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Daka, also known as Mark in his everyday life, has a fascination with culture, language, spirituality, and folklore. Always driven by an inherent desire to wonder, and seeking a method of uniting the body and mind. With his passion for music, dance, theater, and costume, he discovered ATS and fulfilled this wish. He has experience in fire fan choreography, ATS with tambourine, as well as tribal drumming and musicality. He developed such a passion for tribal drumming that he founded a new DFW drum group, the Temple of Doum. He also takes great joy in inviting other men to join the ATS siblinghood, representing an art form that empowers both men and women to embrace their higher selves and to have confidence in all they do.
Nokomis has been dancing ATS for the better part of a decade, and her love of Tribal style has never stopped growing. She has found a community brimming with love, acceptance, body positivity and creative expression that feeds her soul. She is excited to expand her vocabulary of movement with Tribal Evolution, and add to her family of tribal sisters and brothers.
In her everyday life, she is a multifaceted creative professional, specializing in photo/film/digital arts and floral design. Her hobbies include playing the bass and guitar, singing, writing, reading, and whatever new craft she's into at the moment.
Odonatta began ballet dancing at the age of 3, to help correct her being pigeon-toed, and remained in ballet until adulthood dancing with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Richardson Metropolitan Ballet, and the ABT for most of her teen and early adult life.
In high school, when she was not at the ballet barre, she was a member of the drill team.
During college, at Ole Miss, Odonatta taught ballet technique classes for the Ole Miss Rebel football program, and in the late 1990s, she opened her own classical ballet school and enjoyed sharing her love of ballet with young dancers for a decade.
A few years ago a friend introduced her to ATS belly dance and fell in love with the style, costumes, and her fellow dancers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and doing make-up!