Teachers

We’ll be adding to our teacher information over the next few months but just to get you started here’s:

Asif Qu
Asif QuAsif has been playing and teaching for several years. Specialising in Middle Eastern Percussion, but also plays and teaches West African Percussion and is learning to play the Indian Dhol.
Although mostly self-taught he has taken workshops and private tuition from Faisal Zedan, Tim Garside, Chas, Mark Bell, Karim Nagi, and Issam Housan.
Asif Qu has set up percussion groups in Shrewsbury, Nottingham, Lancaster, Lincoln, Northumberland and Cumbria. He has also taught at some of the major dance festivals such as Jewel of Yorkshire, Majma, Tribal Goddess.
He is also part of a Band called “The Nomads” alongside Mike Parnell, Mark Carlyon and Pete Gostelow.

Katie Holland
11391685_1016556721696566_7112782404521949341_nis the creator of Awakened Bellydance. This gift is the intuitive synthesis and integration of her life’s studies and experiences to date. Dancing from the age of three Katie has studied ballet, tap, jazz, African, Samba, Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, Balinese, Nepalese, Gurdjieff Sacred Movements, Sufi Whirling, Osho Dynamic Meditation, Martial Arts and Bulgarian Folk dances. Katie began her Arabic dance training in 1994. Performing with Hossam and Serena Ramzy, Cheb I Sabbah, Saleh Heby, Guy Schalom and Amani to name but a few. She has lived, travelled and worked in India, Asia and throughout the world with her two children and partner since 2006. Regarded as one of the best foreign performers in India Katie is in high demand as a performer, teacher and choreographer performing for Bollywood celebrities whilst studying with Masters of Sacred cultural dances, Tantra, Shamanism and Energy healing techniques.
A renowned and highly sought after professional dancer across the world with a specific interest in dance for healing and spiritual development. This combines perfectly with her extensive experience as an Inner Dance Facilitator Trainer, Reiki Master/Teacher, Access Bars Practitioner Trainer, Yoga teacher and energy worker.
Katie’s naturally intuitive ability to hold space is testament to her commitment and a wealth of experience facilitating dance and energy based workshops globally. Katie’s pioneering methods of teaching and performing have evolved to fuse many different forms of movement and energy work.
Her aim? To enthuse, empower, cultivate and share this inspirational, magical energy to all she meets…..
Katie is also the founder of Kashtat Bedu Sacred Dance and Yoga Retreats which offer adventures not usually found on the tourist trail!

Jacqui Spiers – Sirocco Tribal, Sister Studio

Jacqui’s Bellydance journey started back in 1997 inspired by Egyptian Bellydance and a love for traditional Baladi with its simple steps and earthy grounded movements.
A move to Devon in 1999 led to teaching many weekly Bellydance classes and also workshops for Devon Arts Initiative In Schools and Plymouth Religious & Cultural Centre, as well as working as a Complimentary Therapist.
Her first “real life” encounter with ATS was whilst attending Majma Dance Festival at Glastonbury in 2001 and being totally mesmerized watching a solo performance by Tina Martinez. Having signed up for Tina’s workshops over the weekend the seed was then planted and on returning home Jacqui was inspired to learn and find out more about FCBD and ATS.
Jacqui became a Sister Studio after taking GS and TT with Carolena and Megha at Glastonbury in 2008 and again two years later in San Francisco.  More recently she undertook Technique for Teachers 4 Day Intensive at Tiverton, Devon in 2016. Currently she is teaching weekly classes in Launceston, Cornwall and also at Exeter alongside Kelley Beeston, who is a dear friend, dance partner and constant source of ATS inspiration and knowledge. Jacqui is also one of the ‘Kalashies’ in Kelley’s performance troupe Kalash Tribal.

“For me there is something magical about ATS, the connection, friendship, transformation of dancers and of course the joy of Being In the Moment when we all come together to dance! It’s Magic! ”  –  Jacqui

Kelley Beeston – Kalash Tribal, SSCE Instructor
Kelley Beeston is well known for her inclusive, approachable teaching style often structuring her workshops holistically around a theme or concept. Her innate ability to break things down and simplify the most difficult steps and ideas has earned her a reputation as a thorough and knowledgeable teacher.
In 2008 Kelley launched Oasis attended by ATS® students, teachers and Sister Studios from all over the United Kingdom. Oasis is a much-loved event in the tribal calendar providing bimonthly structured workshops with tuition from an experienced, dedicated, warm and friendly teacher. Over the years Kelley has nurtured a growing tribal family who unite as “Oasis Tribal” to perform together.
Her passion radiates through when performing with her dance troupe, Kalash Tribal, in her weekly classes and workshops both at home and abroad, and for her there is something magical and empowering about ATS® which she absolutely loves to share.
Based in SW England Kelley regularly trains at the ‘mothership’ – the FatChanceBellyDance® studio in San Francisco and became a certified teacher and Sister Studio in 2010. She was selected by her master teacher and creator of ATS® Carolena Nericcio and her Tribal Pura International partner Megha Gavin as one of only 10 teachers worldwide to undergo their first ever Advanced Teacher Training and in June 2015 she graduated and qualified as a Tribal Pura International Sister Studio Continuing Education (SSCE) Instructor. She is honoured to assist Carolena and Megha in teaching both General Skills and Teacher Training.
Kelley is currently working with Carolena Nericcio on their Sister to Sister projects to empower women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.