Biographies

INVOKETRESS DANCE TROUPE

Established in 2003 by celebrated Guelph bellydancer Ishra Blanco, Invoketress Dance is a sisterhood of strong, beautiful and talented women who embody Ishra’s philosophy of celebrating individual diversity and beauty while achieving a high caliber of Bellydance.  They have performed at a variety of events all over southern Ontario including the International Bellydance Conference of Canada and at the Great Lakes Bellydance Convention in Michigan. They are a frequently sought-after group of performers, having danced with numerous musicians including twice Juno-nominated Eccodek, Cuneyt Yetkiner, Bhadra Collective and Light of East Ensemble and being opening performers for Sean Paul. Together, they embody a diverse wealth of dance backgrounds including ballet, jazz, modern, Hip-Hop, ballroom, Irish, Flamenco, Mexican folklore, tribal fusion, ATS (American Tribal Style), Bollywood, Latin, hula, Burlesque, and African. These combined with extensive study in Raqs Sharqi (traditional Oriental Bellydance) with Ishra and other instructors have equipped the troupe with a versatility to perform both traditional Middle Eastern dance as well as innovative fusions. Each member brings her own personal strengths and personality to the group which come together to offer rich, dynamic, layered performances.

CLICK ON THE NAMES BELOW TO VIEW INDIVIDUAL BIOGRAPHIES FOR EACH OF OUR TROUPE DANCERS.

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ISHRA
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MARY
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DIANA
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NICOLE
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ELEANOR
OLIVIA
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ALAINA

INVOKETRESS DANCE TROUPE APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Invoketress Dance Apprentices are hand-selected students of Ishra’s who are invited to join the troupe in an apprenticeship with the intentions of eventually becoming a full member of the Invoketress Dance Troupe. These dancers are identified based on their technical abilities, emotive qualities, appreciation for the culture and art form, and their camaraderie with existing troupe members. The apprenticeship gives these students the opportunity to experience the administrative and business side of performing at public and private functions and to learn about some of the logistics that exist in the world of professional Bellydance. They may also be invited to perform alongside Invoketress at various gigs to develop and enhance performance and stage skills (e.g., more intricate choreography, improvisation, musicality, emoting, audience engagement) that comes with such experience. Apprentices need to complete at least one year of classes at the Advanced Sapphire level as well as participate in a minimum number of performances before becoming an Invoketress Dance troupe dancer.

Current Apprentices:
RACHAEL MARSHALL

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