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A second generation Greek-American, Natasya grew up learning the music and dances of the Asia Minor Greeks. She first studied bellydance with Alexandra King and performed with the U.C.S.B. Middle Eastern Music Ensemble (1991-93). After two years with the Ensemble, Ms. Katsikaris began her professional career dancing in Greek and Arabic restaurants. She was a featured dancer at Ventura's Greek at the Harbor for 7 years (1996-2003).
In 1999, Natasya opened Fusion Studio, Ventura's first and only bellydance studio. She founded and produced the first Bellydance Festivals in Ojai and Ventura (Ventura Bellydance Festival 1999-2004 and Equinox Tribal Bellydance Festival in Ojai 2002-2003). She has taught hundreds of bellydance students. Natasya lived in Portland OR from 2004-2007 during which time her students, including Vicki Westerling, continued teaching bellydance in the Ventura area.
In 2007 Natasya and her husband, Daniel returned to Ojai, CA
Traditional Near Eastern Belly Dance
Professional Dancers and Live Musicians available for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Northern Los Angeles counties
Middle Eastern, Greek, Roman, and Gypsy theme parties
Cultural Events and Education
Birthday Parties & Retirement Parties
Family style entertainment (sorry no "adult" shows)
Belly Dancer with recorded or live music.
Cabaret / "Gypsy" shows / Flamenco Fusion Authentic Folkloric & Educational shows
Arabic, Armenian, Al-Andalus, Greek, Persian, Rom (Gypsy), and Turkish music
Always tasteful, tactful, and professional Reliable and punctual
Please confirm bookings at least 24 hours in advance.
Bellydance Classes: Ventura and Ojai CA : Beginners to Advanced:
Natasya's classes combine the best of the west (musical count and movement break-downs) with the soul of the east (improvisation and music interpretation). Traditional Near Eastern Style, American Tribal Style, Urban Tribal Fusion, and "Tribaret".
Beginner / Level 1:
Learn basic universal bellydance movement and traditional Near Eastern rhythms, combinations for tribal style group dance. Focus on correct posture and body alignment.
Basic Zills (finger cymbals).
Intermediate / Level 2:
Focus on perfecting traditional zill rhythms and deepening your understanding of near eastern music. Layered and complex movements. Group improvisation.
Advanced / Level 3:
Musical interpretation for solo and group improvisation. Polish performance skills and develop poise. Advanced movement combinations. Advanced Zills (finger cymbals).
Please to confirm dates of Class Sessions and/or availablility of drop-in class.
Some of you may be aware that I have been doing lots of Art and Art related projects over the past few years. In fact, I now sign my name Penny Lee StewArt!
Penny Lee StewArt
aka The Pink Gypsy