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MEET THE DANCERS!

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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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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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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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Anam Cara Belly Basics

The belly basics class, under the direction of Kalaya,  is comprised of both complete beginners and returning students who want to sharpen their skills. They have worked incredibly hard to showcase their routine!

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Sophianna

Sophianna is a Greek-American dancer who performs at private and public shows around the DMV, and in festivals abroad. She has studied locally, with instructors such as Mitra of Nile Dance, Faten of Al Masraweya, and many of Sahara’s Dance’s own instructors; as well as overseas with masters such as Samira Masreya, Esmerelda Colabone, Amir Thaleb, and more.
She has a deep passion for dance as a result of how it has helped her heal her self-image and given her a way to express herself through art.

 

With a specialty in Greek Tsifteteli, she shares Greek culture and history through music and dance- both in the classroom and on the stage. To her, the most important elements of belly dancing are being part of a community of like minded
lovers of this beautiful music and art, and the opportunity to be vulnerable and  authentic in our creative and expressive process.

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Cafe Aman Dance Company

A dance troupe showcasing Greek styles of bellydance, from its traditional Anatolian roots to modern hits, under the direction of SophiannaShe has a deep passion for dance as a result of how it has helped her heal her self-image and given her a way to express herself through art.

 

With a specialty in Greek Tsifteteli, she shares Greek culture and history through music and dance- both in the classroom and on the stage. To her, the most important elements of belly dancing are being part of a community of like minded
lovers of this beautiful music and art, and the opportunity to be vulnerable and  authentic in our creative and expressive process.

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THE LINEUP!

Troupe Anam Cara

Lulu

Kalayla's Belly Basics

Thalia

Sophianna

Deborah Colley Troupe

Intermission

Jaelyn

Katie

Sophianna's Troupe

Kalayla

Lotus Sol Skirt Troupe

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