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


Dalia Carella is a master choreographer, dancer and teacher. Her knowledge of dance expertise includes: Near/Middle Eastern Dance, Flamenco, Indian (Bollywood & Bhangra), Afro-Haitian, Samba, Salsa, Bomba & Plena. With Tango, Jazz and ballet thrown in.


Henna is an award-winning performer and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. She is a sought-after teacher, performer, and competition judge in the region. She teaches regularly in Portland and as an instructor on Datura Online.
Henna has been immersed in music from a young age. The daughter of a musician, she studied the piano throughout childhood and always longed to dance. This dream would not come to fruition until her college years when she attended a bellydance class at the urging of a friend. She was immediately drawn to the enchanting music, and the earthy, energetic movement.
Following every inclination to dance, Henna has explored Turkish Oriental, American Cabaret, Tribal Fusion, Egyptian folkloric dances, but always returned to her first love of Egyptian Raks Sharki. Henna’s intuitive musicality coupled with crisp, expressive technique makes for captivating and memorable performances. She considers Egyptian music to be her main muse, with its emotional complexity and universal theme of love guiding her artistic choices.
Henna’s love for bellydance can be felt in the studio as well as in her performances. She is a generous, thorough, and detailed instructor. In 2012 she completed the coursework for a master’s degree in teaching from George Fox University and she uses a progressive approach to teaching bellydance. By integrating music, technique, and culture, she helps students feel the essence of the art form while building a solid foundation. Henna considers herself a lifelong student of the dance, and brings new inspiration and excitement to every class.


Moria Chappell has been a member of Suhaila Salimpour's Bal Enat, BellyDance Super Stars and Currently is Artistic Director of Wild Saffron. Moria has traveled the globe teaching and studying BellyDance Fusion


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.