Location: Champaign, IL
Bio: Shyama began her study of belly dance in January 2012, after being mesmerized by gypsy-style belly dancers at several renaissance faires. She started by taking classes at the Urbana Park District under the instruction of the spectacular Cindi Adkins. Shyama quickly caught on to the intricate moves involved in belly dance, and always wanted to learn more, and more… Shyama continues to study under Cindi, take workshops with other professionals, and do extensive research on all styles and techniques of belly dancing. Her obsession grew into a lifestyle as she joined her class troupe, briefly performed with a heavy metal troupe, and did solo work. Shyama’s musical tastes have always involved metal in all its forms, and upon meeting the beautiful Anima, the duet project Shyama Anima was born.
Shyama still performs with the troupes Classy Combinations and Shyama Anima. She has created and performed several solo dances, and is constantly working on more. Shyama specializes in fusion belly dance, sword dance, veil dance, zils, and poi/voi spinning. As her following has grown, she has begun teaching private belly dancing lessons.