Jennifer Secrist Goran
Jennifer began her tribal bellydance training in San Francisco in 1989 with well known American Tribal Style founder, instructor and performer Carolena Nericcio, director of FatChanceBellyDance®. Jennifer was immediately impressed by the presence and poise of the instructor and by the powerful, organic feel of the dance. Occasionally, Jennifer tried her hand (or hip, as it were) with other talented belly dance instructors specializing in Raqs Sharqi, but, she knew her first love was with the form and aesthetic of American Tribal Style®. To this day she remains a loyal student of Carolena’s and still enjoys studying with her when in the Bay Area
In 2001 Jennifer moved to Florida with her family and established Tallahassee’s first ATS® belly dance program thru InStep Studio
After moving to Boulder in 2005 she joined Desert Rain, Colorado’s Premier tribal belly dance troupe, and enjoyed the dancing and camaraderie of these talented ladies. In June 2007, Jennifer, her Desert Rain troupemates, Lisa Goodrich & Anita Kear, along with former TribalTique founders Molly McClellan (current director of Vespertina) & Julia DiVerdi (current director of Sumatra), traveled to San Francisco to complete their GS Certification in ATS® with Carolena Nericcio. They were among some of the first dancers in Colorado to have been honored with this certification
After 4 years of simultaneously performing professionally with Desert Rain and overseeing and occasionally performing with her own student troupes, she decided to take a break from Desert Rain and devote herself full time to Tribe Nawaar. Lisa Goodrich continues to direct Desert Rain and offers her own series of classes in Boulder. Jennifer & Lisa both still have a great time dancing with each other and can be seen eating cheesy pizza together and guest appearing with each other’s troupes from time to time. Jennifer currently directs and works full time for Tribe Nawaar
Rosie has always been obsessed with dance and would attend any and every school dance as a young girl growing up outside the Detroit area. She tried a variety of dance activities before getting involved with middle eastern dance in 1994 thru Pennsic War events. Rosie was her tribe’s official belly dancer for several years. During that time she learned everything she could thru Pennsic dance and drum classes and performed at every opportunity. Around 1996 Rosie found she also had a talent and passion for Lindy Hop Swing Dance. She was inspired by the by the more earthy Harlem style taught by Frankie Manning, Rosie and her dance partner taught and performed a form of swing that they considered more ‘bar room’ than ‘ballroom’. She also considers salsa, tango and ‘booty dance’ as part of her stronger assets
Fast forward to 2004, Rosie moves to Boulder to attend Naropa University. After graduating and settling in to her new school free Boulder life she decides to look up one of her first dance loves.. belly dance. After researching more into the tribal forms, Rosie discovered Jennifer’s classes and she is quickly hooked. Her keen sense of poise, technique, musicality, improvisational phrasing along with her compassionate and grounded personality make her a favorite among students, fellow dancers and audience members! Rosie currently is the assistant director of Tribe Nawaar
Mirav’s middle name is Salome… for reals! We think she was born to be a belly dancer. Born in Miami from Cuban-Israeli descent she always admired Middle Eastern culture and wanted to keep a connection to it. She decided one night to be brave and try a belly dance class. The class proved life changing and now she is embarking a lifelong serious study of belly dance.
Belly dance helped her become more in tune with her body & serves as a way to balance out her spinal disorder. She hopes to share her personal experiences and knowledge with others who are also going through the same thing. Mirav has been dancing since 2010. Yet even at this early stage of her dance career, she has danced for 3 troupes, & performed solos on stages and in restaurants. She joined Tribe Nawaar in 2013 as part of her pursuit to study tribal fusion. She feels that American Tribal Style® is the root and history of what has become American belly dance! Mirav hopes that one day she can take constant trips to the Middle East to learn more. When she is not obsessed with belly dance, she is playing video games, eating cupcakes and learning how to sew and how to speak Arabic and Hebrew.