Meet our 2017 STAR TEACHERS and JUDGES!
Victoria Teel: Our Intensive Instructor and Judge
Victoria Teel is an award winning belly dance performer and instructor. Quickly growing a passion for the dance and culture, she soon worked with internationally acclaimed artists, directors, and producers. In 2010, Victoria was chosen along with 24 other dancers to participate in the worlds first ever belly dance reality show, Project Belly Dance. She placed among the top six contestants, earning her spot in the Final 6 instructional DVD released in March 2011.
Soon after Project Belly Dance, Victoria joined Miles Copeland’s Bellydance Superstars in Japan for the tour of Bombay Bellywood. She then was chosen along with four other Bellydance Superstars to participate in their newest tour, Club Bellydance. She is currently a member of the Bellydance Superstars and toured full time for three years.
Victoria is internationally recognized for her unique fluid dance style and effortless execution. Her instruction method focuses on flow and how to create a seamless piece of choreography for any style. She is also the creator of the Teel Fan Method, a dance technique using fans and fan veils incorporating influences from Asian dances.
Beginning in 2006, Victoria Teel has studied multiple dance styles including Egyptian, Turkish, American Cabaret, Egyptian Folklore, and Spanish fusion belly dance.
Today, Victoria is based in Washington DC and offers weekly online classes. She currently tours the nations teaching workshops and performing. She also works with the Bellydance Superstars as well as teaches and performs in the Washington DC area.
Meet Luciana Brussi:
Luciana Brussi was born in Brazil. She began to study classical ballet at the age of 7 and at 13 she moved on to other dance styles, such as Modern and Jazz. At the age of 17 she joined the dance professional group in São Paulo where she began to teach children’s dance lessons. At the age of 19, she began her international career in Europe where she lived for a year, performing in Brazilian shows in various countries.
In 1998, she arrived in Osaka, Japan. In the year 2000, she became a choreographer in the cities of Yokohama and Tokyo, working with various Japanese and international artists and taking part in TV shows and commercials, as well as other important events such as the Asakusa -Tokyo Samba Carnival until 2010.
Luciana currently lives in Pittsburgh. She performs with her group “Pittsburgh Samba Group”, and teaches samba and other Brazilian rhythms for kids and adults.
ISHTAR: Our Competition Band and workshop instructors
Since 2006, Ishtar has been Pittsburgh’s Vintage Bellydance Band. Ishtar is comprised of Melissa Murphey on clarinet and Jeff Chmielarski on electric bass, and Bryan Bowman on darbuka.. Guest percussion: Julian Broughton on darbuka and Ayleeza Quatrocchi on riq.
Every year since 2007, Ishtar has performed to record breaking crowds at the Washington DC Turkish Festival. Ishtar was the featured performing group at the Pittsburgh Turkish American Student Association dinner for Turkish Republic Day. In 2013, Ishtar was the most liked band at the Turkish Cultural Day festival held at Grand Central Station in New York City.
Ishtar has had the distinction of sharing the stage with Ana-Vey, Bellyqueen, Agnes Wired For Sound, Mandrake Project, PhatManDee, Polka Freakout, Guy Klucevsek & Alan Bern, Shtreiml, Tipton’s Sax Quartet, Keshvar Project, Black Bear Combo and Raquy & the Cavemen. Ishtar has had the honor of playing for the world renowned dancers: Artemis Mourat, Ashara, Tamalyn Dallal, Sherena, and Jill Parker. From 2011 – 2015, Ishtar was the house band for the bellydance event Art of the Belly held every March in Ocean City MD.
Amartia: Our Fashion Show Host and Vintage Workshop Instructor
Amartia is an award-winning belly dancer although based out of Abingdon, has competed, performed and taught all around the United States. She prides herself on providing the most extravagant Entertainment in Baltimore.
How did she get started? Well, she stumbled upon belly dancing class at a local gym and has never looked back! Bellydance appealed to her not only as an art form but a way to stay in shape. Hence one spectator commenting, “…massive melodic muscles of the Mediterranean (aka killer abs).” Her style can be best described as Modern Egyptian/ Lebanese cabaret. However, given her Greek heritage and many years of training she has been able to combine those styles into her own form of fusion, Greco-Egyptian Cabaret.
She is a regular belly dancer at Bombay Nights, Sizzling Bombay, and Taste of Taj Indian Cuisine. She has also performed nationwide at Rakkasah West and East, at the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, at La Danse Oriental, at The Blue Monk, and at the Hawthorne in Oregon. Amartia also makes time for local events such as the Lasos Day of Cultures and the Chesapeake North American Region Arc Gala.
Amartia is an award-winning bellydancer. She has traveled to compete all over the United States. She is the 2008 Jewel of the Nile and the first place winner for veil dance from Arabian Nights. More recently she was one of the 23 belly dancers chosen to compete in the first season of a reality web-show- Project bellydance! Amartia has also been featured in Fuse Magazine and was the July 2012 Bellydancer of the Month for Brandon’s Oasis
Fashion Show: From the columned streets of Greece to the runways of New York, Cosmopolitan Costumes are not to be missed. Designed by Amartia, created by Maz Couture, these costumes are definitely Carrie Bradshaw worthy- well, any of the Raqs in the City crew! Don’t miss this decadent, sparkly, and sassy runway show!