Current member bios

photo credit Tinttu Henttonen

photo credit Tinttu Henttonen

Alli Ruth (Allison Ruth Schulte) began studying American Cabaret Bellydance in 1998. She has studied with and been mentored by many legendary bellydancers, from Diane Webber to Rachel Brice. She delights audiences with her playful cabaret personality, upbeat finger cymbal improvisations, vintage veil tricks and sensuous floorwork. She has been a principal dancer in both Perfumes of Araby and Desert Sin and is now very proud to be a Sekhmet.

 

 

photo credit Andrew Trousdell / Jirrupin Images

photo credit Andrew Trousdell / Jirrupin Images

Anastasia Giorgiova discovered her love for dance at age 4 and enjoyed her teen years performing in many company productions with Ballet Northeast, in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  She has a strong foundation in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Brazilian samba, and burlesque, however, it was the art of belly dance that stole her heart.  She found her soul connected to Middle Eastern dance during the search to learn more about her own Lebanese ethnic background.  After moving to Los Angeles in the late 2000s, she began studying with various mentors and performing raqs sharqi.

 

 

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

IrinaXara has been engaging audiences since childhood through dance, and began studying Middle Eastern-derived dance forms in 2005. Her influences are a collage from all over the map. Her foundations are in raqs sharqi and a variety of Middle Eastern and Arabic folkdances. Her current emphasis is on studying and performing the dances of Anatolian, Iraqi, Iranian and al-Sham cultures, as well as American Cabaret stylizations and theatrical fusion.

 

 

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

Soni Benson has been studying dance since she was thirteen years old with a focus on lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and multiple belly dance styles. As a member of a state champion dance team, Soni has won several awards from the Oregon State Dance Association. She has been featured in the LA Weekly as a soloist and group performer in the dance comedies “Bathroom Follies” and “Go Metro.” She loves belly dance with a passion and practices daily.