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Scroll down for bios and videos for Kimberly Larkspur, Liora, Natyalaya School of Dance, and Silvia Salamanca
A dainty and genteel Southern miss, Kimberly Larkspur is a classically-trained-musician-turned-dancer with a passion for pedagogy. Ballroom was her gateway dance style, Belly Dance makes her world go 'round, and she studies everything from Ballet to Acro. With performance experience ranging from choral religious music to burlesque, she's hooked on sharing and exploring many facets of art both onstage and in the classroom.
Kimberly serves as the Artistic Director for Dance from the Heart, runs Dauntless Dance and Movement studio in Houston, TX, and performs with Sepiatonic. She has found a great deal of growth and enjoyment in working collaboratively with many of the hardest-working dancers in the Tribal Fusion community, and when she’s not cutting a rug at arts, Renaissance, and dance festivals around the country, she can often be found hunched over a cutting table cussin’ costumes in the Larkspur Designs studio.
Class: Smooth and Slow
Liora began dancing at an early age by studying classical ballet and modern jazz. After graduating from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics, she discovered belly dance through the Evening at Emory program with Isabel Crunk in Atlanta, GA. She then studied classical and modern Egyptian and Turkish belly dance with Diane Adams of Company Mezza, and ATS and world fusion with Zi'ah Ali of Awalim. She was a founding member of the fusion group Dance of the Fates with Oracle and Fatina, and later performed as a duo with Fatina. While based in Atlanta, Liora taught workshops in South Carolina, North Georgia, and Tennessee.
After earning her Masters in Creative Writing, Liora relocated to Austin, TX where she currently dances as a soloist, teaches bellydance and costuming classes and workshops, and directs Mayura Blue, a dance troupe she formed to perform her choreographies taught in class. She is a veteran member of Perennial Dance Company under the direction of April Rose out of Rose Movement Studio as well as a long-time company member of the Hands of Fatima at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade, TX. She has taught workshops in Texas and Louisiana (notably at 3rd Coast Tribal and the Bayou Belly Festivale) and she continues her education by taking regular classes and workshops in a variety of dance styles, including Polynesian, Bollywood, Bhangra, ATS, Hot Pot ITS, and Bharatanatyam.
Liora was selected as tribal cast member for Bellydance Evolution’s show in Atlanta, GA, performing in the US debut of “Fantasm – Odyssey of Dreams.” She is a founding team member of the Austin Tribal Collective and Migrations.
Class: Performance Mini-Intensive
Natyalaya School of Dance is dedicated to teaching and propagating the Indian classical dances particularly Bharathanatyam. We try to inculcate the love of dancing into every student so that all children can realize their full potential. Founded in 1982 by Vinitha Subramanian, Natyalaya is the largest and oldest classical dance school in the central Texas area and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Students are trained in Bharathanatyam, one of the most ancient classical dance forms in the world. Bharathanatyam is a highly structured and codified form of dance, which is taught in traditional progression, starting with Adavus, Allaripu, Kauthuvam, Jathiswaram, Varnam, and ending with Thillana. Training is also imparted in Abhinaya, acting and story-telling. Once students have reached a certain proficiency, they can complete an Arangetram, which is a solo performance given with live orchestra to introduce the dancer to the community. Students of Natyalaya also give various performances in the Austin area as well as around Texas. Every summer, Natyalaya hosts master classes and workshops conducted by accomplished artists from India, in order to expose the students to various styles of dance. Two camps are being run summer 2017 : July 17-23 and August 14-20 . Please check our website for details.
Smt. Vinitha Subramanian, the director of Natyalaya School of Dance, has been teaching in the Central Texas area for over 35 years .Many of her students have gone on to make their own mark in the field of Bharatanatyam. She has many arangetrams to her credit and has staged several dance dramas and thematic presentations such as "Jungle Book - Seonee," "Ganga - A River’s Story," "Nouka Charitram," "Roopa Viroopa," and "Agasthya," just to name a few. Under her direction, Natyalaya has grown into a premier dance institution in the central texas area. In the fall we will be producing our iconic show Ganga: A River's story again - at St. Michael's Academy in Barton Creek on September 10th; watch our website for details.
Class: Classical Indian Dance
Silvia Salamanca is an internationally acclaimed performer and instructor
from Mallorca, Spain. A life-long dancer, she graduated at the age of nineteen as a major in ballet and performed professionally as a modern dancer in major European festivals with the contemporary dance company of the University of Barcelona.
She started her career as a belly dancer in 2001, when realizing the enormous benefits that this art-form brings to women in both body and soul. In her own studio, she keeps observing how women can get closer to their self identity and discover oneself in a new level, increasing self-esteem, and getting deeply in touch with the feminine essence in their soul through bellydance.
As a natural evolution in her journey, Silvia discovered tribal fusion in the USA and combined it with a deep research into her own cultural roots: Spanish gypsy and Arabic. Hence with her work in the field of Zambra Mora (Spanish gypsy-oriental dance fusion) Silvia gained international recognition and is currently invited to teach workshops and perform in major festivals worldwide, including being twice headliner for the Contest of the Bellydancer of the world in Germany, and being featured as the local talent for the Bellydance Superstars shows in October 2011 in Houston.
In order to reach as many students as possible, Silvia is proud to present 2 instructional Zambra Mora DVDs “Spanish Gyspy Passion” and “Fire of the Spanish Gypsies.” Silvia is also the director of Shunyata Belly Dance, a nationally awarded tribal fusion company and a proud member of Urban Gypsy, Houston’s premiere ATS troupe.