Lunaria Dance Theatre is comprised of professional, award-winning Seattle dancers with collective experience in bellydance, theater, burlesque, jazz, heels, ballet, vocal arts and more. Current company dancers include Alessandra, Amalia, Ava, Genevieve, Gevene, Nieva, Shakti Moon, Shannon, Yaminah and the artistic director and group choreographer, Mellilah. Most of the company are working professional Seattle belly dancers as well as dancers of other genres.
MELLILAH, a leading Seattle belly dancer, founded Lunaria Dance Theater as another outlet to feed her passion to choreograph and her new desire to step outside of the box of “Egyptian style bellydance.” She is a multi-award winning bellydancer & has been a prominent instructor since 2008. Mellilah has performed alongside The Commadores, has been featured in many of Seattle's iconic restaurants featuring bellydance & has graced the stages of Seattle and beyond. Mellilah is the winner Belly Dance Off: Round 1 2015. Besides belly dance, Mellilah is a trained singer and actor. Lunaria not only feeds her soul, but gives her an opportunity to share & learn with other beautiful dancers. She is the artistic director, lead choreographer, and a company dancer. www.Mellilah.com
For ALESSANDRA, dance has been a lifelong passion and source of joy. When she was first introduced to bellydance in 2008 she fell in love instantly, and her journey through this creative and magical art form has continued ever since. Alessandra performs regularly throughout the Seattle area, including being a featured dancer at Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant and Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine. She is a certified instructor and has previously taught for LA Fitness, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Fresh Fitness and Dance, and the University of Washington's Experimental College. She is also the author of the popular bellydance blog, Sequins and Shimmies. www.AlessandraDance.com
AMALIA, known for her exquisite undulations and layering, began performing at an early age with ballet and theatre. Her career in dance took off in 2002 as a member of Rishi's Egypt Belly Dance Company. Since then she has performed professionally throughout the Seattle area, acquiring awards from dance competitions and even performing on live television. She has made other film appearances in TV commercials and has even been in a music video. As a member of Lunaria Dance Theatre, she has found new inspiration and is excited to add dance theatre to her experience. But her talents are not limited to the stage. She also works behind the scenes managing costume design and construction as the head of Lunaria’s costume department.
GENEVIEVE has been belly dancing in Seattle since 2007. Before that, she performed in the Boston area and began belly dance training in 1998. She has studied with Suzanna Davis and performed in her Egyptian version of Cinderella. In 2014, she studied with Ruby Beh and danced in her year-long project show Crescendo. In December 2015, Genevieve performed in Bellydance Jakarta’s 10th anniversary show and took Tamalyn Dallal’s teacher training in Bali. In January 2018, she will choreograph and perform a horror-themed dance in Kat Welsh’s annual show Horrific. She is honored to have been invited to join Lunaria in the fall of 2017 and is looking forward to collaborating with this great group. www.GenevieveDance.com
GEVENE began her dance career in classical ballet and then quickly fell in love with Middle Eastern dance over 20 years ago. She has studied with many of the West Coast’s top instructors and continues to pursue her love for dance education. Gevene entertains audiences at many Seattle venues and was also featured with Rishi’s Egypt Belly Dance Company on TV. She is delighted to be joining Lunaria Dance Theatre and can’t wait to bring her passion to the stage along side the talented members of Lunaria! Each performance brings new insight towards her growth and continues to inspire her.
AVA is a lifelong dance artist with a passion for learning, creating & performing bellydance. Some of her dance career highlights include a recent performance in Bali, joining Thomas Dolby onstage at The Showbox Market for his world tour in Seattle, and performing for the VIP New Year's Eve party at the Tulalip Casino. Catch her regular bellydance shows in Seattle at Taki's Mad Greek, Petra Mediterranean Bistro, Caspian & Harissa. She has planned, promoted, produced & performed in sold out shows at many venues including Showbox, Triple Door & Hale's Palladium. As a working artist and advocate for the arts, Ava loves how the language boundaries and differences dissolve through dance to reveal a common humanity. www.AvaRaqs.com
NIEVA comes from a diverse background of tribal bellydance, ballroom and Latin dance. Some of her specialties include ATS®, fan veils, short fans, Bhangra and Bollywood fusion, Irish, Flamenco, fire prop and eating, and percussion (zils, doumbek, and riq). Nieva is a member of Ghazaal Beledi World Music and Dance Troupe, having performed with them at the Arizona Renaissance Festival for the last 9 years and makes frequent guest appearances when visiting her homestate. She has since relocated to Seattle and is pleased to be joining Lunaria Dance Theatre as a company dancer!
YAMINAH who is known for her grace and animalistic moves began studying the art of dance at the age of 8. Studio trained in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical, she has gained an extensive dance foundation. With such a passion for dance, she later in life embarked on a journey to become a certificated Zumba instructor. It was her love for Zumba that lead her to the world of belly dancing. In 2012 she stepped onto the belly dancing scene studying under the direction of Kizmit True and soon after was invited to be one of the original troupe members of Raqs al Raja. Since then she has continued learning the craft by taking multiple workshops, studying under the instruction of Kat Welch, and performing as a solo artist.
SHAKTI MOON, a Seattle belly dancer and Licensed Massage Therapist, got her start in 1999 with folkloric troupe Daughters of the Wind. She became hooked when she found herself on stage one month after her first class! She has studied with some of the top PNW teachers and beyond, exploring many different styles of music and dance, including playing with fire in the performance art troupe Infinite Carnival and spending 8 years as a company dancer with Rishi’s Egypt. Shakti is a multi award winner, performed on the Nile River & has been a director/producer for Moon Sirens Belly Dancing since 2009. Her authentic personality shines through in her dance making it a pleasure to watch. She is honored to join Lunaria and bring on the Cabaret!
SHANNON first ventured in to the world of bellydance in 2000, and has continued with the addiction ever since. She's performed as a soloist and with a variety of groups performing styles such as Bollywood, Russian Gypsy and women's folk dances from North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia in addition to bellydance. She's thrilled to now rejoin the fantastic members of Lunaria Dance Theatre. Learn more about Shannon at ShannonInMotion.com.