Spellbound is a premiere modern fusion belly dance company creating innovative group dance choreographies in Chicago. Led by artistic director Eliza Perry, this dynamic group of dancers always lives up to their namesake by keeping their audiences captivated with crisp isolations, theatrical flair, and unparalleled group precision.
Eliza Perry pulled from her experience as a principal dancer with Read My Hips from 1999 to 2004 to form Jezebelly Tribal Belly Dance company in 2005, which continues in the tradition of improvisational (ITS) belly dance.
In 2006, she joined the teaching staff at Arabesque Dance & Fitness in Chicago where she offers instruction to intermediate and advanced level students in Tribal and Modern Fusion Belly Dance. Her advanced level students make up her apprentice troupes BellyRing (ITS) and Spellbound (Modern Fusion Belly Dance).
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Aja found belly dance in 2007 after taking ballet growing up and dabbling in ballroom in college. She joined Spellbound in 2012, and continues to study both tribal fusion and traditional belly dance. Aja has also taken hatha yoga for many years, and is a ballroom dance enthusiast.
Becky has been belly dancing since 2008, when she started by learning the American Cabaret and Egyptian styles of belly dance. She also focused on skills like zills, veil, sword balancing, and cane dance (Saidi). In 2013, Becky joined Spellbound to expand her dance repertoire in the style of modern fusion. Becky enjoys the dancing with Spellbound for the challenges associated with new routines and movement combinations, and the opportunity to improve herself as an artist.
Intrigued by the movement and music, Christina began her journey in belly dance in 2011. She has studied around the world with legends of both oriental and fusion dance including Randa Kamel, Rachel Brice, and many others. When she’s not shimmying, she writes fiction and runs her own design business.
Christiana's life-long passion for dance started at the age of 3. She discovered belly dance in 2007 and continues to study orientale and fusion belly dance styles with her mentors, master instructors and inspirations. Christiana is currently an instructor at Arabesque Dance & Fitness and enjoys performing with both BellyRing and Spellbound, as well as several other troupes and as a soloist. For more information on Christiana, check out http://www.christianabellydance.com/.
Lynnlee began belly dancing in 2006 studying both classic and tribal at Arabesque studios. She has been performing with Spellbound since 2009 and has enjoyed a variety of solo and duet work with fellow local dancers over the years. Before dance she primarily explored movement through a combination of martial arts and rock climbing.
Mara’s dance habit started early with ballet, tap, and jazz at the Chicago Park District. High school dance team, college dance ensemble, and several years in between eventually led her to belly dance. She started classes at Arabesque in 2007, beginning with cabaret then transitioning to tribal and fusion. She has been performing with BellyRing since 2009 and Spellbound since 2015.