Hey there, I’m April Rose.
A bellydance teacher & performer living in Austin, TX.
I share my life's work through my training program, Bellydance Cohesion, in which I teach movement, music, and research that highlights the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance. I am grateful to have been invited to teach and perform in over 20 countries.
I earned a master’s degree in Culture and Performance, and a bachelor’s in Dance from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2012, where I investigated bellydance history and was trained in choreographic method as well as a variety of dance disciplines.
Since my bellydance studies began in 1999 with Daleela Morad in Sacramento, California I have enjoyed touring with many classic and fusion artists, including Bellydance Superstars and UNMATA.
I directed Rose Movement Studio in Austin from 2013 to 2018 where I developed a passion for hand percussion, gained valuable lessons on teaching and leadership, and made many cherished memories.
I like to take a thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching dance which is shaped by my mentors and loved ones. They include my mother and studio director Ann DaPrato, my transnational dance teacher and friend Amy Sigil, my bellydance idol Aziza, my yoga teacher Dixie Metz, my frame drum teacher Marla Leigh, my graduate advisor Vic Marks, as well as my friends, students, and colleagues from Rose Movement and beyond.
If you would like to study with me, please see my tour schedule and the upcoming Bellydance Cohesion training dates. Also, check out the online dance classes I offer (including Bellydance Cohesion Technique Drills) at www.DaturaOnline.com. I love to teach beginners and advanced students through private lessons. Just send me an email to book!
April Rose is an extremely thoughtful & precise artist who inspires people to take their dance to the next level.
Not only does she deeply understand how to verbalize & demonstrate movement, her work challenges the boundaries of bellydance while diving deep into cultural context and creative expression.
- Rachel Brice
Thank you to all the dancers who paved the way for me.
dance thoughtfully, dance playfully,
2019 - 2020
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