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Shakti - Invoking the divine feminine through music & movement

Alberta Dance Alliance
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SHAKTI - Invoking the divine feminine through music & movement

Shakti is a unique evening taking place at the halfway point between spring and summer ( aka Beltane ). This is a time of heightened fertility - a time to celebrate and invoke the earth goddess Shakti - the primordial energy of creativity.

Join us from 8pm to 1am on Friday, April 27th for an evening of lush, bass infused soundscapes, hypnotic tribal fusion belly dance performances, unique vendors, artwork, cash bar and more. Featuring the one and only Lion-S from the Living Room Stage at Shambhala, tribal belly dance guru SamiTe from Florida as well as local favorites Tanya Lee and Body Art Motion, Melo.Nade, Zephrym & Jaqi Iraqi.

The night is also a celebration of Body Art Motion’s 20th year where we will host a killer silent auction to raise funds for an exciting upcoming project!

Immerse into the universal flow of sensuality with a beautiful night of performances, music and community!


The Pride / The Living Room Stage / Shambhala / Meowmix - Nelson BC

Lion-S has deep roots in the Canadian electronic dance music world. Beginning her life long affair with records collecting vinyl as a hobby in 1995, she opened a record store in Halifax in 1997 and started DJing as a way of expressing the love she had for the new music she was encountering. Discovering a true talent for both selection and mixing, the beats drew her westward landing her back in her westcoast stomping grounds, Nelson BC where she began setting foundations for The Pride, one of Nelson’s first dance music event companies. Her stint booking talent and curating for all stages at Shambhala from 2001-2008, and as Living Room stage director from 2002-Present, put her in touch with some of the biggest and most influential acts of the dance music world, exposing her even more deeply to a wide variety of styles which form the basis of her unique multi genre sets. Her roots are in house music but she also explores midtempos ambient and downtempo, favouring sounds with global influence such as tropical bass, cumbia, moombahton, trip hop, afro, ethnic, magical, ethereal, caravan, dub, and 808 bass. Lion-S is also a founding member of the Kootenays’ original all female DJ crew Meowmix.


Tribal Fusion Bellydance - Florida, USA

SamiTe’ is an award winning bellydancer , fire performer, and movement instructor. She has diligently studied the art of bellydance since 1998 taking first runner up in the Tribal Fusion category at the Bellydancer of the Universe Competition in 2008.

SamiTe’ is known for her dynamic approach to movement and blends may styles of dance from Cabaret Bellydance, Hula, and Classical Indian Dance with her acrobatic background to create highly entertaining and physically demanding shows that always leave her audiences wanting more. She has been invited to perform with live music acts such as Beats Antique, Emancipator, Phuturprimitive, DrumSpyder, and more as well as participating in Zoe Jakes House of Tarot in Asheville, NC and Oakland,CA.


Calgary, AB.

– noun;
1. A marinade of smooth hitting beats consumed to facilitate involuntary booty shaking.
2. Worldly and uplifting, west coast bass music most often served with hops (glitch, hip or space) and a side of crunky funk.
Not to be confused with a tasty fruit beverage, the name Melo.Nade originates from the downbeat yet heavy hitting grooves, the fluid flow, and mesmeric vibes. Every set is a visceral journey with tight mixing, clean cuts and relentless melodies. With over 10 years behind turntables, Melo.Nade's dynamic sound is sauced with intelligent (often sexy) sound design - from lustful world beats to crunchy hip hop and psy-dub. He unifies his space using lush, seductive sounds, and leaves listeners elated.



Known as ‘BAM’ - this squad of tribal fusion dancers bring “art” to entertainment. The BAM Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) Bellydance Squad mesmerizes audiences with their snake charmer ways and telepathic dance language. Founded and directed by Tanya Lee, an established performer and Hot Pot ITS instructor, BAM has become a go-to entertainment group for some of Calgary's best events, including Le Cirque De La Nuit, Bass Bus, Diner En Blanc, Art Spot, Sparq Productions, Sangha Festival, TAM-TAMS, and more! Slow and sultry or fast and furious - these badass bellydancers love it all! Perhaps you've seen them cast spells on the stage along side world famous DJ's CloZee, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Pumpkin, Bass Caravan, QDUP and JPOD.

Website: bodyartmotion.com
Instagram: bodyartmotion

Ethoterra / Doyu Digital - Calgary, AB.

Jai Benteau has been a dj in western Canada for over 20 years under the aliases J-Byrd, Bass Caravan and now Zephrÿm. "The Zephrÿm moniker is about pushing conscious awareness. The sounds are much different than the hard hitting and infectious rhythms of Bass Caravan. Zephrÿm, although still rooted in bass music, is a more introspective journey into the experience a dj can create for an audience, encompassing diverse sounds from across the globe with modern electronic fundamentals."

As a producer Zephrÿm’s unique soundscapes blend together elements of world bass, tribal trap and dreamlike harmonics. Zephrÿm also makes up one half of the enigmatic performance group Ethoterra@ alongside renowned tribal belly dancer, Tanya Lee. With releases on Doyu Digital and more in the works, Zephrÿm’s sounds are quickly emanating into the Canadian music scene and captivating audiences across the globe.


Body Art Motion - Calgary, AB.

Kay Kü aka Jaqi Iraqi has been turning the volume from a 10 to a 9/11 since 2007, making dancefloors go Hussein in the membrane and converting assaholas to Ayatollahs with her sultry, funky, and eclectic beats. Having performed with the likes of Kid Koala and Tribe Called Red, Jaqi Iraqi is coming out of the spider-hole to frag your earholes with Oslammin' beats and Gaddafully sick treats! Al-Qaedaing aside, Hez-hollah at your girl and Guantanamo on with your bad self, 'cause this is the good Shiite. All you gotta do is hit the floor, leave the Iraqnophobia at the door, and Baghdad ass up!

Opening Flow Ceremony - Calgary, AB.

Tenille is a Calgary based multi-style yoga teacher who has been blessed to share this medicine for over 8 years with the local and international community. She uses vinyasa flow, specifically, as a moving meditation to open gateways of energy within the body and indulge in a deeper human experience. Breath, bass, flow and explore. No mat necessary. Start your night right.
Metta all ways, always

TICKETS are $25 in advance and more at the door. Tickets available at Grassroots ( 112 10 St NW ) or through Eventbrite.ca