Amani Lotus is a dynamic student troupe comprised of Intermediate and Advanced students of Lotus Dance Studio. Directed by Iona Wilson, the troupe performs various Egyptian Cabaret and Fusion styles of bellydance. Today’s tribal fusion belly dance performance is Iona’s 8 Elements Culmination submission choreography.
Amelia Rate has a passion for introducing people to the hoop and growing the flow arts community in Augusta, Georgia, and beyond. She performs hoop burlesque with Dirty South Burlesque and Cabaret and organizes hoop and flow art events within her local community.
Photo by Moose Photos
My name is Angela and I began tinkering with the aerial arts in the summer of 2014. Aerial Silks started out as a side hobby and has slowly become a huge passion of mine. This past March, I performed for the first time in front of an audience and the entire process from composition, preparation and performance swept me off my feet. I look forward to this new opportunity to challenge myself as I perform for a second time, at a much faster tempo. I am honored to be a part of Inspire Your Bloom and appreciate your support.
For more than half of her life, dance music has been April Lowe’s heart, soul, and the blood in her veins. Countless nights on the dance floor, endless listening, and being surrounded by DJs and writers of electronic music built a solid foundation of knowledge that is continuously expanding now that she has immersed and devoted herself to the music that gives her life.
Photo by SIC Images
Christine Garrard has been training aerial silks for over two years; she finds it to be a challenging and rewarding creative outlet when she isn't teaching high school Chemistry. Her favorite part about silks is the challenge of both physical and mental barriers to learning new choreography and the thrill and payoff of performance. For Christine, aerial has been a way to fully become the woman she has always wanted to be: beautiful and strong.
Chrysalis Chaotic is a Fusion Belly Dance Troupe from Boone NC. We believe that with dance we are all transformed in mysterious and beautiful ways.
Growing up, Destiny always loved to dance but in 2013 she discovered where her heart belonged.She has studied under Wendy and Lori of Queens of D'Nile, and Nayna of Bellydance by Nayna, learning American Cabaret, American Tribal Style (ATS), and Fusion belly dance. She loves spreading the joy of belly dance to others.
Destiny became an instructor at Queens of D'Nile Studio in 2015 and has continued her dance education via workshops from a variety of instructors. In January of 2017 Destiny got her FCBD ATS General Skills certification.
Photo by Kenny Kivett
Dravyn began training in aerial arts in early 2015, after attending a silks class at AerialCLT and falling in love. Since then, she's made AerialCLT a second home. With a previous athletic background in equestrian showmanship and ballet, aerial brought a new light to performing.
Whether it be performing on silks, lyra, trapeze or fire; Dravyn's main quest is become "circus in a box". She enjoys the nerdier things in life; which usually involves crafting potions, quidditch, sticking her nose in the newest comic, or riding off to her next adventure in a '67 Impala.
All of that, with a dash of burlesque added in for flavor. Think Dita Von Teese; but less martini glass, and more lyra.
Started her aerial training with Aerial CLT in North Carolina, which began her love of aerial hoop. Now living in Atlanta, GA she continues to train at The Space. Having a strong background in classical ballet, and contemporary dance she tries to emulate floor choreography in the air. Along with aerial hoop, Emma is also trained in aerial silks and trapeze.
Photo by Marie Otero
Candace Stamper and Jessica Law, who make up the Flying Femmes, are small business owners in Plaza Midwood. They have been aerialists for over three years and Acro partners for two. They have performed together in Costa Rica and are excited to bring their magic to Bloom.
GypsySpirit Tribe began their journey in April 2015 preparing for a small Medieval Faire. We perform often for our local community in downtown Monroe NC and at shows and haflas to support our bellydance community. It is very exciting to see the love for bellydance growing in our small town. And we are here to inspire, educate, and form a sisterhood of ladies from all ages, shapes and sizes to dance with grace, power, and laughter.
Jessica has been performing for several years in the Charlotte area, beginning nearly 7 years ago with belly dance. She later grew to enjoy various other dances as well as aerials, which she learned through Aerial CLT. Although her style and types of performance have changed over time, her love of the stage has not.
Julia Shockley was raised on a farm in Snow Hill, Maryland and trained in classical ballet at Salisbury Academy of Dance and Eastern Shore Ballet Theater. After high school, she pursued her love for the art of dancing at East Carolina University in Greenville, where she discovered a new love for modern dance as well as choreographing. During her time at ECU she performed in numerous faculty and student works. Julia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance. Upon graduating in 2014, she moved to Charlotte, NC and began dancing with Kinetic Works. While with the company she has performed in various works throughout North and South Carolina and at The Mint Museum, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, and the Bechtler Museum. She has also been a member of the Kinetyx Ensemble, which performs shows and leads workshops for school children of all ages. Julia started dancing with THE MARK Dance Company in 2015. She also performs in Loose Leaves Showcase, Charlotte Dance Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, as well as several other festivals and small groups in Charlotte.
