Kali Maat – Montreal, QC
Josee Demers Villemure has been dancing for a number of years under the stage name of Kali Maat. Even though she grew up in a dance and theatre environment, she teaches today with no diploma in hand, only her instinct and self-taught discipline.
Cult of Yes – Montreal, QC
Cult of Yes are an unorthodox bellydance duo formed in Montreal in 2013. Born of a shared love for adventure and really great music, Cult of Yes now travels near and far, bringing unusual dances and searching for fresh movement, good times and kindred spirits.
Dominique and Sue have decades of combined experience on stage and in the classroom and are committed to helping students liberate themselves from fear so they can be their bright, authentic selves on stage.
Nawal Doucette – Saint John, New Brunswick
Watch a performance of Nawal Doucette
Inga Petermann – Germany/Ontario
Inga is a passionate dancer from Hannover, Germany currently living in Ottawa, Canada.
She fell in love with Tribal Fusion Bellydance at a young age and soon gained experience through national and international performances. Going through school for gymnastic teachers, Inga did not only learn more about dance but also about fitness and anatomy and applies this knowledge to her classes and workshops.
She has been part of several collaborations such as Deb Rubin’s ‘Project Merkaba’, Alexis Southall’s ‘Juniper Collective’ and the trio ‘Soul Collective’ with Cristina Zegarra and Sway Efey.
Kala – Montreal, QC
Kala is an eclectic dancer, starting her professional journey in 2008, in Seoul South Korea with the Oriental belly dance troupe, Navah. As part of Eshe’s professional troupe, Sultana, Kala also participated in – and won – the 2012 Tokyo International Belly Dance competition. Kala’s love of dance evolved to Hip hop, studying at Expression Crew studios as well as many other movement based arts. She has performed regularly at festivals, including the Korean International Performance Arts Festival and fundraisers like Bras For a cause, and has also performed in Eshe’s Belly dance stage productions as well as Single Thread Theater’s production of Ambrose, an immersive play hosted at the Grand Theater.
As the former artistic director of MOVE Collective, she participated in the promotion of urban arts with youth in Kingston Ontario. She regularly teaches workshops on an international level, including Belgium, Indonesia, Korea, England, U.S.A and India. Now based on Montreal, Kala hopes to bring her years of experience teaching and performing internationally with the local dance community.
Watch a performance of Kala at Tribal Momentum 2017
Marina D.Ray – Montreal, QC
Marina started her dance adventures in 2001. Dedicated to hard work for her passion, she enjoys challenges that widen creative horizons. Marina spent five years training in Latin dances, completing her teacher’s diploma in 2006. Later, after moving to Montreal, she left her Latin dance career behind and continued exploring other dance styles: tribal dance (ITS), Oriental, contemporary, modern, and classical ballet all stole her heart. Wishing to move people’s hearts and minds, she also acquired theatrical experience and began choreographing and teaching.
In 2012 Marina formed a theatrical dance duo “Ilu Tiamat”, and in 2014 she founded “ITS Alive!”, Montreal’s first improvised tribal style (ITS) troupe. Marina also collaborates with musician-composer Phil Mius as “Spectral Moon Ensemble”. Marina is the founder of the Tribal Momentum dance festival, which was born of her passion for dance and a desire to continue to grow this beautiful community.
Watch an ITS performance of Marina and friends