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Lindsey McCormick

Lindsey's love of dance began at an early age and has taken shape over the years in many forms. Several years ago Lindsey fell in love with Belly Dancing and hasn't looked back since. She teaches classical belly dance technique with a fusion flare, blending elements from dance styles learned throughout her life. Her goal is to help the belly dance scene in Frederick flourish,  and to educate the public on the true nature of this beautiful art form.

Lindsey strives to create a nurturing, inspiring environment for her dancers where they can feel free of judgement and learn to accept and love their bodies just the way they are.

 

Lindsey loves to cross train in varying belly dance styles including classical Egyptian, tribal fusion, Russian Romany and Flamenco Arabe skirt dancing. She has studied with Kristen Dorsey, Naimah Loren, Saeeda Kasym, Dalia  Carella, Angela Petry and Belladonna Boheme. She is currently certified as a Level 3 Technician in Belladonna's Bohemian Blade technique. 

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Kalayla

From Union Bridge, Kalayla has been dancing for over 10 years. It's started with a jingle in a college common room and a love for belly dance was born. Learning from masters like Sadie Marquardt, Shahrzad, and Zoe Jakes and skilled friends, strengthening her dance skills is a key factor for her.

 

Veil was her first prop that she ventured in Belly Dance. Using gracefully movements, let her entice you for what is in store for the spring/summer session.

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Troupe Anam Cara

Troupe Anam Cara, under the direction of Lindsey McCormick,  formed through the bonds of sisterhood and a deep love for the dance. This is a group of incredibly hard-working women who somehow manage to juggle life, careers and children to foster their passion. The Troupe is an invite only group for Anam Cara Dance students.

The Troupe's members currently are: Lindsey McCormick (director), Tracy Babylon, Jaelynn, Suzanne Lutsky, Katie Jacobsen, Thalia, Tracy Brown, Queen Bastet

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Lulu

Lulu is very proud of her Greek heritage and has performed and study dance in Egypt, Turkey and Greece. She is currently performing in the Baltimore/DC area.

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Kelly

Kelly Kennedy is from Frederick, Maryland, and a member of Troupe Anam Cara. She has been dancing and playing music since she was (very) young, and has been belly dancing for about seven years now. Kelly loves fusion dance and props, and like every belly dancer, all things sparkly. She can't wait to see old friends and new at the Harvest Hafla!

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Queen Bastet

Queen Bastet is the Dance Director at Luna Aerial Dance and Performing Arts in Frederick, MD. She’s been teaching belly dance for fifteen years and performing for twenty. A Baltimore native, she performed regularly at local restaurants, festivals, and parties and was the talent coordinator for the Desert Cafe. Trained primarily in the PiperMethod, she blends American cabaret, Egyptian raqs sharki, and Turkish Romany with elements of Modern Dance and Hip Hop. Dance is a powerful form of expression and Queen Bastet loves sharing it and guiding others to their own unique style.

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Katie

Katie began belly dancing in 2016 and began taking classes with Lindsey's troupe Anam Cara in 2018. Along the way she has studied classic Egyptian, American tribal, fusions, and the sword certificate/ BATS improve system developed by Belladonna Boheme. She has earned her level 4 Warrior certificate under Belladonna's program and intends to work up to earning her level 6 Master certificate. Other skills/styles she enjoys are skirt, veil, and improv.  

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Lotus Sol

Lotus Sol Skirt Troupe from Anam Cara Dance in Frederick under the direction of Lindsey McCormick was born out of a love for all things skirt dancing. Blossoming like a lotus and shining bright as the sun while performing innovative fusion dances with fabulous flying skirts, these incredible dancers put their heart and soul into what they do while executing Lindsey's unique fusion flare.

Lotus Sol consists of Director Lindsey McCormick, Tracy Brown, Martina Desiree, Thalia, Jamie Fogle, Karen Peacock, Suzanne Lutsky, Deb Colley and Jaelynn.

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Jaelynn

Jaelynn has been belly dancing for approximately three years and took up sword during quarantine. She enjoys all forms of movement and likes to mix styles when performing.

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Deborah

Deborah is a belly dance performer, choreographer, and instructor from South Central PA.  Know for her versatile and imaginative dance compositions, she has provided artistic direction and choreography for several troupes.  Deborah’s belly dance style is eclectic. 

