Torque specializes in a style of fusion that stretches the boundaries of traditional bellydance through experimental choreography, eclectic musical selections, and original costuming innovations. While members emerge from a variety of dance backgrounds, they are united by a passion for belly dance, dedication to expression and creativity, and enjoyment of performing for the public.
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Azadi, owner of Twisted Dance Studios, discovered belly dance in September 2005 and has been obsessed with it ever since. A true student at heart, she takes several classes a week and frequently attends workshops. She has studied fusion and cabaret styles, American Tribal Style® (ATS®) and tribal improvisation, performance skills, and African dance. Her favorite style is ATS® because she loves the interaction between dancers and the proud, grounded look of the dance. She is the founding member of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion group, Torque and Director of Twisted Dance's ATS® student troupe, Helix.
Azadi received her teacher certification in ATS® General Skills & Teacher Training 1 & 2 in April 2011. Twisted Dance is a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio--meaning: Azadi is authorized by the Mothership to teach ATS®! She has also successfully completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements: Initiation, July 2012; and plans to obtain teacher certification in the 8 Elements Method.
Nezumi started taking bellydance classes through the local community college for fun, but it soon became an obsession. She tried a variety of styles but soon realized that Fusion was her love.
Nezumi loves going to bellydance festivals and being exposed to different styles and teachers in order to expand her dance vocabulary. She enjoys dancing to electronic dance music because she likes music with surprises and a heavy bass.
With lots of pops and locks, Nezumi likes to tase her audience with her amazing skills and leave them twitching in their seats.
In order to make exercise more interesting, Mimi began belly dancing in 2003. She is an active member of Torque Bellydance and specializes in balance dances with head props, specifically the sword and the shamadan. She has studied a variety of belly dance styles and incorporates elements of oriental (“cabaret”), fusion, and tribal improv into her classes.
As a performer, she finds inspiration in dancers able to blend diverse techniques, movements, and emotions in order to create a personal form of dance. Mimi teaches Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced classes at Twisted Dance Studios. She is a member of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion group, Torque, and a guest artist with Twisted Dance's ATS® student troupe, Helix.
Ayala got into belly dance in 2010 as a way to get fit after becoming a mother, and has been dancing ever since. Ayala has studied a variety of styles of belly dance, including tribal, fusion, and oriental, and has studied the use of a variety of props, with a special interest in zils. She has a background in ballet and gymnastics, experiences which have left an influential mark on her style of instruction and performance. As an instructor, Ayala draws on elements from a variety of forms of belly dance, including cabaret, fusion, and tribal style belly dance.
As a performer, Ayala is inspired by artists who blend elements from a variety of styles into a natural expression of the dance. Ayala is a member of Greensboro's first Tribal Fusion group, Torque, co-director of Twisted Dance's cabaret student troupe, Malaika, and a guest performer with Twisted Dance's ATS® student troupe, Helix.
Paisley Sellick, the youngest member of Malaika, began dancing with her mother at the age of thirteen. A painter and photographer, Paisley defines belly dancing as an art of freedom – freedom for the body and the soul.
Paisley’s initial focus, Egyptian Cabaret, has transformed into a love of tribal fusion and tribaret. She is the youngest member of Torque.
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