began her middle eastern dance career in Chicago after she studied at The Goodman School of Dance and Theatre. Her study,
performance and entertainment skills have taken her all over the world. Her passion for the dance has led her to perform
anywhere from cruise ships, to Greece, Cairo, India and Turkey. She has taught in her dance studio in Istanbul
Turkey, Creative Spark in Mt. Pleasant SC and the Habibbi Studio in Charleston, SC. Currently she directs
and choreographs for AncientEchoes which she is a founding memember. She has studied with master teachers
to perfect her skills in the diversity of the dance. Shakti has led tribal seminars in Singapore, Istanbul, Asheville,
NC, Charleston SC and Florida. She also created and developed a middle eastern dance certification program
which she taught in Instanbul being of Moravian descent her attraction for Gypsy tribal comes natural even though she is best
known for her caberet performed in her bellygrams,haflas and fundraisers.
Shakti Selene's website
Isis has been bellydancing
for 8 years. She grew up around her moms dance studio in New York. She began to dance after a trip to Egypt. Her
musical choice is Tarkan and Medzeke. Her favorite props are golden wings and cane.
Melina began exploring Middle Eastern dance in Chattanooga TN. She has been with Ancient Echoes since she returned
to her native Charleston in 2005. Her style
favors the more expressive Turkish
and Lebanese forms of belly dance as well as American tribal-fusion.
She enjoys exploring new facets of dance, music, unique
choreography, props and
costume design to draw all the elements together to invoke emotions and tell stories through the dance and to engage the audience so they become part of the experience.
She started dancing
at a bellydance studio on King Street in 2003. After 6 years of studying on her own, she joined the troupe in March, '09. Her cabaret style has been seen
in restaurants, weddings, and local venues. Her favorite props are the veil, fire, and sword. In the past, she has studied ballet, tap, and ballroom
She first studied Middle Eastern dance in El-Gouna,
Egypt. She took lessons at Creative Spark and joined the troupe in 2008. Her favorite styles of dance are Turkish, Gypsy,
and Tribal Fusion.
Her favorite prop is the voi. Her travels around the world have led her to a greater understanding
and appreciation of culture in the mid-east.
Her latest trip to Spain and Morrocco have influenced the troup andulusian vison and choreography.
Braith was inspired to learn bellydance
when she saw a sword performance at her friend's wedding. She joined the troupe in 2006. Over the years, she has performed
many times at our Arab cafes and haflas. She loves to dance and express her creativity with silk veils. She performs Cabaret,
American Tribal style, and Turkish Gypsy. She puts fire in all of her dances.
Selima Dara Philana her name
means peaceful, compassionate and lover of mankind: Her smile is an expression of this when she performs. Her first experience
dancing was with Bollywood style which she performed at her own wedding. Her natural moves and attraction to ink has made
her favorite style of bellydance ATS. She has taught yoga for many years and is a massage therapist. Her hips are happy moving
to improv, drumbeats, and the Goddess within.