Bridget had always wanted to try belly dance, and in 2007 she decided to give it a try at Arabesque. She instantly fell in love, and shortly thereafter had a chance to perform as part of troupe Enta Albi.
She spent the next years studying with many instructors as Arabesque, including Sonya, Lisha, and Jonsey. She enjoys the challenge of learning new choreographies and props while deepening her own knowledge and skill at her home studio, and has been an active member of troupe Ro-He since 2012. A personal highlight came in 2014 when Bridget was able to study with Hossam Ramzy and perform for him with troupe Ro-He to his own compositions. In 2015, she performed her first solo choreography with mentor help from Sonya and her Semi-Pro class.
Bridget is excited to introduce new students to a dance form that has made her feel accepted and inspired. She looks forward to welcoming others to her "home away from home" with a little humor and fun as they learn together.
Christiana first discovered belly dance while attending a friend’s performance at a suburban festival, but it wasn’t until 2007 when she finally took her first class at Arabesque. Immediately hooked, Christiana began to study Tribal (ITS and Fusion) and Orientale styles of belly dance. Today, she continues her studies in these styles under mentors Sonya Blacker and Eliza Perry. Her life-long passion for dance has led her to study various dance styles throughout the years including hip hop, burlesque and 11 years of ballet, tap and jazz.
Christiana strongly believes in continuous learning and expanding one’s dance vocabulary and experience, no matter what the discipline. She has completed multiple Tribal Massive Intensives, as well as Levels 1 and 2 of Journey through Egypt. She is currently studying under Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Program and Zoe Jakes’ DanceCraft Program. In addition to these instructors, other inspirations and influences include Ariellah, Aziza, Mira Betz, Kami Liddle, Mardi Love, Mahmoud Reda, her mentors and her peers, and most of all her students.