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Asyia teaches Belly Dance fusion classes at Parkland College, Springer Cultural Arts Center and Phillips Recreation Center. New beginner and intermediate classes start every semester. Additional classes may include Choreography, Isis Wings, Veil, Fan and Zils, Fan dance. Asyia also offers workshops and/or at performance at your gatherings, such as weddings, birthday, retirement, showers, bachelorette parties and more!She has been teaching Fitness and dance for more than 12 years and has studied with several extremely talented teachers.

Djibril Camara is from the Baga people, originally from Boke, Guinea in West Africa. He spent his childhood dancing and began his formal training at the National School in Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Djibril was a principal dancer and choreographer for the international touring company Ballet du Afrique Noir of Senegal, as well as Troupe Federale Conakry and Ballet Bougarabou for 17 years, traversing Europe and Africa. Eventually his talent brought him to the U.S. for Ballet du Afrique’s presentation of the Mandika Epic on notable stages such as New York City’s Kennedy Center. For the last ten years he has shared the love of his culture and high energy traditional dance across the U.S., choreographing, teaching, and performing.

Djibril currently offers weekly West African dance classes in Urbana, and is also available for booking for private lessons, workshops, or performances.

Shyama began her study of belly dance in January 2012, after being mesmerized by gypsy-style belly dancers at several renaissance faires. She started by taking classes at the Urbana Park District under the instruction of the spectacular Cindi Adkins. Shyama quickly caught on to the intricate moves involved in belly dance, and always wanted to learn more, and more... Shyama continues to study under Cindi, take workshops with other professionals, and do extensive research on all styles and techniques of belly dancing. Her obsession grew into a lifestyle as she joined her class troupe, briefly performed with a heavy metal troupe, and did solo work. Shyama's musical tastes have always involved metal in all its forms, and upon meeting the beautiful Anima, the duet project Shyama Anima was born, which has now grown into the metal troupe, Stygian Sisters.

Shyama is the director of the Stygian Sisters and also performs solo. Shyama specializes in fusion belly dance, metal fusion, sword dance, veil dance, and poi/voi spinning. As her following has grown, she has begun teaching private belly dancing lessons.

Creepy yet beautiful, dark and mysterious. We are the sirens of the night.

Stygian Sisters is a belly dance troupe from Champaign, IL which formed through the meeting of several fans of all things metal, and all things belly dance. And so, why not combine the two? The dancers share a dark, tribal fusion style of belly dance, with previous study and experience in many styles.

The Stygian Sisters perform in various settings, from on stage with metal bands to traditional belly dance haflas. The dancers can do improvisational dance, choreographed dances to your songs, or they have their own set of songs to perform. Please contact Stygian Sisters for your next event, and we'll bring our unique dance to liven it up!

Our director, Shyama, also teaches classes and private lessons in our style! Contact us for details.

I am currently the owner of Heartland Gallery, where I exhibit my photography of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man and other European countries in addition to local scenes. I have been selling my digital photos since 2004, when I opened a home-based gallery called Celticscapes. I also do wedding and event calligraphy, as well as art calligraphy, and watercolor painting. My background is varied, though I have no art-related degrees. I have had numerous classes in drawing and painting, including most recently with Professor Emeritus Don Lake and Jamie Kruidenier, both formerly of Parkland College.

I am also an actor/performer, and have had involvements with many local groups including The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre (actor, dancer), The Champaign-Urbana Ballet company (dancer), the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company (actor, designer, assistant director, producer), and Parkland College (actor). I have also danced with the Thistle and Heather Highland Dancers of Chicago and the (former) Mullane Academy of Irish Dance in Champaign.

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