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Bringing the Art of the Middle East to the Down East

Late one night, back in 2001, after seeing a commercial of the Bellytwins selling instructional belly dance DVDs on T.V., Kaitlyn was dazzled by what she saw and knew that belly dance was for her! Her life-long obsession with Middle Eastern and Indian cultures lead her on a path to discover the beauty and grace of belly dance. She continued learning the art through any other DVD she could get her hands on. Her dance experience also includes over 5 years of formal training in ballet, tap and jazz, all of which she studied at Dance Theater of Jacksonville. Being a professional belly dancer today, she still draws heavily on this training that she received as a child.

In 2003, while living in Mississippi, she took a short introductory class in belly dance and then committed to studying at Butterfly Yoga Studio with Kristina Kelly in 2005. Kaitlyn is a former member of Jackson, Mississippi’s premier belly dance troupe “MissiHippy” for over a year and a half, joining in early 2006. As a member she performed at various festivals and venues all over the state an enjoyed a monthly performance night at Aladdin’s restaurant in Jackson.

In 2007, Kaitlyn and her family relocated back to her native North Carolina. Being back home in Eastern North Carolina, she strives to bring belly dance to the community, bringing the art of the Middle East to the Down East. Kaitlyn has a B.S. in Art Education and has dedicated her life and career to performing, and educating others about the ancient dance.

Kaitlyn has taken private instruction from Mesmera, Aubre of Bellydance Superstars, Veena of the Bellytwins, and Super Kate. She has attended workshops with Jillina, Artemis Mourat, Suhaila Salimpour, Kami Liddle, Tamalyn Dallal, Sharon Kihara, Gypsy Caravan and Khafif. She performs and continues to study Cabaret, American Tribal Style, Tribal Fusion, Tribaret, and Raqs Gothique. She also incorporates a variety of props in her performances such as zills, veil, sword, and Isis wings. She is presently studying and performing her other passion, Indian dancing, taking classes that range from Bharatanatyam to Bollywood. Kaitlyn is now a sought after performer and instructor in eastern North Carolina.

You can visit her website at http://www.kaitlynbellydance.com/

Kaitlyn’s Bellydance Flamenco Fusion to “Radius”

~*~ Greenlee