Acushla founded Body Temple Dance in 2005 and is one of Adelaide’s longest running contemporary belly dance teachers offering a range of tribal fusion styles and professional belly dance shows. Acushla’s passion and dedication has led her to regularly perform and teach in Adelaide and around Australia.
She has provided dance programs, teacher training courses, instructional DVD’s and intensive technical and creative workshops for many years, while she constantly expands her own knowledge and experience in dance and body conditioning practices.
Acushla has been a professional belly dance performer throughout Adelaide and Australia for over 13 years and is passionate about creating new and exciting shows that add skill, joy, mystique and unique entertainment at a variety of events. She recently featured in the music video “Pyramids” Produced by Sony and Spinning Records.
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My Intention as a teacher:
For over 15 years I have taught hundreds of women the art of tribal belly dance, and what I feel most passionate about is inspiring women to feel empowered and beautiful in their bodies from the inside out! I believe that with the right mind set, balanced with consistent inspired action taking is the key to feeling great and achieving your goals.
Creating is so rewarding, and I love guiding more experienced dancers to craft their own work that feels alive, authentic and aligned with who they are. I believe that while technique is important, there is something missing when a dancer expresses without authenticity. And that when there is an alignment of technical skill, creative expansion and authentic expression, the greater the sense of confidence, love and fulfilment (and stage presence!)
Understanding how the body, mind and spirit thrives, is something I’ve been passionate about for as long as i can rememember. My journey has led me to learning many body work practices such as Sufi Yoga, hatha yoga, pilates, weight training (for a short time!) Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I studied Qi Gong as a part of my Advanced diploma in Chinese medicine and happened to meet the love of my life under a tree while at my first Qi Gong Class!
How belly dance became my career path
There was a difficult decision I had to make many years ago. I just completed my advanced diploma for Traditional Chinese Medicine, had also started teaching belly dance classes and then fell pregnant! It soon became clear that I would only have the capacity to nurture and develop one area of my career. While practicing as an acupuncturist was a reliable source of income, Belly dance awakened something within me that was so creative and powerful that I chose the unknown and unpredictable path of Belly dance, and i haven’t looked back! My other “job/passion” is a jewellery designer, so in between being a mum, teaching, performing, practicing yoga and dance…i create unique, powerful crystal jewellery with an intention to inspire and empower those who wear it. You an view my work HERE!
Acushla’s belly dance history and training
I started belly dance 15 years ago and was first formally introduced to this ancient art form at the age of 7 when I went to classes with my mum and could instantly do a ‘belly roll’! Since rediscovering belly dance in my early 20’s, I have been fortunate to travel all over Australia, performing and training with other amazing dancers.
While I have been largely self taught, my main influences and teachers have been:
Carolena Nerricio whom I received accreditation for teaching American Tribal Style Bellydance
Shakti, my Classical Indian/fusion dance teacher who inspired me to expand my creative movement vocabulary
Suhaila Salimpour whom finally gave me the clarity on muscular isolations, timing and a structured way of viewing this dance form.
Over the years i have also attended training and intensive workshops with International artists Rachel Brice, Illan Riviere, Amy Sigil, Matt Jacob, Mardi Love and many others!
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