Listing of 8 Elements™ Recognized Initiates

The following is an alphabetical list of participants who have completed the training and passed testing for Phase I: Initiation in the 8 Elements™ approach. 

Initiation is the first of a multi-phase program which will culminate in a teacher training focused on teaching the 8 Elements™ as an approach to belly dance. The purpose of the Initiation phase is to support students to integrate the material into their personal dance practices, and is not an 8 Elements™ teaching certification.

These practitioners have displayed a commendable degree of commitment to and proficiency in the 32 hour curricula covered in Phase I of the 8 Elements™ approach, Initiation. They are listed here to recognize their achievement.


Aakriti Prasad : May 2015
Aaminah Michelle Palmer : October 2011
Accalia Robertson : March 2014
Aco Yamazaki : March 2013
Adriana Amador : April 2012
Adrianna Tello-Jordan : October 2012
Adriene Rice : March 2016
Afton Marie Zimmerman : July 2013
Akasha : July 2013
Alejandra García Escárcega : April 2012
Alejandra Sanchez : October 2011
Alia Kaitan : April 2012
Alice L Knox : April 2012
Alisa Gurova : May 2016
Alisa Haller : October 2011
Alissa Ruehl : July 2013
Alli Ruth : September 2013
Allison Robin Prater : July 2011
Amanda Linda Märkli : March 2013
Amanda Richardson : April 2012
Amber Eastman : September 2013
Amber Frances Brown : October 2011
Amber K. Burke : March 2013
Amber Michaele : March 2014
Amber sm Boinay : October 2012
Amberetta : April 2012
Amy CT Lo : July 2013
Amy Louise Ryan : October 2011
Amy Van Antwerp : April 2011
Ana Belle Gulin-Honeycutt : October 2011
Ana G. Hughes : May 2016
Anastasia : March 2014
Anastasia Lattanand : March 2015
Andrea Kitta : March 2013
Andria White : July 2011
Angela Silling : October 2012
Angélique Ausatinrouge Danse : March 2014
Anita Wai : August 2014
Anji : September 2015
Ann Shaffer : July 2011
Ann Van Assche : July 2012
Anna Afra : July 2013
Anna Maniaci : March 2015
Anna-May Stockley : September 2013
Anne-Marie Robart : September 2013
AnneMarie McCarthy : May 2016
Antonella Sciahina : September 2015
Antonia Jane Gore : October 2011
Anya Eremenko : July 2013
Aradia Julia Sunseri : March 2013
Arianne Jakstas : July 2013
Ariel Giulia Troiano : September 2015
Arika Devi : March 2013
Arlette Landa : March 2015
Ashima Bhatti : September 2013
Ashley "Ash" Suarez : August 2014
Ashley Lopez : April 2011
Ashley Lyons : March 2014
Ashley Throw : October 2012
Audra Simmons : October 2011
Aurie Hsu : May 2015
Bailey Rose Nailor : March 2016
Balkys : May 2015
Barbara Giannantoni : March 2014
Barbora Mólová : March 2016
Bek Kelly : March 2016
Belinda Terry : March 2014
Belinda Underwood : August 2014
Bevin Victoria Solmon : July 2013
Bianca Michelle : October 2012
Bindu Bolar : March 2015
BJ Grant : October 2011
Brenda Maki : March 2014
Brenna Woslum : March 2015
Brianna Winter : September 2015
Brighton Brooks : March 2014
Briona Ryng : May 2016
Brittany Gura : May 2015
Brittany Stark : July 2012
Caitlin Prince : March 2013
Candace Aldridge : April 2011
Cara Joe Barbee : July 2012
Carla Aguiniga : August 2014
Carla Michelle Coelho : September 2013
Carla Young : August 2014
Carlisa Anderson : April 2011
Carmela Woll : October 2011
Caro Dumanni : October 2011
Carola Schmidt : August 2014
Carole Bellaton (Aneka) : April 2012
Caroline Achouri : September 2015
