Drawing on her varied and well-rounded performance background, Zoe Jakes has developed a versatile instruction style all her own.
Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah! along with the talented Mira Betz, also an inspiration and longtime teacher, and Elizabeth Strong, whom she spent years performing in the bay area in their group, Arabesque. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in peoples faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Vaudeville-americana touring with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice amongst her teachers and inspiration.
Currently Zoe is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has 6 albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. She designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, adding set designer, and stylist to her body of work.
Zoe has the desire and opportunity to bring belly dance to the masses, having performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonneroo festivals in front of thousands of people that don’t know belly dance from an elephant. It is her passion that belly dance can get a wider recognition and respect, and as a touring workshop instructor her classes reflect this ideal, focusing on strong technique and long term motivation.
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