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Zoe Jakes

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:


Cues & Tattoos Intensive with Zoe Jakes


Cues & Tattoos is thrilled to host our second intensive Zoe Jakes.

The two day intensive will feature 7 hours of instruction. This intensive is sold as a package only, please plan to attend both days.


Choreography Intensive-Wednesday & Thursday March 29 & 30 – 10:30am-4:30pm


Zoe Jakes is an expert in bringing magic to life on stage. She is offering a special opportunity for you to be part of the magic! Embark on an intensive study and performance with one of the foremost innovators in Tribal Fusion belly dance.

Open to just 17 dancers, this intensive includes 12 hours of study with Zoe over 2 days, to prepare a choreography in her signature fusion style, which will then be performed live at the Cues and Tattoos Theater Showcase at the theater in the Seattle Art Museum.

Due to the nature of this intensive, all participants must pass through an audition process in order to be considered. An audition fee will be required and unfortunately we may not be able to accept all that apply. The cost for the intensive is $350.

To be considered, register on Saturday September 10th, 2016. A link to the audition application will be sent to those who register and pay the application fee. The number of applications accepted is limited and 17 dancers will be chosen to complete the intensive.


2017 Cues and Tattoos Workshops


DIVINE MUSE-Friday March 31 –  5:30pm – 7:30 pm


 The root of Eastern dance stylization lies in the transition, the inspiration before thought, and the effortless fluidity that is inspired by the breath. This workshop focuses on the honey and molasses that is present in Indian, Balinese, and Thai dance forms, and begins with a short lecture about what ties them together and their inherent differences. We will explore the inherent similarities and differences of these dance styles and how to fuse them effectively with Tribal Fusion. Short dance phrases will be used to explore the mysterious and timeless elegance of these stylizations, and the students will be given a glimpse into a completely different world of dance aesthetic.


DEAR HEART-Saturday April 1 – 3:00-6:00 pm


 They say that the first love is the hardest fall. Using emotion and movement, we will explore intensity through dance. This workshop will explore dynamics, the strength of earth and how we play with gravity and our weight, the tension of water and how it makes us seemingly float in slow motion, air and the lightness it brings, and finally fire, the burning flash that punctuates everything. Prepare to be introduced to a new way to see and interpret movement in the body. Using movement exercises and dance drills we will forge a new connection to our own personal movement vocabulary. Expect technique drills as well as freedom of movement exercises in this workshop.