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Tamarind is a group of women from various walks of life, bonded by the Joy of Dance.

Emily Amber Denise Jocelyn Super Beth Jeanette CrystalZ Anna Druanne Danielle

Super Beth

Owner/Director /Instructor

 

 

How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I started doing fusion style with Jen Nolan when she was a member of Barika back in 2005. When Jen started teaching FCBD ® as a member of Trillium, I switched to studying FCBD®.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I am one of the original members of Tamarind and have been a member since the troupe was formed in 2008.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

I love the innovation that's generated by the chemistry of the group. I work with a great group of ladies who is always ready to "Improv Dangerously". They love the challenges I throw at them. It's such an exciting and dynamic group! I just love it!

What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
I am an IT Project Manager for my "day job," in addition to being a small business owner. In my free time (ha-ha), I really enjoy reading, gardening, camping, and yes, dancing.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I am hoping to continue traveling to perform and teach throughout the country and internationally. I see myself continuing my dance journey in Tamarind. I would like to learn Chinese and Latin. At some point, I see myself as a grandmother.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I was given my nickname from Jen when I was taking classes with Barika. I used to attend classes with the Milwaukee Ballet and then go to Belly Dance classes. As the years wore on, the name took on greater meaning due to my crazy schedule which always has me on the run.

 

Classes: DanceCraft Format, FatChance BellyDance Style, Fusion

Director of Tamarind Belly Dance

Instruction History

DanceCraft - Key of Diamonds Teacher Certified 2019 - Current

FatChance BellyDance Style® Belly Dance Instruction, 2008-Current
Pilates Instruction (Mat and Standing Pilates Instruction), 2007-Current
Tribal Fusion, 2013-Current


Experienced with over 200 live performance in a variety of styles of dance and instructor at such events as:

• ATS Homecoming hosted by FCBD® January 2015, San Francisco, CA.
• Tribal Trove hosted by Aleta Kaplan March 2015, San Diego, CA.
• Seven Sins and Seven Virtues hosted by Fruzsina Markusfalvi-Toth April 2015, Buapest, Hungary.

• Festival Tribal Internacional 3 hosted by JamilaAugust 2013, Mexico City, Mexico.
• Filming of Anatomy of a Step hosted by FCBD® June 2011, San Francisco, CA.

Movement and Dance Experience
Belly Dance 2003-Current
Studied with Jennifer Nolan of Tamarind (formerly of Trillium Tribal and Barika Tribal). Additional instruction with Carolena Nericcio and Megha Devyani. Workshops with Devi Memak, Zoe Jakes, Deb Rubin, Rachel Brice, Amy Sigil, Samantha Riggs, Paulette Rees-Denis, Onca, Rina Orellana Rall, Blue Lotus Tribe, Rahkshanda, Ariellah, Sonya, Isadora Bushkovski, Kerensa DeMars, Jim Boz
Ballet (Workshops with the Lenningrad Ballet and Phantom of the Opera Dancers)

Eduction and Credentials
Teacher Certified DanceCraft (2019)
DanceCraft - Key of Diamonds Certified (2016)
DanceCraft -
Key of Spades Certified (2017)
DanceCraft - Key of Clubs Certified (2019)

8 Elements - Initiation Certified (2016)

Teacher Certification and Sister Studio Status in FatChance BellyDance Style® Bellydance (2008)
Carolena Nericcio, Milwaukee, WI
Certified in Pilates, Mat Exercises and Standing Exercises 2003

Jocelyn

Assistant Creative Director/Instructor


How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I've been dancing FCBD® since 2010

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I've been in Tamarind since 2011.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

I find that being able to dance with like-minded people who share my passion for this dance is a very exciting part of being a member of Tamarind. I am excited to share this passion with others as Tamarind travels to teach and share our love of FCBD Style®.


What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
Middle School Social Studies/English/Science Teacher

Where do you see yourself in the future?
Studying with Colleena Shakti in India.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I performed with Zoe Jakes and SuperBeth in a Beats Antique concert in Milwaukee.

 

Classes: FatChance BellyDance Style, Floorwork, Saturday "Sauce", Fusion

Jocelyn "Sauce" Fait is the assistant director of Tamarind Belly Dance has loved dancing from a young age. Beginning as a classically trained dancer, her interest shifted to other dance forms as she entered college. Ten years ago she took her first belly dance class with Elizabeth "SuperBeth" Fish and has never looked back.

Jocelyn's dance background is varied and eclectic, which comes through in her improvisations, stylizations, and choreographies. "Sauce" is known for just that, sassy, complex contemporary combinations and dance conditioning, not for the faint of hear. She continues to study tribal fusion belly dance with Zoe Jakes, working towards becoming a certified Dancecraft dancer and teacher.