Carolyn Stirling : March 2016
Cassandra Parks : March 2016
Catherine Sandmeier : April 2011
Cathy Marcotte : September 2013
Cathy Neubauer : May 2015
Ceanna Saatsaz : April 2011
Cecily Ryan : May 2015
Chandala Tso Snow-Shiva : October 2011
Chantal Clément : March 2016
Charlotte Wassell : August 2014
Cherish Holmes : March 2015
Chris Kennedy : September 2015
Christa MacNevin : March 2015
Christiana : March 2015
Christina Felty : August 2014
Christina King : September 2013
Christina Louise Nohre : April 2012
Christy Connolly : July 2013
Cindy Bodé : September 2013
Clara Ortiz : July 2011
Colette Todorov : April 2011
Colleena Shakti : October 2011
Crystal Weran : May 2015
Cynthia Gill : March 2014
Cynthia M Bear : March 2013
Dalia N Balsamo : May 2015
Damion Bond : March 2014
Danielle Arabov : March 2013
Danielle Elizabeth Smith : April 2012
Danielle Leighton : July 2013
Danielle Sansom : August 2014
Danielle White : March 2016
Dawn Price-Higgins : July 2013
DeAnna Freeman : March 2016
debapriya das : May 2016
Debi Budnick : August 2014
Deborah Bromley : August 2014
Dee Bonney : May 2015
Denise Morales : August 2014
Devika J. Singh : March 2013
Devon A. Rogers : July 2011
Dian E Ericksen : October 2012
Diana Ricketts : May 2015
Dipika Vijay : May 2015
Dolores Weisbaum : April 2011
Dyana Wyeno : March 2014
Eleanor LeClair : March 2015
Elena Sabourova  : September 2015
Elin Kåven (or Elin Kaaven) : October 2012
Elinore Eaton : May 2015
Elise Morris : April 2011
Elissa Galadriel Faye : September 2015
Elizabeth “Super Beth” Fish : May 2016
Elizabeth Hough : March 2016
Elizabeth Irwin : September 2013
Elizabeth Kerry : March 2015
Elizabeth Logan Earnest : August 2014
Elizabeth Muñoz Mundo : September 2013
Elizabeth Ostteen : April 2011
Elizabeth Overturf : March 2014
Elle Newport : March 2015
Emily Aiyana : May 2015
Emily V Kavanagh : July 2011
Emma Hubbard : August 2014
Erica Lynn Beck : July 2012
Erika Brathovde : March 2014
Erika Miller : March 2014
Erika N. Henrikson : September 2013
Erin E. Pazaratz : July 2013
Erin McKay : April 2012
Eryn Braida : September 2013
Esther Rahel : March 2014
Eva Jinx : July 2012
Fiona MacPherson : September 2013
Flissy Saucier : April 2012
Fotini Cooper : September 2013
Frances Rhodis - Mystique : April 2012
Francesca Cerame : July 2013
Francesca Tompetrini : May 2015
Galadriel Navarro : May 2015
Geneva Bybee : October 2012
Genevieve DuPuy : May 2016
Gillian Cofsky : May 2015
Gina Marie Raimond : March 2016
Giselle Sibyl : April 2011
Grace Weisman : April 2011
Grey Rex : March 2014
Hailey Sanura : March 2015
Halo Seronko : March 2015
Hannah Gerber : July 2012
Hannah Jayne : September 2015
Hannah Tottenham : April 2012
Hannah Trimbath : April 2011
Haza : May 2015
Heather "Henna" Louise : July 2012
Heather A Youngs.  : July 2013
Heather Collins : July 2012
Heather Labonté : April 2012
Heather Leona : October 2012
Heather Lorfing : August 2014
Heather Lundin : March 2016
Heather Lynn Dirsuwei : April 2012
Heather M Trujillo : October 2012
Heather Powers  : September 2013
Heidi Connor : October 2011
Helen Tennant : March 2013
Inara Safir : March 2015
Inger Marie Nyborg  : March 2016
Iona M. Wilson : July 2013
IrinaXara : September 2015
Isa Gautschi : September 2015
Isabel Garnier : July 2012
Isela Madriz L. : April 2012
J’aime Marie Linot Ohm : May 2016
Jacinta Hollon : March 2015
