Melissa’s History

Dance Instructors

Melissa has studied extensively with the following dance teachers via formal dance classes:

Maxine Weaver (ballet, tap, jazz)
Cookie (ballet, tap, jazz)
​Holly (ballet, tap, jazz)
​Sarah Schneider Koning (belly dance)

Belly Dance Intensives & Workshops

★✯ Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman (69.5 hours) General Skills Classic, General Skills Modern, & Teacher Training for ATS®, Touch the Music, Dancing in the Flow®, private lessons, Volume 9 Workshop, Picky Technique, Belly Dance Aerobic Workout, True Tribal Basics and Tribal Combinations, Improvisational Choreography and Drills for Leading and Following, The Trick to Spins and Turns, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something ATS®, Technique for Teachers

★✯ Megha Gavin (67 hours) General Skills Classic, General Skills Modern, & Teacher Training for ATS®, You and the Cue, Volume 9 Workshop, Basic Music Theory for ATS®,  Energetic Flow Through Slow, True Tribal Basics and Tribal Combinations, Improvisational Choreography and Drills for Leading and Following, Temple Dance Poses for Stretching and Dancing, The Trick to Spins and Turns, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something ATS®, Powerful Presence, Technique for Teachers

Myra Krien & Mollie Kelly (27 hours) SEEDs (Self-Esteem, Empowerment, and Education through Dance) Teach Training

★✯ Kristine Adams (10 hours) The Usual Suspects – Sticking to the Basics, The Ginger-Ro-Shambo, Go with the Flow – Smooth Transitions, Every Shimmy Under the ATS® Sun, Molasses in Winter – The Ooie-Gooie of Slow

★✯ Anita Lalwani (6 hours & 45 minutes)  Yoga for ATS® Belly Dancers, Ethics for ATS® Dancers (with Terri A., took twice), Girdles for Goddesses

★✯• Kae Montgomery (6 hours) Power Up Your Spin, Forever Beginner, Mid-East Energy in the Hip

☆ Terri Allred (6 hours) How to Find your Superpower and Tell the World About It, Ethics for ATS® Dancers (with Anita L., took twice)

Zoe Jakes (6 hours) Old School Meets New School, Balancing Props with Poise

Sarah Schneider Koning (5 hours) Prop Shop: Skirt, Prop Shop: Zillin’ Like a Villain, Wunderkammer de la Boheme

★✯• Wendy Allen (5 hours) A Visual and Spoken History of ATS® (took twice), The FatChance Flair

☆ Gaia Sophia (4.5 hours) Dancing with Fire Intensive – From Basics to Performance

Aida Al Adawi of San Francisco (4 hours) Zils & History, Footwork & Shimmies

Dahlena Genova (4 hours) Oriental Technique, Sai’di Styling: Luxor style dance without the cane

 Heather Manasco (3.5 hours) Bird’s The Word, Elemental Flowz

Jim Boz (3.5 hours) Mezze, Arms – Framing for Strength and Expression

✯☆ Devi Mamak (3 hours) Volume 9 Workshop

Kendra Ray (3 hours) Social Style, Watch Your Tone!

Rachel Brice (3 hours) Layer It On Thick

☆ SuperBeth & Jennifer Nolan (3 hours) Volume 9 Workshop

Violet Scrap (2.5 hours) La Belle et la Bete

Amy Sigil (2 hours) Inspiration for Improvisation (with Kari Unmata)

Ami Amore’ (2 hours) Meat & Potatoes

Ariellah  (2 hours) Intentional Dance

Audie OS (2 hours) Beledi

Christina King (2 hours) Combos Plus!

Dalia Carella (2 hours) Dunyavi Roma Dance

Dawn Ruckert (2 hours) Dayanisma’s Slow Basket Dialect

Jill Parker (2 hours) Lecture/Discussion on Lineage, Community,  & Ethics

Kaeshi Chai (2 hours) Combo Platter to Live Percussion with Brad MacDonald

Karim Nagi (2 hours) Sagat

★✯• Sandi Ball (2 hours) Art in ATS®

Skella (Belladonna & SuperKate) (2 hours) Precision Partnering for Ultimate Impact (Sword)

Sonia Ochoa (2 hours) Drum Solo, Sonia Style

Tempest (2 hours) Belly Dance Decopunk

☆ Valizan (2 hours) Shady Secrets with Shades of Araby

Celeste (1.5 hours) Killing Them with Charm – Femme Fatale Stylization

✯☆ DeAnna Freeman (1.5 hours) Anatomy of Movement in the Lower Body

Yasmina Amal (1.5 hours) Strange Brew

Additional Workshops & Training

Kama Tai Mitchell & Heather Mitchell (6 hours) African Dance

Laura Sprague & Michelle Johnson (3 hours) Self Care for Social Change

Madhura Somashekhar (1 hour) Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance

Key:
​​★= FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Instructor
• = FatChanceBellyDance® Emeritus
​✯= FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio Continuing Education Instructor
☆= FatChanceBellyDance® Sister/Brother Studio