Did you know that there is more than one style of belly dance?
Here at KPAC we offer TWO!
This belly dance style is noted as being relaxed,
graceful, and delicate. Join instructor Donna Anderson Wednesdays for a 12-week progressive class.
Beginner Belly Dance ($140+GST)
Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
Intermediate Belly Dance ($160+GST)
Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Lessons begin September 14 and run until November 30, 2016.
AMERICAN TRIBAL STYLE (ATS)
ATS is primarily a form of group improvisation dancing inspired by dances from the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and India.
This is a great form of social dancing to increase one’s creativity in an encouraging, collaborative setting.
Level 1: September 13 thru October 18, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm ($85+GST)
Want to move like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, or Ginger Rogers? Now’s your chance!
Learn the basic moves like shuffling, ball changes, and cramp rolls. All levels welcome!
We will be offering a beginner and intermediate class, both on Sundays starting in September. Session date still to be announced.
Dance Faculty-Short Term:
Donna Anderson, Egyptian Belly Dance
Donna has always been involved in the performing arts, marching in parades, playing in a theatre club orchestra, singing at two World Fairs, playing guitar and singing back-up vocals with an easy-listening duet, Shanagolden, and recording two albums. She traveled extensively in the U.K., Europe and western Russia, and entertained our Canadian troops in Germany.
After seeing a friend perform a belly dance routine, Donna immediately enrolled in her first belly dance class, and she has attended workshops and classes in Persian and Egyptian folkloric dancing throughout Canada and the US for the past sixteen years. Donna has even take two belly dance cruises to Mexico.
Before moving to Dawson Creek in 2006, Donna formed a belly dance troupe in Abbotsford called Turkish Delight; Donna’s Dawson Creek troupe is called Troupe Shalize.
Donna has traveled throughout BC and Alberta, performing in theatre shows, haflas (Middle Eastern parties), festivals, and private functions. She has produced several belly dance variety shows, including two S.P.C.A. fundraisers called Feline Fusion.
Tiffany Traverse, American Tribal Style Belly Dance
Tiffany’s dance journey began in 2009 when she studied true American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance with Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD) sister studio, Blackthorn Bellydance, in Kelowna. After taking over 3 years of intensive classes and workshops, she made her big move to the North.
In 2012, Tiffany completed her General Skills Certification at the Fat Chance Belly Dance studio in San Fransisco under FCBD director and creator, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, and Megha Gavin, director of Devyani Dance Co. In 2013, she went on to receive her General Skills Classic & Modern as well as her Teacher Training certifications in Vancouver. With this, Tiffany created Turritella Tribal and is the only sister studio in Northern BC to teach the pure FCBD ATS syllabus.
Tiffany has performed at numerous local events including Feline Fusion, SPCA fundraisers and Dawson Creek Music Festival, as well as the Dawson Creek Farmers Markets. She has also traveled to Prince George and Edmonton to dance true improv with various other dancers and sister studios.
Having danced and studied with women from all over the world, Tiffany has discovered how ATS truly is a universal language of expression. Tiffany is thrilled to bring this collaborative improvisational dance form to Dawson Creek and surrounding area.
Chelsea Mackay, Adult Tap
Chelsea did her first shuffle step at the tender age of five, under the careful watch of Dawson Creek’s original tap teacher, Wendy Cox. As a teen, Chelsea competed in jazz, tap, and hip hop, and started teaching tap and hip hop at the age of 16. After graduation, Chelsea moved to Vancouver, originally to pursue a degree in Theatre Production, but diverged from that path and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and First Nations Studies from Simon Fraser University.
Chelsea moved back to the Peace Region and dived straight back into tap dancing and worked with Emily Parsons to develop an advanced adult tap class. Chelsea choreographed and performed in KPAC’s 2012 production of The Nutcracker Remixed, and started a temporary position as the Dance and Drama teacher at Dawson Creek Secondary School.
In 2013, Chelsea moved to Norway to begin a master’s degree in Indigenous Studies. While in Norway, she co-taught a belly dance class with her partner, Ellen Dobrowolski, and also took classes in ballet. Performing at every opportunity Chelsea let the world know that Dawson Creek has some good tapping!
Chelsea is back in the North and very excited to be working with KPAC again providing new beginner adult tap classes. Chelsea prides herself on creating classes that are low pressure and high fun. Students are encouraged to try new things and gently push themselves, being mindful of personal wellbeing. Students with injuries and disabilities are welcome.
Ellen Dobrowolski, Adult Tap
Ellen is a lifelong dance enthusiast who was born and raised in Dawson Creek. Ellen’s first dance experience was samba sessions in the family living room with her mother and vovó. When she was 13, Ellen took her first formal dance class, belly dance through Physiques Fitness, and became thoroughly obsessed with learning more styles. Next came classes in hip hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, and ballet.
Since leaving Dawson Creek to pursue post-secondary education, Ellen taught belly dance at Simon Fraser University and the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. She also found time to take classes in a variety of dance styles, including belly dance, ballet, Argentine Tango, house, hip hop, Afro-Brazilian, burlesque, and tap.
Back in Dawson Creek now, Ellen and her partner, Chelsea Mackay, are co-teaching Adult Tap at KPAC. Ellen plans to continue teaching, learning, and enjoying dance, and she is happy to be a part of the KPAC family.