 

She considers herself a fusion artist, intermingling her Vintage Oriental and Egyptian Raqs Sharqi roots with modern dance styles.  

 

As a word, Shaabi has multiple meanings in Arabic:  “folk”, “popular”, “of the people”.  As a musical form, Shaabi is the voice of the street, an urban expression full of feeling, double entendres, and social commentary.  As a dance, Shaabi reflects a true and authentic expression of the Egyptian people and their humor and playfulness.

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Hip Sisters

The hip sisters met when they were both members of Troupe Asherah and simply enjoy getting together and dancing.

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Taschen

Based in Central Pennsylvania, Taschen is primarily a fusion dancer who enjoys exploring a variety of styles. Utilizing technique from multiple sources, her focus is to honor root teachings while exploring their potential to cultivate a unique experience with movement. She has been dancing for thirteen years and performing in the local community since 2011.

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Qetesh

Qetesh took her first belly dance class in 2008 and was drawn to the Turkish style of dance.  She has studied with many great teachers over the years including Deborah, Artemis, Miramar, and Diana Jelena.  

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Farasha

Farasha is a performer, teacher and choreographer from Burlington, New Jersey, and is owner of Farasha & Su’ad Dance & Designs. She was a former member of Morocco’s Casbah Dance Experience in New York, which performed at the Lincoln Center library, NYC and in Cairo, Egypt, among other venues. Farasha has conducted dance lecture/demos for various educational and community groups, and she is the artistic director of the Mystic Moonlight Dancers in New Jersey. She co-produces dance seminars with Su'ad in New Jersey and Connecticut. (Our next NJ event is Spring Fling in May 2024) Farasha & Su'ad Dance & Designs sells beautiful jewelry and accessories at events and online at farasha.com/store.

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Thalia

Thalia, otherwise known as Dorie, has been belly dancing for 5 years and dancing like no one's watching since they were born. Their pronouns are they/them. They love making people hoot and holler with their electrifying performances, and asks you to vocalize when you like a shimmy or shake! Thalia has danced classic Egyptian, tribal fusion, and divine chaos skirt dancing. They've also dabbled in sword, fan veils, fan and skirt technique. Today Thalia will be utilizing a style they've deemed "belly dance disco fusion". Enjoy the chaos!

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Tracy Brown 

Tracy has been under the instruction of Lindsey McCormick since 2020 and draws inspiration from her Anam Cara and Lotus Soul troupe members. Her love of dance began at an early age and has taken many forms over the years. Her favorite movements are rooted in street jazz, hip hop and Caribbean fusion.  Tracy enjoys the challenge of performing with a troup, and is so nervicited to be performing her first fusion belly dance solo!! 

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Anahata Tribal Dance

Anahata Tribal Bellydance is a newly formed troupe based in Chantilly, Virginia and lead by Barbara Price. We perform Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance which is a group improvisational style.

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April Monique

April Monique dances as a world fusion bellydance soloist, director of Troupe Almishkal and a member of troupe Amandari Amethyst. She is also pleased to be the resident bellydancer and a core member of the Rogue Swan Theatre Company.  April teaches bellydance at Beach Bee Yoga in Havre de Grace and Harford Community College, has taught several specialty workshops and runs the Moonshine Mardi Gras Hafla and Moonshine Bellydance Gala. She is also a certified instructor of SharQuí: The Bellydance Workout by Oreet. April has studied with a number of instructors over the years including Devra Johari, Naimah, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Victoria Teel and more (including intense self-directed study with Datura Online).  In addition to her experience in bellydance, April has spent her life studying visual art, costuming, acting and many other dance forms, of which bellydance is by far her favorite.

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Ali

Ali has done various styles of dance ranging from ballet to Bollywood to bellydance since he was 4 years old. After a long hiatus from dance, he wishes to get back into more events and workshops whenever the chance will arise.

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Luna Nova

Luna Nova Bellydance Company offers instruction and performances in the colorful, wonderful world of FatChanceBellydance ® Style dance. Based in the Harrisburg area, this group is drawn together by our love of the improvisational nature of FatChanceBellydance® and tribal fusion styles. Our passion for traditional, modern, and world music fuel our creativity and we are excited to demonstrate this unique style of dance to you today. Join Luna Nova as we dance in to spooky season!

