Meet our Instructors
From 2005 – 2011 Briona studied Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style Bellydance with Graziela Calis (Hipcircles Bellydance) and Marius Griffin (Rashenkoti). In 2011 Briona co-founded Suadela Bellydance, along with April, Siobhan O, Siobhan K and Doireann. Briona has been teaching tribal bellydance since 2013 and feels fortunate to have witnessed students grow from beginner bellydancers to accomplished performers. Briona is a regular performer with Suadela Bellydance and also dances and tours with The Underscore Orkestra and Lowlek.
Briona is committed to continuing her own development. She travelled to Portland in 2016 and 2017 to complete the 8 Elements Training with Rachel Brice and is now certified in Phase 1 and Phase 2. Briona participated in Alexis Southall’s 2015 Juniper Project and has recently completed Alexis’ Tribal Fusion Education Programme. Briona has travelled extensively to study with prolific bellydancers, including Rachel Brice, Samantha Emanuel, Ashley Lopez, Olivia Kissel, Kami Liddle, Moria Chappell, Kristine Adams, Heather Stants, Orchidaceae, Hilde Canoodt, Alexis Southall, Patricia Zarnovican, Sharon Kihara, Kari Unmata, Lamia Barbara and Mat Jacob. She also attended drum workshops with master percussionist Issam Houshan and completed a drumming and dance certification course with Hossam and Serena Ramzy in 2011.Briona currently teaches the improver / intermediate classes on Thursday evenings. Classes are taught in 6 week blocks and each course focuses on a different topic, including improvisation, choreography, tribal fusion drilling, and props. Students are encouraged to identify topics they would like to work on, in order to participate in their own learning process. Students are also given an opportunity to perform as part of Suadela Bellydance Student Troupe.
Jane studied American Tribal Style Bellydance with Marius Griffin (Rashenkoti) from 2005-2011. During this time, she also learned Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Rósín Corrigan (Apollonia Tribal Bellydance). Throughout summer 2011 she trained in Folkloric Bellydance with the Jawaahir Dance Company (Minnesota, USA). Jane further enhanced her skills through the exploration of different dance forms and from 2011-2012 took part in ballet and studied/performed solo taking a particular interest in Indian Bharatanatyam dance. She joined the Suadela Troupe in 2012.
Jane regularly tours with The Underscore Orkestra and has performed extensively throughout Australia and Europe. She has worked with the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, The Infinity Program, Foxy P. Cox and has taken to the stage at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Rainbow Serpent (Australia), TribaLX (Portugal) and Boomtown Fair (UK). Aside from regular performance with Suadela, Jane also collaborates with live musicians Jorge Kachmari, Lowlek, Oíche Samhain and The Vincent(s).
She is dedicated to continual development of all aspects of her bellydance and has particular interest in costuming and stage makeup.
Jane is devoted to teaching the fundamentals of bellydance and currently teaches the beginners classes on Tuesday evenings. Classes are taught in 6 week blocks and focus on upper and lower body movements on alternating weeks. The classes provide students with a solid foundation in bellydance with a Tribal Fusion flavour.