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I am an artist and writer (poetry and fiction)who became interested in bellydance. I soon discovered a group called FatChanceBellyDance and fell in love with their style. I studied under a wonderful first teacher, Lova Wandzek, for about 3 years and then studied with Sonia Chapa for a bit over 5 years. I've gone to as many bellydance workshops as I could and had the oportunity to take a workshop given by Carolena Nerricio, the founder of FatChanceBellydance. I've studied every video tape and dvd I could get to try to learn more about bellydance particularly tribal fusion bellydance. Since I have been isolated from the areas where ATS and tribal fusion are big, I do things a bit differently.... I guess you could call it tribaret.

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Bellydance McAllen, TX
Artist McAllen, TX
Beadwork McAllen, TX
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Category: Dance
American Tribal Style bellydance first became known by the dance stylings of Carolena Nericcio, director of FatChanceBellyDance. It is an improvisational form of bellydance usually done in a group. The costuming is earthy and ethnic. It combines traditional bellydance moves with classical dance moves of India, as well as some flamenco and African dance influences.
Relevant Education / Credentials
I studied under Lova Wandzek for about 3 years. She is an excellent and extremely knowledgable dancer. I studied with Sonia Chapa for a little over 5 years. I attended a number of workshops and then started collecting and watching dance videos...acquiring a small library of educational vhs and dvds. I have dance with groups as well as solo. I have taught at several different centers.
Years Experience: 16


Category: Art / Creative
I like to do drawings of fantasy folk- wizards, elves, etc. I also love to do elaborate collages inside of boxes.
Relevant Education / Credentials
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (studio) with a teacher's certificate from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas in 1976. I also have an Associates Degree in Commercial Art from Texas State Technical Institute in Waco Texas (1974). I also studied art for several years with Lynn Byers of McAllen, Texas
Years Experience: 34


Category: Art / Creative
I like to design beadwork art that is hand-sewn to denim. I also like to create necklaces and earrings and dangles for tribal fusion bellydance well as tribal "dread falls"
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 10