Jamila Honeybear : March 2014
Janelle C Jackson : July 2011
Janice Staab : September 2015
Janine Chiorazzi : March 2016
Jasmine Pfingsten : August 2014
Jen Porn : September 2015
Jen Zuniga : September 2015
Jenna Shear : July 2013
Jennifer A Kleiber : July 2013
Jennifer Delich : March 2015
Jennifer Galeano : March 2014
Jennifer R. Wallace : July 2013
Jennifer Roden : April 2011
Jennifer Suzanne Trimmer : March 2013
Jenny C. Cohen : July 2012
Jenny Rathmell : May 2016
Jessica Angela Wynne Mayhew : March 2016
Jessica Carter : September 2015
Jessica Cooper : October 2011
Jessica Gardner : March 2016
Jessica Guerrero : July 2012
Jill Nykkei Shanley Morlock : July 2013
Jin-Long Huang : August 2014
Joanna Ashleigh : October 2011
Joanna Caselli : April 2012
Jodi Holte-Smith : May 2015
Joey-Michelle Hutchison : October 2011
Jolene Mackinnon : March 2014
Jolie Hale : March 2015
Jonelle Marie : July 2013
Jordan Galliott : March 2016
Jordanna Baker : September 2015
Josefine Wandel : March 2015
Joy Hearten-Johnson : April 2012
Jules Downum : August 2014
Julia Haussener : April 2012
Julia Levine : May 2015
Julia Sewell : March 2016
Julia Skinner : April 2011
Juliane Paola de Souza : May 2015
Julie Foat : July 2011
Julie Rea Taylor : April 2012
Julie Watters : March 2013
Julieta Bonanata Martin : May 2016
Justine Wintersmith : April 2011
K. Jessica Sokol : October 2011
Kaitlin Brenna Stefanovich : March 2014
Kajira Djoumahna : July 2012
Kalae Kaina : April 2012
Kali Kavouklis : August 2014
Karen Emilie Erl : August 2014
Karen Farwell Arcuri : March 2016
Karen Peterkort : October 2011
Karen Zwick : September 2015
Karin Wickholm : May 2015
Karinne Felker : September 2015
Karla A. Haas : September 2013
Karla Gomez Escalante : July 2013
Karyn Rudance : September 2013
Kasey Ford : April 2012
Kasumi Funayama : May 2015
Kat Ablola : September 2013
Kat Black : July 2012
Kat Raphael Garsi : March 2016
Katarina Blagovic : August 2014
Kate Christensen : March 2014
Kate Darling : April 2011
Kate O Shea : May 2016
Kate Potter : April 2011
Katherine Lily Mae Harris : May 2016
Katherine Schiff : March 2016
Kathleen Flores : May 2016
Kathryn Avery : August 2014

Kathryn Whittington : October 2011
Katie Getchell : July 2013
Katie Irvin : July 2012
Kavalya Nomis : May 2015
Kavipriya Arundavaraja : March 2014
Kavya Viswanathan : May 2016
Kay Helberg : March 2016
Kaylah Moss : July 2012
Keeva Svikart : May 2015
Kelley Mountain : March 2015
Kestrel (Kylie McDonald) : July 2013
Ketri Sutherland : March 2014
Khadijah S. : May 2016
Kiana Amanda Fatahian : March 2013
Kiki Redhead : March 2015
Kiku Byrne : September 2013
Kimber Miller : July 2012
Kimberly Cornia : August 2014
Kimberly Genly : March 2014
Kimberly Mackoy : April 2011
Kimberly Piwetz : March 2013
Kimberly Smith : July 2013
Kindle Cimmerian : July 2012
Kori : March 2015
Krisenna Zipporah : May 2015
Krista Fee : March 2016
Krista Sassani : March 2013
Kristina Johnson : October 2012
Kristine Jennes : March 2013
Lacey Greer : September 2015
Lacey Sanchez  : April 2012
Lacy Dickerson : July 2011
Lakita : July 2012
Larissa Dammann  : July 2012
Laura Albert : September 2013
Laura Blake : July 2013
Laura Chan : September 2015
Laura Crittendon : April 2011
Laura Faith Stevens : September 2013
Laura Jean Brackenbury : July 2011
Laura Krumland : March 2014
Laura Luna : September 2013
Laura Middleton : July 2012
