2020 PERFORMERS

Zoe Jakes

San Francisco, CA

ZOE JAKES

Zoe Jakes has been bellydancing for 20 years, and brings a playfulness and ease into the classroom that makes training fun! She desires to create an inclusive environment so all humans can enjoy the art of bellydance, and hopes that everyone can experience the grace and fluidity that comes with training in this form.

Zoe’s signature style of dance incorporates pop and lock isolations, elements of classical indian dance, jazz foot work and modern lines, with lots of folk bellydance inspiration.

Zoe Jakes is a founding member of Beats Antique, and composes music for them as well as dances. She is known around the world for her unique stylistic take on belly dance, and is also an accomplished teacher, sharing her knowledge with the next generation.

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Belladonna

Washington, DC

Belladonna

She is the creative director and producer of  the annual Raven’s Night Soiree’, the Vixen Variety Show and DC’s Bohemian Belly Dance Brunch.

Belladonna teaches weekly classes in the DC & NOVA area and travels to other cities and countries for specialty events.  Over the last several years she has produced 2 sword instructional DVDs and developed her own belly dance teacher training and sword certification programs.

Belladonna is a modern fusion belly dance instructor, performers and show producer from Washington DC. She is a pioneer of moderns sword dancing and has paved the way for sword dancing around the globe. Belladonna is the founder and director of Bohemian Belly Dance LLC, is a certified yoga instructor, fire dancer, costume maker, interior designer, and the founder and creator of her signature jewelry line, Soul Armor.

Belladonna is continually inspired by art and the power and healing dance can evoke. She believes that self expression is essential for ones well being, and hopes her classes and performances inspire others to find their creative voice and feel empowered.

Her Bohemian Belly Dance style has been a spearhead in group improvisational belly dance on the East Coast, with her Fusion Fragments and Bohemian Tribal vocabularies.

Belladonna aspires to create and share inspirational and often theatrical dance fusing modern technique with movements borrowed from traditional styles of world dance. She also aims to show and share tools that help others better express themselves while maintaining meaning and the rich historical and cultural significance of the movements.

Belladonna has had the honor of being a guest performer with international superstars such as Amanda Palmer, Beats Antique, Corvus Corax, the Bellydance Super Stars and the Indigo. She has also been a featured instructor at national and international festivals such as Tribal Fest, Art of the Belly, Rakkasah Spring Caravan, Rakkasah East, Tribal Alchemy, Elevation,  Awakening Persephone, 3rd Coast Tribal, Gothla UK, FesTribal de Quebec as well as many private events, medieval events, cultural events and parties.

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Brenna Crowley

New York City, NY

Brenna Crowley

She is part of the dance event production team BrennSelle. With Giselle BellydanceNYC, they have produced and curated themed dance shows on the smaller scale with their Baile Noir soirees and on the larger scale with the annual Witching Hour Boo-tique theatrical dance concert. The events have been highly praised and showcase some of the most talented and creative performers mainly in the Tri-State Area.

Brenna draws from American Cabaret Belly dance and Fusion styles as well as movement influences from hip hop, street jazz, house, martial arts, modern dance, and flamenco. She is known for her fun and imaginative choreographies, intensity, commanding stage presence as well emotive performances.

Since 2008, Brenna has been teaching in NYC at Serena Studios and has also taught at Solstice Studio and for Rise Dance Company. She has taught workshops at other dance festivals and events including Art of the Belly, Lumen Obscura and Raven’s Night. As an instructor, she is known for her concise breakdowns and metaphors, which are always paired with a fun atmosphere and a sweaty good time.

