MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS | FOTN 2022

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OMARIS

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Omaris, "The Dominican Rose" will sweep you away with her Passion, Authentic Spirit, and Magical Technique.  She is a Multi Award-Winning dancer,  teaches all over the world, and is embraced in her local dance community.  With almost two decades of Teaching and Performing, Omaris is loved by studios, students, and audiences alike.  Internationally sought-after, Omaris has taught and performed in the USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Guadeloupe, Serbia, Japan, Italy, The Czech Republic, and of course in her home country, the Dominican Republic.

 

Omaris holds a BA in Advertising and a Technique Course Certification in Photography. She owns her own clothing line called RedButterfly by Omaris which consists of athleisure to empower and inspire women.


To watch her dance is not just a passive event; Omaris makes one feel.  A true artist, Omaris is able to evoke from her audience the emotion she wants it to experience: passion, longing, pain, and joy. Omaris possesses a strong technical foundation to back up her artistry. Her classes are popular in that she fuses techniques with insights on showmanship that are priceless for any dancer. An often overlooked component of Omaris’ dance is her musicality. Her specialty is expressing the melodic lines in pieces seamlessly and with true feelings. Many say Omaris is Art in Motion.  

Please read more at omarisdancer.com for more information about events, classes, performances, and workshops.

 
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NAJMAH NOUR

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Najmah Nour seamlessly combines traditional and modern genres of Contemporary, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, and ladino music and dance to help her embody a unique style. She exhibits the fundamental stylization of Arab dance and then fuses it with the intense passion of Flamenco.

Najmah grew up in a very musical and artistic Spanish/ Cuban family. They would spend hours dancing in the living room which heavily influenced her work as an artist.

As a teacher, she brings her years of study and her immense generosity of spirit to her many students and is a much sought-after workshop instructor in the Southeast. As a performer, her years of experience dancing in nightclubs and on theatrical stages have given her the depth and soulfulness that stuns audiences. Najmah currently is residing in Gainesville Florida where she teaches and produces events to help educate the community.    

 
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ZHOR

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Zhor, Began his studies of dance in classical ballet with accomplishments as a principle dancer for the Scottish American Ballet.

 

His journey into the world of Middle Eastern Belly Dance began in 1985 under the tutelage of a Turkish dance artist. Zhor continued as a Performance and workshop artist with 4 International tours. In 1992 he released his international video “Zhor’s Magical Tour of the Ancient Art of Bellydance” following performances with the Bindelstiff circus, Belly Dance Superstars and numerous other Performance showcases. Zhor left the performance stage to teach and work in 2002 after a near death experience began dancing again and performing as dance has always been his one true passion in life. Zhor’s performances are legendarily known for his veil, flair and vintage style.

Please visit guilfoildanceartscenter.com for more information about Ballet and Belly Dance classes, group classes, pre-professional training, and coaching from beginner, pre-professional and professional dancers, workshops, and events.

 
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LACEY SANCHEZ

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Lacey began her journey into Belly dance at the early age of 15 in southern California with Patricia Johnson. Her love for this beautiful art form was immediate; she began performing at bellydance events and around campfires at SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) events almost instantly. The thrill of live drums and dancing with her sisters was inspiring. She took this love for the dance all the way through high school and pursued a dance degree at Victor Valley Community College. She studied many forms of classical dance including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Ballroom. However, Lacey sustained an injury that would prevent her from ever pursuing a career in classical dance. To her surprise though, because Belly Dance is best danced barefoot her doctor approved and encouraged her to continue Belly dancing.

Lacey then traveled cross country from California to Central Florida where she was exposed to the large community of American Cabaret Belly dancers in Florida. Lacey then spent the next four years studying, teaching, and performing American Cabaret Belly dance in Florida as well as in Southern California. It was in her last trip to California where her original love for Folk Fusion Belly dance was re-ignited. Lacey then made the decision that she wanted to bring her experience and love of this unique style Belly dance to Florida. So she began Wild Garden Bellydance (originally known as "Florida Tribal Dance") in November of 2006 for just that reason.

Lacey is the director of Wild Garden Bellydance Troupes: Aeonium Dance Collective, offering professional Modern Folk Fusion performances, Blue Caravan, a troupe specializing in Folk Fusion Group Improv, and Silver Sage, Wild Garden Bellydance's student troupe. Lacey and Wild Garden Bellydance also host  "A Garden Gala" our annual recital in the Spring, celebrating the students, troupes, and extended family of our school.

In addition to teaching online and in-studio classes, Lacey is also available for instructional workshops both on location and online.

 
 
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NAZIRAH CORDOVA

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Nazirah has been belly dancing for over 20 years. She started as a Raqs Sharqi dancer performing for different venues and festivals back in Puerto Rico where she was born, She has continued her training with other Belly dance styles like Fusion and Tribal. She is a Fat Chance belly dance style certified teacher. In the last 12 years, Nazirah has specialized in Theatrical, Metal Belly Dance, Gothic and Dark Fusion. Her performances are storytelling influenced and inspired by goth, Classic horror, and Halloween. She is an instructor and choreographer. She also adds to her performance the use of fire palm, wings, veil, fire fans, fan veil, and sword. Nazirah was also cast to be part of Jillina Bellydance Experience production The Wonderful Wizard Of OZ in Atlanta GA. Nazirah's biggest passion is bringing her stories to the stage.  

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RAMIN YAZDANPANAH

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Rounding out the rhythm section, percussionist Ramin Yazdanpanah’s sounds echo the Outback, the Silk Road, the Caribbean, and his native Florida home. Ramin expresses the soulful and passionate rhythms of his Cuban-Iranian heritage on cajón, dumbek, and a variety of percussion from around the globe. His skill on the Australian didjeridoo has redefined the possibilities of Flamenco. He has performed and recorded with numerous artists in numerous musical forms, ranging from classical, jazz, and folk, to funk, Latin, and hip-hop; from the east coast to the west coast and beyond. Ramin received his Ph.D. in International Development and Education from Florida State University where he conducted research on developing intercultural competence through focused cultural exchange. Ramin is the Director of Full Circle Language Learning and Teaching, LLC.