About Us

Teaching and Performing around the globe, these highly skilled performers are trained in various dance styles and tomfoolery and have been causing quite a stir in the belly dance community with their RAW (Random American World) dance.

cropped-slide-31.jpgTerriAnne Gutierrez, well known Belly Dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has had the honor of being a featured dancer at some of the top Middle Eastern clubs in the San Francisco, such as Marrakesh, Amira, Aziza, and Pasha, as well as performing for the local Arab community at their weddings, parties and special events.

TerriAnne is also the director of award winning, international dance company, Troupe Joweh R.A.W. who has been voted, “Best Performing Dance Company”, (Sonoma County) for the last three years in a row.

She is a popular teacher of dance, presenting workshops at:

  • Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp (California)
  • Shimmy Quake (California)
  • Coastal Belly Fest (California)
  • Tribal Fest (California)
  • Tribal Fusion Faire (California)
  • Winter Moon (California)
  • North Bay Belly Dance Bazaar (California)
  • Rakkasah (California),
  • Ya Halla Y’all (Texas)
  • El Paso Fest, (Texas)
  • Arte Central (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
  • The Casa Santo Domingo ( Antigua, Guatemala)
  • The Punta Cana Resort (Domingcan Republic)
  • San Lo’ Studios, (Rome, Italy)
  • … to name a few
Chloe2Chloe started dancing with jazz and tap at age ten. She came away from this experience with the ability to shred t-shirts and attach beads to them and also convert any choreography into parade format. At age sixteen, she watched some friends belly dancing at the intermission of their high school’s production of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Entranced, she began classes with thier teacher, TerriAnne, the next week and plans to belly dance until she dies. Chloe has also studied khatak, Middle Eastern drum, and hip hop.

Influences: TerriAnne of course! Fifi Abdo, Suhaila Salimpour, Orit Maftsir, Dahlia Carella, Shoshanna, and Jodi Waseca. Unmata and Damage Control Dance Theater. Cheesy dance movies, competitive cheer-leading, Korean pop videos, b-boys and girls, post-apocalyptic movies and novels, steampunk, childbirth..

LizElizabeth took ballet lessons off and on as a young child, but discovering Middle Eastern dance as a teenager was what awakened the true dancing spirit within her. She began her studies with Heather as a way to earn P.E. credits, and became enamored with the accepting and relaxed environment of belly dance that allowed for more freedom to explore the joy of movement than more restrictive dance styles. Later that year, she began studies with TerriAnne and became a member of Troupe Joweh. Elizabeth also dances as a member of the burlesque troupe, Jellyfish Kiss.

Inspiration: The beauty and complexity of Middle Eastern music. The camaraderie of her troupe and magic of collaborative creativity. “Conquering a new choreography,” and the satisfaction of the moment where it all comes together and we move as one!

JodiDance nomad, Jodi Waseca’s journey has wound all over the map, beginning at wee age of three, with jazz, tap, ballet, and tumbling. She moved on from a jazz  focus to belly dancing at 19 (in 1996) and also studied West African and flamenco. Her stylistic wanderings then took her to hip hop and modern, before looping back to belly dance again. Along the way, she also joined the Bay Area burlesque circuit. Currently, Jodi can be found teaching Tribal Fusion and Burlesque classes. She also dances with the bands Brothers Horse and Lemon Lime Lights, burlesque project Jellyfish Kiss, and vaudeville duo Room for Cream.

Influences: late 70’s disco, early 80’s punk rock and electro, glitter, feathers, Dalia Carrella, Zoe Jakes, the idea that everything is nothing and nothing is everything and the fact that you can express that through dance, unicorns and dragons, and black eye makeup. .

NicoleNicole was born into the world of Middle Eastern dance as the daughter of TerriAnne. She grew up in the midst of the vibrant Northern California belly dance community, imitating the sway of her mother’s hips, learning rhythm clapping to Guedra chants, and often falling asleep in multicolored piles of scarves while watching dancers twirl into the night. Nicole had her debut performance at age six and has been dancing alongside her mother ever since, in the troupes Gypsy Caravan, Spirit of Aisha, and finally, Joweh! Nicole has studied modern dance, jazz, ballet, flamenco, and khatak. She is also a member of the burlesque troupe Jellyfish Kiss.

Influences: Mother and first teacher TerriAnne. Classic siren Naima. Akef. Habbi Ru. Cirque du Soleil. Latcho Drom. Fairy tales, princesses, heroes and generally epic things. The sinewy, supple grace of snakes and cats.

