Tribe Nawaar’s director believes the strength of this troupe is each member’s dedication to technique & professionalism and thru cultivating joy, support & community among it’s members
~Boulder’s premier tribal belly dance company specializing in American Tribal Style® Bellydance~
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 (full bio under instructor’s profile)
In 2004 Rosie moved to Boulder to attend Naropa University. After graduating and settling in to her new school free Boulder life she decided 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 was quickly hooked. In fact, one of her first questions was ‘how do I get into the advanced class?’ 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 alike (full bio under instructor’s profile)
Steph was fascinated by Belly Dance since she was 12 years old. She tried to teach herself, following VHS tapes (that used to be a thing) that her mom bought her. In college, Belly Dance was offered as a credit, so, she signed up immediately. The teacher would bring in videos every few weeks, showing the different styles of Belly Dance. One day she brought in Belly Dance Super Stars Tribal Fusion. As soon as Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, and Mardi Love came on, Steph knew exactly what style of dance she wanted to learn. She researched the biographies of the women who inspired her, and noticed that the all had a background in ATS®. She looked for the closest teacher and found Jennifer Secrist Goran who was offering classes in Golden at the time.
After building coordination, she took a 200 hour Yoga teacher training in 2011. She has since then taken a 200 hour Gymnastics Teacher Training, and is now certified in Barre and Indoor Cycle. Steph is now a 900 hour Licensed Massage Therapist. She is currently in school for a Year 2 Program to specialize in Medical Massage and the 10 Series of Structural Integration. She is also working on completing the 8 Elements with Rachel Brice and has completed the first two phases and will finish the last two in the very near future.
In the little free time Steph has, she enjoys taking dance classes, hitting the gym, hiking, getting outside when possible, traveling, and fighting zombies 😉
Lori has always loved dance of many forms. Bellydance was always in the back of her mind as a dance she wanted to learn, but thought “I don’t know if I can, maybe someday”. In 2008 after beating cancer, she visited a friend in Utah. While there, they went to an outside fair where, she watched a group of beautiful women perform. It was love at first sight! Lori’s friend turned to her and said,”I could totally see you doing this”. It was this moment that cemented and changed her idea from” I don’t know if I can”, to, “I want and am going to do this”
Back in 2008, Kristin’s roommate, Lena, decided she wanted to learn to belly dance. And Kristin, being a very good friend, went with her in a show of solidarity. After several classes of feeling like fools, they both decided they really liked it and should probably stick with it. Thus began her love of belly dance.
Kristin joined Tribe Nawaar in late 2012 to continue her practice and to try something new. She’s been dancing with the group ever since! She loves the dance form and often tells others that “these are my people.” She is so proud and honored to be part 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.