We are so incredibly excited about our stellar lineup of instructors this year! Updated bios coming soon!

Aubre Hill

Sedona Soulfire

Samantha Riggs

 Ashley Rhianne

Shay Moore


Elisa Gamal

Drummer and Egyptian tabla player (dumbek), George’s musical journey took him through Middle Eastern music, Jazz, music of the Arabian Gulf, the Balkans, and his niche and first love, Egyptian music of his native land.

Growing up as a drum kit player, George had a chance to learn several styles of music that did not necessarily use the Egyptian tabla which helped broaden his approach to composing tabla grooves. As a teenager, George performed in international clubs around the Northwest during the ’80s. In the ’90s, he relocated to LA where he performed in international shows and was a studio session artist.

Today, George performs around the Northwest with several bands and runs his Barking Dog studio in Edmonds, Washington. He enjoys teaching Tabla and sharing his music with all. George will be teaching drumming at the retreat.


The band, House of Tarab, aka H.O.T, performs vintage live Arabic music often accompanied by word-class belly dancers. Performing classic and traditional belly dance music with a heavy cabaret touch is their specialty.

Tarab is a state of ecstasy and surrender one enters while listening, with body and soul, to music. Whether it’s the dancing strings of the oud, the weeping melody of the violin, the mystical call of the nay, or the pulsating rhythm of the drums... the H
ouse of Tarab invites you in.


Malia Clancy is a Vinyasa Yoga Instructor in the Edmonds, WA area, teaching for private group sessions and yoga retreats. She has a passion for both yoga and various styles of dance, often incorporating dance-like flows into her sequences. This will be Malia’s third year providing calm, safe, and unique instruction at Emerald Sanctuary Belly Dance Retreat, guiding with acknowledgment to all individuals needs.


Indigo is the Founder, Organizer, and Mastermind of Emerald Sanctuary Belly Dance Retreat. She started belly dancing in 1998 and is well-known throughout the Pacific Northwest dance community.