Aina Jinaki Muhammad – Bast Bellydancer
Bast was guided by spirit in 2007 the South Shore Cultural Center to be trained by Sanura Nar of "Sanura Navel Academy" (Chicago, IL). She was trained in Classical Egyptian Bellydance. In 2010 Bast began her career as a solo dancer and embraces the improvisational art form. Over the years Bast has performed from Chicago to Indiana to Houston. If you're looking to embrace, enhance or express your Divine Femininity, join Bast at her "Shimmy Raq Egyptian/Fusion Bellydance" (modern combination of Raqs Sharqi and contemporary movements) classes taught every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. or book Bast for your next girls' nite out, bridal shower, event or one-on-one sessions.
www.bastthebellydancer.com (773) 503-3482
A native of Houston, Texas, Lindsay Gary, M.P.A., M.A. graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in History and minors in Dance and Business Administration. Outside of the Ballet and Graham-based Modern dance program at UH, she trained in Horton with Houston’s Urban Souls Second Company in the 2012-2013 Season. She continued her training in the Diaspora movement of the Caribbean, Brazil, and beyond with Batala Houston and Fanatic Vibez Afro-Caribbean and Afrobeats Dance Company. She continues her training in these styles in addition to performing with Impande Ye Africa South African Dance Company and Song of Solomon, a Horton-based liturgical dance ministry.
In addition to her work on the stage, Lindsay is a passionate dance educator, wherein she highlights the African Diaspora through the cultural, artistic, and historical study of dance. In 2016, she became assistant dance director at KIPP Sunnyside High School where she organized its first ever Black History Month Diaspora Dance Intensive. Most recently, she joined Pretty Cultured—a group of three professional dancers using art to speak on social and cultural topics. Her work with Pretty Cultured includes co-facilitating an Afro-Fusion class at Sam Houston State University, the Lunch, Legacy, & Learn Discussion at the African American Dance Festival, and the annual Movement Passport cultural dance workshop for student dancers.
Elvie is a dynamic African Folkloric Performer who has held stage at Austin City Limits, Circuit of the Americas, and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. She received her extensive dance training under the leadership of Moustapha Bangoura and Youssouf Koumbassa within the United States and in Guinea Conakry West Africa.
Since 2010 Elvie Schooley has worked within various cultural arts communities as a member, patron, artist, developer, and management. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Texas State University San Marcos, Texas in 2013.
Elvie completed her Teaching Excellence Training with the National Dance Institute of New Mexico in 2014 enhancing her skills for working with youth populations.
DRUM the Program is Elvie’s creative teaching platform, developed to building community while providing participants with self-esteem, cultural diversity awareness,.
Elvie is currently working on a community cultural event titled “Congo Square.” in Austin,Tx.
She can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.