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Zoe Jakes  I adore plants and cats, building practical things with my hands and making impractical art.

Fluid shapes and sidewinders, with some shimmies thrown in for good measure. In my Tuesday night class I showed a video of my dear friend and amazing muse @rachelthebrice to explain sidewinder done right, and we watched her Bdss performance in Paris many moons ago. So her spirit lives in this choreo! #rachelbrice #zoejakes #bellydance #tribalfusion #tribalbellydance #fusionbellydance #tribalfusionebellydance #undulations #shimmies #sidewinder

One of my favorite performance art pieces. This is probably from 2016? Maybe 2017, not sure. When I am creating concepts I usually try to go for a feel and emotional texture initially, and allow it to pull-up me intuitively. So the end result can be so different from anything I imagined. I’d say that’s very true of my antler piece. I remember driving in a car and listening to a song, and seeing this world pour out from under a dancers skirt, and as the song faded away the world was slowly enveloped back into the folds of the dancers clothing. From this came the piece that I performed for many years, fondly remembered as “the horn dance” the talented @auberonus was a direct inspiration for the costuming and idea, and the inspiration for wearing antlers came from the performers of El Circo, a performance art and fire troupe that inspired many in the early 2000’s, innovators of an aesthetic and genre that didn’t quite exist yet. And also, the legendary #tiffanovoa, may she continue to inspire generations with her brilliance🖤@zoejakes @beatsantique @tribalfusion @antlers @antlercostume @antlerheadress

Some rehearsal snippets from the Beats Antique Halloween show. Such a great Crew❤️ @blacklotusclothing gets mad props for filming and editing! #zoejakes #beatsantique #bellydance #halloween #tribalfusion #tribalfusionbellydance #fusionbellydance #tribalbellydance

Working on oversplits! Nothing in my flexibility training has been easy, more like some things are happening slightly quicker. I came into it with zero expectations as I creep closer and closer to my 40th birthday, so discovering that my hamstrings are naturally flexible was a serious bonus. I have been learning a lot about safe methods for active ranges of motion, and it blows my mind the misinformation that is commonly held beliefs about flexibility. Genetics do help, I’m not hyper mobile and have a rather stiff upper back so there is a limit to how much movement I will gain, but everyone has the ability to become more mobile and have a greater active range of motion.PS: my training includes lots of active drills and end range strength training, and I never truly passively hold a stretch (in this photo I’m squeezing my front leg quad and my back leg glute and adductors to keep the split as square as possible. Thank you @catie.brier.contortion for being such an awesome coach💕 #zoejakes #beatsantique #nevertooold #oversplits #splits #newtricks #40isthenew20 #circuseverydamnday #circuseveryday #training

AcroBellydance! Tomorrow night at the sold out show Circue Arabesque, produced by the amazing @andreasendek, I will be performing this act with none other than @chase_the_base #bellydance #acroyoga #acroyogafusion #tribalfusionbellydance #zoejakes #beatsantique #chasethebase #undulations #flutters #tribalfusion #tribalbellydance #bellydancefusion #fusionbellydance

A one day chance to get discounted tickets to a house of tarot and gold star production! If you’re on Oahu, don’t miss it! #tribalfusionbellydance #zoejakes #houseoftarot #shaktidance

Spins and circles! Yesterday was the tail end of the horrible air quality my students were dealing with for so long. Everyone had been cooped up and trying to avoid being outside. I think we all needed to get out of our heads and dance. So last night felt both challenging and healing. Thank you for coming out and making art with me❤️ #tribalfusionbellydance #zoejakes #beatsantique #bellydance #tribalfusion #tribalbellydance #dancecraft #fusionbellydance #undulations

First attempt fusing bellydance with aerial silks. As a dancer I’ve found myself frustrated that I can’t move the way I want to in the air, and when I first started doing aerial I had lofty goals of mixing the two things right away. Once I realized just how incredibly difficult they were, I set aside any attempts at fusion until I had a better skill set. Tonight was the first time I felt comfortable playing around and was it ever fun! I love bellydance! I love aerial silks!!!! Thank you to Womack and Bowman for an amazing weeklong intensive and the opportunity to perform♥️ #zoejakes #beatsantique #aerialsilks #aerialsilksdance #tribalfusionbellydance #fusionbellydance #womackandbowman #airise #circuseveryday

#tbt 2014 at a workshop with @analettabellydance ❤️ she will be joining us for the second level of my DanceCraft intensive this May...in NOLA! It’s an honor to be able to work with dancers and watch them grow over the years. I feel that we have grown together, the format, my teaching, and the students. #bestjobever #danceteacher #studentsuccess #danceformat #dancecraft #dancecraftchallenge #zoejakes #tribalfusion #tribalfusiondance #bellydance #tribalfusionbellydance #longtermgrowth

Wanna study with me? Build strength and grace? Well the time has come❤️ registration for my DanceCraft intensives opens tomorrow at 10 am pacific time! For more info check out: zoejakes.com/#dancecraft/ #zoejakes #beatsantique #dancecraft #dancecraftchallenge #tribalfusion #tribalbellydance #tribalfusionbellydance #dancetraining#danceintensive #bellydanceintensive #selfcare #loveyourself #sweatwithzoe

⭐️inspirational quote here⭐️ 😜honestly I couldn’t think of anything to say. I just like this photo.
But if you have any ideas...let me know in the comments! 💕 #zoejakes #beatsantique #belltdance #featherfans #inspirationalquote #notfeelingwitty #helpmeout #tribalfusion

DanceCraft Challenge update!!! We have received so many amazing videos that it has proven too difficult to choose just one! We have decided to choose....3 dancers to receive the discount! So tomorrow stay tuned as we will announce the 3 winners!
#dancecraftchallenge #zoejakes #tribalfusionbellydance #dancecraft

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