Amani (Elizabeth) began bellydancing almost 20 years ago, at the age of 9. Before branching out into tribal she studied cabaret and cabaret fusion
bellydance with Afet. In her nearly 10 years with Afet, Amani became an assistant instructor and assistant troupe manager of Afet's Dancers of The Desert Sun.
She is currently a member of Troupe Zahara, an ITS troupe based in Plant City, FL.
She has danced at many other well-known events and venues around the country, including Acropolis Greek Taverna, Persia House of Kabobs, The Florida State Fair, MacDill Air Force base, Spirit of The Tribes, ATS Reunion (MO), Cues & Tattoos (WA), Tribal Fest (CA), and the Bellydance Superstars show Club Bellydance.
She is a highly sought after class & workshop instructor, & was a featured instructor at the 1st & 2nd Dance From The Heart bellydance convention here in Tampa.
Amani is continuously pushing herself to learn more about dance & has studied ballroom, ballet, Bollywood, burlesque, hip hop, jazz, Latin, pole, tap & yoga in addition to bellydance. You might have even seen her perform burlesque under the stage name Jess Indeed.
Outside of bellydance is certified to teach both Zumba & Yoga.
Amani is also an avid workshop attendee & has studied intensively with world-renouned dancers including Amaya, Artemis Mourat, Carolena Nerriccio, Jill Parker, Kami Liddle, Rachel Brice, Suhaila Salimpour,
Zoe Jakes, & many more.
Through her rigorous study she has obtained
numerous certifications including:
• FatChanceBellyDance® General Skills & Teacher Training
- Amani also has the current honor of being the only official FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio in Tampa.
• Suhaila Salimpour format level 1
• Jamila Salimpour format level 1
• Zoe Jakes’ DanceCraft Keys 1 & 2: Diamonds & Spades
• Rachel Brice's 8 ElementsTM phases 1 & 2: Initiation & Cultivation
She has been an instructor at the American BellyDance Studio for over 4 years.