Photo: Courtesy of Faelan Shiva
Dance has always been a pivotal part of Faelan Shiva's life, and the moment she stepped into her first belly dance class, a fire was ignited that still burns strong. She trains hard and dances from her heart. She loves community, walks on the beach and loud music. In art, she is a contrast junkie.
As a dancer Faelan is a solo artist, the director of Satinka Belly Dance, and has had the great fortune to be a member of Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot and Coven Dance Companies, along with many performances with Beats Antique. She is a percussionist, vocalist, and dancer with the Feldthouse Family Band and spent three years as a dancer and percussionist in Arcana Music & Dance. She has also appeared as a delighted guest with other master bands, including Stellamara, Helm, The Silk Road Caravan, and more.
Faelan's current certifications include: Practitioner (Phase III) of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements of Belly Dance, Datura Style® Instructor (Phase IV), Hot Pot ITS Level 1 Instructor, Yoga and Meditation Instructor since 2003, American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor and Fitour Myofascial Release Instructor.
She has distilled this diverse background, education and passion into her own dance program, Trillium Belly Dance - West Coast Fusion Format.
She is also the Structural Consultant, Editor and Administrator of Zoe Jakes’ DanceCraft certified dance program.
Other random achievements have been winning 1st and 2nd place in local belly dance competitions and being a UC Santa Cruz guest speaker on the modern era of belly dance in Santa Cruz.