Mythri is the Sanskrit word for friendship, and that\’s what our dance troupe is about: friends sharing their joy in dance with one another.
Mythri Fusion Dance started in the summer of 2013, when a group of friends who had studied belly dance together in the past and then drifted apart decided to begin dancing together again, with a renewed focus on having fun doing group improvisation.
We practice, perform, and teach FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD®) Style, which was created by Carolena Nericcio in San Francisco; FCBD® dialect created by Devyani Dance Company (Megha Gavin) and Caravan Dance Company (Devi Mamak); movement combinations of our own creation; fusion choreographies; and choreographies created by dancers such as Jamila Salimpour and Devi Mamak.
Our most experienced dancers perform at local dance events and at festivals here in Calgary. If you are interested in learning with Mythri or having us perform at your event, please contact us.
Members of Mythri come from diverse training backgrounds, and we are very grateful to our gurus and inspirations, including: Carolena Nericcio, creator of FCBD® style and director of FCBD®; Megha Gavin, former director of Devyani Dance Company and co-creator of FCBD® Modern dialect; Devi Mamak, director of Ghawazee Caravan and co-creator of FCBD® Modern dialect; Suhaila & Jamila Salimpour; Tri Devi Dance Troupe; Wendy Allen, longtime former member and assistant director of FCBD®; Melody Bustillos, director of Salt City Tribal and creator of FCBD® Sword Dialect; Lisa Allred, creator of FCBD® Basket dialect; SuperBeth, creator of FCBD® Fan and Skirt dialect; Jumping Camel Belly Dance, Ariellah of Lotus Bellydance; Nazirah Belly Dance; Maya of Eighth Wonder Bellydance; Amarna of Daughters of the Nile; and The Bedouin Dance Company (director Heidi Hillman).
Bibi, of Mythri Dance Fusion, is a FatChanceBellyDance® Partner Studio.
About FCBD® Style and Improvisational Belly Dance
Group improvisational belly dance was created by Carolena Nericcio, director of FatChanceBellyDance®. Duets, trios, or quartets work in ever-changing formations with an elaborate vocabulary of movement. One dancer leads the others through the movements using cues. The leadership may change and, occasionally, one dancer or a small group may break off to perform on their own, while the remaining dancers form a “chorus” in the background. Though it may look like complex choreography, it is in fact entirely improvisational and the dancers never know what is going to happen next.
It’s a fun and dynamic style of dance in which anything can happen, and it’s never the same dance twice. The interactions among the dancers and the need for the group members to be very in tune with one another lead to a feeling of camaraderie that adds to the joyousness that is dance.
As we like to say, “Let the hips fall where they may!
Learn more about FatChanceBellyDance® style here: https://fcbd.com