Kaeshi Chai 

has performed and taught all over the world including the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Carribean, Morocco, Bali, Australia, South America and throughout Asia. In 1998, she co-founded Bellyqueen, a professional New York Based world dance company, in 2004 PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of dancers and musicians committed to creating positive change. In 2002, she was booked with Bellyqueen on a 6 month contract performing 5 shows a day to live Arabic music at Aladdin's Desert Passage in Las Vegas. In 2003-2004, she was part of the first professional touring bellydance company in the world, the Bellydance Superstars, and held the position of dance captain for the 2004 US & Canadian Spring Tour. She has performed with Natacha Atlas, at Central Park's Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, BAM, Folie's Begère in Paris, Bloomsbury Theater in London, Teatro Smeraldo in Milan and has made television appearances on Conan O'Brien as well as BBC's Blue Peter. In 2005, she made history as the first foreigner to teach bellydance in Taiwan, and in 2006, she was the first US-based dancer to teach in mainland China. From 2007-2009, she toured with 6-13 dancers as Bellyqueen Dance Theater, traversing the United States 3 times, Canada 3 times, Western and Eastern Europe and Japan. In 2009 and 2010, she was honored to be the featured soloist in Turkish dancer Ahmet Luleci's Collage Dance Ensemble Psiphas / Rituals shows. Since 2009, she has been a principal dancer with Jillina's Bellydance Evolution show and in 2012 she danced and choreographed for Kenji William's NASA-sponsored Bella Gaia project. She is also a judge for theUltimateBellydancer.com 2012 competition.

Kaeshi considers herself an eternal student and regularly attends as many workshops and classes in many forms of dance as she possibly can, to ensure she is continually inspired, well-rooted in traditional bellydance as well as keeping abreast of the latest trends in this ever-evolving yet timeless art form. She is also trained in fitness to ensure that students thrive in a safe and supportive class environment.

Kaeshi is an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified instructor, and was also certified by ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation). She completed an anatomy and kinesiology intensive with Amy Matthewsfrom LIMS (Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies,) pelvis anatomy workshop with Sherri Winston, Strength Training certificate with Australian fitness expert Ashley Jones, has taken Tamalyn Dallal's Middle Eastern Teacher's Training multiple times, Suhaila Salimpour's Level 1 Certification, Laura Shannon's Sacred Circle Dance Teachers Training Intensive, Fat Chance A.T.S. American Tribal Style Bellydance General Skills with Carolena Nerricio in Orlando, FL, SEEDs (Self-Esteem and Empowerment through Dance) with Myra Krien in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dances of Oneness with Banafsheh Sayyad in Yalova, Turkey, PIT Comedy Improv Level 1 twice, and Dancing Thru Pregnancy Certification, 200-hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Yogaworks and is currently undergoing Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Course to become a life coach.

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