Sarah Jezebel Wood is a bellydance fusion artist and certified yoga instructor living in New York City where she teaches weekly classes and performs regularly. Sarah loves to nurture and cultivate the deep creative beauty and strength that we each hold as dancers and envisions dance as fluid meditation where our bodies are the catalyst to experience higher levels of consciousness. Knocking down boundaries Sarah’s style ranges from slow and sinuous to quick, dark and aggressive. Her inspirations vary from the natural world to the occult to visionary art.
Elizabeth Green began dance training at about the same time that she learned to walk. Dance and Yoga have always been an integral part of her life including her college years where she studied authentic movement. It was during this time of dance self exploration that she discovered Tribal Belly Dance and there has been no going back. Upon returning to her home in NYC, Elizabeth has spent the last ten years dancing under the direction of Sarah Locke and Alchemy Tribal Collective as well as Sera Solstice and the Solstice Tribe.
An RN by trade, her immersion in the world of belly dance gives her the space to fully connect with her mind, body and spirit, enabling her to give more compassionate and integrative care to all of her patients. She is ecstatic to be dancing with Lunaris and continuing into the mystical journey of dance.
Abby Moon first fell in love with bellydance in Portland, OR in 2000 when she saw a performance by Gypsy Caravan. Immediately connecting with the movement, aesthetic, and tribe mentality, she knew she had found a home in dance. After learning a solid foundation in American Tribal Style from Gypsy Caravan, she moved to NYC in 2004 where she helped establish the emerging tribal bellydance scene there. Abby was a founding member of Sarah Locke’s Alchemy Tribal Collective, and performed with this pioneering NYC troupe for 6 years. She also danced in P.U.R.E. (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), directed by Kaeshi Chai. Abby is a core member of Sera Solstice’s Solstice Tribe, and performed with Sera Solstice in dozens of events in NYC as well as festivals across the country for 7 years. Abby has danced at CoSM, Figment Festival, the NYC Theatrical Bellydance Conference, the Sacred World Interdependence Day festival, Shamanic Boom Festivals, and Illumination (CO). Abby has studied with Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love, Kami Liddle, Unmata, Rose Harden, Ashara, Jill Parker, Sharon Kihara, Carolena Nericcio, and Aepril Schaile. Abby moved to Colorado in 2015 and is performing and teaching tribal fusion bellydance in Denver. Abby is thrilled to dance with Lunaris, and to explore the connections between dance and ritual both for the aesthetic and spiritual experience. Connect with her at: https://www.facebook.com/CrescentMoonBellydance/
Alexandra Bush-Kaufer started belly dancing while studying comparative religions, mythology, and philosophy at NYU. Since then, dance, philosophy, and the sacred have been deeply interconnected for her.
In addition to belly dance, Alex has studied Okinawan karate; several dance forms including ballet, modern, Latin, and swing; yoga; and circus arts.
Noelle, as a founding instructor and member of Solstice Studio in New York City, Noelle has performed at numerous belly dance festivals and events around the country. In addition to her many years of training with Sera Solstice, she has also studied with Mira Betz, Donna Mejia, Zoe Jakes, Sharon Kihara and Heather Stants in Tribal Fusion in addition to her studies in ballet and modern dance. A long-time student of Rachel Brice, in 2014 she received her Certificate of Completion of Brice’s The 8 Elements, Cultivation, Level Two. She is also Level One Certified in both the Suhaila and Jamilla Salimpour dance formats.
In 2004, she completed a 200-hour Teacher Training from OmYoga in New York City. OmYoga is a vinyasa-based yoga practice that also incorporates Tibetan Buddhism. Noelle currently teaches yoga and belly dance in New York City. Noelle is excited to be dancing with Lunaris and Sarah Jezebel – exploring the edges of dance, art, ritual and spirit. In her other lives, she is an independent filmmaker and Sommelier.
Denise: Movements filled with intention, grace and joy is what motivates Denise. Through dance she has begun a journey of self-discovery and has come to believe the art of movement is healing in its truest form. She is always striving to open the channels that connect to the earth, spirit and divine self, to find the place where insecurity and ego dissipate.
She began her bellydance practice with Shakti Rowan in ITS style bellydance.While continuing her ITS training Denise was introduced to Tribal Fusion style by Naraya founder of Vadalna Tribal Dance Co. and soon after became a principal dancer in the troupe. She has since then taken several workshops including teachers such as Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Deb Rubin, Jill Parker, and Zafira.
Denise is honored to practice intentional dance and surrender to movement with LUNARIS.
“By awakening the dancer within we become alive, we dance the fire within us, we pour out our waters and sway with the winds, we crawl through the earth with intentional steps and feel it with bare feet, open hearts and souls hungry for more.”
Megan Ward began her dance training in 1990 with the Royal Academy of Dance, moving on to schools such as the Tulsa Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, where she trained under the legendary Dudley Williams and Pearl Lang. She furthered her training with Dance New Amsterdam under the Simonson Technique. She has been featured in 3 full-length instructional DVDs on East Coast Tribal Bellydance (Lunar Bellydance, Solar Bellydance and Goddess Dance).
Megan taught at the East Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts and Dance Arts, working particularly with children. Megan taught advanced classes with Circle Modern Dance, She taught working with the developmentally challenged adults at Sunshine Industries. Megan also taught tribal belly dance at Solstice Studios and East Coast Tribal.
She has also collaborated with established artists such as Ananda Dance, Beats Antique, Korhan Basaran, Brenna Crowley, Garth Stevenson, Terre Roche, Kendra Shank, Dr John, Kelly Johnson, Lee just Lee, Vladimir Katz among many others. Her ongoing goal is finding her unique artistic voice within a variety of artistic disciplines.
Megan was a core member of Circle Modern Dance. A principal dancer of Ballet Gloria and The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. She was a dancer, choreographer and collaborator of Mark Lamb Dance of New York City and a principal dancer of the Solstice Ensemble of East Coast Tribal. She has performed with BellyQueens PURE and Beats Antique. Megan is also a black belt in Judo. She is now the founder and artistic director of Wolfdance Projects.
She has been instructing professionally since 2004 and has collaborated with musicians and dancers worldwide to explore the therapeutic and spiritual side of dance.