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. She recieved her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. After college Barb was a modern dancer with Grethe Holby,Takako Asakawa Dance Co & Dibble Dance while studying Ballet with Finis Jhung.In Colorado with The Nancy Spanier Dance Co. Barbara ran The RI Tanagra Movement Theatre Company for 5 yrs.. Barb has been a Belly Dance Artist for14 years. She has studied with many of the best Middle Eastern 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 Istanbul ,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,was with the luminous Theatrical Belly Dance Convention. Barbara brought International Shimmy Mob to RI in 2011 celebrating National Dance Week,World Belly Dance Day.& International Shimmy Mob all together. May 9,2015 is her studio teams 5th Shimmy Mob (Dance for love) which features Barbara's choreography toa song by Dolphina, her message (Every woman is a goddess) to Aphrodite's Mysteries.
Barbara has been performing solo and with groups for SOAH ( Singing out against Hunger) for 13 years,@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 before. 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 very 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.Belly Dance is classical, traditional folk dance and fusion which blends and encourages a dancers creativity.I love watching students as they learn and grow in wonderfully blossoming ways.