Kelela’s dance experience grows in a new direction with her
participation in Tribal Evolution. Belly dance is the latest
chapter in her journey, which includes classical ballet,
modern dance, and jazz. Her formal training includes
coursework at La Universidad de las Américas – Puebla,
México and a B.F.A. in Modern Dance from Texas Christian
University. Kelela’s professional work includes company
member of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth as well as a
teacher in local dance studios and outreach programs. Her
interests include travel, J.R.R. Tolkien, musical instruments,
cats, and renaissance festivals.
Nymeria began dancing at a young age taking ballet, tap, and jazz
classes through a local organization. She also played several sports
but focused mainly on gymnastics for about 10 years. Shortly
thereafter she started performing and competing with her high school
dance team and found the camaraderie with her teammates and the
thrill of performing to be a fantastic experience. Since then she has
studied many other forms of dance including: modern, latin, acro,
lyrical, weapons, bhangra, and folkloric.
In the spring of 2007, on a journey to find a new dance outlet, she
attended a dance festival and took a workshop with Tribal Evolution.
It was there she found herself drawn to the exotic beauty and grace of
tribal belly dance and this wonderful group of friends she now calls
family. In 2008 she became a member of Tribal Echo, and promoted
Tribal Evolution in 2009. In December 2012, she was honored to
become the new Director of the TE family. In 2015 she received her
Fat Chance Belly Dance American Tribal Style General Skills Classic
and Modern Certifications.
During her time with Tribal Evolution, she has been the costume
mama, seamstress, photo cataloger, a choreographer, prop maker,
website designer, a teacher, and has studied with many inspirational
teachers and performers including Sera Solstic, Zoe Jakes, Kami
Liddle, Rachel Brice, Jill Parker, Silvia Salamanca, Suhaila Salimpour,
Karim Nagi, Megha Gavin and Carolena Nericcio.
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Tribal Evolution is Luna's first experience in
dance/bellydance. She started back in the fall of 2011
after two years of searching the internet far and wide for
this community and, by pure chance, stumbled upon the
opportunity to take a class with TE. She has fallen in love
with the sisterhood in this dance and its philosophy.
Luna is inspired by ATS and Tribal Fusion as well as
many folk dances from around the world. In her spare
time, she enjoys being creative in arts, crafts, and music,
reading, many things nerdy, and spending time with her
Laurel took her first belly dance classes in 2005
with Bayou Shimmy in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. Through several moves, 3 states,
and a journey from cabaret to tribal fusion and
now to ITS, Laurel was honored to join Tribal
Echo in 2015 and promoted to Evo in 2018.
She is thrilled to have found the perfect dance
home in North Texas, where she can sharpen
her performance skills while experiencing the
fun of improvisational dancing with friends.
When not dancing, Laurel is a librarian and
enjoys hanging out with her husband and
dogs, sewing, and exploring the Texas