Elizabeth became mesmerized with Bellydancing after watching the beautiful women on Shimmy TV. She studied with the great Kelebek Beyaz since 2011, who Elizabeth considers to be her bellydance idol and the most well-rounded and knowledgeable bellydancer she knows. Kelebek taught her that being the best dancer within her own ability is more important than trying to be the next [insert famous bellydancer’s name here]. It’s always best to compare yourself then to now, not you to someone else! Outside of being a huge bellydance enthusiast, Elizabeth is a pharmacist who enjoys studying compulsions and drug addictions, and writes medical poetry on co-morbid disease states.
Kelebek - Core Facilitation Team, Teacher
Kelebek Beyaz is a Fantasy Fusion Belly Dance Artist who is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Her name literally means “white butterfly” in Turkish, which represents her ability to transform and create musical pieces. She specializes in combining Classic Cabaret and Modern Tribal Belly dance with Latin, hip-hop, Broadway, and burlesque styles to create stunning fantasy performances. She is known for her gorgeous costumes, technique, and storytelling thru dance. Kelebek performs throughout the northeast and she currently teaches in Berlin, New Jersey.
I am a retired rabbi-librarian (Reconstructionist) and a late-onset student of Middle Eastern dance and percussion. I love living in Philly where I have found lots of support for these interests. Studio 1831 has been my happy home for close to seventeen years now for dance classes with Valerie Rushmere, Rena, Khuzama, and, most recently, Sherrilyn.
For me the dance classes have been a gateway to the percussion side. I bought my first doumbek at the huge annual SCA event known as the the Pennsic War twelve years ago. Megan Chivetta was an early inspiration. Bill Koutsouros, Joe Tayoun, Carmine Guida, Raquy Danziger, Nezih Antakli and Hafez Ali El Kotain are my cherished mentors and teachers. Melissa Murphy of the Pittsburgh band Ishtar has for many years taught drummers to work with melody players at the Pennsic event and I have learned a lot from her.
I am animated by music and I believe that my best offering to PURE will involve a lot of “dum” and “tek”.