2024 Raven’s Night Show

Saturday, October 5th, 2024 at The Birchmere

 

SALON LUNAIRE
Tempest & Nathanial Johnstone

6:45 pm

About Tempest & Nathanial Johnstone
Tempest & Nathaniel Johnstone are a dance-&-music duo that craft dynamic ritual experiences.
Tempest is a world-renowned mythic dance artist and Witch focusing on sacred and darkly inspired movements that pull from her background in the traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and beyond.
Nathaniel is a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso whose music pulls from myth, fantasy, and folklore with a vibrant sound that crosses boundaries & borders.
Together they create sound, myth, and movement that captivates and inspires.
Artist – Author – Witch:  www.lauratempestzakroff.com

RAVEN’S NIGHT SHOWCASE

7:30 pm

Belladonna
RN Producer

Washington, DC

About Belladonna

Belladonna is a sword pioneer, modern fusion belly dance instructor, performer, and show producer from Washington DC. She is also a certified yoga instructor, fire dancers, director and artist. Inspired by the power and healing dance can evoke she believes that self expression is essential for one’s well being, and hopes her performances inspire others to find a passion they want to pursue.

IG: Belladonna Boheme
BohemianBellydance.com

Ken Vegas
RN Producer

Washington, DC

About Ken

Ken Vegas is an international Drag King Legend and gender bender. Based in Washington DC, Ken has traveled across the U.S. and abroad performing his captivating and intoxicating style. Ken is currently working on the DragKingHistory.com project along side legend Mo B. Dick and has teamed up to produce shows and perform with the Bellydance Baroness of Blades, Belladonna Boheme.

IG: Ken Vegas

Brenna Crowley &
The Zilla Dance Project

New York City, NY

About Brenna

Brenna Crowley is an artist, dancer choreographer, instructor and producer based in NYC, and has performed and taught locally and across the country since first walking into her first dance class in 2004.

She has performed as a featured soloist, as a member of Sera Solstice’s Solstice Ensemble, as part of many collaborations including The Bridge Street Project, Mirapiece Theater, The Pop-Up Project, and companies directed by Dalia Carella, Danielle Hutton, Altagracia, and Ayshe. Currently teaching at Bellyqueen School, she has taught at Serena Studios, Solstice Studio and at Ailey Extension. She co-produced the theatrical dance events, the Witching Hour Boo-tique and Baile Noir, with founder Giselle BellydanceNYC.

She also partnered with founder Danielle Hutton on the last two productions of the Love Letters series. She is also a proud ambassador for the dance clothing company D. Webb Designs. When she’s not dancing, Brenna is crafting home decor, listening to too many spooky and true crime podcasts, dabbling in SFX makeup, pretending to work for QVC and wrangling her four turtles and 40 houseplants.

IG:brennzilla
brennadance.com

Kimala Nar

Dover, MD

About Kimala Nar

Kimala Nar is excited to return to the Ravens Night stage.

A proud member of the Boho family, she is a level 6 Mystic, Double Sword Initiate, Fundamentals Instructor and has 6 levels of her Boho Belt. Kimala Nar enjoys all of “Belly Dance” from Fusion to the more traditional styles.

She loves dancing with swords but will dance with any prop, leveraging her strong color guard background as one of the founders of Field of View winter color guard. Kimala teaches at the Dance Conservatory in Dover, DE.

She is greatfull to share the Ravens Night stage with so many wonderful performers.
Email: Kimalanardances@gmail.com;
instagram @kimalanardances

Naimah & Amethyst Dance

Baltimore, MD

About Naimah

Naimah is a multi-award winning belly dancer from Baltimore, Maryland and director of award winning troupe, Amandari Dance Company (“Alternative Fusion Troupe Champion” Belly Dance Nationals 2010). Amethyst is a small portion of Amandari and is recognized for their eclectically unique approach to belly dance. Members of this troupe occasionally rotate. Current and long-time members are Naimah, Khiyatta, April Monique and Melissa Jackson. More info about this troupe can be found at naimahdances.com

IG: Naimah Dances

Meta

Philadelphia, PA

About Meta

Meta Young is a professional dancer from Virginia, USA. She has studied (and continues to study) raqs sharqi, fusion, and folkloric dance, as well as pursued cross-training in ballet, jazz, West African, flamenco, modern, and contemporary.

