Hey there, I’m April Rose.
A bellydance teacher & performer living in Austin, TX.
My life's work is to share movement, music, and research that highlights the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance. I am grateful to have been invited to teach dance in over 20 countries.
I earned a master’s degree in Culture, Performance, and Dance in 2012 from the University of California at Los Angeles, 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 UNMATA and Bellydance Superstars.
I directed Rose Movement Studio in Austin from 2013 to 2018 where I was introduced to hand percussion by Lauren Checchio, 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. My approach to life and teaching is shaped by my mentors and loved ones. They include my mother and studio director Ann DaPrato, my fusion teacher and friend Amy Sigil, my bellydance idol Aziza, my yoga teacher Dixie Metz, my tai chi teacher Margie Jackson, my graduate advisor Vic Marks, as well as my friends, students, and colleagues from Rose Movement and beyond.
I would love to share my knowledge of bellydance technique, music, and history with you in my dancer enrichment and teacher training program, Bellydance Cohesion.
If you would like to study with me, please see my tour schedule and check out the online dance classes I offer (including Bellydance Cohesion Technique Drills) at www.DaturaOnline.com.
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,
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