Chloe started dancing with jazz and tap at age
ten. She came away from this experience with
the ability to shred t-shirts and attach beads to
them and also convert any choreography into
parade format. At age sixteen, she watched
some friends belly dancing at the
intermission of their high school’s production
of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Entranced,
she began classes with thier teacher,
TerriAnne, the next week and plans to belly
dance until she dies. Chloe has also studied
khatak, Middle Eastern drum, and hip hop.
Influences: TerriAnne of course! Fifi Abdo,
Suhaila Salimpour, Orit Maftsir, Dahlia
Carella, Shoshanna, and Jodi Waseca.
Unmata and Damage Control Dance Theater.
Cheesy dance movies, competitive
cheerleading, Korean pop videos, b-boys and
girls, post-apocalyptic movies and novels,
Dance nomad, Jodi Waseca’s journey has
wound all over the map, beginning at wee
age of three, with jazz, tap, ballet, and
tumbling. She moved on from a jazz focus to
belly dancing at 19 (in 1996) and also
studied West African and flamenco. Her
stylistic wanderings then took her to hip hop
and modern, before looping back to belly
dance again. Along the way, she also joined
the Bay Area burlesque circuit. Currently,
Jodi can be found teaching Tribal Fusion
and Burlesque classes. She also dances
with the bands Brothers Horse and Lemon
Lime Lights, burlesque project Jellyfish Kiss,
and vaudeville duo Room for Cream.
Influences: late 70's disco, early 80's punk
rock and electro, glitter, feathers, Dalia
Carrella, Zoe Jakes, the idea that everything
is nothing and nothing is everything and the
fact that you can express that through dance,
unicorns and dragons, and black eye
TerriAnne Gutierrez (Zaina Zahesha)
Nicteha started dancing with tap lessons
when she was six. She began taking belly
dance lessons from TerriAnne in 1996,
and became one of Troupe Joweh’s
founding members. Nicteha's dance style
fuses the flavors of dances from around
the world, including flamenco, salsa,
modern, jazz, khatak, and Afro-Brazilian.
Nicteha spent years dancing and teaching
with Windsor chapter of Loco Bloco. She
continues to unite art and community
through teaching dance to young people
and performing for local school charity
events. Nicteha is currently forging further
into her studies of Jazz and modern dance.
Influences: Other members of Joweh (aw,
feel the love!). Elana Quihuis. Unmata.
Bollywood. Cirque de Soleil. Moulin Rouge.
A career ranging from owning three dance
schools (teaching hundreds of people how to
belly dance) to performing for two years at the top
San Francisco club with two shows a night every Friday
and Saturday (never missing one show in those two years) to
as well as having the honor of being invited to perform all
over the glob, are only a few of the achievements of dance
artist TerriAnne Gutierrez
A fanatical devotion to her art dating from
the first days of her apprenticeship at the age of 15 with
the bellydance troupe El Amarra, has brought her
technique to polished perfection, her musical ability
and flair for the theatre have made her a successful
choreographer and director of her own award winning
dance company, as well as an expert performer and
Robin Nadira grew up surrounded by
musicians and instruments. She was
born a natural performer; her desire for
self-expression led to acting in her
teenage years, and later hula dancing.
Always intrigued by the art and community
of belly dance, she began taking lessons
with TerriAnne in 1996. Since then, she
has studied under a whole pantheon of
modern greats. In addition to dancing
with Joweh, Robin has also formed and
led two tribal fusion troupes, Serpent
Groove and Top Heavy. Robin's repertoire
includes many forms of belly dance-
cabaret, Turkish, American Tribal Style,
and tribal fusion. She has also studied
jazz, modern, hip-hop, khatak, flamenco,
and hula dance.
Influences: Music in its many passionate
incarnations. The intoxicating interaction
between dancer and audience. Habbi Ru,
Zoe Jakes, Frederique, and TerriAnne.
America's Best Dance Crew.
Teresa was born and raised in the Bay
Area- "a typical California girl and damn
proud of it!" The profound experiences of
her early youth gave her an immense
appreciation for freedom and creativity.
She began playing the guitar at age 14,
which she remembers as a
transformative moment, igniting a creative
spark that continues to burn today. After
focusing on guitar for many years, Teresa
began singing, eventually dedicating
herself to the art and studying with many
voice teachers. Teresa and her husband
Jarek, form the band Arcane Dimension.
In 2005, Teresa began belly dancing and
experienced her next artistic evolution!
She began performing with Joweh in 2010.
Influences: Anne and Nancy Wilson from
Heart, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Lady Gaga,
Nagua Fouad, Samia Gamal, The
Cramps, Sharon from Within Temptation,
Hard Rock and Metal of all kinds, Science
Fiction, Steampunk fashion, Cirque Du
Soleil, Burning Man, The Indigo, and all
my girls in The Rising Stars, Troupe
Joweh and Arcane Dimension!
Nicole was born into the world of Middle
Eastern dance as the daughter of TerriAnne.
She grew up in the midst of the vibrant
Northern California belly dance community,
imitating the sway of her mother's hips,
learning rhythm clapping to Guedra chants,
and often falling asleep in multicolored piles
of scarves while watching dancers twirl into
the night. Nicole had her debut performance
at age six and has been dancing alongside
her mother ever since, in the troupes Gypsy
Caravan, Spirit of Aisha, and finally, Joweh!
Nicole has studied modern dance, jazz,
ballet, flamenco, and khatak. She is also a
of the burlesque troupe Jellyfish Kiss.
Influences: Mother and first teacher
TerriAnne.Classic siren Naima. Akef. Habbi
Ru. Cirque du Soleil. Latcho Drom. Fairy
tales, princesses, heroes and generally epic
things. The sinewy, supple grace
of snakes and cats.
Elizabeth took ballet lessons off and on as a
young child, but discovering Middle Eastern
dance as a teenager was what awakened the
true dancing spirit within her. She began her
studies with Heather as a way to earn P.E.
credits, and became enamored with the
accepting and relaxed environment of belly
dance that allowed for more freedom to
explore the joy of movement than more
restrictive dance styles. Later that year, she
began studies with TerriAnne and became a
member of Troupe Joweh. Elizabeth also
dances as a member of the burlesque troupe,
Inspiration: The beauty and complexity of
Middle Eastern music. The cameraderie of
her troupe and magic of collaborative
creativity. "Conquering a new choreography,"
and the satisfaction of the moment where it all
comes together and we move as one!
Radha has been absorbing Middle
Eastern dance since she was a child. As
a young and eager dancer, she would
accompany her mother to belly dance
classes where she'd anxiously await the
time when class finished, when she'd
gather the descending veils and
reawaken the wind carried throughout
each students' movements. It wasn't until
she was 18 years of age that she finally
took hold of the discipline required to
learn this sensual and feminine dance.
Her first lessons were with Magana
Baptiste from San Francisco and she's
spent time with many teachers since.
Radha has performed with several
troupes in the Bay Area, including; Raks
Rosa, and Valkyries. She's a trained
opera singer and pianist who uses her
musical ear to interpret the rhythms and
sounds of the doumbek, and is
completely in love with the intoxicating
sensuality of the slow and melodic
Influences: Liquid ink light shows of the
1960s, the brocades of geishas, and the
sadness which is birthed only by the
death of a loved one.