A creative producer & performer from the mid Atlantic region of the US, I have made the larger World my home. As founder of the Spectacle & Mirth production haus, I’ve built immersive projects like the internationally award winning cabaret The Marvelous Mechanical Music Maiden, The GlamourHobo Field Notes storytelling podcast, and regional arts festivals, Shenandoah Fringe & Richmond Fringe. An overly complicated Venn Diagram of adjacent identities, I tour the world, tell stories, and play wearable musical inventions. This vaudevillian loves to sing too loud, smash class structures, and wear grand hats.
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Since her first warehouse party at 18 years old, dance music has been April Lowe’s heart, soul, and the blood in her veins. Countless nights on the dance floor, endless listening (often on repeat), along with being surrounded by DJs and writers of electronic music built a solid foundation of knowledge that is continuously expanding. Especially now that she has immersed and devoted herself to the art of DJing the music that gives her life.
Karol Helms is a Charlotte, NC native who was a pioneer in the early days of the pole dance fitness movement. On stage for 15 years, she is a world renowned pole dance legend who has travelled the world performing on stage, judging pole dance competitions, and sharing her craft through classes and workshops geared toward pole enthusiasts of all levels. She is known for her sexy, sassy pole dance style on stage and for her quirky, down to earth personality off stage.
Karol teaches at Inner Diva Fitness in Charlotte, NC and produced the queen city’s first pole dance and aerial show called Odd Ones Out. When she’s not traveling, Karol performs locally as “the pole girl” at many local produced shows.
Titles: US Pole Dance Federation 2012 Pro National Championships – 3rd Place USPDF Pro National Championships 2011 – 4th Place USPDF 2010 Pro National Championships – “Miss Sexy” 2nd Place USPDF 2009 East Coast Regionals Championships – 1st Place Poleapalooza Charlotte 2008 – 1st Place
Dance has taken over Firuza’s life in all the best ways. Over 15 years ago, she took a single bellydance class at a local YMCA, and the obsession has grown ever since then. Her favorite dances have an edge of danger, particularly sword-balancing and fire-dancing.
Performing with the Roses of the Realm is a dream come true for Firuza, and she looks forward every year to “gypsy bootcamp” and bringing a smile to festival-goers’ faces.
Currently, Firuza teaches belly dance classes in Salisbury, NC. Her classes focus on encouraging dancers to express themselves. She believes that this dance is for everyone – all shapes and sizes. Firuza previously performed with Nayna’s Raq-A-Bellas troupe and Fatima’s Rhythmic Essence troupe.
Jeska has extensive back round in dance, and competitive cheerleading, which led her to her love of bellydance when she turned 18. Through her new found love of bellydance she started performing first with Mystic Jewel in 2006, and then again with Ghazaal Beledi from 2010-2012 at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, and various restaurants. From 2006-2010 she spent her time gogo dancing in various valley nightclubs, and doing promotional events. She has also been a licensed cosmetologist since 2003, and continues to work in two salons. It was her time spent bellydancing that slowly lit her love for fire dancing, it started with simple palm flames, then fire eating, turned to fire breathing, turned to fire spinning. The journey didn’t slow down there. One aerial arts class in 2013 led to years of training, that led to aerial arts being a part of her professional portfolio. Since 2006 she has performed in countless nightclubs, music venues, festivals, music videos, private parties, and corporate events. Her love for circus arts grows with each opportunity, and she is overwhelmed with gratitude being able to perform alongside the best performers the valley has to offer.
Tricia Moore aka “Trishnamurti” began training in dance and gymnastics at the age of five. Her background includes; ballet, tap, jazz, modern, gymnastics, and baton twirling. She later studied taekwondo and tai chi with an emphasis on martial art weapons. She started fire dancing in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since! Tricia has had the privilege of performing with many local dance groups as well as traveling the country with The Extraterrestrial Circus and The Jamila Lotus Dance Carnival. She is the founder of The Circus Farm and has been entertaining and training new fire dancers through the company for many years. Tricia is a choreographer, teacher, dancer, fire performer, stilt walker, belly dancer, LED performer, weapons manipulator, and master of props. She adds a sense of controlled danger and excitement to every show!
Alex is so incredibly excited to return to performing, and honored to be performing at Bloom for her second time. Normally a peppy, sassy, good-times performer, Alex is digging deeper this year to bring a performance to life she’s been exploring for two years. It’s dark, it’s dramatic, it’s damp…It’s like nothing she’s ever done in her 10-year aerial career. She hopes that everyone who experiences the rain, also gets their rainbow.
I’ve been doing aerial silks for about 2 years now and love it! I recommend everyone find the nearest aerial studio near you to give the aerial silks a go. This is my first time performing at Bloom and though I’m nervous I know I’ll have a blast.
Jessie Davis, now located in the Midlands South Carolina, has taught and performed aerial arts for six years across three different states. She is an award winning aerialist who has produced award winning shows for the St. Lou Fringe Festival and won numerous advanced hammock competitions. She loves to create flexible choreography that flows seamlessly together and she cannot wait to share the stage with other amazing aerialists this July!