Moria Chappell

    Moria Chappell travels across the globe performing and teaching the exquisite art of tribal fusion bellydance.
    Beginning her dance career in Atlanta, GA in 2001 with Awalim Dance Company, Moria moved to San Francisco in 2005 to study with The Suhaila Dance School, and was invited to join The Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat, from which she learned the extreme muscle control and isolation fundamental to her current style.
    That same year she was invited to join The Bellydance Superstars and thus her world travels began. In 2007 Moria taught 30 workshops in over 8 different countries and, via The Bellydance Superstars, performed in more than 15 countries worldwide.
    By 2008 Moria began traveling to Thailand and India to deepen her understanding of yoga, Thai, and Odissi dance.
    Now, in 2016, Moria has taught and performed in virtually every major city in the world. She teaches in Washington DC on a regular basis and continues her Odissi dance and spiritual studies by traveling to India annually, and by studying with Dr. Ratna Roy.


    Cues & Tattoos 2018 Workshops


    Friday April 6th, 2018, 3:00 pm -5:00 pm  Tunisian Fusion


    TUNISIAN FUSION is designed for the dancer who wants to differentiate her dance and explore styles of movement that utilize more complex rhythms and high-energy combinations. TUNISIAN FUSION places a strong emphasis on twisting, unique posturing, and unexpected floor patterns.

    Moving forward, backward, and up and down, you will learn this intricate and exciting form of ethnic dance and its combinations as they apply to Tribal Fusion belly dance. The focus will be on the muscle conditioning necessary for Tunisian twisting, locking, dropping, and shimmying, as well as the intensive drills of Tunisian combinations for moving as well as stationary applications.

    Folkloric and fresh, sweaty and unique, TUNISIAN FUSION will include combinations that can be used with Tribal Improv moves.

    Dance shoes are recommended.


    Saturday April 7th, 2018, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm- Javanese Fusion


    JAVANESE FUSION is a dance form that distills the philosophy of Javanese culture through the use of controlled and refined movement. The goal of Javanese courtly dances is to display an elevated, serene composure vis-à-vis the implementation of slow transitions and graceful poses.

    These dances have an introspective quality stemming from the nature of the dance as a pusaka, meaning a “sacred heirloom,” which has descended directly from the royal ancestors, and which may have an honorary title or confer supernatural abilities.

    In JAVANESE FUSION you will learn these movements as an emotional, spiritual, and physical expression derived from ancient “ancestral treasures” and come to understand that by learning these elegant gestures and poses, a certain numinous quality comes with them.