Susan has been obsessed with Arabic dance since 1991, studying, teaching and performing raqs sharqi. In 2003 she became hooked on tribal style belly dance. She was one of the four original members of Gypsy Fire, Scotland’s first tribal belly dance troupe. Susan has now found her perfect dance form in Fat Chance Belly Dance’s American Tribal Style®. In 2011 she gained her certificates in general skills and teacher training from Carolena Nerricio of FCBD® and is a registered FatChanceBellyDance® sister studio. She continues her training in ATS® attending and organising workshops and intensives throughout the year. Susan has enrolled in the sister studio continuing education programme since it began in 2015 and is currently re-certified as a sister studio in their annual renewal scheme. As well as ATS® Susan also teaches tribal choreography, finger cymbals, sword, skirt, fan veils, basket, candle tambourine and double veil.
Dancing with other women in such a total feeling of trust and support cannot be equaled anywhere else. To me, this dance brings all sorts of personalities together to co-operate, share the fun, help each other, cover mistakes, allows you to shine and blossom, to truly experience a sense of belonging. What other type of dance troupe has women all ages, all shapes, mothers and daughters, professionals from scientists to designers and a dancer who has lost her hearing. It is a dance for all women. The friendship bonds built through this type of dance have been unique and special to me. It makes no sense to read such things… you have to dance the dance ……
Loli has been interested in dance all of her life and has experience in a variety of styles from traditional Scottish country dance to west coast swing. Her real passion however is belly dancing. She started Egyptian belly dance with Hilary Thacker in 2002, continues with Elsepthswishandhips and added tribal style to her repertoire in 2007. She is an original member of Twisted Tails from its formation in 2010.
She is passionate about her involvement with Twisted Tails and loves the energy and vibrancy of performing in a dance troupe. For Loli the whole experience is important; from the vivid and flamboyant costumes, the strong and powerful group identity and the opportunity to express herself through dance all contribute to her obvious enjoyment and commitment to tribal dance.
Wendy’s first introduction to belly dance was watching a solo dancer who came to perform at her high school James Gillespies. She instantly fell in love with the movements. Wendy had been studying various forms of dance including ballet, tap, modern and highland, but this was something new and different that fascinated her. In 2005 she began belly dancing with Hillary Thacker and since then she has studied with various teachers from all over the world. Some years ago she switched from Egyptian style to Tribal style, deciding the costuming and whole feel of this style suited her personality more. She began studying Tribal under Lesley Skeates and continues with Susan Tonner.
Jackie has been dancing tribal style belly dance since 2008. Jackie loves ATS®, attended Tribal Pura and has completed intensive training workshops with Devi Mamak, Kristine Adams and Kelley Beeston. Jackie is a powerful and regal dancer.
Liz began her love of belly dance in 2001, learning and performing traditional Egyptian style belly dance. She was a member of Bahira for a number of years before going over to the “dark side” to join Elaine Hughes ATS® classes in Dundee. Liz is a long standing member and regular performer with dance troupe Tribal Storm and they perform throughout central Scotland. As well as attending Tribal Pura, Liz has completed intensive training workshops with Devi Mamak, Kristine Adams and Kelley Beeston and is dedicated to learning all she can about ATS®. She also joined Susan’s tribal classes in Edinburgh in 2013 and is now also a member of Twisted Tails. Liz has a long background in, and love for, theatre and dance and is skilled at many aspects of stagecraft. Alongside husband Eric, they are a couple who organise all the technical aspects of bellydance shows. Liz is a dancer full of energy and charisma.
Nick originally took up traditional Egyptian style belly dance until he moved to tribal in 2013. He has studied with both Wendy and Susan and has been performing in the troupe since 2015. He is a legend with saiidi stick and has an expressive dance persona.
I fell into belly dancing by chance in the 1990s, when a friend asked me to chum her along to classes. A couple of weeks later, she decided it wasn’t for her but I was completely hooked. It just felt like the dance for me. I began with Egyptian cabaret and folk, spent happy years in the subtleties of Raqs Sharqi and occasionally tried out tribal styles. I started learning ATS® properly in 2010. It’s tremendous fun and I’ve discovered that being in a troupe is so much more than dancing. As an unreconstructed feminist I love the attitude and the power of the tribe dancing together. I’m fascinated by how ATS® lets dancers communicate and improvise, especially given my background in computing and artificial intelligence. And the props and costumes are wild! Jane has taken workshops with Kristine Adams and Kelley Beeston. Jane is a serene and earthy dancer.
Helen joined Twisted Tails in 2017 after a decade with the glorious Tribe West. Helen is an earthy, fun and feminine dancer.
Julie was a founding member of Twisted Tails and danced in the troupe from 2010 – 2012 before moving away. Julie returned in 2018. “I have danced in venues from the sublime to the ridiculous and from the weird to the wonderful. I have been soaking wet, perishing cold and on the verge of heat exhaustion (probably all on the same day). But I would not have changed a minute of it for anything. There really is a joy in dance.”