Regen started her dance education in 2005 with her Cabaret/Raks teacher Lois Silverman of Bloomington, IN. Along the way, she met and befriended the lovely dancers of Dark Side and began studying with them in 2010 as well. Since then, they have become sisters as well as troupe-mates. Regen currently holds GS certification with the FCBD® studio and hopes to pursue more certifications in the future.
Alice has been studying ATS® since 2002 and began performing with Dark Side in 2007. She began dancing in college in the late 80s where she choreographed and performed in the contemporary dance company. Since 2010, she has been studying Hip Hop dance styles. She is currently in "40vers", a Hip Hop dance group for dancers who are 40 and older, and she is the advisor and a member of the Breakdance Club at IU. Alice has been an Academic Advisor at Indiana University since 2004 and before that she taught chemistry. She has lived in Bloomington since 1993, but grew up in the Chicago-area.
Sarah is a fairy creature who entered this realm when she was swapped as an infant for a human child. She began dancing in 2011, and honors Dark Side co-founder Heather as her first teacher. She has experimented with studies in Egyptian bellydance, Datura style improvisation, and tribal fusion, but the wild surprises and joys of FCBD® style belly dance remain first in her heart. She should not be left unsupervised with glitter or other shiny objects.
Regen started her dance education in 2005 with her Caberet/Raks teacher Lois Silverman of Bloomington, IN. Along the way, she met and befriended the lovely ladies of Dark Side
and began studying with them in 2010 as well. Since then, they have become sisters as well as troupe-mates. Regen currently holds GS certification with the FCBD® studio and hopes to pursue more certifications in the future.
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 with Sacred Shimmy and continued in Indiana with Dark Side. Virginia has trained extensively with Fat Chance Belly Dance®, having completed General Skills twice, Teacher Training, and Advanced Teacher Training. Virginia is certified to offer Partner Studio Continuing Education Credits to other FCBD® partner studios.
Dark Side is an ATS® bellydance troupe and FatChanceBellyDance® Partner Studio based in Bloomington, IN. We formed in early 2006 with the goal of exploring and promoting the strength, power, and grace of belly dance, as well as celebrating the community-building aspects of improvisational group dance.
PERFORMANCES COMING UP
Bloomington Short List, 3/3 8pm-10pm at Bear's Place
Punk Raq Hafla 3/21 at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis
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Becky has been studying belly dance since 2012. Before joining Dark Side in 2020, she was an ITS and fusion belly dancer with Boheme Tribal in Kalamazoo, Michigan for six years. She enjoys the inclusiveness of FCBD style belly dance and those amazing moments that can only happen through improvised dance. She's notorious for breaking out belly dance moves anywhere and to any music — including at an impromptu performance at her own wedding.
Jenny’s ATS® journey began in 2013 when she took lessons briefly with the lovely Sarah of Dark Side. She then resumed lessons with Virginia in late 2016, and joined Dark Side Troupe in 2018. As a supporter and encourager of fellow women, one of Jenny’s favorite things about FCBD® style belly dance is the dominance of females in the community, but even more so the fact that so long as a body is able, a body of any gender, shape, size, ethnicity, or age can take the stage and connect with an audience through graceful yet powerful movements.
Molly began dancing with Dark Side in 2017. She studied music theory and classical guitar from 2009-2014, during which time she became interested in styles of dance commonly played on classical guitar, such as flamenco and tango. She became interested in FCBD® and fusion belly dance just before moving to Bloomington in 2016. She is currently studying salsa and bachata, in addition to continuing her study of FCBD® and Datura Style TM belly dance. She is also continuing her study of music at the IU Jacobs School of Music.
Rebecca began learning belly dancein 2007 and experimented with several different styles in Taiwan. She has been studying FCBD style belly dance since 2015 with Virgina Hojas after moving to Bloomington and was drawn to the beauty and strength of this style of dance. This has become her favorite belly dance styles due to the sisterhood dance relationships and the commmon knowledge of the dance vocabulary that allows dancers from different regions to collaborate even if they have not previously danced with each other.
Spring 2020 CLASSES
4-week sessions! March 8, 22, 29, Apr 5 (skipping 3/15) ***Contact us to register!***
- ATS® LEVEL 1: Windfall Dancers, Sundays, 1:00pm-2:00pm, with Alice and Maria
ATS® LEVEL 2+: Windfall Dancers, Sundays, 2:00pm-3:00pm, with Virginia and Alice
- Classes: FAQ
- Next session: Apr 12, 19, 26, May 3
Heather co-founded Dark Side in 2006, and has been working exclusively in this style since that time. She completed the General Skills Certificate in 2012. She is currently on a hiatus while she is studying for her MSES-MPA at IU SPEA.