Miriam of Anka Kusu
Miriam has been involved in creative endeavors her entire life. Starting at the age of about 5, there’s been music, choir, dance, theater and movement lessons of one sort or another. Her high school years brought more acting, improvisation, stage choreography and theatrical makeup classes and then in the early 90's she got deeply involved in some NY state Renaissance Festivals. This gave Miriam her initial contact with belly dancing and really lit her passion for it. With formal classes came opportunities to perform, and she hasn't looked back.
Miriam’s unique style has developed through her focus on Classic Oriental Dance, FatChanceBellyDance Style (FCBD Style) and its many fusion offshoots, with a healthy dose of Middle Eastern folkloric dance from many of the dance forms native cultures as well - but no matter how you might label it, when she dances, she gracefully evokes images of 'long ago and far away'.
She has been a soloist, a NJ belly dance instructor, director of Anka Kusu - a group made up of both dancers and musicians, she writes articles for various belly dance related publications and websites, including Belly Dance at Any Size, and she produced the monthly show "Belly Dance Night at Roxy & Dukes"for almost 10 years.
One of her most sought after specialties is making this beautiful dance form accessible to many who thought they couldn't enjoy learning it. Her understanding of body mechanics and many types of physical limitations, as well as her long time focus on using the correct muscle groups to generate movements all aide her in suggesting adaptions for many types of students.
Dance Related Projects
Founder and Director of the Middle Eastern music and dance troupe, Anka Kusu
Producer of a monthly belly dance show called Belly Dance Night at Roxy 'n Dukes in Dunellen, NJ
Teaches weekly belly dance classes at IM Studios in Highland Park, NJ
Contributing Writer for Belly Dance at Any Size
Personal Blog about Dance, Health at Every Size and my experiences: World by M