Barbara, known as The Dancing Spirit of RI lives in Tiverton where she owns and runs.The Dancing Spirit Studio. Barbara began dancing at age 4. She choreographed her first group dance for twenty kids at age 16,recieved her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. After college Barb performed Modern Dance with Grethe Holby,Takako Asakawa Dance Co & Dibble Dance & studied Ballet with Finis Jhung. In Colorado she danced with The Nancy Spanier Dance Co. Barbara ranThe Tanagra Movement Theatre Company of RI for 5 yrs..Barb has been a Belly Dance Artist for 14 years. She has studied with many of the best Middle Eastern Oriental Belly Dance teacher, performers in the world.Her teaching and performance style combines all dance forms. She performs around The Sakonnet, Newport County area and in NYC shows with Morocco, Dalia Carella and Anahid Sofian. She studied in Turkey, performed at Tayaar's Music & Dance Camp with Sema Yildz, Lee Ali, Nourhan Sharif..She taught skirts & zills and performed in Bali with Samra, in Sayulita,Mexico @ Haramara and was with the luminous 2nd Theatrical Belly Dance Convention. Barbara brought International Shimmy Mob to RI in 2011 celebrating National Dance Week,World Belly Dance Day.& International Shimmy Mob together. May 9,2015 was her studio teams 5th Shimmy Mob which featured Barbara's choreography.
Barbara has been performing solo and with groups for SOAH ( Singing out against Hunger) for 15 years,@ The Tiverton Four Corners Arts Festival for 18 yrs. The Tanagra Troupe danced for the First Newport Rocks Series at Fort Adams, Summer 2014
Barb Says, "I never imagined I would become a Belly Dancer. When I took my first class I was surprised. I never knew anything about the dance form or the complex world history . I have said many times it is the gift that keeps on giving.Shimmy Mob passion the world over is an example of how Belly Dance can change lives in positive ways. Belly Dance can grab you. It is wonderful to study as many dance forms as possible. Learning the technique, skirt work, veil grace, rhythms, finger cymbals and the earthy feeling can add much expression to a dancers repetoire and to any womans life..Belly Dance is classical, traditional folk dance and fusion which blends and encourages the dancing spirit in everyone.I love watching students as they learn and grow in wonderful blossoming and expressive ways.