She has had the fortune to study under some of the best instructors in the belly dance arena – starting in 2004 at Serena Studios with the legendary Serena Wilson, Kelley McKinnon, Zenaide, Layla Mary, Altagracia, Dorit, Rayhana and Najma. In the Fusion world she has primarily trained under Sera Solstice since 2007 and has taken numerous and extensive workshops and intensives with Mira Betz, Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, Amy Sigil, Kami Liddle, Heather Stants and Sarah Johansson Locke. In addition to her current studies under Sera Solstice and Mira Betz, Brenna continues her movement training with regular classes and workshops in flamenco, aerial circus arts, street jazz and house dance. She is also an amateur SFX makeup artist, mostly self-taught and furthering her knowledge with Continuing Education classes at School of Visual Arts.

www.brennadance.com

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Dana Beaufait

Norfolk, VA

Dana Beaufait Stevens

Dana Beaufait Stevens is a second generation Bellydancer & Entertainer from Virginia, USA.  Veil Poi, Hula fusion, Theatrical dance, Spiritual Dance, Cosplay Entertainment and Tribal Fusion Belly dance are just a few of her passions.  She started dancing at the age of thirteen, with a love for Egyptian cabaret and Fusion Belly dance. Dana began teaching through her mother’s studio, Janna’s International Dance Studio, at the age of seventeen introducing her love of dance to women and men all over the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. Dana enjoys crafting dramatic fantasy, nerdy, gothic, theatrical performances, Exploring as many facets of human and un-human nature as she can through dance. Drawing out character dances with the help of theatrical makeup, costuming and music.

She has taught over a hundred classes including costuming and makeup workshops, Veil Poi workshops, Basic Belly Dance classes, Zil classes, Veil classes, Theatrical movement course, Ritual dance movement, Makeup, and more. Creating over fifty choreographs including classes at the College of William & Mary and Published Voi Choreo ‘Wraith’ in the Choreographer’s Notebook: Undead Edition.

Winner of Jewels of the Orient Professional Tribal 2016. Runner-up winner of East Coast Classic Tribal Professional 2016. Assistant Producer of East Coast Classic 2017. Workshop instructor East Coast Classic 2017. Studio instructor BeFlat Japan 2013-2015. Studio manager of Seven Cities Dance Studio 2016. Artistic Director of East Coast Classic 2017. Hospitality Coordinator Tribal Con 2017. Guest Artist and Instructor at Ravens Night D.C 2016.  Lead role in Madame Oncas: Manna Saga theatrical belly dance production 2017.

Dana Beaufait  Created Veil Poi, Poi Veil, Voi, Silk Poi, a new Belly Dance prop that has been taking the world by storm. Even though it has many different names it is always fun and Beautiful to dance with. In 2007, Dana released her instructional DVD ‘Voi: Fireless Poi Spinning’  to promote her own  Voi technique to an international audience. Since then it has taken off to inspire Dancers from Japan, Russia, Europe, Australia and the united states, just to name a few, to create their own techniques and choreography. Veil Poi has been used to express emotion from Belly Dance to worship dance and continues to grow every year!

https://www.danabeaufait.com/

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Irina Akulenko

New York City, NY

Irina Akulenko

Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer, with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. However, belly dance became her main addiction which she sustained by seeking instruction with numerous local teachers as well as visiting master performers. Since 2001, Irina explored both Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Odissi and Flamenco and now enjoys fusing these art forms as well as everything in between.

Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She completed successful tours around the world, teaching and performing in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France, Iceland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She released three successful instructional DVDs with World Dance New York (“Tribal Fusion Workout”, “Diamond Cut” and “Sculpted Blossom”) and two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Additionally, her performances were featured on “Fantasy Bellydance: Cult of Myth” DVD, “Fantasy Bellydance: Tarot” DVD and she could also be seen on Bellyqueen’s “Bellydance NYC: The Ultimate Fusion Experience” DVD. Irina is one of the principal dancers, instructors and choreographers with Bellyqueen Dance Theater, is the main choreographer and performer for Project “Bella Gaia” and an alumni member of Alchemy Dance Theater.

