MARY SNOW WYGA
Mary discovered bellydance in 2003 in one of Ishra’s classes and instantly fell in love with all aspects of Middle Eastern dance – the movement, the music, and the culture. She progressed through Ishra’s levels by taking multiple classes at a time and became a member of Invoketress Dance Troupe where she is currently the Managing Director, a principal dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She is concurrently taking Advanced Sapphire Bellydance classes with Ishra, Advanced American Tribal Style (ATS) classes with Valizan, and Arabic percussion with Sheldon Valeda. She regularly takes workshops with specialty instructors as much as she can in a variety of topics and genres.
She is the founder, instructor, and director of InvokeTribe, a group under the Invoketress umbrella which focuses on ATS. She has studied ATS under Valizan, Orkideh, Susan Warner, and Les Tribelles and was a member of ITS/Tribal Fusion troupe Tribe Aurealis.
While continually studying classical Egyptian and folkloric bellydance with Ishra, she also enjoys experimenting in bellydance fusion, learning, performing and choreographing bellydance fused with other styles. She has had instruction from great teachers in a variety of styles such as Rachel Brice; Sahar Samara (weekend intensive); Yasmina Ramzy; Michelle Sorensen (weekend intensive); Henna; Nada El Masriya; Badia Star; Hiba; Melissa Gamal, Nawal Doucette, Audra Simmons (modern Bellydance); Mayada, Joharah, Heather Marie, Teressa Bellydance (Bollywood), Andrea Fryett, Esmeralda Enrique (Flamenco), Lynx (breakdance), Lorna Deeth (Irish), Kealoha (Hawaiian hula), Neefa from Khafif (Romany), Zahira (Steampunk), and more.
She further informs her dance training with studies in Arabic music with training from Dr. George Sawa (Arabic music appreciation, Arabic drumming rhythms); Karim Nagi (finger cymbals, performing with live musicians); Roula Said (Arabic Musicology and singing); Khizmet (Arabic drumming), and continues taking Arabic percussion at Haft Vadi Bellydance Studio.
Mary derives great pleasure from connecting with an audience through performing and has extensive experience doing so, having performed at many weddings, parties, corporate events, community and cultural festivals, charity events and fundraisers. She has partnered with Retour Bistro, a Guelph Lebanese restaurant to offer regular Bellydance and hookah nights that have always sold out. She has performed at many large-scale Bellydance events including at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada (Toronto), Tribal Momentum Festival (Montreal) and the Great Lakes Bellydance Convention (Michigan). In 2017, she was part of the Invoketress ensemble who won 1st place in the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition. Mary is also a regular workshop instructor at parties, events, and at the Flying Dance Festival.
Performing to Live Music:
One of her favourite types of performances is improvisation and collaboration with live music and has had the pleasure to dance live with some amazing musical talent such as: twice Juno-nominated Eccodek; world-renowned The Lemon Bucket Orkestra; internationally-acclaimed Adrian Raso; nuevo-Flamenco guitarist Cuneyt; The Light of East Ensemble; Roula Said, the Guelph Concert Band, and the Bhadra Collective.
For Mary, Bellydance is not solely a hobby or a form of exercise. It has become an intrinsic part of her life: artistic discovery and expression, an emotional outlet, entertaining audiences, connecting with other artists, a means of bonding with fellow dance colleagues through a shared love of the art form, a celebration of life, a continual exploration of cultures, and deep and meaningful relationships with her beloved Invoketress troupe sisters.
Contact Mary by email here.
Follow Mary on Instagram: @mary.wyga
Mary’s Profile on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.wyga
Bellydance and Fusion Dance Demo Reel
Bellydance with Veil – Chiftitelli
Urban Bellydance Fusion
Bellydance with Fan Veils
“My Favourite Things” Halloween Show
Isis Wings Duet with Ishra Blanco
Latin-Bellydance Fusion (choreography by Mary)
Check out some more videos of her performing American Tribal Style (ATS) on the Invoketribe page.