Her passion for ATS® and her desire to share it with others lead her to complete her General Skills certification in 2010 and 2015, and her Teacher Training in 2012, when she also became a Sister Studio.

Since then, she has continued her education attending workshops each year, since she believes in life-long learning. She is honored to be an Advanced Teacher Training graduate (2016) and certified SSCE instructor, and she cannot wait to dance with you!


Virginia is originally from Spain, but she moved to the U.S. in 2001, finally settling down in Indiana. Her belly dance journey began in Ohio in 2005. While taking cabaret classes, she met a girl wearing a tassel belt and she was in awe. She introduced her to the term “tribal”, and she immediately searched the web and found Fat Chance Belly Dance®. She was hooked. She started taking a 3-hour round trip once a week to take classes with Angie Never of Sacred Shimmy in Columbus and then studied with Ann Shaffer of Dark Side Tribal when she moved to Bloomington, eventually becoming a troup member and then the troupe's director.


Photo by the Dancers Eye


Virginia and Dark Side Tribal at An Evening of Doum II on November 18th, 2017 in Indy

Virginia performing at ATS Reunion in Kansas City, MO, January 18-21, 2018

Virginia and Dark Side Tribal at the Winter Bazaar on February 17, 2018 in Indy

Virginia and Dark Side Tribal at Nashville Indiana Shimmy & Shake on March 24, 2018 at 7:30pm, Brown County Playhouse



Virginia teaches ATS® on Sundays at Wild Orchid and she is also available for privates (in person and online) and workshops. She is certified to offer Sister Studio Continuing Education Credits (SSCE). Dark Side Tribal also teaches at Windfall Dancers on Sundays. 


  • ATS Level 3+; October 22nd-December 10th, 1:45pm-2:45pm at Wild Orchid
  • ATS Drill it!: All levels, Oct. 20th and 27th, November 10th and 17th, 6pm-7pm at Windfall Dancers


  • ATS Level 2: January 7th-February 25th, 1:30-2:30 at Windfall Dancers
  • ATS Level 3: January 7th-February 25th, 2:30-3:30 at Windfall Dancers