Eduction and Credentials
DanceCraft - Key of Diamonds Certified (2019)
Tamarind Troupe Transformations (2018)

CrystalZ

Vendor Liason/Instructor


How long have you been doing FCBD style?
8 years, I started as a student of Jenifer Nolan back in 2006.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I'm a founding member of Tamarind Belly Dance, which was started in 2008.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

I love how many Tamarind sisters I have. I LOVE the dancing and how we take it to the next level.

What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
I love crafting; anything that requires sewing, hot glue, and/or glitter!

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself continuing to dance with Tamarind and spreading the FCBD gospel. I also would like to expand my teaching experience and my vending business, More Flair by CrystalZ!

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I LOVE sparkle and shine! I like to let my creativity flow. And I've been diagnosed with a learning disability since I was 7 years old.

 

Classes: FatChance BellyDance Style

CrystalZ fell in love with FatChance BellyDance Style (FCBD) Belly Dance when she saw two ladies, her size, hypnotize an audience with their hips. And she said "I want to do that!" She began to study FCBD with and has never looked back. FCBD Style became her focus, her savior, her passion.

CrystalZ has been dancing FCBD Belly Dance since 2006. She is a founding member of Kiss My Shimmy, Zephyranthes, and Tamarind.


In 2008, CrystalZ became a certified FatChance BellyDance Style teacher. She began teaching because she wanted to share with other women, "we all have a Goddess within us" and FCBD allows you to find her. FCBD is not about what size you are, but about being strong, feminine, and most of all beautiful. You create this beauty by moving in sync with your sisters as a group and within this harmony you allow your inner Goddess to shine through.

CrystalZ loves to create beauty in her dance and though crafting. She vends handmade belly dance accessories and clothing under the label More Flair by CrystalZ.

 

Eduction and Credentials
Teacher Certification and Sister Studio Status in FatChance BellyDance Style® Bellydance (2008)
Carolena Nericcio, Milwaukee, WI

Tamarind Troupe Transformations (2018)

Jeanette

TTravel Coordinator/Instructor

How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I began taking classes with Jen Nolan in the fall of 2006, and have been dancing FCBD® since then!

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I am one of the original members of Tamarind and have been a member since the troupe was formed in 2008.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

I love FCBD®, and am thrilled to be part of a troupe that is dedicated to original "old school" FCBD®, but still loves to innovate and come up with new dialect movements based on original moves. We truly "improv dangerously", and I find that invigorating! I am also blessed to be part of such a large troupe of amazing women; the bond we have built has really made all the Tamarind ladies my sisters. We love and support each other in all things, and the ability to dance with them on a regular basis is the absolute best part of being in Tamarind!


What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
I am the System Bookstore Administrator for Herzing University. I coordinate the electronic bookstore for the students, and assist them in placing their orders and accessing their eBooks.

I am a professional artist, and have been painting since 1998. I have some paintings in a gallery in Cedarburg, Wisconsin called Studio 6 (http://www.Studio6Artists.com) and occasionally bring paintings to sell at various bellydance events, along with vending tassel belts and necklaces. My paintings are acrylic paints on cotton muslin, and have both influenced and been influenced by my FCBD® costuming - they are mainly imaginative realism with very bright colors and just a touch of surrealism!

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I hope to continue to work on my dance, growing stronger and more confident in FCBD®. I plan to continue to assist in CrystalZ's classes, working with students to pass my love of FCBD® with them, and also to improve my technique and ability. I look forward to continuing to work with props in FCBD®, and bringing more sword into our traditional steps. I hope to continue to grow with Tamarind as we continue to innovate and improvise!

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
My guilty pleasure is to go to the movie theater almost every weekend, and as a result, I maintain a movie review blog at http://www.JWardAdventures.Blogspot.com. This allows me an outlet to rant about movies, which is one of my favorite things to do!

 

Danielle

Newsletter Editor

How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I started taking FCBD classes in the summer of 2008 with CrystalZ and Jeanette! I was looking for an exercise class and Crystal had just started teaching. I thought I'd never perform, I just wanted to dance for the cardio - but soon I was hooked! About a year later, I began taking classes with Jen Nolan.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I joined Tamarind in January 2011.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

One of my favorite things about being in Tamarind is the lovely ladies I get to dance with. I have met so many wonderful people in the belly dance community! I also really love the creativity and ideas that come from my Tamarind sisters.

What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?

By day, I'm a mild-mannered editor/proofreader at a financial valuation firm in downtown Milwaukee. Aside from dancing, my hobbies include writing fiction, reading and rereading comic books, knitting square- and rectangular-shaped objects, gaming with my husband, and baking delicious desserty things!

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I plan to continue dancing until I drop! Other than that, I'd like to get some of my fiction published and have been toying with the idea of going back for my master's degree in English.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I have had my nonfiction work published and won an award from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation.

