This life we's strange, painful at times, but oh so beautiful.

I am a fusion dance artist and teacher, a fire dancer, and a visual artist. I draw inspiration from nature, music, and the amazing people that come into my life. I am also a conservationist who makes jewelry and found object multimedia craft type art in my spare time (when I'm not reading, writing, or lighting things on fire and dancing around with them). I love to dance barefoot on the beach, watch the stars move inexorably across the heavens, and to laugh with the people that I love. I am currently based in Greenville SC, working with Discordia Arts to provide unique and exciting entertainment to the Upstate.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dance will be there

In the past few years, many of my students have gone through difficult times, and I have found myself repeating the same thought…it’s an important thought, and I feel that it is relevant enough, and an important enough piece of my personal philosophy, to write it down:

Dance doesn’t judge you.

Dance doesn’t mind if you need to take care of other things for a little while.

Dance will be there for you when you need it.

Don’t feel guilty, if life gets in the way and you have to take a step back from dance. Don’t let dance become a burden to you. Yes, dance can push you, and if you let it, guide you to become more than you ever dreamed you can be. Dance will ALWAYS be there for you. 

That means that if you get hurt, if you lose a loved one, if you lose your way, dance is OK with you not coming to class for a little while. If you need to visit with dance only at home or in the privacy of your backyard, dance is going to understand, and dance will wrap around you and sing in your heart whenever you do find the time. 

When you come back to class and you are a little rusty, or your techniques aren’t quite where they used to be, dance doesn’t care. Dance won’t go away because you get frustrated….it’s still there, patiently waiting for you to get out of your own way.

Dance will be there for you, through thick and through thin.

Dance is inside you, and once you find your way to dance, it will never forsake you. It’s OK if you need to step back, and it’s OK to return after months, years, or even decades, away! 

Dance is here, never far away, calmly and ecstatically anticipating the day that you are ready to just get up and Dance!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016 Bellydance Classes and More

New Classes for 2016

A new year, and I've got a lot on the horizon!
My class offerings have expanded and in addition to dance, I'm also offering art classes through Niad, The Ward, and The William Felton School of Crafts for adults.

Join me to learn about the history of henna, paint silks, or just get crafty! Up to date information can always be found on the Discordia Arts Facebook Page and the Niad Facebook page.

In the meantime, here's a quick rundown:

Mondays (starting Feb 22) 9-10 PM
Bellydance Basics at Maya Movement Arts
201 Smythe Street, Greenville (register through mind body)

Wednesdays (starting March 9)
8 week sessions
Bellydance Basics 6:30-7:30 pm
Bellydance II lovely layering 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Upcoming workshops include bellydance and poi, silk painting, henna, and more! It's going to be an awesome year!

As always, here are a few fun photos from the last half of 2015!
Jaidra at the Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire

Henna Body Art by Jaidra of Niad

Jaidra in Columbia for Haflaween

Jaidra performs with Wasted Wine at Vulcanalia

Silk Painting Demo for Open Studios at the Ward