Jackie is a lifelong student of dance. With a foundation in Russian ballet, and over 20 years in Middle Eastern/North African dance styles, she has a passion for learning new techniques to express the bond between music and movement. She studied with such amazing dancers as: Morocco, Dalia Carella, Anahid, Kiki Aziz, Aviva!, Su'ad, Farasha and many more. She has been part of Troupe Fantazeyah and the Egyptian American Folkloric Group. After a few years, she realized her heart was much more interested in dancing for experience and joy than for profit. She then left the professional circuit to persue her own voice. Alongside her technical training, Jackie has been heavily involved in the goth/industrial club scene and incorporated the styles she saw and created into her dance. THEN, she found fun and power in West African dance with Janet Peck and Sogbety, and brought that into her own style. Now, you can find her dancing to anything from Garbage, to Balkan music, to Assemblage 23...anything! Since there are a myriad of styles, cultures, variations and fusions of Belly dance available, Jackie is offering Ahimsa House a deconstructed, purely technique class, that can be the basis for any path her students may choose. She will put emphasis on form, isolation, strength, and flexibility. "If dance is a language, I hope to give you an alphabet, and the basic grammar of Belly dancing. Please, take what I can give and write your poetry!