Having never taken a dance class before, Athena
is a pure tribal belly dancer! Dancing has been a
real boost for her self-esteem. She loves being
active, and always learning something new.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog,
gardening, sewing, cooking, being creative,
shopping and dining with friends, trail biking and
enjoying the outdoors!
Kae N. O'Claire found belly dance through a good
faire friend. That friend then led her to Tribal
Evolution and shehas been hooked ever since. The
group is a place to express her femininity in a unique
and kinetic format. Dance takes her away from her
hectic life of the mundane world where she shapes
young minds and helps with the family business.
Growing up in Montana with a side trip to the Pacific,
she has a love of travel and culture. She hopes to
visit the cultural regions this art form comes from
and learn more about the people and their history.
Fira's dance experience comes from marching color guard in
high school, college, and a summer with the Blue Knight
Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI). She was interested in belly
dance for quite a while before finally finding time for classes
in 2010. In 2011, she was honored to be invited to join the
student troupe, Tribal Echo. In 2012, during a brief break
from dancing, she welcomed her second child into the
world. As soon as she was able, she was right back to class.
She enjoys the sisterhood of the troupe and learning
Her interests include spending a lot of time with her kiddos
and hubby, gardening, crafts, learning contact fire staff, and
of course, dance.
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Laurel took her first belly dance classes in 2005 with
Bayou Shimmy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Through
several moves, 3 states, and a journey from cabaret to
tribal fusion and now to ITS, Laurel was honored to join
Tribal Echo in 2015 and is currently apprenticing for
Evo. She is thrilled to have found the perfect dance
home in North Texas, where she can sharpen her
performance skills while experiencing the fun of
improvisational dancing with friends.
When not dancing, Laurel is a librarian and enjoys
hanging out with her husband and dogs, sewing, and
exploring the Texas countryside.
Zarabella's journey through belly dance started in
Yuma, AZ in 2003. She trained for several years in
Classic & Modern Egyptian through her amazing
instructor, Raven of Jewels of the Desert (now
Banat Tabla). She has performed Cabaret, Tribal &
Tribal Fusion. After a few years of hiatus from
dance, Zarabella has returned, focusing on Improv
Tribal Style, and in 2015 she received her FCBD
American Tribal Style General Skills Certification.
Jasper joined Tribal Evolution in September of 2015. She has
always been a performer but her dream was to dance! Little did
she know it would take her over half a century to achieve that
Jasper has performed in community theater, been a
cheerleader, operated a dinner theater production company and
currently performs as Capt. Jane Jasper of the pirate crew, The
Seadog Slam at renaissance fairs. It was her connection to a
fellow seadog, Rae, (he drums for Tribal Element) and his lovely
wife and fellow troupe member Kae, that led Jasper to tribal
belly dance. Kae shanghaied Jasper into attending classes with
TE and Jasper fell in love at first choo-choo! Dancing with Tribal
Evolution has brought joy, friendship and the fulfillment of a
life-long dream to this sexagenarian!
Jasper has a wonderful husband(aka Blackbead), 3 children, 6
grandchildren, 2 cats and loves to garden. Jasper is proof that
you are never too old to follow your dreams and dance!
Kayvita has been in love with dance since she could
stand! Music, dance, world travel, and art have
always been an important part of her life.
Kayvita has always admired belly dancers, their
grace and exotic charm was so alluring.
Thanks to a lovely gift one year, she started private
lessons with Meleea and never looked back. The
style was gypsy cabaret, which led to tribal fusion,
and now a part of the ITS community as a member
of Tribal Echo.
She is very happy to be a part of this troupe and
can't wait to see what comes next.