Teacher Bios




A versatile and extremely well-rounded performer, Zoe Jakes has developed an instruction style uniquely her own, and is a popular touring instructor, with her workshops regularly selling out rapidly. Her passion is for Belly Dance to get wider recognition and respect, and her classes reflect that with a focus on strong technique and long-term motivation.

Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah!, along with the talented Mira Betz and Elizabeth Strong. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in people’s faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Americana Vaudeville with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud Member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice as her teachers and inspiration.

Currently Zoe Jakes is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has six albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. Zoe designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, along with adding set designer and stylist to her body of work. With multiple years and disciplines of belly dance under her belt, she has also studied Jazz, Ballet, Tango, Popping, and Indian dance.

Zoe Jakes is pursuing her desire to bring belly dance to the masses - performing at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo put her in front of thousands of people that didn’t know belly dance from an elephant. Zoe always includes her own Tribal Fusion aesthetic, as well as the many dance forms that have influenced her art the most.


Kami Liddle is a solo dance artist born with a passion for movement. She began taking ballet and tap lessons at the age of four and by the age of eleven, Kami auditioned for a part as a hip hop and jazz dancer for a youth performing troupe in CA where she performed for several years before moving to Nevada. She reunited with her passion for dancing again at seventeen, with an ethno-cabaret fusion of belly dance, in addition to studying the Fat Chance Belly Dance videos religiously.

Although her degree emphasis was on photography, Kami spent most of her energy dedicated to her dance minor, studying various aspects of dance such as movement theory, dance history, theory of teaching dance and choreography studies as well as the various required technique classes. In 2003 she joined the teaching staff at the university on a letter of appointment and taught classes there until 2005.

Kami's style is what she calls a modern fusion of an ancient dance. Although she is primarily a tribal dancer, she pulls from the various styles of belly dance that she has studied, as well as modern, hip hop, jazz, and bhangra dance. Her goal is to always be a student of dance and to constantly expand her repertoire.

She joined Bellydance Superstars in 2005 and is a contributing choreographer, as well as having been the director of the Tribal Superstars thru 2012. Most recently, Kami started her own troupe, Gold Star, and has been collaborating with Bay Area band Junk Parlor.


Jill Parker is the founder of the modern Tribal Fusion belly dance phenomenon, birthed out of San Francisco California in the mid-90's. Jill was an original member of FatChanceBellyDance, and founder of Ultra Gypsy Dance Theater, the trailblazing company that gave birth to such great dancers as Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Lady Fred, Rose Harden, and countless others.

With nearly three decades of experience, Jill has trained the top belly dancers in the genre and influenced a generation of belly dancers with her modern innovations, all the while remaining deeply rooted in her connection to the traditional, sensual, and authentic. Jill's big heart and deep love for this intoxicating form shine through in her generous teaching as well as her knockout performances worldwide.

An exceptional teacher with a gift for demystifying this intricate dance, Jill makes it accessible for new dancers, and offering insights for refinements and nuance to even the most seasoned professional dancer. Jill uses creative self-expression to promote health, encourage self-care, relieve stress, and build self-esteem. She fosters an inclusive sense of community and wellness in her classes.


Amy Sigil has been studying Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for 18 years, and has dedicated & inspired dancers from around the world by never compromising from her vision. She teaches internationally, as well as locally in her home town of Sacramento, where she is the owner of Hot Pot Studio and the Creative Director of UNMATA.

She is the creator of ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style), a dance vocabulary language where dancers from all corners of the globe can come together and dance spontaneously, creating something amazing right in the moment of her 'lead and follow' technique.


April Rose is a bellydance teacher and performer living in Austin, Texas. She shares her life's work through her training program, Bellydance Cohesion, in which she teaches movement, music, and research that highlights the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance. She is grateful to have been invited to teach dance in over 20 countries.

April earned a master’s degree in Culture, Performance, and Dance in 2012 from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she investigated bellydance history and was trained in choreographic method as well as a variety of dance disciplines. Since her bellydance studies began in 1999 with Daleela Morad in Sacramento, California she has enjoyed touring with many classic and fusion artists, including UNMATA and Bellydance Superstars. April directed Rose Movement Studio in Austin from 2013 to 2018 where she developed a passion for hand percussion, gained valuable lessons on teaching and leadership, and made many cherished memories.

She likes to take a thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching dance which is shaped by her mentors and loved ones. They include her mother and studio director Ann DaPrato, her fusion teacher and friend Amy Sigil, her bellydance idol Aziza, her somatics teacher Dixie Metz, her graduate advisor Vic Marks, as well as friends, students, and colleagues from Rose Movement and beyond.

If you would like to study with April Rose, please check out the online dance classes she offers (including Bellydance Cohesion Technique Drills) at www.daturaonline.com. For more info on Bellydance Cohesion trainings, in particular, please visit www.bellydancecohesion.com.


Sadie Marquardt is a global Bellydance sensation. She has spent the last 10 years traveling the globe conducting workshops and shows in hundreds of cities across 40+ countries. She is the most-watched Bellydancer on YouTube with over 30 million hits on just one video alone. Sadie is an inspiration and icon to her students and fans around the world and serves to empower people through the captivating art of Oriental Dance (Bellydance). She has produced dozens of bestselling instructional videos. She has represented the art of Oriental Dance in front of millions of viewers on the hit show “America’s Got Talent.”

Sadie is the founder and director of the “Raqs Flow” training program, which enriches students with a strong foundation in technique while keeping them engaged and connected to the dance’s culture and historical roots. She recently launched a new clothing line of athletic dance wear and produces a variety of destination dance retreats around the world, taking her students on a deep journey and exploration of this incredible art form as well as their own inner selves.

Sadie lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves spending time in nature, hiking, camping and adventuring with her family. Aside from dance, Sadie has a deep passion and commitment to living and creating a holistic, sustainable lifestyle and world. She loves to combine her passions in her retreats; bringing the power of nature, dance, music, conscious living and human connection together.

When she is not busy traveling the globe she can be found teaching her award-winning bellydance classes and workshops as well as performing locally in Colorado.