About

Inspiration and Philosophy

The most inspiring performances fuse strong technique with personal style, passion, honesty and inventiveness. Belly dance as art is a lifelong creative pursuit and an ongoing personal process. Stacey carries with her not only a love and passion for good technique, but for creativity in whatever form it may take.

Training

Stacey began studying belly dance in 1995. In 2001, she was introduced to Suhaila Salimpour’s format and has been hooked ever since. Stacey is Level 5 certified (teaching level) in Suhaila Salimpour’s format, and Level 3 in the Jamila Salimpour format.

She continues to attend numerous belly dance workshops with instructors from around the world: Momo Kadous, Randa Kamel, Yasmina of Cairo, Aida Nour, Mo Geddawi, Farida Fahme, Jillina, Magda & Atef Farag, Aziza, Bozenka, Delilah, and many others.

Instruction

Stacey currently teaches weekly beginner and advanced belly dance classes in Austin, TX based on the Salimpour School of Dance formats. She has instructed for several years in group, private and semi-private venues (Diva Dance studio, Tapestry Dance Studio, UT Informal Classes, Open Lotus, Rose Movement Studio).

Stacey is Level V certified in the Suhaila format, which is the official teaching level enabling graduates to offer Suhaila CEC’s (Continuing Education Credits) to certified students. She has traveled with Suhaila Salimpour nationally and internationally (Denver, Maryland, Belgium, Milan, Hong Kong, Taiwan) as a teaching assistant as well as assisting/teaching classes and workshops at the Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance in California.

Stacey directs the Tekatek Dance Ensemble, her advanced student dance troupe.

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Performance and Creative Works

Stacey has experience performing in belly dance workshop shows, restaurants, parades, private parties, cultural events, and on small and large stages, with live bands and to recorded music.  She has extensive experience both with choreographed work (solo or group) and improvisational performance.  She has been a member of the Sabaya Bellydance Collective for over 10 years. Sabaya produced the “Sahara Nights” monthly dance showcase for over 7 years at Copa, a downtown club (now closed).

In 2012 Stacey choreographed, directed and performed in her first full theatrical work “The Color Project.”

Performance Experience Sampling

  • Ya Halla Ya’ll, Grapevine TX, Aug 2015
  • “Drums n Roses”, Austin TX, Sept 2014
  • Maryland Bellydance Convention, Baltimore MD, July 2014
  • Asheville Bellydance Festival, Asheville NC, Apr 2013
  • Reverence – A Tribute to Jamila Salimpour, Bal Anat, Berkeley CA, Sept 2013
  • Om Shanti Om, Long Center Theater, Aug 2013
  • Fan Veil number as part of Bal Anat, Rakkasah West, CA, Mar 2013
  • Bellydance Superstars Show, Ballet Austin, Jan 2013
  • The Color Project, Ballet Austin Theater, Sept 2012
  • 3rd Coast Tribal, Ft. Worth TX, Jan 2012
  • Monthly performances with Sabaya Belly Dance’s “Sahara Nights”, 2005-20012
  • Belly Dance Superstars “Club Bellydance” tour 2011 – Austin, Houston, San Antonio
  • Guest performer at the Level 4 “Advanced Performer Testing Recital”, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA, Feb 2011
  • Guest performer with UT’s “Bereket” Middle Eastern Ensemble, Bates Recital Hall, November 2010
  • Level 4 “Advanced Performer Testing Recital”, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA, Dec 2009
  • Chesapeake Arts Center, MD, Nov 2009
  • Performance with Suhaila at Rakkasah East, NJ, Oct 2009
  • Layali Casablanca, Redwood City CA, Oct 2009
  • Cafe Byblos, Houston TX, Oct 2009
  • Second runner up at Ya Halla Ya’ll 2009 in the Professional Cabaret Star category
  • “Undulations” Contemporary Belly Dance Show, Boyd Vance Theater featuring Michelle Joyce, January 2009
  • Live music performance featuring the music of Samer Issa at Turquoise Mediterranean Grill in San Antonio, November 2008
  • Guest performer with UT’s “Bereket” Middle Eastern Ensemble at Bates Recital Hall, November 2008
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention mini lesson and performance, Round Rock, June 2008
  • “A Night to Remember” featuring the music of Atash at Ruta Maya, Austin, May 2008
  • The Loft Ultra Lounge, Brownsville TX, May 2008
  • Wedding Ceremony and Reception, Lake Austin, April 2008
  • On Your Feet International Music and Dance Benefit Show, Monarch Event Center, April 2008 and 2009
  • ABA Improv Show, Dougherty Arts Center, March 2008
  • Alborz Persian Cuisine, Austin, 2006-2010
  • Christmas Affair, VIP Party hosted by the Junior League of Austin, Palmer Event Center, 2007
  • Wedding Ceremony, Hideout Theater, 2007
  • Pecan Street Festival, 2007 – 2008
  • Austin SxSW Film Festival Awards VIP Party, 2007
  • Rug Gallery Art Expo, Palo Alto CA, 2007
  • Central Market, various dates from 2006 – 2010 with Sabaya Belly Dance Collective
  • Moroccan Themed Birthday Party, 2006
  • Wedding Reception, Austin Renaissance Hotel, 2006

Workshop and Class Instruction Experience

  • Weekly class at Tapestry Dance Studio, Austin, 2008-present
  • Weekly Beginner through Advanced classes at Open Lotus, Austin, 2007-present
  • Intro to Jamila Format workshop, Austin Belly Dance Convention, 2009-present
  • Suhaila and Jamila format workshops, Maryland Bellydance Convention, produced by Typhrodesia, July 2014
  • Intro to Jamila Format workshop, Corpus Christi, June 2014
  • Intro to Jamila Format workshop, Las Cruces NM, May 2014
  • Intro to Jamila Format workshop, Rose Movement Studio, April 2014
  • Asheville Bellydance Festival, produced by Lisa Zahiya, April 2013
  • Cabaret Dance Camp, aka “Camparet” hosted by Bahaia, Oct 2012
  • 3rd Coast Tribal Dance Festival, Jan 2012
  • Teacher Assistant for Suhaila Salimpour
    • Hong Kong; Taiwan, April 2011
    • L3 Weeklong Workshop, Feb 2011
    • Houston, 2010
    • Denver, 2010
    • Brussels; Milan, June 2010
  • All adult studio classes at Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance (1 week), CA, Aug 2009
  • Drum Solo Choreography Workshop in Harlingen, TX sponsored by Elda, Feb 2009
  • Workshop in San Antonio sponsored by Karen Barbee at Synergy Studio, November 2008
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention mini lesson and performance, Round Rock, June 2008
  • Workshop (Technique and Combos) instruction and performance, Brownsville TX, May 2008
  • UT Informal Classes – Beginner Belly Dance, 2004

Productions and Sponsorship by Stacey Lizette

  • Suhaila Format and Jamila Level 1 taught by Suhaila Salimpour, Sept 2014
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention featuring Aziza, June 2014
  • Jamila Format and Suhaila Level 1 taught by Suhaila Salimpour, Sept 2013
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention featuring Ava Fleming, June 2013
  • Bellydance Superstars in Austin, March 2013
  • The Color Project, Sept 2012
  • Jamila Level 1 and Level 2 taught by Suhaila Salimpour, Sept 2012
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention featuring Virginia, June 2012
  • Suhaila Salimpour Multi Level, Feb 2012
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention featuring Suhaila Salimpour and Bal Anat, June 2011
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention featuring Ava Fleming, June 2010
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention featuring Yasmina Ramzy, June 2009
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