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Rosa Noreen, one of the co-founders of Bright Star World Dance, is a professional belly dancer who has taught classes locally for many years, as well as sharing her love of belly dance through workshops and performances nationwide. Rosa loves seeing the "I can do this!" light appear in the eyes of a student. She provides a warm and supportive environment for people of all fitness levels and genders, ages 14+.
Rosa's Grace Academy helps dancers add depth and dimension to their work so they grow in confidence to take their places on stage and in the world. Drawing on her background in ballet and visual arts, combined with a passion for Egyptian and American belly dance, she is known for her elegant lines and emotional performances.
Dancer, choreographer, musician, writer…storyteller. Whether she is using the medium of dance, rhythm or words Joie seeks to bring to life the character present in a creative work. A lifelong dancer Joie entered the world of belly dance through the side door of raqs gothique after falling in love with its dramatic storytelling nature. Her dance explorations have also led to a study of cabaret and Turkish styles of the dance expanding her love of the art form. She is also a student of Middle Eastern percussion, specifically the riqq, and has a love of playing the zills. Blending the arts of music and theater with the improvisational nature of belly dance she brings drama, humor and an appreciation for the unexpected to the stage.
In teaching theatrical belly dance Joie seeks to share not only technique but to also create a safe space for dancers to explore and step beyond their creative boundaries. She hopes to initiate the conversation between artist and muse so that each dancer may connect with and express their own unique voice.
She is the founder and director of the street vaudeville performance troupe Dark Follies which formed in 2008 and performs as a solo artist around New England.. She teaches Theatrical and Exploratory Belly Dance in Portland, Maine at Bright Star World Dance.
Anna started her dance life after realizing that sport, theatre, and music were not enough and that she can't stay away from dance any longer, so it was just the right time to start something new and very exiting in her life. Inspired by Cuban friends, Anna tried Salsa Casino first and then completely fell in love with Latin dancing. Once she tried Salsa, Anna discovered Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Brazilian Zouk, Kizomba, Regetton, Tango, and Hustle. Spending every day dancing for a lot of hours made her one of the best students of the dance school and helped her to win the city of Saint Petersburg Social Dance competition in Bachata just two months after she started to dance.
Lazarao As a native Cuban, Lazaro grew up surrounded by different rythms of music and different styles of dance. Since his childhood he was dancing Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Regetton, Son, Cha Cha, and Mambo. At the age of 11, he started to attend dance school and a lot of different parties and festivals that were held in Cuba, always learning and trying something new. Later, Lazaro moved to Saint Petersburg, Russia, were he worked as a dance instructor for a couple of years, before he moved to Portland, Maine. In Russia, Lazaro was teaching different styles of Latin dance that he had learned in Cuba and was developing Latin movement in Saint Petersburg.
As a professional teacher of physical education Lazaro makes the classes very intense and useful for health. At the same time Cuban energy brings a lot of fun and smiles to his classes.
Karli is a social worker, mom, and wannabe talk show host. Karli joined the dance community in Portland in 2004, taking her first belly dance class and LOVING it! Since then, she's shimmied, bopped, and strutted her bootylicious self wherever and whenever she can! Karli took her first Oula class in 2014 and became obsessed - who doesn't want to spend an hour dancing like a superstar and owning the world like Beyonce?
When she's not shouting her favorite song lyrics out loud, Karli can be found running a diaper bank and food pantry, reciting her favorite lines from The West Wing, and encouraging her daughter to eat something besides macaroni and cheese. She is committed to community and can not wait to share the dance with you!
Cassandra grew up in a rural town of Maine with a passion for dance. She continued this interest through her high school years and into college, graduating with an AA in Dance Performance. Throughout her years in college, Cassandra found a parallel connection with yoga. While completing her BA from UMass Amherst in Dance & Health studies, flourishing from her personal yoga practice, she also achieved her certification as a registered Yoga Alliance Yoga Instructor. Cassandra also has completed continuing education yoga studies focusing specifically on teaching teenagers.
Along with yoga classes, for over five years Cassandra has taught several dance genres for all ages and levels. Through her experience as a Dance and Yoga instructor, Cassandra grew extremely passionate about teaching yoga for teens. Yoga not only creates a safe haven for adolescent prosperity, it can also create mental focus for academic studies. In addition, yoga is a great asset for athletic agility, cross training and injury prevention for dancers specifically.