Lauren Gallagher : September 2015
Laurie Lulu Martin : October 2011
Laurie Nixon : October 2011
Lauryn Peterson : April 2011
Lavanya Gunasekar : May 2016
Leah Fisher : August 2014
Leah Woods : May 2016
Leilah Feinstein : July 2013
Leize Averill : April 2012
Lesley Inman : April 2011
Leslie McLaughlin : April 2011
Leta Willcox : September 2015
Letty Limbach : April 2011
Lillian Rojas : October 2012
Lilly Sim : October 2011
Linda Luna Melani : March 2015
Lindsay Hacker : September 2013
Lindsay Kendall : March 2013
Lisa Bradley : March 2016
Lisa Donohue : March 2016
Lisa Holzinger : May 2015
Lisa K. Branner : July 2013
Lisa Macchione : October 2011
Lisa Marie-De Benedictis : May 2015
Lisa Reid : July 2013
Lisa Tsukamoto : August 2014
Lisa Vavrek : October 2011
Liz Azi : May 2016
Liz Stortstrom : March 2015
Liz Ward : March 2016
Lorelei Miner : March 2016
Lorena Rojas : August 2014
Lori Angove : March 2015
Lori Lukasewich : September 2013
Lori Savory : July 2012
Lotten Lundgren : May 2015
Louise Brooks : March 2014
Luba Evans : March 2014
Luciana Pang : September 2015
Lucrecia Navarro : March 2013
Ludmila Silva : April 2012
Luna Moon : April 2011
Lynette Day : July 2012
Lynn Hoffman : July 2012
Lynne Gailor : October 2012
Mª Soledad Gaytán Hernández : July 2012
Mahdieh Javaheri : July 2013
Maja Andersson : May 2016
Maka Lomaia : August 2014
Makeda Perryman : July 2012
Malik Turley : March 2013
Mallory Lynn Hill : July 2011
Marcia Tofer : April 2012
Margaret Campbell : September 2015
Margaret Gustafson : April 2011
María del Mar Saborío Víquez : September 2013
Maria Linkous : October 2012
Marian Lohne : October 2011
Marie E. Gwin : April 2012
Marina Bennett : August 2014
Marisa Copley : March 2014
Marnee Setty  : July 2012
Martha Eden : July 2013
Martina Crowe-Hewett : September 2015
Mary Collins : July 2013
Mary K Hymel : October 2012
Marzia Terziani : July 2011
Mat Jacob : October 2011
Maureen ODonnell : April 2011
Maurie Polak : April 2011
May Yang (Kyung A) : July 2011
Meera Yakopich : July 2011
Megan Jones : September 2013
Megan McIntosh : March 2015
Megan McReynolds : October 2011
Melania Madrigal : October 2011
Melissa Misha Nell : March 2015
Melissa Porter : May 2015
Melodee Calderon : May 2016
Michaella Manning : April 2011
Michelle Bettridge : September 2015
Michelle Halsey : May 2015
Michelle Hays : October 2012
Michelle Joy : March 2013
Michelle Manx Sefcik : July 2011
Michelle Orrock Sorensen : October 2012
Midori Shikaura : May 2015
Mila George : March 2013
Míriam Costa Toyama : March 2013
Miriam Embla Gjerstad : March 2013
Miriam Ross-Behar : May 2015
Mithra Zaucha : May 2016
Molly Block : September 2013
Molly McClellan : October 2011
Molly Mitchell : July 2011
Molly Morgan : October 2012
Monika Szelagowicz : April 2012
Monique Trinity Rose : March 2014
Morgan Fay : April 2011
Nancy Chen : August 2014
Naniolala : July 2012
Naoko Hiraiwa : April 2011
Natasha Devalia : March 2015
Nathifa Shakti : April 2011
Natsumi Suzuki : April 2011
Neta Caspi : September 2015
Nicola Thea  : March 2016
Nicole Katherine Cabrera : March 2013
Nicole Kitko : July 2013
Nicole Lindsay : July 2013
Nicole Mazurkiewicz : July 2013
Nicole Tebow : March 2015
Nika Mlakar : September 2015
Niki Theodorakis : October 2011
Nikki Ball Wilkins : July 2013
Niyah Bue : September 2015
Noelle Brower : July 2013
Ola Szelag : May 2016
Olivia Buydos 'Farah' : July 2011