Denise

Event Catering Coordinator

How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I was able to start classes through a workplace friend in 2009. I took Level 1 a few times before moving on to Level 2. I focused on improving the FCBD® style by taking classes multiple times a week to be able to take Level 3 classes. In 2011, I was invited to join the student troupe, Tika.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
After taking classes and workshops and performing with the student troupe for a year, I was invited by my dance sisters to join Tamarind in 2012.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

Each time I have the opportunity to dance with my dance sisters of Tamarind, I feel empowered to move with confidence, presence and grace.


What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
I am an Academic Advisor and Instructor for Herzing University. My hobby that fills my free time is taking FCBD® classes from my dance sisters to continually improve my FCBD® curriculum.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
In the future, I see myself continuing to perform with my dance sisters around the country.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
An interesting fact about myself is that I am a life long learner. I love learning new things, especially new FCBD® combinations. I feel that the art of dance is the true expression of oneself and to be able to share it with the world with my dance sisters is exhilarating!

 

Amber

Make-up Designer

How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I started taking classes with the one and only Super Beth in 2010.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I became an official member of tamarind in 2012.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

Being a member of Tamarind means I get to continually grow and challenge my abilities as a dancer while sharing something I absolutely love with a truly amazing group of women.....what's not exciting about that? Also Iget to wear sparklies.


What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
I have been a professional makeup artist for almost 8 years. My guilty pleasures and time killing luxuries include reading comics, painting and drawing, loosing sleep playing video games, photography, watching cartoons, baking, sewing, doing ninja stuff, daydreaming, and being an all around badass.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I plan to do a fair amount of traveling in the future. I will also continue to dance my little heart out along side the other wonderful women of Tamarind.......except we will be in space, or on the moon, or mars or something since its the future.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I'm only 4'10. I am double jointed in both thumbs and big toes. .I've been published both locally and internationally for my makeup work.

 

Anna

Event Support


How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I began dancing FCBD Style in the spring of 2009.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I have been a member of Tamarind since July of 2013.

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

I am excited to be a part of such a strong, empowered, creative group of women.


What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?
I am an art educator at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and Milwaukee Public School After School Programs. I am a visual artist as well as a performing artist, as I exhibit my photography at various galleries. I also paint, snowboard, play co-ed volleyball, and love to travel.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
It is challenging to envision a specific image for the future. I hope to be happy and I am open to what may come!

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I lived and studied in Paris for a year.

 

Emily

Event Support


How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I have been dancing FCBD® since 2010, starting under the instruction of Elizabeth Fish.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I became a member of Tamarind in 2013

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

What excites me about being in Tamarind is the friendships I have made with my dance sisters in the troupe and the performance opportunities I have had while in the troupe.

What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?

I am an occupational therapist working in geriatric settings and enjoy drawing, painting, and traveling in my free time.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself continuing to dance FCBD® for as long as I can in the future.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I did dance performances in high school musical theater, including Footloose, West Side Story, and Beauty & the Beast when I was younger. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite because I got to be a dancing napkin for the song 'Be Our Guest'.

Druanne

Marketing Support Coordinator

How long have you been doing FCBD style?
I started learning FCBD in 2013 with Crystal and Jeanette.

How long have you been in Tamarind?
I was asked into Tamarind in June of 2016!! YAY!!

What excites you about being a member of Tamarind?

I love dancing with and getting to know all of the amazing Tamarind ladies!! I love entertaining and making people smile and watching them enjoy our performances. I love our interactions with each other while we are dancing via eye contact and facial expressions along with the trust & support for each other felt and given. Whether I'm center stage or behind in the chorus supporting my dance sisters, I love it all. Tamarind takes it to the next level!! I love the challenges and benefits of that!! This dance form has had a positive effect on both my mind and body. I have experienced a gain in self confidence, esteem and body image.

What do you do for a living? Other hobbies?

I am an aircraft technician & private pilot. I own and operate an aircraft maintenance facility. I am a published fine artist and have commissioned pastel work hanging in multiple states. I LOVE being outdoors, having bonfires, watching sunsets and stargazing. Oh and camping!! Gardening!! Mountain biking!!! Lots of things! My two children are grown and moved away so my world currently revolves around two sweet Boston Terrier boys named Louie & Leonardo. Playing with, and photographing them are among my favorite things to do. Indoor fun activities include crafting, sewing and playing music. I am presently teaching myself how to play guitar.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I would like to learn more and work on my technique dancing with props, including sword, fan and skirt with fan. I would love to feel comfortable performing a solo at some point. :) I intend to keep dancing and creating in some way for as long as I am able. :)

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.
I am descended from Prussian royalty. Where are all my people?

 

Founded in 2008 by Jennifer Nolan. Jennifer retired from the troupe in 2014. She will be missed.