COLETTE has been belly dancing for 20 years, starting with her first class with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD®) in San Francisco in 1997. She was immediately intrigued by the group improvisational aspect of the dance and was invited to join the professional troupe at the start of 2001.
During her tenure with FCBD, Colette participated in numerous shows and videos, including “San Francisco Beledi” and “Tribal Basics, Vol. 7”, and multiple performances in the renowned San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. She was trained by Carolena to teach at the FCBD studio in 2002, teaching weekly classes of all levels, and had the opportunity to FCBD workshops nationally and internationally. Colette has completed FCBD’s General Skills, Teacher Training I & II, and is a FatChanceBellyDance Sister Studio.
In 2008, Colette established Scarlet Thistle Studio in Hood River, OR as her home base for teaching. The following year she founded Scarlet Thistle Belly Dance, a performance troupe that performs at festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2011, Colette became the resident ATS® instructor at Datura, Rachel Brice’s studio in Portland, bringing over a decade of belly dance teaching experience to both studios and to workshops throughout the area. In 2015 she completed the third phase of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ approach and is a Certified Practitioner of the 8 Elements of Belly Dance.
Sister Studios Details
American Tribal Style, Scarlet Thistle Movement Dialect, Datura Stylizations
Datura, Scarlet Thistle Studio
Teacher Training, General Skills, FCBD alumni