Drawing on her varied and well-rounded performance background, Zoe Jakes has developed a versatile instruction style all her own. Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah! along with the talented Mira Betz, also an inspiration and longtime teacher, and Elizabeth Strong, whom she spent years performing in the bay area in their group, Arabesque. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in peoples faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Vaudeville-americana touring with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice amongst her teachers and inspiration. Currently Zoe is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has 6 albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. She designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, adding set designer, and stylist to her body of work. Zoe has the desire and opportunity to bring belly dance to the masses, having performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonneroo festivals in front of thousands of people that don’t know belly dance from an elephant. It is her passion that belly dance can get a wider recognition and respect, and as a touring workshop instructor her classes reflect this ideal, focusing on strong technique and long term motivation. – See more at: http://daturaonline.com/teachers/guest-teachers/zoe-jakes#sthash.74ybt9LI.dpuf
Cues & Tattoos 2018 Workshops
Friday April 6th, 2018, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm- Femme Fatale
Drawing upon the female characters found in the 20’s through the 70’s, we will use the
inspiration their decade evokes to create dance phrases oozing with personality. In this single
class we will embody Showgirls, Flappers, Golden Era movie stars and Fosse dancers. This
class has several combos and we will be using group exercises to get theatrical!
Sat. April 7th, 2018, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm- Yolo Solo
The technical aspects of strong improvisation as a soloist. This workshop will present clear ways
to develop your improvisational skills through musicality, phrasing, and take home practices.
The dancer will learn how to utilize phrases of different lengths to bring variety to their solo, how
to create a beginning, middle and end to an improvisation, and how to bring these techniques
into your practice routine to help make improvisation second nature!
Sunday April 8th, 2108, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm- Eastern Fusion Choreography
Influences of Balinese and Odissi are present in this fusion choreography. Belly dance and
Eastern stylization fuse seamlessly in a dance that moves through honey and molasses. The
eyes and hands guide the dance, so much emphasis will be placed on beautiful and fluid hands,
and graceful arms.