Biography & Resume
Baraka Nikta’s relationship with Tribal Fusion is as multilayered and dynamic as the dance itself. Baraka Nikta has had a passion for dance from a very early age (studying such multiple forms as ballet, swing, medieval dance, African dance, Latin dance, and Argentinean tango). In 1997 she was introduced to Tribal Fusion, and, having found her passion, she has been dedicated to it ever since.
A BA degree in Anthropology and History forms a fundamental platform from which Baraka Nikta approaches Tribal Fusion and Middle Eastern dance at large. Since Tribal Fusion is as its name suggests, a “fusion” of different dances, Baraka Nikta has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, India, and the Middle East to both study under the world’s most prominent Middle Eastern dance instructors, and to learn ethnic dances from the indigenous people themselves. Baraka Nikta has likewise taught and performed throughout the world, from women’s empowerment camps in the USA, to exotic cruises in the Caribbean, to high end night clubs in Europe, to exclusive events for the Sheikhas of the United Arab Emirates.
Tribal Fusion has taken Baraka Nikta on a journey of personal discovery where she has found the true value of the freedom of artistic expression. Always striving to achieve the best within herself, she seeks out what truly moves and inspires her while passionately sharing her artistry with her students and audiences. Starting with ATS, Baraka Nikta has explored many other forms of Middle Eastern Dance. At each new step, from studying folkloric dances, to becoming a professional Oriental dancer, to immersing herself in Goth culture, Baraka Nikta has absorbed every new piece of information, blending it into her own unique form of Tribal Fusion. Baraka Nikta is now one of the leading Tribal Fusion dancers in Central Pennsylvania, and also is known for her specialization in Goth Fusion Bellydance and her expertise on the zills.
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Resume last updated January 23, 2011.