About The Teacher

Gaea lady is an enchantress by nature, and is a force that will make you feel the very earth move. Fusing her 25 years of dance training in forms from classical to modern - neovintage to the ethereal, she cultures an intentional style that is all her own. Integrating dance, art, visuals, costuming, concept, fire, silk fabrics, temple dance, hoops, and deep seated intention, her inspiring performances mesmerize and deeply touch. She seeks to share knowledge and empower others through her performances and teaching, forging connections and community. Gaea is the winner of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s “Best Debut” and “Most Classic” in 2016, and performed at the “Icons & Allstars” show in 2017 & 2018. She graces festival stages such as Show Me (St. Louis), the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, Envision (Costa Rica), Electric Forest (Michigan), Symbiosis (California), Oregon Eclipse (Oregon), Burningman (Nevada), and Bhakti Fest (California). In her home base of Chicago, Gaea performs at Unbridled at Untitled, the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, the Naughty Little Cabaret, the Vertical Sideshow, the Drifter, Soho House, & with Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe. Gaea fell in love deeply and swiftly with Fire in 2009, and is honored to bring fire into being on stages all over the world. She specializes in hoops, fans, torches, double staff, and fire ritual performance. Using her BFA in Fine Arts, she creates performances fusing all she has known. Gaea works as a Temple Body Artist with Sofiah Thom, co-creating the training retreats as the resident chef for Danyasa. She deeply believes that sharing her love of performance, fire, silk, props, food, herbs, and life bring us all together to experience the daily magic in bigger and better ways. She also is a vegetarian chef as Edible Alchemy, traveling to teach and nourish for movement and wellness retreats. DANCE STYLES & TECHNIQUES Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Bellydance Hula Hoops, Silk Veils, Flags, Silk Fans, Feather Fans Fire: Hoops, Eating, Torches, Staffs, Fans, Hand Candles Burlesque, Cirque, Cabaret, Variety, Fire Manipulation CURRENT PERFORMANCE TROUPES: 2013-present Kiss Kiss Cabaret (soloist, “coquette”) (contact info blocked) 2012-present Unbridled at Untitled (soloist, performance artist) (contact info blocked) 2015-present The Vertical Sideshow (soloist, ensemble, choreographer) (contact info blocked) 2014-present Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe (performer, choreographer, manager) (contact info blocked) (contact info blocked) The Naughty Little Cabaret (main cast) (contact info blocked) (contact info blocked) Solaire (Manager, choreographer, performer) (contact info blocked) 2012-present Chicago Hoop Dance (Co-manager, instructor, choreographer, performer) (contact info blocked)

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