Angela has loved to dance from the day she was born. Growing up in the small town of Florence, Oregon, she was lucky enough to attend ballet and acrobatic lessons starting at the age of six. After a few years, her teachers left the area and Angela had to make do with watching musicals and dancing the parts in her family’s living room.
Years later, shortly after the birth of her second daughter, Angela was able to take lessons from a teacher who had moved to Oregon from California and had studied with Jamila Salimpour. This experience provided Angela with a great beginning in dance vocabulary, technique, performance, and music.
The two soon made costumes, choreographed dances, and started performing together. It was a welcome relief and a soul-expanding experience for the two young mothers. Their first bellydance performance together was in Coos Bay at one of Mezdulene’s haflas. The duo were then invited to dance at The Knight of Cups coffee shop where Angela also had her first solo performance – from that point, she was hooked and her hunt for workshops, music, and more performance opportunities began.
In 1996, Angela started teaching bellydance, though she still considers herself to always be a student of the dance. She feels there is so much marvelous history, music, and culture associated with this beautiful dance form that we can continue growing for as long as we breathe.
Angela would like to thank MEDGE for being a wonderful organization that has been supporting dancers for so many years. She is always honored to dance on the MEDGE stage.