Elgin's Belly Dance Studio
Christina King, Studio Owner & Contemporary Belly Dance Instructor
Drawing on over two decades of belly dance knowledge, Christina is eager to share with you her passion for contemporary belly dance in a way that's accessible and fun for you and your classmates.
As an instructor, Christina has gained a reputation for being knowledgeable, creative, and challenging, all the while delivering her material with an approachable sense of humor. She has been honored to teach at major events around the country, but her favorite teaching moments have all occurred right inside her little studio with dancers like you.
Because Christina continually strives to deliver you the latest in technique, creativity, and dance philosophy, she travels the country in search of new learning experiences. She is a Certified Practitioner of Rachel Brice's 8 Elements of Belly Dance Format and has earned her certificates for Zoe Jakes' DanceCraft: Key of Diamonds and Key of Spades. She continues to seek out programs of study that will further enhance her teaching of the dance.
Mahira, Classic Belly Dance Instructor
Mahira is a Chicago area bellydance performer and instructor. Drawn to dance as a child, she explored many different styles and genres of dance. A competitive dancer all through her adolescence, winning many awards and trophies in tap, jazz and ballet competitions, though found her true dance passion in Middle Eastern Dance as an adult. She has studied different styles of Middle Eastern dance with many admired instructors in the USA as well as International instructors, and continues her dance training through private lessons/coaching and workshops.
She considers her bellydance style to be “American Classic” with Egyptian and Turkish elements. Known for electric stage presence and her fast and precise finger cymbals (zills) and A Cappella zill solo performances, she has been called "Chicago's best ziller". Mahira is a private dance performer coach/mentor to many of the greater Chicagoland up and coming professional performers.
Grace Tucker, Group Belly Dance (ATS®) Instructor
Grace came to belly dance after years as an ACE-certified fitness professional. After discovering yoga, she decided to hang up her aerobic shoes and focus on barefoot activities. Grace began with cabaret belly dance lessons, followed a few years later by tribal fusion classes with Christina King, and that ultimately led to American Tribal Style® (ATS®). Grace knew within a few weeks of her first ATS® class, she had found her belly dance passion and mission.
She still teaches yoga in and about the western suburbs of Chicago and continues to take tribal fusion classes with Christina. Grace is a founding member of Tribe Amaranth; receiving her ATS® General Skills Certifications in April 2013 and her Teacher Training Certification in August 2014. She is a Fat Chance Belly Dance® Sister Studio.