Kari's Bio

In the spring of 2004, Kari began her journey into the amazing world of Middle Eastern dance. Tired of spending excessive amounts of time watching bad television on her living room couch, she took a friend up on her offer to check out a local Colorado Springs bellydance class taught by Zafia. Kari was hooked instantly and became a dedicated student of raqs sharqi (oriental dance). A few months later, magic happened - Zafia began teaching a tribal style class. Kari had been drawn to tribal after seeing videos of FatChanceBellyDance and attending a Domba! workshop in Evergreen, CO. The tribal class soon became "home" for her and its members her family. From that original group, Mizmar Madness was born. Until leaving Colorado in the fall of 2008, Kari was an active member of Mizmar Madness, the only professional tribal improvisation troupe in Colorado Springs.

Since that first class with Zafia, Kari has performed and taught both traditional and tribal style bellydance as well as attending a wide variety of workshops. In December 2008, Kari achieved a major dance goal by completing the FatChanceBellyDance General Skills Intensive (GSI) in Seattle. The GSI included 15 hours of instruction by Carolena Nericcio, the creator of American Tribal Style, and her dance partner Megha Gavin, the director of Devyani Dance Company. On the heels of this achievement, Kari had the great fortune to be asked to perform with the fabulous Tsingani/Danse du Ventre crew for two very special shows in California (Mythical Creatures in Hollywood and Tribal Fest 9 in Sebastopol).

In the spring of 2009, Kari relocated to Minot, ND, with her husband Charlie. She is teaching again and loving every minute of it!

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