Michele Gila

mw1_15911Michele is a joy to dance with…period. She shines with her smile and is strong and intentional with her style and movement and it radiates in her dance. She is a mesmerizing performer whom you can’t take your eyes off, even when she is just standing still! It’s exciting to have the opportunity to perform with her, she is a sister and a beautifully grounded dancer. When she dances, the earth and her become one.

“Co-Creating Origin happened so naturally. These women share a common vision, yet each of us brings our own strength and style to our group that we take the time to honor and cultivate. With a business background in collectives and consensus-based decision making, it is a joy to find its application in performance art. My love is Tribal Bellydance and with years of study in Jazz, Ballet, Modern and some adventures in other ethnic & folkloric dances, I can’t help but melt them together and see what comes of it” – Michele.mw1_19501

Previous Performance Experience:
Origin – Present
Gypsy Caravan Dance Company 2000-2008
Sister Caravan 1999-2000
Bumpershoot, Seattle Folklife Festival, Portland’s Art in the Pearl, Portland Rose Festival, Tribal Quest, Tribal Fest, Oregon Country Fair, Rakkasah West, Phoenix Renaissance Faire, New Orleans AIDS benefit & Halloween Parade, Portland’s Gay Pride Parade, Portland’s Earth Day Parade, numerous McMenamin’s events, numerous Library and cultural fund-raising events, weddings, wakes, birthdays, restaurants and cafes and as well numerous tribal belly dance workshops in OR, WA, CA, AZ, CO, SC, MN.

Dance Instructor:
The Nest – Present
Caravan Studio – 2000-2008
Director of Urban Berbers – 2007-2008
Featured in Gypsy Caravan’s instructional video series Tribal Technique Volumes 3-8 and Tribal Travels: A Collage.

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