Music was always being played in our house when I was growing up. I have to blame and thank my mum for my eclectic taste. Everything from Judge Dredd to the Sex Pistols (the latter being from my dad).
Wanting to be a muso I tried and failed miserably to learn to play a musical instrument, so dance was the next logical step. Flamenco; Tap; Salsa; Line Dancing; Ballroom even Morris Dancing over the years. Then I discovered Middle Eastern Dance and was hooked. I took twice weekly classes in cabaret style, adding to my development with additional workshops in Turkish, Folk and Egyptian dance. I felt however there was more, then ATS ® found me and now I am home. There would be no me in this form today without the cajoling, badgering and nurturing of my friend Donna Gardner with whom I formed the original Pedralta World Fusion, and of course the divine Ms Wendy Marlatt, who whisked away the safety blanket with a velvet assassin move- Dance or Die Bendy, Dance or Die. In 2005, I travelled to San Francisco for intensive training with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman founder/director of FatChance BellyDance. (R) Wanting to concentrate on ATS ® I took the General Skills and Teacher Training in 2014 and am now fully certificated as well as becoming a sister studio. At every opportunity I add to my training, latterly with Miss Dynamite herself, Kristine Adams (2015) THe ever fabulous Ms Phillipa Moirai, I look forward to passing on my knowledge to my lovely students, and developing my knowledge further. Yes, there’s more………….. ………I am a qualified YMCA level 2 Exercise to Music teacher. A member of Equity, and have public liability insurance through Equity. I also hold a public performance licence, to play recorded music. In case that’s not enough to persuade you …………….I am also a double black belt martial artist, holding a 1st Dan in Kickboxing and 1st Dan in Wado ryu karate. ……….And I love my sword ;)
OmKara Tribal Bellydance
A FatChance BellyDance (R) Sister Studio