Olya Klintsova Clarkson : July 2011
Pamala Ames : August 2014
Pamela Breum : October 2011
Pamela Nevárez (Dakia Le Fay)  : March 2013
PAOLA BASSO : July 2013
Paola Engracia : March 2016
Parya Saberi : March 2013
Paula Stowers : March 2015
Peggy Rauman : August 2014
Penelope Bashe : March 2016
Penny Tan : April 2012
Pip E-Lysaah : October 2011
Pixie Fordtears : March 2013
Rachael Murphy : September 2015
Rachel Collins : March 2013
Rachel Corona : September 2015
Rachel Fernandes : September 2013
Rachel Nouri : March 2015
Rachel Robinson-Hunley : September 2015
Rachel Roth : April 2012
Rajuli H. Khetarpal : March 2014
Raye Batte : May 2016
Rebecca Bowles : September 2013
Rebecca Liao : May 2016
Rebecca Sturgeon : March 2015
Rebecca Williams : March 2015
Regina Anne Errington : March 2016
Rhonda Higgins : March 2013
Rhoni Miller : September 2015
Rin Ajna : September 2015
Robin Denise Johnson : March 2016
Robin Rouse : May 2015
Ronnie Ranee Meyers : May 2015
Roxanne Vigos : April 2011
Ruth Torluemke : September 2015
Sabbi : May 2015
Sabien Jesse : March 2015
Sadira - Lady Liquid : March 2014
Samantha Valentine : July 2012
Sandra Cardenas : May 2016
Sara A Chaudhary : March 2014
Sara DeRoy : April 2011
Sarah Hassan : July 2012
Sarah Kate Moore : April 2011
Sarah Raine Behl : August 2014
Sasha Khetarpal-Vasser : March 2013
Scarlette Vesper : April 2011
Schirin Chams-Diba : October 2011
Sedona Soulfire : October 2012
Serena Spears : September 2013
Shael “Kiteera” Millheim : July 2012
Shalee J Denver : October 2012
Shana Meurs : September 2013
Shanne O'Leary : March 2014
Shannon Cunningham : May 2016
Shanrae : October 2012
Shantel M. Medina : September 2013
Shanti Jourdan : July 2011
Shawna LaVon Whaley : March 2016
Shelley Dunlop : May 2015
Siobhan O’Halloran : May 2016
Sofia Borisenko : September 2013
Songbei Zhang : September 2015
Sonia M. Herrero : July 2011
Sophia Ravenna : March 2015
Stacey McPartlin : September 2013
Stephanie Maes : March 2014
Stephanie Woodruff : March 2013
Sterling Marie Harris : July 2013
Stormy Ganton : April 2011
Susie Q Dunn : July 2012
Suzy Schulte : May 2016
Tabra E. Bay : July 2011
Talia Vintzileos : April 2011
Tamara Djinnise : August 2014
Tania Gigliotti : August 2014
Tanya Johnson : September 2013
Tanya Lee : July 2012
Tara Cole-McCaffrey : March 2014
Tara Fuller : April 2012
Tassadit Gagi : July 2011
Tatjana Vogler : May 2015
Tayissa Chadwick : April 2011
Tera Bailey : March 2014
Terra Dreven : September 2015
Theora Rice : May 2016
Tia Hurley : March 2016
Tiare Tashnick : April 2011
Tonya Fay Bashe-Schuerman : March 2016
Tori Sterling : September 2015
Tracey Saunders : May 2016
Traci Stenson Hildner : July 2013
Tracy Emond : July 2013
Tracy J. Stebbins : April 2012
Tree Russell : July 2012
Trisha Drennan : April 2012
Tuesday Shaw : May 2016
Valenteena Ianni : October 2011
Valorie J. Wallace : September 2015
Vanessa Dahlia : August 2014
Vanessa Paddock : May 2015
Vanessa Spini : March 2015
Violet Kind : August 2014
Wan Fei Huang : March 2015
Wei-lun Wang : August 2014
Wendy Osmond : July 2012
Whitley “Nabintu” Marshall : May 2016
Xanthea Heynes : March 2016
Yaliel Yukiko : May 2016
Yolanda Rovira-Pereira : August 2014
Yueh-Hsia Chen : May 2016
Yuko Okumura : July 2012
Yvonne E. Torres : July 2012
Yvonne Fata : September 2013
Yvonne Michelle Cordoba : October 2011
Zatara : May 2015
Zoe Levesque : March 2016