MEET STACEY

Stacey began studying belly dance in 1995. In 2001, she was introduced to the Salimpour format and since has become one of the first Level 5 instructors in the Salimpour School.  She has been teaching classes since 2004 and has had a varied dance career not only as a performer and instructor, but as a director, producer and community member:

 

  • “Choreography Captain” for Texas, Melbourne, South Carolina and Cincinnati Salimpour Collectives

  • Founder and Director of the Tekatek Dance Ensemble

  • Owner and producer of the Austin Belly Dance Convention (ABDC) for 6 years

  • Choreographer & Director of "The Color Project" theatrical production

  • Founding member of Sabaya Dance Collective that produced a monthly showcase at downtown Austin's Copa nightclub for 7 years

  • House dancer and schedule manager for over 7 years at Alborz Persian Cuisine restaurant

  • Board member of the Austin Bellydance Association (ABA) nonprofit

  • Creator and moderator of the Austin and Texas Belly Dance Facebook groups

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Instruction

Stacey currently offers weekly group classes in Austin, TX based on the Salimpour School of Dance framework. 

Stacey is Level V certified in the Suhaila and Jamila formats, the official teaching level enabling graduates to offer Suhaila CEC’s (Continuing Education Credits) to certified students. She is able to offer Suhaila and Jamila Fundamentals workshops with optional testing.

Stacey directs the Tekatek Dance Ensemble, her advanced student dance troupe.  She is also the “Choreography Captain” of the Texas, Melbourne, Cincinnati and South Carolina Collectives.

Instruction Highlights

  • Austin Belly Dance Convention, 2009-2020

  • Jamila Format Level 1 w/ certification testing, 2019

  • Suhaila Format Level 1 w/ certification testing, 2018

  • Ya Halla Ya'll, Grapevine TX, 2015

  • Maryland Bellydance Convention, 2014

  • Intro to Jamila Format, Las Cruces NM, 2014

  • Asheville Bellydance Festival by Lisa Zahiya, 2013

  • Cabaret Dance Camp, hosted by Bahaia, 2012

  • 3rd Coast Tribal Dance Festival, 2012

  • Teacher Assistant for Suhaila Salimpour

    • New Zealand, Australia, 2017

    • Hong Kong; Taiwan, 2011

    • L3 Weeklong Workshop, CA, 2011

    • Houston, Denver, 2010

    • Brussels; Milan, June 2010

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Performance

Stacey has wide array of performance experience from restaurants, parades, private parties, and weddings to large stages.  She performs both choreographed (solo or group) and improvisational work.  

Performance Highlights

  • Bal Anat 50th Anniversary Tour – Florida, Atlanta, Chicago, California, 2018

  • Drums N Roses percussion show, 2014

  • Om Shanti Om, Long Center Theater, 2013

  • Bal Anat, Rakkasah West, CA, 2013

  • Belly Dance Superstars “Club Bellydance” 2011 – Austin, Houston, San Antonio

  • Guest performer with UT’s “Bereket” Middle Eastern Ensemble at Bates Recital Hall, 2008 and 2010

  • On Your Feet International Music and Dance Benefit Show, Monarch Event Center, 2008 and 2009

  • Pecan Street Festival, 2007 – 2008

  • Austin SxSW Film Festival Awards VIP Party, 2007

  • Central Market, 2006–2010

  • Alborz Persian Cuisine, 2006-2010

  • Sahara Nights @ Copa, 2005-2012

  • Numerous theater and event performances with Atash

 

Production

Stacey sponsors Suhaila Salimpour for annual workshops in Austin, TX, but has a long history of event sponsorship, production and collaborations.

Production Highlights

  • Annual workshops with Suhaila Salimpour since 2012

  • Producer of the Austin Belly Dance Convention (ABDC) 2009-2014 featuring Aziza, Ava Fleming, Virginia, Suhaila Salimpour with Bal Anat, and Yasmina Ramzy

  • Sponsored theatrical production of “Enta Omri” in 2017

  • Co-produced “Drums N Roses” with April Rose in 2014

  • Choreographed, directed and produced “The Color Project” theater show @Ballet Austin in 2012

  • Collaboratively produced monthly “Sahara Nights” with Sabaya for 7 years

  • Collaboratively produced recurring “Hip Circle Hafla” student showcase

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