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Kaeshi has performed and taught all over the world including the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Carribean, Morocco, Bali, Australia, South America and throughout Asia. In 2002, she was booked with Bellyqueen on a 6 month contract performing 5 shows a day to live Arabic music at Aladdin's Desert Passage in Las Vegas. In 2003-
She has performed with Natacha Atlas, at Central Park's Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, BAM, Folie's Begère in Paris, Bloomsbury Theater in London, Teatro Smeraldo in Milan and has made television appearances on Conan O'Brien as well as BBC's Blue Peter. In 2005, she made history as the first foreigner to teach belly dance in Taiwan, and in 2006, she was the first US-
In 2009 and 2010, she was honored to be the featured soloist in Turkish dancer Ahmet Luleci's Collage Dance Ensemble Psiphas / Rituals shows. From 2009-
In between her extensive travels, Kaeshi curates a weekly dance and music Wednesday night event in New York's East Village called " Djam NYC ", showcasing international and local talent. She can be seen in the following DVDs: Instructionals -
Kaeshi considers herself an eternal student and regularly attends as many workshops and classes in many forms of dance as she possibly can, to ensure she is continually inspired, well-
Although becoming a professional belly dancer seems like an unlikely path for someone who was very shy as a child, Kaeshi has found it has given her tremendous strength by facing and overcoming fears of performing, and learning to accept herself for who she is.
On February 20th, 1996, she started her belly dance training under the guidance of Jeannie Kasis and soon after, Terezka Drnzik from Sydney, Australia. She continued on in the US, Egypt and Turkey studying with many top dancers. Her three main mentors that continually inspire her in vision include Jillina, Tamalyn Dallal and Dalia Carella.
One of her greatest joys in life is sharing her love for bellydance with others by teaching. She regularly leads Bellyqueen teacher trainings covering teaching tools, anatomy, music, history, culture, and business with Morocco, Lissa Michalak, Brad MacDonald and Carmine Guida.
Outside of Bellyqueen and PURE, dance companies in which Kaeshi had the pleasure of dancing with include: Bella Gaia (2012), Jillina's Bellydance Evolution (2009-
Musicians and Bands Kaeshi has had the pleasure to perform with include:
Djinn (Carmine, Pete List, BradMack, Chern Hwei, Melissa the Loud)
Beatbox Guitar (Pete List, Rob Mastrianni)
Carmine & Friends (Carmine, Eylim, BradMack, Casey Bond)
Baharat (Jerome Burdi, Michael Burdi, Jeff Campoli, Megumi Saruhashi, Adam Maalouf, Renata Bergan)
Bella Gaia Ensemble (Kenji, Kristin Hoffmann, Deep Singh)
Mission on Mars (Vin Scialla, Neel Murgai)
Pharaoh's Daughter & Queen's Dominion (Basya, Alan Kushan, Rich Stein, Megan Gould)
Howling Makams (Brandon Terzic, Shane Shanahan, Tom Chess)
Next Tribe (Rob Mastrianni, James, Phil Scotti)
Shusmo (Tareq Abboushi)
Raquy & the Cavemen (Raquy, Liron, Rami El Aaser)
Nashaz (Brian Prunka, Kenny Warren, Vin Scialla)
Taksim (Souren Baronian, Haig Manoukian, Mal)
Akim the Funk Buddha Ensemble (Akim the Funk Buddha, Felix, Neel Murgai)
Metabass n Breath (Morganics, Elf Transporter, Baba Israel, Sloth, Will)
Desert Passage Band in Las Vegas (Bashir Abdel Al, Amir Sofi, Fouad Abdel Al, Adnan)
Avram Pengas and the NOGA Group
Jerry Bezdikian's Arabic Ensemble
Kaeshi practices meditation on a regular basis and is inspired by buddhist and taoist philosophy. She also believes in supporting worthy causes, and has been the sponsor to a child living in the Dominican Republic since 2006 through Children International to help care for children in developing countries by making monthly donations to cover medical care, education and clothing.
Kaeshi graduated with honors from a 4 year degree in Visual Communication Design from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and is an award winning designer and illustrator. She has illustrated over 20 books and has designed extensively for MTV, Beliefnet and countless other clients.
Does "Kaeshi Chai" Have a Specific Meaning?
The Chinese character "Kae" represents the strength and power of victory.
"Shi" means the softness and beauty of silk.
Together "Kaeshi" encompasses both Yin and Yang qualities, thus creating balance.
"Chai" is ancient Chinese for tortoise, which is one of the four divine animals of China.