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Boudica

Tracy has been under the instruction of Lindsey McCormick since 2020 and draws inspiration from her Anam Cara and Lotus Soul trouBoudica is an award winning dancer living and teaching in the DMV area. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, she blends the mystic with the traditional to create something unexpected. Specializing in sword, dark fusion, ritual, and the Fat Chance styles of belly dance, she can be found performing in online shows or in person around the Mid-Atlantic region as a soloist or with her dance partner Taraneh in the fusion duo Firefly.pe members. Her love of dance began at an early age and has taken many forms over the years. Her favorite movements are rooted in street jazz, hip hop and Caribbean fusion.  Tracy enjoys the challenge of performing with a troup, and is so nervicited to be performing her first fusion belly dance solo!! 

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Farah Abi

Farah Abi, is an experienced Egyptian style dancer from Washington, DC. She has often described her style as a little bit "retro." A blend of classic belly dance and modern sensibilities. She's a long time student of Yasmin Henkesh and Faten. Farah’s favorite part of Egyptian Dance is understanding the music and the culture. She loves connecting with audiences, making them laugh so they have a great time and forget their cares for a moment.

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Faerima

 Faerima is an award-winning performer, life-long dancer, and natural entertainer. Her unique style and dazzling stage presence have been wowing audiences for over 18 years. Specializing in American Cabaret style and contemporary fusion, Faerima enjoys blending musics, styles, and costumes to create a unique dance experience every time! She is currently an instructor at the Shakti Rising in Sterling VA, where she leads her performance troupe of Raqs Sultana and offers all levels of belly dance classes and workshops. She is also available for restaurant performances, halfas, and private events. 

WEB www.faerimabellydance.com   FB/IG @faerimabellydance 

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Raks Sultana

Hailing from Sterling, VA Raqs Sultana is a student performance troupe led by Director and Choreographer Faerima. Like their name-sake, the Sultana's are a group of powerful and inspiring women from across the DMV, brought together by their love of belly dance and the wonderful sense of community the art form fosters. Today they are proud to present "Little Megance", an American Cabaret Style entrance piece choreographed by Faerima.

WEB www.faerimabellydance.com   FB/IG @faerimabellydance 

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Raks Stellas

What began as a Beginner 2 class, soon evolved into a performance group - these dancers work hard, they study their craft and are an absolute joy to dance with. They continue to make me so very proud. Today's dancers will feature Jenna Wickenhofer, LeShanta Baker, Patricia Li and Oona

Oona offers Beginner Belly dance classes each Sunday at 10am at the beautiful Shakti studio in Sterling VA

https://momence.com/Kay-Beyers/Rising-Goddesses-Belly-Dance---New-Beginner/88299425?skipPreview=true

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Sha'vei

Sha’vei, is a local favorite from the Washington DC area.  She participates in several area festivals, charities and halfas.  She is a classically trained raqs Sharqi dancer. 

Known for charismatic grace, poise and creativity, Sha’vei always brings the party! 

 

Sha’vei Is also the DC team leader for the Shimmy Mob, an annual bellydance flash mob raising money for the DC House of Ruth, a domestic crisis center.  Shimmy Mob DC celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.  Sha’vei is also a Masala Movements certified instructor.  She will be teaching at the annual Dom Tak festival by Ehab Gadalla in Egypt June 2024.

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Naimah

Naimah is an multi-award winning belly dancer from Baltimore, Maryland and director of award winning troupe, Amandari Dance Company. With a background in ballet, modern, hip hop and African dance, her style is best described as eclectic and eccentric. She teaches online and in-person classes on a multitude of topics pertaining to dance including history, culture, props, stage presence, and performance prep, all of which she refers to as the “Multiversal Movement.”

 

She is a proud brand ambassador for D. Webb Designs. She is also a certified group fitness instructor. Naimah has produced many shows in Maryland and is currently the co- producer of "Art of the Belly" belly dance festival in Ocean City, Maryland.

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THE LINEUP!

Lotus Sol

Kalayla 

Lulu

Ali

Raks Stella

Thalia

Kelly

Hip Sisters

Taschen

Deborah

Farasha

Raks Sultana

Katie

April Monique

INTERMISSION

Anahata Tribal Dance

Lindsey 

Tracy Brown

Queen Bastet 

Jaelynn

Qetesh

Luna Nova

Farah Abi

Boudica

Faerima

Sha'Vei

Naimah

Troupe Anam Cara

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