Troupe member, teacher
Diane started American Tribal Style® belly dance classes with Devi Mamak in early 2004, and was one of the original dancers in Devi’s student troupe, Ghaziya, which was formed and performed for the first time at the end of that year. Diane became a member of Ghawazi Caravan in 2009.
During the 10 years that Diane has been studying ATS® under Devi’s very esteemed wing, she has also completed Carolena Nericcio’s general skills certification in 2008, and attended numerous workshops and classes with Jrisi Jusakos, Rachael Brice, Deb Rubin to name a few. She also goes to a local Ballet class weekly with Fiona James and has done since 2010.
In 2011 along with other members of Ghawazi Caravan, she travelled to San Francisco to be a part of the Fat Chance Belly Dance “Tribal Basics Volume 9: Anatomy of the Step“, working with FCBD®, Devyani Dance Co. and Tamarind from Milwaukee. Performing at the “Devotion: The Home” show in nearby Berkeley being a highlight of that trip to the US and featuring international artists such as Colleena Shataki and Helm.
Diane completed Devi’s Intensive teachers training in 2013, and since then been a relief teacher for her regular Monday night classes in Hazelbrook, including the younger Ghawazi Girls classes, also assisting with Devi’s “Individual Appraisal“ workshops.
Incorporating Yoga and daily training into keeping in dance shape, Diane is keen to pass on her love of ATS®.
Her approach to teaching is open with emphasis on drilling and group improvisation, as well as encouraging students to challenge themselves while learning the language of ATS®.
Diane Vogt Interview
WHERE AND WHEN WERE YOU BORN?
Paddington Sydney, 1965.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I am a community support worker, looking after people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Challenging, but rewarding work.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TRIBAL STYLE?
Since the beginning of 2004. I made a new years resolution to do something for myself, I saw Devi’s ad in the local paper and started classes the very next week. A whole new and excited world opened for me and i have been hooked ever since.
WHAT OTHER STYLES HAVE YOU DONE?
Bits of physsie, jazz, gymnastics when i was little. Some oriental and salsa classes. I started ballet lessons last year and will continue this year, I love a challenge!
Lead lighting, mosaic work, restoring furniture, trying to grow veggies and yoga. This (Yoga) i feel is really important for dancing – strengthening and nourishing for the body, and also helps with the strong posture of ATS®. Baking cakes and yummy food – all of GC benefit from this hobby.
WHAT APPEALS TO YOU ABOUT TRIBAL?
Absolutely everything, The costumes/jewellery, music and strong posture. But most of all the language of ATS® and improvisation, to be able to create a dance of the moment is such a wonderful feeling. Language barriers fade and friendships blossom.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AND GHAWAZI CARAVAN IN THE FUTURE?
Continuing to grow in strength together, and being able to spread this beautiful dance style near and far is certainly something I am proud of.