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Daka, also known as Mark in his everyday life, has a
fascination with culture, language, spirituality, and
folklore. Always driven by an inherent desire to
wonder, and seeking a method of uniting the body
and mind. With his passion for music, dance,
theater, and costume, he discovered ATS and
fulfilled this wish. He has experience in fire fan
choreography, ATS with tambourine, as well as
tribal drumming and musicality. He developed such
a passion for tribal drumming that he founded a
new DFW drum group, the Temple of Doum. He also
takes great joy in inviting other men to join the ATS
siblinghood, representing an art form that
empowers both men and women to embrace their
higher selves and to have confidence in all they do.
Nokomis has been dancing ATS for the better part
of a decade, and her love of Tribal style has never
stopped growing. She has found a community
brimming with love, acceptance, body positivity and
creative expression that feeds her soul. She is
excited to expand her vocabulary of movement with
Tribal Evolution, and add to her family of tribal
sisters and brothers.
In her everyday life, she is a multifaceted creative
professional, specializing in photo/film/digital arts
and floral design. Her hobbies include playing the
bass and guitar, singing, writing, reading, and
whatever new craft she's into at the moment.
Odonatta began ballet dancing at the age of 3, to help
correct her being pigeon-toed, and remained in ballet until
adulthood dancing with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet,
Richardson Metropolitan Ballet, and the ABT for most of
her teen and early adult life.
In high school, when she was not at the ballet barre, she
was a member of the drill team.
During college, at Ole Miss, Odonatta taught ballet
technique classes for the Ole Miss Rebel football program,
and in the late 1990s, she opened her own classical ballet
school and enjoyed sharing her love of ballet with young
dancers for a decade.
A few years ago a friend introduced her to ATS belly dance
and fell in love with the style, costumes, and her fellow
dancers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with
her family, gardening, and doing make-up!
Esperanza began doing ballet at the age of 7.
She quickly fell in love with being on stage and
performing with all of her dance sisters at a small
academy in California. She had the opportunity
to perform in several classical ballets such as;
Sleeping Beaty, Les Sylphides and the
In 2019 she made her way to Texas and had to
say good bye to her ballet family. Once the
pandemic died down she longed to join a new
dance community. After being introduced to the
ATS style of bellydance she quickly fell in love
with learning the language and joining the Tribal
Evolution family. As the youngest member of the
troupe each member has welcomed her with
open arms and offered her support, as a dancer
and a person. She looks forward to dancing with
TE for years to come and to expand her
knowledge of the bellydance world.