DVD, “Contemporary BellyDance and Yoga Conditioning” and she also won first place in Siren’s Insanity belly dance competition in 2004. She is considered a leader in the innovative new genre of Dark Fusion Belly Dance and is known for her strong technique and precision of movements. www.ariellah.com
Tempest pulls from her visual arts background (BFA from RISD), literary tendencies, and global inspirations to create dance that crosses the boundaries of time and culture. Tempest began her journey into dance in 2000, and has traveled the country to study traditional, folkloric, and fusion forms of bellydance. She is the premiere instructor of Gothic Bellydance in North America, and her extensive work in the genre has helped to define and develop the movement across the world. Her compelling performances exemplify her distinctively theatrical and expressive style, and are rooted in oriental dance technique with a transcendent approach. Her costume designs have revolutionized the look of modern bellydance, and continue to inspire new and old generations of dancers alike.
Ami Sprandel, who has been dancing under the name Ami Amoré since 2008, has been bellydancing, performing, and entertaining the public in St. Louis for the past several years. Her first experience with bellydancing was approximately 10 years ago. She is a dynamic, energetic, and charismatic performer, who prides herself on her showmanship and command of many different styles of bellydance, including tribal fusion, gothic, and experimental. But her performances often include elements of other styles of dance and entertainment, including performance art, burlesque, acro yoga, vaudeville, and fire dancing. Ami is proficient with all traditional bellydance performance props, including zills, veil, and cane, but her favorite prop to work with is the sword, and she especially enjoys choreography and performing with the double sword.
M’chelle began her dance journey in 1999 when she stumbled into Kawakib’s Intermediate Bellydance class in Woodbridge, Virginia. Immediately hooked, she continued her dance journey from traditional styles into American Tribal and Tribal Fusion. Her natural curiosity has led her to experimentation in Classical Indian, Flamenco, African dance, and Ballet; as well as hooping and Aerial dance, helping her in the creation of what she terms Boxcar Fusion Bellydance – borrowing heavily from post WWI era styles and Steampunk themes, with a contemporary flair.