Desert Dance Collective Dancer Bios
Robin J: Zaltana. Robin formed Zaltana when she moved to the Palm Springs, CA area. She was choreographer and director of Troupe Melangées for 7 years in the Inland Empire, is the developer of Cardio Tribal Style (CTS) belly dance, producer of the videos, and choreographs the combinations. Robin loves the energy and world music grooves that are expressed through tribal fusion styling. Her most influential belly dance teachers were Aziza Sa’id, Mesmera, Rachel Brice. In 2016 she became an Initiate into Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements, and expects to complete phases 2 and 3 of the 8 Elements approach in the spring of 2017. She has also been inspired philosophically by Paulette Rees-Denis of Gypsy Caravan, Kajira Djoumana, Heidi of Domba, and Amy Sigil of Unmata and has a general skills certification in ATS from Carolena Nericcio of Fat Chance Belly Dance. She taught CTS at the Pomona Valley Hospital Center, Scripps College in Claremont, and aboard cruise ships. Robin is also an author (The Dance of Leadership), a business school professor, an executive life coach, and a cultural-competence-diversity consultant (www.DrRobinJohnson.com).
Aeron Sa’id: Zaltana. After abdominal surgery in 2009, Aeron’s doctor suggested belly dance, yoga or Pilates as a form of recovery. Aeron was interested in belly dance so she was happy for the excuse to do something she had always wanted to try. Her training includes the more modern style of Tribal belly dance with Meredith Marie of Circata, and Sashi of Ascend Tribal. Aeron is Co-Director of Belly Trance, and teaches the Cardio-Tribal Belly Dance Workout at Source Yoga Studio in Riverside, CA. She also teaches CTS General Skills and Intermediate workshops in Southern CA for dancers who are interested in learning and getting certified in CTS. In the spring of 2017 she completed phases 1 (Initiation) & 2 (Cultivation) of the 8 Elements program with Rachel Brice.
Charise-Cynar: Egyptian / Barefoot Flamenco teacher and soloist. Charise has been dancing for over 20 years, and for most of those teaching the Middle Eastern Dancing Arts. She has a background in jazz and also taught synchronized swimming with the Coeur d’ Alene Aqua Gems. Charise has always been drawn to the graceful styling of classical Egyptian music. The beauty of the instruments and the arrangements offer texture that tell a story that moves her to dance. Charise’s specialties are Egyptian Belly Dance, double veils, barefoot flamenco (Zambra Mora) and Goddess Grace moving meditation.
Helena: Egyptian soloist. Helena has been studying classical Egyptian style belly dancing with Charise Cynar in Palm Springs and other teachers in the LA area. Helena‘s artistic expression is also inspired by her background in ballroom dancing, yoga and Asian dances. When she is not dancing she is a scientist researching possible cures for cancer.
Jacqueline Provost: Soloist. Jak has come a long way from dancing in her living room as a child to the accomplished performer she is today. The childhood longing to dance remained with her until she one day walked into a belly dance class and knew she was home. The music was the most beautiful she’d ever heard. She has performed both here and abroad performing with luminaries such as John Bilezikjian. Jacqueline conducts workshops on veil, and double veil.
Moira: Zaltana. A self-defined ‘non-dancer’ for years, Moira started her dancing journey with an interest in learning more about her heritage and was quickly addicted. Soon she was performing traditional Scottish highland dance at renaissance faires and special events. Later, when looking for a lower impact form of dance she discovered belly dance. She loves the folkloric styles, especially Debke, as well as CTS. When she’s not dancing with Zaltana, Moira continues to do stage sound and light management for the Coachella Valley Rep Theater, design characters and costumes for her online multiverse clients, and care for her critters.