She works as an Art Director in the gaming industry. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BFA in Fine Arts and Dance, and went on to graduate studies in performance and performance theory at Headlong Performance Institute while immersed in the Fringe Arts scene of Philadelphia, including intensive training in improvisational forms, dramaturgy, choreography, French clown, Commedia del’Arte, and the Lecoq methodology of physical theater.

The current focus of her performance work is on adapting the aesthetic of Art Nouveau for the stage. @metatheyoung

Paristani

Northern, VA

About Paristani

We perform Classical Persian Dance, Central Asian Dance and South Asian Dances. We perform Bollywood Dances and a bit of Middle Eastern Dance. We also perform Persian, Indian and Asian structured dances to modern world music on occasion and when appropriate. Our imagination and creativity is endless – yet we keep technique and expression genuine and respectful to world cultures and to the people of those cultures that inspire us. We would be honored to share our Art with you!

Osiris Dance

Phoenix, AZ

About Osiris Dance

Osiris Dance: Diosa, Katara & Zaidee

Osiris Dance is an award-winning, eclectic ensemble with a reputation for providing outstanding performances through their dance technique and unique interpretative choreographies. This versatile group opened shows for popular bands such as Abney Park and Steampowered Giraffe, as well as entertaining attendees for Phoenix Fan Fusion, Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention, and Raven’s Night. Their mission is to captivate audiences with inventive compositions that are memorable—a blend of controlled chaos and eloquent grace. Specialists in storytelling through the art of movement, Diosa, Katara, and Zaidee will continue to slink across stages, immortalized, like their chosen dance name, Osiris.

Visit planetbelly.com/osirisdance
or
facebook.com/osirisdanceensemble
for more info.

Raqs al Taneen

Chicago, IL

About Raqs al Taneen

Raqs al Taneen, or “the dancing dragon,” is an all-male belly dance company consisting of Kamrah and Drake von Trapp.

Together they have over 30 years of dance experience, bringing everything from raqs sharqi belly dance to multiple styles of transnational fusion.

They’ve been composing innovative collaborations for many years, and their individual strengths coalesce into fiery dynamism onstage.

Drake von Trapp:
IG: drake.vontrapp

Kamrah:
IG: kamrahdancer

Three Sisters

CA, MD, TN, & WI

About Three Sisters

Hailing from different corners of the United States, sisters in Bohemian Blade: Kalistra, Kristy, Melissae, and Shannon join forces to bring magic and alchemy to Ravens Night 2024.

Troupe ‘Hip’notic

Annapolis, MD

About Troupe 'Hip' Notic

Based in Maryland, Troupe ‘Hip’notic has been performing their eclectic belly dance fusion since 2004. Known for their charismatic, creative, and emotive performances, they love to tell a tale through character, costume, expression, and movement. They aim to envelope you in the world of their piece, and to lead you on a journey through their stories.

www.facebook.com/troupehipnotic

Transmutation

NY, OH, PA

About Transmutation

Transmutation is the creation of three professional belly dancers, Calixta Starr (NY), Sarah Joy (OH) and Berna (PA), who have a passion for fusing storytelling with dance to create a unique, immersive theatrical style.

Their collective work spans across a wide array of genres and dance forms, as well as performances at top festivals and pop culture conventions.

When these three combine their artistry, they create pieces that boldly push beyond the boundaries of the page, literally dancing the story to life.

When not performing, you can find all three teaching their respective styles locally and online.

Social Media links-
Sarah Joy: @SarahJoyBellydance
Berna: @bernadancer and @bee law
Calixta Starr: @Calixtastarrdance