Born in Japan, Aiko always wanted to learn to dance but began learning mixed martial arts instead. In 2008 she started taking oriental dance classes in Tokyo and performed at every opportunity. She lived in Thailand where she studied meditation yoga and took a mystical bellydance teacher training course.
In 2013 Aiko moved to Australia and began learning Latin and Samba in Perth. In 2014 she moved to the east coast of Australia and continued her dance training in hip hop, oriental bellydance, ATS® and tribal fusion.
Aiko is a fierce performer with a passion for dance that drives her dedication as student of many styles.
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Dominique van Hoof
While training with the Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and Queensland Bellydance Academy for many years, Dominique often admired the darker side of bellydance from afar. When Rita Markwell ventured to start American Tribal Style (ATS)® classes in Brisbane, Dominique leapt at the opportunity to expand her repertoire. As her experience grew in this new style so did her interest and enthusiasm for fusing the styles together.
Over the years Dominique has travelled near and far, within Australia and to the United States, to learn from oriental, ATS and tribal fusion belly dancers from around the world. Her biggest inspirations are Kami Liddle, Zoe Jakes and Samantha Emmanuel.
Dominique’s passion lies in learning new things, participating in the imaginings of her dance sisters and exploring the co-existence and combination of oriental, ATS® and tribal fusion styles.
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Lucy has been bellydancing since the age of 11 (after continually asking the local bellydance troupe to start a kid’s class). Her dancing began when she was 4, studying jazz and ballet where her first dance teacher commented on her wild hips.
She began in Mackay and danced there until she was 17, when she moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2011 to study paramedicine. Now her dance repertoire has expanded to the tribal side of bellydancing (ATS® and tribal fusion) while also keeping up with skills of oriental.
Lucy is inspired by the art of contemporary dance which she has also studied as she believes it brings a whole new element to the style of bellydance. Lucy’s dancing weaves together passion, technique and grace to present audiences with emotional and enriching performances.
Donna Zakura is a dancer who draws on tribal fusion bellydance, styles of hip hop, contemporary, Kathak and a pinch of flamenco. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. Along with bellydance, Donna has had the opportunity to teach workshops in hip hop, contemporary and bollywood to adults with learning difficulties. She found this to be a fantastic experience and would like to teach in this area in the future.
Donna’s wish is to imbue her dancing with deeper cultural dimensions while exploring and colouring outside the lines. Using known, deep-rooted styles and mixing them with modern stylisations she creates ethereal, nostalgic, yet modern performances.
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