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 expanding their potential to cultivate a unique experience with movement. She has been dancing for eleven years and performing in the local community since 2011.
Nadirah Nasreen is an award winning performer with 25 years experience as a costumer and choreographer. Today she hopes you enjoy this traditional Egyptian drum solo/Electro Shaabi medley. Shaabi or Mahraganat, also known as Egyptian festival music, is an essential part of Egyptian Pop culture. Today Nadirah is wearing one of her newest creations! Thank you Lindsey and Troupe Anam Cara for hosting this wonderful event! * No video or photos please.*
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 five years. Kelly says the only good thing to come out of social distancing is how many classes she can take online with instructors from around the country - but she's ready to see everyone in person at Hot Summer Nights!
LuLu is very proud of her Greek heritage and has studied dance in Greece, Egypt and Turkey. She has performed at numerous venues including the Casablanca restaurant, Ouzo’s restaurant and the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival in Egypt. She is currently performing in Baltimore and D.C.
Dorie has been dancing with Troupe Anam Cara since 2018, and has also been dancing like no one's watching since she could walk. Dorie will be performing to the cultural touchstone song Copacabana by Barry Manilow, in a skirt dance that could only be described as "as fun loving and bright!" Dorie welcomes everyone to sing along, dance on the side lines, and enjoy the dance as much as she will. Thank you!
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. She founded Troupe Anam Cara and currently teaches belly dance in Frederick, MD.
Goddess Sisters Rising
A free-spirited group collaboration known for their eclectic and diverse repertoire.
Altaira is from Front Royal, VA and has been studying under Miramar for 5 years. Though she has performed a few times, she has never performed with the beautiful Amina before and is excited for this opportunity!
Mayousse began her Raqs Sharqi journey after seeing a dancer in a restaurant. She was mesmerized and quickly signed up for classes. Years later, countless classes, workshops, haflas, & now zoom shows, her love for the dance grew even more. The dance, music, teachers, and costumes continue to capture her heart. She is a lifelong student & continues to add this art form to her repertoire. When she dances, that is when we truly see her essence.
Tribelle Chic: This group of gals (top: Kitty, Virginia, Anna; lower right: Ruth) study with Miramar (lower left) - in Cross Junction, VA. They are still trying to figure out what to call their closely knit troupe. Tribelle Chic is a tribal style of improvisational dance developed by Miramar who teaches group and private lessons including cabaret and various forms of folklore and has been performing for 37 years.
Princess Adelayna has been studying with Miramar for about 6 months. This is her first solo performance, choreography by her G-Mommy Kitty.
Amina & Altaira
Amina is from Winchester VA. . She been dancing for over 20 years in a variety of dance styles such as, tap, belly dancing and ballroom dancing. Amina has been mentored by several wonderful dance instructors including Miramar, Kristen Dorsey and Mary White O'Neal. After several years she ventured off and danced with the Desert Divas, a group of ladies that were family and close friends. Amina started to teach belly dancing in 2012 for 2 years in the Winchester Va. area then branched off to choreograph her own dances She stopped dancing for 4 years and about a year ago started to dance again with Miramar. Dancing takes her to another world and is her happy place.
Jen 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.
2018 made switch from pole dance to belly dance after 1 class from a guest instructor. She has studied under Ayperi at Mosaique in Sterling VA. Oona is currently studying and performing with Belladonna Boheme in her dance and sword programs, District of Columbia, Lindsey McCormick at Anam Cara in Frederick MD, and Faerima at Shakti Studio in Sterling VA.
Troupe Anam Cara
Troupe Anam Cara 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, Jen West, Jamie Fogle, Rane Halloran Lederer, Kelly Kennedy, Dorie Marsuich, Tracy Brown, and Oona.
Victoria started belly dancing at the age of 15 in Houston, TX. She learned from instructors who were influenced mostly by Turkish and Egyptian belly dancing, but throughout the years has taken over 10 different types of dance classes that she at times fuses to create her own unique style. Some of those dances include Flamenco, Samba, Bachata, and West African. She's also recently added fire spinning to her routine and enjoys using a variety of props during her performances, such as a veil and cane. Her love of dance extends to a variety of music styles and she performs belly dancing not just to Middle Eastern music, but also to rock and other non-traditional genres.
From Union Bridge, Kalayla has been dancing for over 9 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. Performing at public and private events (which she has missed dearly) Kalayla loves to strike awe in her audience. Most importantly she wants a good laugh in the show too! Catch her on Facebook or Instagram to see what she's been up to and what lies ahead.