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Sarah Schneider Koning

Belly Dance is my joie de vivre! I've studied the art for over 15 years, including the historical and cultural aspects of the dance. Middle Eastern dress, costuming and ornamentation are especially intriguing to me.

I am the Artistic Director of Boheme. We focus primarily on tribal style, including ATS, but enjoy performing and studying other forms of Middle Eastern Dance as well. Boheme enjoys exploring the creative aspects of belly dance, as well as the traditional.

I'm now teaching Tribal Style at a variety of locations throughout Southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo, Allegan and Portage. Aside from weekly classes, I am also available to teach private and semi-private lessons, workshops and demonstrations. Some of my more recent classes and workshops were hosted by: Land of Nod Experiment, Detroit Raks, Borgess Women's Health Center, and a variety of private parties, including Sweet 16, Bachelorette, Mothers' Groups, Graduation and Bridal and Baby Showers. Instruction is always tailored to the student's ability and my methods are refreshing and entertaining, while building a strong understanding of technique and musicality.

My dance partner is Erik - who, coincidentally, happens to be my sweetie! It's amazing to have someone so close to share one of my favorite pass times. It has also been highly educational to learn Middle Eastern Dance from the male perspective, providing me with insight to specific differences between men and women, regarding body structure and stage presence.

I also host events, including student haflas, gala shows, fundraisers and workshops. Over $2,000 has been raised at my events for heating assistance through WeCare's Warm Your Heart project! I also produce two annual shows with a touch of humor that feature a variety of professional performers from throughout the Great Lakes region: the Ooky Spooky Halloween Hafla and an April Fool's event. Venues I've hosted events with are Foundry Hall, The Strutt, Old Dog Tavern, and F

Profile Summary:
Tribal Style Belly Dance Kalamazoo, MI
My Skills

Tribal Style Belly Dance

Category: Dance
Type of lessons: daily and weekly classes, private lessons, workshops
Dance style: Tribal, Fusion, Gothic, ITS, Raks Sharqi, Sword, Veil, Bellyesque
15+ years of Middle Eastern Dance experience. Classes are fun, fresh & provide technique, history, costuming & culture. Day & evening times available. Students have the opportunity to join social and performance events!
Relevant Education / Credentials
Dancers I've studied with include Carolena Nerrico, Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Amy Sigil, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Heather Stants, Paulette Rees Denis, Megha Gavin, Moria Chappel, Ariellah, Amel Tafsout, Morocco, Zafira, Kaeshi Chai, Masami and Yumi of Japan, Heidi of Domba, Tamalyn Dallal, Karim Nagi, Aida al Adawi, Kajira Djoumahna, Nourhan Sharif, Lala Hakim, Romka, Ziah of Awalim, Sabrina Parshall, Stephanie Barto, Conchi, Yasmina Amal, Blue Lotus Tribe, Jenabah, TechnoTrance BellyDance, Crystal Dunlap, Kim Johnson, Princess Madiha, Jessica of Detroit, and many, many more. Watch for this list to be ever expanding, as I look forward to learning as much as possible from as many teachers as possible.
Years Experience: 16