Bring a friend, listen to good music, have fun while exercising and, find your way to relaxation through yoga with Cassandra!
Rebecca Bass holds a degree in Dance and Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University. As a student at Barnard, she co-founded and served as artistic director of Columbia University Ballet Ensemble. Her training in classical ballet includes summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She moved to Portland from New York City in October and is excited to get to know more dancers in town.
Theo began professionally performing in California at the age of 13 beginning as a principal dancer for the West Coast Ballet Arts Theatre. From there, his career made stops and layovers in every genre and medium of the performing arts. From music videos, awards shows, night clubs and industrials to Disneyland, film, television and Broadway, Theo has glided across stages from Europe to Japan, Australia, and the United States of America.
Theo is an award-winning choreographer who has taught Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater across the world, creating pieces that utilize almost every style of dance. His passion for contemporary movement mixed with old-fashioned sensibilities makes him a versatile artist and enriches his dynamic and fresh approach to storytelling.
Theo is also an accomplished director, photographer, and writes and produces music, blending all mediums to create his own unique voice in the visual arts.
Heather Powers is a devoted belly dance performer and instructor based in Portland, Maine, and a Bright Star World Dance Management Team member. Her style is heavily influenced by her experience as a visual artist. Heather's desire is to create a transformative experience by filling space with strong, clean graceful movements captivating audiences.
She diligently trains worldwide with renowned belly dancers. Heather has contributed to the New England belly dance community as a host of workshop weekends and as a producer of local shows. Her most recent achievements include: Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Phase 1: Initiation Passed, cross-training as a Pilates mat and yoga instructor; and joining the management team at Bright Star World Dance.
Kendra Varoskovic was formerly a Strala Guide in residence at the WVieques in Puerto Rico. She guided classes and promoted the WHotels FIT with Tara Stiles — a program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. Closer to home, Kendra has taught in several different locations in Southern Maine.
In spring 2015, she brought Strala classes to Salt Pump Rock Climbing Co., Bessey Corner, and University of New England’s Portland Campus. In 2016, she expanded her teaching to University of Southern Maine, Team Irish MMA Gym and taught classes at Sunflower Farm Creamery where she was featured on Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Whether you seek to build graceful, coordinated movement, a physical release from everyday stresses, or how to accomplish more with less effort, Kendra is excited to be your Guide!
“BE YOU” is Pam’s theme as she facilitates “Let Your Yoga Dance” here at Bright Star World Dance Studio. Pam completed her LYYD Certification in 2014 and is currently deepening her practice through Yoga Teacher Training. Let Your Yoga Dance is about expanding JOY.
Let Your Yoga Dance is a form of conscious movement, where participants enter the session with a sense of intention, and move authentically and creatively. Let Your Yoga Dance is for EVERY body, and requires no previous experience or skill set whatsoever. It is open to all genders, ages, body sizes, shapes and abilities. It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to do Let Your Yoga Dance wrong! In this practice, participants move through their chakras (or energy centers) to music, which engages heart, mind, body and spirit. It truly is an opportunity to BE YOU, and to move in whatever way your body calls.
Pam’s heart has opened through this practice, and she loves expanding JOY and offering a place that is fun, safe, and free of judgment for all. Every thought, feeling and movement is welcome during the 90 minute sessions, as each person experiences Let Your Yoga Dance in their own way.
A dancer and choreographer for over 15 years, Kerry Constantino creates work that is rigorous, multilayered, athletic, and fully realized. Her work and practice is based on a foundation in Laban-Bartenieff Studies, Evans technique, improvisation, and yoga. Kerry places a great emphasis on facilitating students to find their own range and personal expression through movement and staying true to each individuals' own "voice" as a dancer.
Kerry has studied with Bill Evans, Jean Isaacs, John Malashock, Michael Mizerany, and Blythe Barton in addition to countless other teachers and mentors that have helped shape her as a mover and choreographer. She makes choreography that reaches beyond the boundaries of traditional dance and performance, often incorporating sculpture, fiber arts, and scientific collaboration.
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