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.

Jaidra Bellydance

I took my first belly dance class in 2002, beginning a journey that would take me further  and change my life in more ways than I had ever imagined.

Honestly, I am not sure what I expected from that first class, but I know what I found. Bellydance has helped me grow stronger both physically and mentally, led me to develop a more positive outlook and a better body image. The dance community is made up of amazing and supportive women and men, dancers, musicians, designers, artists, and friends.

In 2006 following a cross country move to Georgia from southern California, I joined Troupe Sulukule, an Athens GA based dance troupe. I was a principle dancer in Troupe Sulukule until 2010 when I moved to Greenville, SC.

As a principle member of  Sulukule, I found my voice and passion as a fusion bellydancer. I had the opportunity to perform across the Southeast in a wide variety of venues, from Renaissance Faires to Birthday parties, from small haflas to the main stage at Triboriginal.

I ran the UGA Bellydance club in 2007 and 2008 and began teaching bellydance and dance movement meditation at the UGA continuing education center. It was around this time that I first began dancing with fire staff, fire poi, and fire fans bringing my love of fire to a new level.

In August of 2009, I finished my Master's Thesis, and followed that up with an exciting performance opening for Raquy and the Cavemen along with Troupe Sulukule and Jahara Phoenix at New Earth Music Hall in Athens.

In 2010 I began a new journey in dance and life after moving to Greenville, SC.

I am currently dancing full time as a collaborator with Brandy White as co-director of Discordia Arts based in Greenville, SC. I teach weekly classes on Wednesday evenings at Equilibrium Zen Gym and Mondays at Maya Movement Arts and can be found performing across town and beyond in collaboration with Wasted Wine as a member of Discordia Arts, and as a solo bellydancer, fire dancer, and in collaboration with many of the fabulous dancers that I have met in the Southeast.

Along with Brandy, I produce a monthly show at Moe Joe Coffee in downtown Greenville with the intention of providing a venue for professional dance and music collaboration. I am a regular guest workshop
instructor at Bella Dance Studio in Spartanburg and The Pole Academy in Greenville. My journey in dance has taken me farther than I ever thought it would, and I'm only just beginning!

Beyond Bellydance: Discordia Arts and Wasted Wine fuse theatrics, music, and dance
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