Meet the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy Instructors!
Kate Stapleton is an accomplished bellydance performer and instructor with extensive training in cabaret and tribal styles. In addition to bellydance, she performs regularly with the Pittsburgh Samba group. Her dance style includes elongated lines, strong core technique, and clarity of the movement. Kate is also a harpist and has a great deal of theatrical experience which lends to the study of emotive responses to music through dance.
Abi Ross developed a passion for the art of belly dance over a decade ago. Drawing on a lifelong love of dance, she delved into the study of american cabaret and Egyptian styles. Having studied classical piano from a young age lent to a deeper understanding of rhythms and musicality which has greatly influenced the style of her dance. In her teaching; she hopes to share the many forms and styles of music from pop to classical to folk and to help students learn to use the music to direct their dancing.
Maqui Ortiz has worked to spread the joy of bellydance through performance and instruction since 2005, with a dance style distinguished by fluidity of movement, exquisite hand work and a powerful emotional presence. As a Tribal Fusion style teacher, she emphasizes development of grace through the expansion of strength and actively creates a supportive environment for dancers of all levels and abilities. Maqui’s particular interests are in hip hop fusion and the art of improvisation.
Jenn Senn teaches American Tribal Style or ATS® Belly dance, an improvisational form of bellydance that focuses on a community or a tribe of dancers of all shapes, sizes or age versus the soloist. The dance is created “in the moment” by a group of dancers. Level One ATS® will focus on beginner basic move vocabulary, the concept of lead and follow in a group, drills and an introduction to zills (finger cymbals). Class format follows the Fat Chance format.
Jen (Janim) is a sought after professional bellydancer and certified HipCurve Instructor. For more than a decade, Janim has dedicated herself to the study of Middle Eastern Dance, its traditions, nuances and deeper meaning and expression through performance, instruction, and continuing education. Her love of the dance can be seen in her dynamic performances and within her thoughtful instruction of her students in both workshops and classes where she presents the fundamentals of bellydance as well as the nuances of zilling and veil work. Join her to discover the love of the dance!