NictehaNicteha started dancing with tap lessons when she was six. She began taking belly dance lessons from TerriAnne in 1996, and became one of Troupe Joweh’s founding members. Nicteha’s dance style fuses the flavors of dances from around the world, including flamenco, salsa, modern, jazz, khatak, and Afro-Brazilian. Nicteha spent years dancing and teaching with Windsor chapter of Loco Bloco. She continues to unite art and community through teaching dance to young people and performing for local school charity events. Nicteha is currently forging further into her studies of Jazz and modern dance.

Influences: Other members of Joweh (aw, feel the love!). Elana Quihuis. Unmata. Bollywood. Cirque de Soleil. Moulin Rouge.

radhaRadha has been absorbing Middle Eastern dance since she was a child. As a young and eager dancer, she would accompany her mother to belly dance classes where she’d anxiously await the time when class finished, when she’d gather the descending veils and reawaken the wind carried throughout each students’ movements. It wasn’t until she was 18 years of age that she finally took hold of the discipline required to learn this sensual and feminine dance. Her first lessons were with Magana Baptiste from San Francisco and she’s spent time with many teachers since. Radha has performed with several troupes in the Bay Area, including; Raks Rosa, and Valkyries.  She’s a trained opera singer and pianist who uses her musical ear to interpret the rhythms and sounds of the doumbek, and is completely in love with the intoxicating sensuality of the slow and melodic taqsims.

Influences: Liquid ink light shows of the 1960s, the brocades of geishas, and the sadness which is birthed only by the death of a loved one.

TeresaTeresa was born and raised in the Bay Area- “a typical California girl and damn proud of it!” The profound experiences of her early youth gave her an immense appreciation for freedom and creativity. She began playing the guitar at age 14, which she remembers as a transformative moment, igniting a creative spark that continues to burn today. After focusing on guitar for many years, Teresa began singing, eventually dedicating herself to the art and studying with many voice teachers. Teresa and her husband Jarek, form the band Arcane Dimension. In 2005, Teresa began belly dancing and experienced her next artistic evolution! She began performing with Joweh in 2010.

Influences: Anne and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Nagua Fouad, Samia Gamal, The Cramps, Sharon from Within Temptation, Hard Rock and Metal of all kinds, Science Fiction, Steampunk fashion, Cirque Du Soleil, Burning Man, The Indigo, and all my girls in The Rising Stars, Troupe Joweh and Arcane Dimension!

 

redLee has been acting, singing, and dancing since she was six years old. She discovered bellydance when she was 12 and has been pursuing it passionately ever since. She is a member of Dance Journey, Katherina’s Habibi Dancers, and Joweh. She has been a house dancer at restaurants such as Nirvana Indian Fusion Sanctuary, Pappa’s Taverna, Masala Jack’s, and (currently) Torch of India.

Influences: Ellen Cruz, Kathy Wolff, Terrianne, Helen Thomas, Shiva, and Kali

kristenKhadima’s mother took her to her first dance class at age 9, and from there she hip-hop danced her way through her school years, also exploring jazz, ballet, and bellydance. She became a member of Kajira Djoumahna’s Arabian Spice troupe in 1996 until 2001, and in 2003 she started Malika – a dance troupe she was inspired to create for young girls after she graduated from high school. This troupe was successful and in effect until 2009. During that time she also entered Suhaila Salimpour dance company between 2005-2006, and then Velocity Circus from 2006-2010. She formed her own dance group Alimah, performing together between 2010-2011. Khadima has performed at a wide variety of venues, including Suhaila Salimpour’s Scheherezade in June-September 2005, San Franciscio Pride Parade, NCIRE – Veterans Health Research Institute, and many others with Velocity Circus between 2007 & 2009. She has been performing with Joweh since 2011, at events such as Yaa Halla Ya’ll in August 2012 where they won third place in a group competition in Texas and Club Bellydance at Hopmonk in Sebastopol 2013.

She has studied with many teachers including Kajira, Suhaila, Ellen Cruz, Jillina, Kelsy Hiyahumoto, Tiffany Bisconer, Crystal Silmi, Kaeshi Chai, Sadie Marquardt, and Terrianne Guitterez.

Influences: The sounds & feelings of what surrounds her in nature…the rustle of leaves, wind in the trees, and gentle droplets of rain. She is inspired by almost everything she experiences as she allows these things to take over and move her anywhere the music wants to take her.