“Starbelly Dancers” consists of the professional (Featured Dancers) and apprentice performing group of Starbelly School of Dance. Our professional Belly Dance (Raqs Sharqi) performances are not only well received, but are often the high-point of any celebration. Our shows are appropriate for all ages, and we always draw a large crowd with our knack for audience participation, and our dedicated fan base.
Starbelly Dancers” The group comes together regardless of gender, age, body type, range of experience, economic strata, profession, belief systems, etc. to dance, to surrender to an experience larger than themselves and to be the very best dancer and person they can be.
The current 2016 “Starbelly Dancers” are Professional dancers; Cecilia Rinn, Tracy Lay, Sarah Barker & Chad Rinn. Principle dancers; Amy Iris Jessica Geiger, & Alyssa Kimm, Principle Apprentice Tori King. Company dancers; Linda Cates & Kat Deters. Apprentice dancers; Lara, Krina, Doris, Bailey.
*Finalist at the “Idahos’ Got Talent” 2016*
The Starbelly Dancers have been performing locally for 6 years, and the featured Dancers Cecilia, Sarah & Tracy have been dancing both locally and nationally for over 20 years. Most of the funds the group bring in through performances and tips, go to help fund the scholarship and financial aid programs at Starbelly School of Dance. They also donate their performances to many local fundraisers and community building events. The Starbelly Dancers, along with being a great performing group, is also a mentor-ship program for up and coming dancers to learn not only how to be Professional Raqs Sharqi Dancers, but also how to provide their community truly inspirational art.
Starbelly Dancers mission statement: To provide our community with traditional Belly Dance (Raqs Sharki/Raqs Baladi), inspirational art, & cultural education at a professional level at public events, family celebrations, and wherever our dance can bring a smile.
The Featured Starbelly Dancers are professional belly dancers from the Boise, Idaho area. Specializing in traditional belly dance and are available to entertain for your family-friendly celebrations and functions. In the event that more dancers are needed, we also book the top professional dancers in the area to provide the highest quality entertainment for you and your guests.
Check our SHOWS page regularly for upcoming performances and dance related events. We’d love to see you there!
Interested in booking the finest quality belly dancers for your next event? Click HERE for more information or call Cecilia at 208.891.6609.
Cecilia embodies the passion & joy of belly dance. She loves to share that joy by bringing entertaining, spirited and professional belly dance to a multitude of celebrations. Cecilia is sought after instructor, and teaches classes and workshops both locally (Boise, Idaho) and nationally with her belly dance school “StarBelly School of Dance” including her student/mentored group the “The Starbelly Dancers”. For Cecilia’s complete information please go HERE. To hire Cecilia and/or The Starbelly Dancers please click to our Hire a Dancer page or call 208.891.6609
“Cecilia lives through Bellydance….is Bellydance. The knowledge base is very thorough, and her passion is very spirited. As a teacher and/or performer, Cecilia is a professional through and through”.~Jared Hallock
“I own a local tea room where Cecilia and the gang dance regularly. Not only are they great fun, but they always bring in a good crowd, which is good for my business.”~ Bob Hodge
“Cecilia Rinn is not only a beautiful, lovely, and talented performer and belly dancer, but she is also a true and kind woman with a very open heart. I would recommend working with her and/or hiring her for any project you have in mind. She is truly amazing!” ~Blume Bauer www.blumebauer.com
Tracy Lay has been studying Middle Eastern dance since 1997. Over the years she has developed a deep affinity and passion for Egyptian dance styles, and she is a baladi girl at heart. Her dancing reflects her adoration of Egyptian music and culture – soft yet precise, lush and joyfully bittersweet.
Tracy’s personal mission: “To be the go-to dancer in the Treasure Valley for authentic-feeling Egyptian style dance by: a) continuing to improve my own education in the culture, music and dances of the region, b) sharing what I know with my students, and c) providing joyful and culturally appropriate performances for educational and arts events, community outreach, and Middle Eastern and North African family celebrations.
To hire Tracy please click HERE.
