Instructors

Melody

Melody Bustillos is the founder of Salt City Dance. She is a collective member and Artistic Director of Sisterhood Al Sayf.  

With a strong background in modern dance, Melody's vast experience spans over 40 years with various styles of belly dance. Her focus to study sword dance began in 1986 with countless teachers, honing her style and ability as a sword handler and freestyle performer.  

 Melody is a certified Fat Chance Belly Dance® Partner Studio since 2007.

She has taken the foundations of classic sword dance technique to a new level, integrating moves that incorporate the elements of strength, power, and resilience with the Slow and Fast FCBD® vocabulary. She co-produced ATS with and edge and the Double DVD/Digital “Any Way You Slice It”.  Her current projects are teaching Slice and Dice Sword Extension vocabulary. She is a world class teacher, spreading the love of FCBD® Sword Dance. 

Jesse

Jesse Stanbridge was introduced to group improv when she saw her first performance at a club in 2002. She was instantly hooked.

Upon moving to London in 2005, Jesse was determined to foster and shape the UK’s burgeoning group improv community. As co-founder of Moirai Tribal with Philippa Moirai, Jesse performed and hosted dance events throughout the UK. Through a job offer, Jesse relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 where she co-founded Tessera Dance alongside Sofia Salazar-Rubio and continues to seek every opportunity to study with top instructors.

Jesse enjoys serving her students solid technique with a healthy portion of humor on the side. She has been a certified FCBD®Style Instructor since 2008 and an Advanced FCBD®Style Teacher since 2014.

You may also catch her showing off her spooky side as a principle dancer with Ariellah Aflalo’s Deshret Dance Company.

When she’s not dancing, Jesse loves being a co-host of “The Cue – FCBD®Style Podcast" with her partner and IRL Best Buddy, Sofia. She’s a gin drinkin’, metal listenin’ cat-mom of two who enjoys camping and pizza. 

Krisztina

Krisztina is the founder and artistic director of Czigany World Fusion Dance. Her formal dance training began over 30 years ago with classical ballet and she has been building on that foundation ever since. She has studied many dance styles over the years and combined them all in the formation of Czigany World Fusion Dance.

As a teacher she strives to not only teach a series of steps, but to also show her students the magic that is dance and the freedom it gives them to feel and to express what lies deep within their soul. "Everyone has a beauty inside that is so indescribably brilliant; one that consists of all of their passions, their hopes, their fears, and their dreams. I help my students to get in touch with that part of themselves through dance."

As a performer, Krisztina not only shows you the dance visually, but you can actually feel her become one with the music. You will experience the combination of dance and music in waves of energy and emotion as she paints a picture and creates a breathtaking work of art before your eyes.

Krisztina is Michigan's first Sister Studio to FatChanceBellyDance®, is Advanced Teacher Training Certified, and is an ATS® Sister Studio Continuing Education Instructor. She is also certified in group fitness and holistic fitness, has been teaching since 2001, and is the creator of the ATS® Drill Companion DVD series and the Work that Skirt ATS® Style DVD.

Naja

Born in Brooklyn, NY now in Linden, New Jersey, Naja (Maria Richardson) has been belly dancing since 2002. She has studied under Mariyah of Brooklyn, NY, and from 2004 to 2006, was a member of the Alchemy Tribal Collective directed by Sarah Johansson Locke, formerly of Gypsy Caravan of Oregon. Also studying under Dalia Carella, Puela Lunares and Siliva Salamane, Naja discovered her passion for Flameno and Zambra. She is a founding member of Manhattan Tribal, directed by Mimi Fontana, NYC’s first ATS® belly dance troupe and Fat Chance Sister Studio®.

In 2009, Naja created and is Director of Tribe Hamsa, Staten Island's first ATS® belly dance troupe and Fat Chance Sister Studio®.

Naja has performed all across the NY/NJ/CT area and many other venues throughout the country. In January, 2010 & 2014, she traveled to Paris to perform with Manhattan Tribal at Festival Bellyfusions. She is Certified, General Skills (2009) and Teacher Training (2010), by Fat Chance Belly Dance® of San Francisco.

When not teaching or performing with Tribe Hamsa, Naja is an Information Governance professional at a major law firm.

Richard

Richard Harper has had a successful career as a hair and makeup artist working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours and regional opera companies as well as print work, portrait work and industrial films. He has worked for the Broadway companies of Les Miserables, Grease, Blood Brothers, Kiss of the Spider Woman, My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Sugar Babies, among others, and has been lucky enough to work with great stars of the stage: Vanessa Williams, Carole King, Rosie O'Donnell, Joel Grey, Debbie Allen, Ann Miller, Kim Criswell, Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle, Werner Klemperer, Lea Salonga, Regina Resnik, Sharon Lawrence and Kay McClelland. He has received cosmetology licenses in several states, worked as a platform artist and colorist and specializes in wig construction, repair and design.