While home, she also directs her student troupe “Kiaroscuro Dance”, focusing mainly on Classical Indian fusion. She loves collaborating with other artists and has completed projects with Jillina (Bellydance Evolution project), Dalia Carella, BALAM Dance Theater, NY Gypsy All-Stars and many others. Irina is dedicated to continuing her dance education, always looking for new ways to be inspired. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women’s issues and visual arts.

www.DanceIrina.com

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Ken Vegas

Washington, DC

Ken Vegas

Kendra Kuliga is the co- producer of Raven’s Night, a professional graphic designer, and a drag king legend known as Ken Vegas. Ken started drag in December 1996 as a contestant in a Drag King Contest in Washington DC, which was a fundraiser for the DC Dyke March produced by the Lesbian Avengers. In 1999 Lizerace (NY Drag King) told Ken about a new conference called the International Drag King Extravaganza (IDKE) in Columbus, Ohio. The experience was so impactful that Ken wanted to share the message of being respectful and supportive to fellow kings rather than be competitive. Ken formed the troupe the DC Kings in March of 2000 which lasted till 2015, making it one of the longest running regular drag king shows. Ken was able to induct over 400 Drag Kings into the DC Kings. In 2001 Ken created “The Great Big International Drag King Show” and invited performers from all over the World: Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, England, Canada, and the US. This was the largest drag king show in the World for seven years, with its last year attracting 1000 people to come watch.

Ken also co-created “Kingdom Magazine” with Canada’s own ‘Carlos Las Vegas’ documenting drag king history, drag shows, our arts and photographs, from performers from again, all over the World.

And Ken is still going! Currently working with fellow king legend Mo B. Dick on the website dragkinghistory.com which documents the history of performance starting with the Tang Dynasty (618 AD) to today. The importance of recording history and honoring those who came before us is paramount to Ken’s heart. As we can not appreciate where we are if we are disconnected from our roots. History gives our art depth. Ken’s love of Drag Kinging has spanned over 23 years and he is excited about performing at this year’s Raven’s Night.

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Silvia Salamanca

Houston, TX

Silvia Salamanca

Silvia Salamanca is an internationally acclaimed performer, choreographer and instructor from Mallorca, Spain.  A life-long dancer, she graduated at the age of nineteen as a major in ballet and performed professionally as a modern dancer in major Europe festivals with the contemporary dance company of the University of Barcelona.
She started her career as a belly dancer in 2001, when realizing the enormous benefits that this art-form brings to women in both body and soul. In her own studio, she keeps observing how women can get closer to their self identity and discover oneself in a new level, increasing self-esteem, and getting deeply in touch with the feminine essence in their soul through bellydance.
As a natural evolution in her journey, Silvia discovered tribal fusion in the USA and combined it with a deep research into her own cultural roots: Spanish gypsy and Arabic. Hence with her work in the field of Zambra Mora (spanish gypsy-oriental dance fusion) Silvia gained international recognition and is currently invited to teach workshops and perform as a headliner in major festivals world-wide. Silvia is also known for her work dancing with swords, which she feels depicts the strength of women.   Silvia is also the director of Shunyata Belly Dance, a nationally awarded tribal fusion company and a proud member of Urban Gypsy, Houston’s premiere ITS troupe.
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Morgana

Madrid, Spain

Morgana

Morgana is an internationally-recognized Tribal Fusion and Dark Fusion dancer, choreographer, and instructor.
Her work is very prolific and varied. It is highlighted by her choreographic compositions inspired by stories and characters from films and videogames, her collection of animal-inspired steps, which have resulted from her research on animal mimicry, and especially, her fusion of tribal dance with weapons and martial arts. A dark aesthetic predominates in her work, addressed from multiple angles: from Chinese and Japanese culture to Science Fiction and the Victorian Era.

At the educational level, she has developed the MEW (Morgan East & West) format, a five-level dance program that combines the general basics of oriental dance, Tribal ATS and Tribal Fusion with her own repertoire of steps, and is complemented by professional specialization courses. This format is taught through regular classes in Madrid at Morgan East & West Dance and Performing Arts Center and in various European locations such Italy and the United Kingdom (MEW International Format), as well as through thematic workshops around the world.