Sarah Barker has been entertaining the Treasure Valley for over 20 years with classic Cabaret style belly dance. Over the years she has expanded her repertoire offering Tribal Fusion, Modern Egyptian, Gypsy Tambourine, Cane, Candles, and her personal favorite Sword. Performing at a variety of venues with Nejwah’s World of Dance, and more recently as a soloist within Idaho’s dance community. Whether the music is recorded or live, Sarah’s love for Middle Eastern dance reflects in her energy she brings to the stage.
To hire Sarah please click HERE
Chad Rinn began Belly Dancing after being a fan for many years; he first performed with his wife, Cecilia Rinn, at Fusion Fest in 2010. Soon after that performance he began training an average of 12-15 hours a week. He has been a member of the Starbelly Dancers for 5 years, doing solos and professional performances for over a year. He is teaching many of the classes at Starbelly School of Dance, where he is also the co-director. Along with dance, Chad is also a fiction writer, filmmaker, comic artist, and handball champion. Chad has practiced Toltec Energy Dance for over 20 years and enjoys fusing Toltec movements with belly dance. Chad has a true passion for sharing the love of belly dance with all genders and ages, and is happy to be a male dancer in Idaho and loves to teach kids and adults alike.
To hire Chad please click HERE.
After dancing on and off since she was 5, Amy Iris started dancing at Starbelly School of Dance under Cecilia Rinn in 2013 and quickly joined Cecilia’s professional mentorship program, the Starbelly Dancers, in 2014. Under Cecilia’s mentorship, Amy has studied many styles including traditional Raq Sharki, Romani fusion, many Turkish styles, and more. Amy has also studied Myra Krein’s “Tribal X”, for four years. Amy is a guest Dancer at Sophia’s Greek Bistro and a featured dancer in the Big Bad Ass Belly Dance Show. She has performed with Michael Beach’s Band Arabesque, as a soloist, and has performed a Starbelly group piece with House of Tarab. She also dances with the Fleet Street Klezmer Band. Amy placed third in the Semi-Professional category of Sagra’s 2017 International Ambassador Competition.
Jessica Marie had danced to the rhythm of her own drum until she discovered Raqs Sharki at age 14. She felt a spark of passion as the rhythm of her drum blended effortlessly with the Middle Eastern melodies. After 12 years of dabbling in dance, Jessica desired structure and discipline to help guide her focus. She joined StarBelly School of Dance in 2012, where her gentle demeanor and strong sense of self flourished. Jessica is currently a primary dancer with the StarBelly Dancers, excelling in Egyptian and Turkish stylizations. She aspires to be a professional soloist under StarBelly, to always honor the passion within herself, and to inspire others to find the melodies that spark a passion within themselves.
Alyssa has been pursuing balance and joy through the study of middle eastern dance for the past 3 years. She is honored to be part of the performance group “Starbelly Dancers” and to continue as a student at Starbelly School of Dance. For Alyssa belly dance has transcended exercise and become an outlet to share a sense of community and fun with her brothers and sisters in dance as well as the audience.
Tori is thrilled to be a member of the talented Starbelly Dancers. She has trained extensively in ballet and contemporary dance but truly found a home in Mid East traditional dance styles and techniques. If you’re ever trying to pick Tori out of a lineup, nine times out of ten she is the one making a funny face trying to get someone to smile/pay attention to her. Outside of the dancing world, Tori is quick to discuss comic books, butchering, and the cultural initiatives around the Treasure Valley.
Kat has been dancing with Starbelly school for 6 years. Kat enjoys all forms of dance, especially Turkish and Egyptian. She loves dancing with her 6 year old daughter, who has been dancing with Starbelly school for about 1 year. Kat is a soft tissue therapist, and her understanding/ appreciation of the human body lends itself to this beautiful art form. She sees dance as a way to connect the emotional and physical bodies, and strengthen the bond.
Linda has been an enthusiastic student of the Starbelly School of Dance for 5 years, including 2 as a member of the Starbelly Dancers. She has a love for the art, the comradery, the health benefits, and of course the glitter, of Raqs Sharqi dance. She hopes that her enthusiasm encourages others to take a chance and do something that excites the senses and see how rewarding it can be.