About Krisenna - Company Director
Krisenna’s formal dance training began at the tender age of 3. She wowed audiences with her enthusiasm for performance as a dedicated dancer for the Talent Factory. Years of gymnastics, tap, jazz,hip-hop, ballet and ballroom classes built a strong foundation for her path as a professional choreographer/performer and dance/gymnastics instructor. When Krisenna was 8, her step mother introduced her to Cabaret belly dance. Krisenna’s vocal training and piano lessons also helped to shape her understanding and love of music as a creative outlet.
Krisenna’s passion for music and art flourished early on, but it wasn’t until after college that she became a formal student of belly dance (at Shimmy Shakti Studio). Discovering the tribal fusion style presented Krisenna with a new focus which she has studied with ignited zeal by traveling all over the nation to attend workshops, intensives, and classes from some of the most highly acclaimed dancers in the world including Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Amy Sigil, Sharon Kihara, Rachel Brice, Audra Simmons, Lady Fred & Mira Betz. She has completed intensives and certified to teach Unmata ITS Beginning, Intro, Intermediate & Advanced (later changed to a " Levels System").
Krisenna directed the Pretty Hard Corps dance troupe in New York (2012/2014). She moved to Casa Grande AZ in the middle of 2014 and started dancing with RaMagik (2014-2019). In 2016, she started dancing with Shahrazad Dance Company (2016-2018) in Phoenix and was part of the trios that captured international titles at the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival in Cairo. In Cairo, Krisenna was honored to study with some of the most notable dancers in Egyptian / Oriental dance (Dina, Hoda, Mohamed Salah, Lucy, Daria Mitskevich, Kasumi, Darina Konstantinova, Aziza Cairo, Dr. Mo Gedawwi, Soraia Zaied, Maryam Aguirre & Leyla Lanty).
In 2017, Krisenna produced the first annual Amethyst Dance Festival, and in 2019, she formed the Amethyst World Dance Company.
Krisenna is especially grateful for her mentors, Christina Gonzales and Jenna Harder( of Shimmy Shakti Studios), Connie Jones and Amy Sigil of Unmata.
Krisenna is currently offering belly dance instruction at her Castle Drive home studio in Casa Grande, Arizona - at Thrive Cultural Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona and at The Studio in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Learn more about Krisenna at: www.krisennazipporah.com
Cali Kalavati - Company Dancer
About Cali - Hi, my name is Karen Calipus also go by Cali Kalavati which means “the artist”. It’s a little inside joke between my coworkers and I, they always call me the artist in the group because I’m always drawing something at work. But also I chose this name because I love art! And on my free time I’m either watching movies, drawing, playing my violin, or dancing! I’ve always been dancing even when I was a little toddler. I started my dance training when I was at the age of 12, and my first dance class was hip-hop with the fabulous Marsha Hindman. I only took a couple of hip-hop classes at that age, and then stopped for some reason. But then when I got in to high school, I started dancing again. I took all 4 years of dancing in high school with lovely Chaille Martin. After I graduated high school, I got an offer to teach at the Studio in Casa Grande as a hip-hop dance instructor, which I did for 2 years. At the same time I was a student at a community college in Coolidge (CAC). However, I stopped teaching because I needed another job that could help pay for college, so I had to stop working at the studio. But this didn’t stop me from dancing-I found out that CAC offered dance classes, and that’s where I met the wonderful Karen Burns, who is well known for her quirky/hilarious personality. I got to train with her for ballet, jazz, and contemporary for a semester. Also, I got to do my first solo around this time (Eek!)! Unfortunately, I had to stop dancing for a couple of years, because I decided to be a Flight Attendant. Fast forward to now, I am an admin assistant for the Fiber Team at a telecommunications business called Crown Castle. Around this time is when I started taking dance classes again, at the studio, where I got to learn tap, and a refresher on ballet, and Bollywood. I am now training with the amazing Krisenna Zipporah in her World of Dance class, and her Amethyst Dance Company! I’m so happy to be here!
Zira - Company Dancer
About Zira: I have loved to dance and sing ever since I was little. When I was 12, Krisenna gave me a chance to turn my dreams of becoming a performer into a reality. She gave me voice and dance lessons and coached me in performing. I then entered pageants and talent contests to build confidence and have won titles on local, state and national levels. I've taken Krisenna's World Dance class for 5 years now. I've studied music most of my life. I started piano lessons at 7, took guitar at 13 and violin at 17. I love to create. I feel that creating music, writing lyrics and choreographing meaningful dances is the best way to express oneself. Crafting stories with a pen or dance movements is an amazing feeling. I have had the opportunity to take workshops from some outstanding instructors. Aziza Cairo helped me connect to more grounded movement. Innah Raks helped me develop more grace and flexibility. Michelle Sorensen made me dig deep and step outside my comfort zone. The amazing Shahrzad of Cairo helped me with musicality and rhythms. Coach Rajani helped me so much with breaking down the movements of my dances. Kriti of Kriti's Dance taught me how to let go and have fun.
Some of my performance experience includes:
*Amethyst Dance Festival (2017, 2018, 2019)
I am looking forward to continuing to grow from my experiences and share my love of dance and creativity. I am also hoping that my wonderful mentor, Krisenna, will be with me every step of the way in each new and exciting phase of this journey.
Lina - Company Dancer
Capri - Company Dancer
Courtney - Company Trainee
Inez- Company Trainee
Aris- Company Trainee
About Aris: Dance has always piqued my interest, watching the beautiful movements and artistic talents of choreography. I never had the courage to pursue it due to my stage fright and self criticism, but I've recently discovered a side of myself that is allowing me to let loose and accept whatever is thrown my way. Art has always been paramount in my life. I'm a big time doodler and story writer. I'm hoping to incorporate new ideas and gain more inspiration as I learn. In my younger years, I took ballet. In middle school, I took a year of swing dance and line dance and had a chance to perform a piece from each style. Also at that time, I took 2 years of trombone. In high school, I tried my hand at color guard. I have just recently started training in belly dance and other World Dance styles with a wonderful teacher, Krisenna. Since joining the Amethyst World Dance Company, I have had the pleasure of receiving training in two intensives. I learned technique from Rajani Doyle and a Bollywood piece from Kriti of Kriti Dance.
Adeelah - Company Trainee
About Adeelah: I first began my dance training at 19 with the lovely Krisenna Zipporah; however, my musical studies began at age 11 when I started clarinet lessons. I fell in love with music and have been experimenting with outlets for it ever since. At 15, I began marching with The Pride of Casa Grande, pairing music with choreography. Soon after, I began color guard, becoming familiar with dance. After graduating, I began taking voice lessons with Krisenna and soon joined her World Dance class. I was then invited to train with the Amethyst World Dance Company. Through Amethyst WDC, I've attended workshops and intensives to further my knowledge and love of belly dance. I've received coaching from Rajani Doyle and learned Bollywood from Kriti of Kriti Dance. I've also traveled to and assisted at performances with the AWDC to get some valuable "on the job" training and experience.