Morgana is also the founder of Excalibur Dance Company, a dance and stage-fighting company with almost 25 years of experience in Europe, and the organizer of the Spanish edition of the international alternative dance festival Gothla Spain.

https://www.morgan-website.com/morgana

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Catrice Fairuza

Upstate, NY

Catrice Fairuza

Catrice Fairuza, is a multi-awarding winning dancer, choreographer and, teacher located in Upstate New York. While under the expert guidance and tutelage of Nefertiti of Delaware, Catrice Fairuza has been able to travel the word learning dance from dancers of origin.  As well as being student of all different types of dance, Catrice Fairuza truly enjoys immersing herself in Egypt’s many different diverse and beautiful cultures while being respectful of the countries beliefs, and history.

Catrice Fairuza, is also the co-owner and head designer of Mischief Maker Couture Costumes. Mischief Maker Couture Costumes was started to because Catrice saw the lack of diversity in the costuming world, all shapes, sizes and skin tones were not catered to. Catrice Fairuza is truly living out her dreams when she sees her creations on dancer, and brides across the globe.

Mischief Maker Couture Costume believes in making the world a more beautiful place by drawing out what is beautiful and unique in you.

http://thelunachix.com/

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Shannon Burla

San Francisco, CA

Shannon Burla

Bio: Shannon Burla is from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been dancing for 6 years. Inspired by the twist at the end of the story, shifting seasons and change, her work often plays with the opposition of dark and light that resides within all of us.

https://www.facebook.com/sburla

Photo Credit:
FB: Briana Di Mara of Redwood Rose Photography
IG: Briana De Mara of @redwood_rose_photos

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Maia Alexandra

Buffalo, NY

Maia Alexandra

Maia Alexandra is a Bellydance and Fire Entertainer based in Buffalo, New York. Her movement training spans over three decades and is extremely diverse, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hula Hoop, and Modern Pinup Modeling as well as her love for Oriental Dance in all its myriad forms.

With highlights including teaching for Rakkasah West, Spring Caravan, the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive, the Art of the Belly Festival, and Waking Persephone, Maia has also been selected as featured performer for Raven’s Night, Unmata’s Blood Moon Regale, and she holds the 2010 “Ms International Ambassador of Bellydance” title.

Maia believes in mutual respect, chocolate chip cookies, breath, love, darkwave, and the Muppets.

She is honored and thrilled to return to the cast of Raven’s Night for 2019.

maiaalexandra.com

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Kalistra & Megan Lee

Maryland

Kalistra & Megan Lee

Kalistra and Megan Lee meet in 2019 as troupe mates in Zakhara Dance Company. Both ladies loved theatrical, creative. & unique performances, so when they heard the call for fantastical 80’s movies based performances they knew they had to apply! Award winning dancers individually and both troupe directors Kalistra ( Troupe Awen)  & Megan Lee (  Ghawazi Circus Sirens ) have kept very busy with virtual shows but this is the first time these two have actually been able to perform together…from a distance.

Naimah

Baltimore, MD

Naimah

Naimah is the co-producer of Art of the Belly Festival in Ocean City. She is also the director of Amandari Dance Company.  Amandari is an award-winning troupe from Baltimore, MD known for their eclectic style.

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SuperKate

Lexington, KY

SuperKate

SuperKate is based in Lexington, KY. She has spent the last few years diving into Pilates and all things movement. Her love of theatre, dance, and music has informed these studies even more. You can find her performing solo, with Rakadu Dance (Lexington, KY), and in the duo Skella (with Belladonna).
She hopes others will be inspired by her passion and find their own voice and energy to give back to the world.
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Osiris

Arizona

Osiris

Osiris dance has been sharing their eclectic dance stylings with the Valley of the Sun for over ten years. With a foundation of Egyptian Cabaret, Osiris blends belly dance with other genres, such as American Tribal, Bollywood, Hip Hop, and Experimental dance forms.
They love to not only incorporate numerous and sometimes unconventional props to their dance, but also thrive on adding theatricality to their pieces by bringing stories to life through movement, costuming, music, and expression.
With over 20 years of combined dance experience, Osiris members, Diosa (director and founder), and Katara perform and teach workshops at festivals and events throughout the country including the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention, The Phoenix Comicon/Fan Fest, film premieres, Phoenix Rising, and more.