Photo by Dick Costa.
Julia Rae Stewart is recent graduate of Furman University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music as well as Philosophy. Growing up she was active in school sports and has always emphasized personal health and fitness in her day-to-day life. Julia began taking aerial classes in January of 2015 and has continued ever since. She enjoys the challenge, the beauty of the art, and seeing what she, as well as her peers, are capable of achieving when they respect and use their bodies to their full potential. Julia has been training with Kelly Vanleeuwen of Maya Movement Arts since her start in 2015, and has gone through a 6 month intensive teacher training with Kelly. As she strives to continue her aerial education and practice, she has gotten a 35 hour aerial yoga teaching certification through Levity Aerial Yoga, has gone through a 30 hour silks teacher training with Paper Doll Militia, a 30 hour level 1 aerial sling teacher training through Circus Arts Institute, and is always looking for more opportunities to enrich her aerial experiences. Julia continues to train with Kelly Vanleeuwen on sling and mixed apparatuses, and is training with Constance Palmer of The Space in Atlanta to grow in her silks knowledge.
Hi I'm Katie, I'm a Graphic Designer by day and aerialist by night. I started taking silk classes in October 2014. I began with only one class a week and after falling in love I am in the air every chance I get. Aerial silks has changed my life in the most positive way. I have a real passion for silks because I feel a sense of freedom being able to confidently climb to the top of the silks and execute a move properly but also beautifully. I will for the rest of my life continue to practice Aerial silks. I've been performing for a few years now and I have found something inside of myself that I will take with me through the rest of my life. In each newperformance I love to embody different emotions and one performance is never the same as the other. I love to create moments of awe that inspires others to creatively express their own emotions. I plan to further my skills in Aerial and continue to perform. "Once you taste flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there will you always long to return.
Photo by Brian Twitty Photography
Laura Myers has always had a lot of little health problems, but has tried her best to live her life to the fullest regardless. Laura began training aerial arts in August 2013, two months after being diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. Studying aerial silks has helped Laura to develop strength when she had none, to see her beauty when she lost sight of it, and to find a tribe that helped her navigate the darkest times of her life. Laura is thrilled to share a a very heartfelt piece during Bloom V.
Photo by SIC Images
Meaghann Lynne is excited to once again have the opportunity to perform at Bloom. Both her Masters in Performance Studies and her Masters in Teaching inform her work as a dancer, teacher, and performer. She began studying movement and dance in 1996, discovered bellydance in 2004, and began training as a bellydancer in 2009. Meaghann is now co-owner and instructor with Waynesville Bellydance at Raqs Beledi. She is the director of the award wining theatrical troupe, The RaqShuraka Dance Company and Raqs Malaik, a Collaborative Improvisational Style troupe. She is also the founder of the Hathor Sisterhood School of Bellydance curriculum. Meaghann is a dancer with Waynesville Bellydance's professional troupe and Mahsati Janan’s Qamari Dance Collective. Her mission in dance for herself is to free her heart, soul, and body. For her community of dancers, Meaghann aims to create a healthy, compassionate, and supportive place for folks to come together and share in dance and friendship.
For over ten years, this mother and daughter partnership learned belly dance (from fusion to ATS to Cabaret) from various North Carolina teachers (such as Magic-Hips alumni and Sarah Hahn). As a result, Catherine now puts together choreographies to songs that inspire her.
Born in Coney Island, New York...
And raised down south to become "Charlotte's Hardest Working Fire Clown".
Sparkplug Burns is an explosive performer that combines clown gags, stand up style humor, traditional sideshow stunts, and inhuman fire manipulation to mesmerize and entertain his audiences.
Sparkplug has performed his funny & fiery antics on sidewalks and stages up and down the east coast, and he was recently chosen to represent Charlotte, NC in breaking a world record (or two?) in Netherlands this August!
Be certain to catch this rising star!!!
Photo by Scott Moulton
Hi I'm Starr Winecoff. This years Bloom V performance means so much to me. Last year right before Bloom I sustained an injury and was unable to perform. One surgery and seven months later I am back in the air. I can not wait to share my piece with everyone alongside so many other talented performers in this years Bloom V!
Sunanda Tribe is World In Motion’s tribal improvisation performance troupe. Under the direction of Dawn Ruckert, members explore the joys of this exciting and dramatic dance form and share it with you, the audience. Though they have a vast range of dance experience, their love of tribal dance brings them together to create amazing choreographies and dynamic group improvisation that will keep you smiling. For more information on Sundana Tribe or World In Motion, check