After years of teaching swing dancing, a YouTube video prompted Dawn Xiana Moon to reinvent herself as a tribal bellydancer. She studied with Stephanie Barto of Read My Hips and soon after was invited to join the troupe, which performs over 100 shows a year at venues like the Chicago Field Museum and Alhambra Palace. She also performs regularly in the US and Canada with Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. The Singapore-born bellydancer and firespinner has spoken at The University of Chicago, C2E2, DePaul University, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and Michigan State University, and regularly out-nerds even computer science professors. She is also a singer-songwriter that has toured through 10 states; her latest album features folk/pop with influences from jazz and traditional Chinese music. Dawn is also a UX designer and web developer with clients including the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Anheuser-Busch.
Research scientist by day, bellydancer by night, Kamrah is basically a superhero. Oh, and they can kick your butt too: They have 13 years of experience in a variety of martial arts, won third place at Tae Kwon Do World Championships (White Belt), and studied kung fu with Lou Illar (Sidekicks with Chuck Norris). As a bellydancer, Kamrah has been performing traditional, cabaret, and tribal fusion since 2001; they currently perform throughout the country as a soloist at places like Chicago's Double Door and were featured on NBC. Kamrah has taught at Tribal Fest in Sebastopol, CA, the largest tribal bellydance festival in the world, Tribal Revolution, and Tempest's Waking Persephone (Seattle).
Gaea Lady has been moving in mysterious ways since she was three years old. An enchantress by nature, she sees her body as her instrument to express herself. Studying classical forms to start her career, her attention soon went the way of the ethereal, including fire, hoops and hypnotizing fabrics. Dabbling amid any form she can get her toes on, her style borrows from the graceful and energetic mix of all she’s studied in the past. Featured in the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, at Untitled’s Unbridled, The Naughty Little Cabaret, The Drifter, and with Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe, she travels all over the US performing and teaching. Last year, she won "Best Debut" and "Most Classic" at the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Internationally known, Lee Na-Moo combines bellydance with contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and several Asian styles. He won the 2010 Chicago Oriental Dance Competition, which brought him to audiences in Argentina, and was invited to teach and perform at the 7th International Oriental Festival in Spain. He has also toured with Bellydance Evolution in Morocco, Germany, and the Czech Republic as a teacher and performer. Lee is a longtime member of Read My Hips and is a member of Joel Hall Dancers, a contemporary dance company based in Chicago.
Michi Trota is a firespinning geek fiend. She's an organizer for both the Chicago Full Moon Jams and the Chicago Nerd Social Club, and blogs about geekery, food, fire and anything else that catches her fancy at The Geek Melange. She is also the Managing Editor of the multiple Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.