A life-long dancer & musician, Bhrigha (pronounced “Bree-uh” please, the “g” is silent) is a professional performer & continual student of world music and dance, while pursuing her own signature performance styles. Known for her GypsiKelt fusion, she blends & breaks the rules of Tribal & Classical bellydance with a Celtic Gypsy spirit, fusing elements of Romani, Irish, Flamenco, Samba, & Middle East styles.  Her newest fusion, Tribical, explores the darker side of modern bellydance, with a sultry subculture, Gothic Goddess, urban-shamanistic twist, both as a soloist and with her new troupe Immortalia. A lively & engaging performer, Bhrigha is an audience favorite, providing memorable entertainment, creating original & unique dance art that is lightly choreographed & largely improvised, following her motto of “Bellydance Your Bliss!”

A theatre background infuses Bhrigha with a dramatic stage presence, compelling her unique & unexpected music choices. She is known for her chameleon-like ability to create complete characters within the dance, including Dracula’s Daughter, Marilyn Monroe as a bellydancer, Biker Bellydance (featured at Daytona’s Bike Week and Portland’s Tribal Quest), Mardi Gras/Carnival, Moulin Rouge/Can Can, and anything else her maniacal mind dreams up.

As a bodyworker, music and rhythm are an integral part of Bhrigha’s approach to holistic health. Bhrigha discovered the healing power of Classical Pilates to recover from a bad car accident and quickly became a devotee of this core conditioning system, attaining 3 certifications in Mat & Apparatus with Power Pilates®, “The Harvard of Classical Pilates Education.” The healing benefits of Pilates led her to develop & trademarked Bellates® (Pilates for Bellydancers) as a way for students to improve their posture with this unique cross-training class & forthcoming online class series.

In Orlando, FL, Bhrigha began performing Classical Orientale bellydance professionally in 2000, & soon added ATS, Tribal Style, & World Fusion. Since 1995, she has studied extensively and performed, coast to coast with many of the modern-day masters of these arts. A background in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, & improvisational styles helped shape a natural ability for Egyptian/Lebanese, Folkloric, Irish, Flamenco, & Romani Gypsy too. Her first bellydance teachers were former Ibrahim Farrah dancers in NYC, so Bhrigha’s style also has an exciting East Coast flair. She directed her professional performance company in Florida – the GypsiKelts Drum & Dance Clan from 2002-2007 and co-directed Florida’s award-winning Shredd! Theatre Troupe from 2004-2007.

In 2007, Bhrigha ran away from weather trying to kill her in FL to join the Gypsies in Portland, OR, where she is active in several  communities, is a popular runway & print model, has developed a reputation for being a badass of bellydance, plots her take-over of the world one hip twist & bat of her eyelashes at a time, and hangs with her critter kids on a farm in rural WA.

In her free time, she volunteers at Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA and is an avid wolf advocate, working to save wild wolves, improve the lives of captive wolves, & provide educational outreach to dispel the “big bad wolf” stereotype, because even wolves need love too!


“Bhrigha performs tribal, cabaret and gypsy belly dance with a glorious, glowing spirit”

~Liz Langley,columnist, author of “Pop Tart”

Licenses & Certifications
FL Licensed Massage Therapist (1995)/WA Licensed Massage Practitioner (2007)
Certified Power Pilates® Beginner (2004) &  Intermediate (2007) Mat Instructor 
Certified Classical Pilates Trainer (Power Pilates® System 1 Beginner-Intermediate Apparatus - 2008)
Certified Zumba® Instructor (2009)
Certification by Paulette Rees-Denis to teach Gypsy Caravan Beginning Levels 1 & 2 Tribal Style Technique (2006)
 Tamalyn Dallal’s Teacher Training Intensive Certification at Miami’s Mid-East Dance Exchange (2006)
Certified in Healthcare Provider CPR by the American Heart Association(2010/12)
Certified in First Aid by the American Red Cross (2010/12)
Achievements & Highlights
Finalist for PFSA’s Best Female Model & Best Dressed/Most Stylish Female 2012
Special Guest performing with Dhyanna Aesthetic - Vespertine Ball NYE 2012 Portland, OR
Featured soloist at DXFN December 2012: Memorial for Eric Bloodstorm
Featured soloist with Wicked Tinkers at the Kelso Highland Games, WA 2012
Featured Runway Model for Portland’s Steampunk Ball & Fashion Show & Rock the Runway events 2012
Headiner at Portland’s Dark Faery Ball 2012
Special Guest performing with Dhyanna Aesthetic - Vespertine Ball NYE 2011 Portland, OR
Headliner (solo & troupe) Vampire’s Masquerade Ball 2011
Guest star of Dead Men Tell No Tales 2010 & 2011, Alberta Rose Theatre Portland, OR
Headliner at Moulin Rouge at the Fez, October 2011 Portland, OR
Featured Model for Taken By the Sky fashion shows & Vauntville photo promotions. 2011-12 Portland, OR
Featured Performer Portland Pirate Festival 2010 Portland, OR
Featured performer with the Wicked Tinkers at the Kelso Highland Games 2010, Kelso, WA
Performed with Gypsy Caravan Band/Caravan Dance Collective: 2007-2009: Art in the Pearl, McMenamin’s Edgefield, Oktoberfest, Grand Lodge, Kennedy School, McMinville, etc... Portland, OR
Performed with Deviant Dance 2009: Scratch PDX, Saqra’s, etc. Portland, OR
Co-Founded the Portland, OR chapter of  PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) (2008)
Featured instructor at Florida Tribal Dance, GO PURE, & Third Wheel Productions, May 2008, Orlando, FL
 Featured performer/instructor at Tribal Quest North West 7 (August 2007), Portland, OR
Artistic Director and Principal Performer of the multi-cultural Shredd! Theatre Troupe (2004-current) Shredd! won several awards & honors, including the Newbie Award and Patron’s Pick at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2005 & 2006 for their full-length theatrical, narrative drum & dance extravaganzas!  Featured on WFTV, Fox 35, and appearing in feature articles in the Orlando Sentinel, Daytona News Journal, Volusia Magazine, and more.
GypsiKelts featured performers & instructors at Maja’s Spirit of the Tribes 6 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (2006)
 PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) Facilitator/Co-Founded the Orlando, FL chapter of PURE (2005)
GypsiKelts featured performers at Maja’s Spirit of the Tribes 5 in Ft. Lauderdale (2005)
Featured interview and principal in opening show credits on Orange TV’s World of Dance: Bellydance! (2005)
Principal/Bellydancer & Fortune Teller as part of A Magi in special events at: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, (2000-2005)
Soloist featured at Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre, and Orlando restaurants Ali Baba, Greek Flame, & Olympia restaurants (2000-2005)
 Creator of Bellates® (Pilates for Bellydancers) (2004)
 Director of student troupe, the Dance Devas (2004-2006)
GypsiKelts as featured performers for Telemundo at Joharah International’s Orlando event (2003)
Competed in the Suncoast feisanna (Irish dance competition)- won Silver Metal in Single Jig
Other professional solo and troupe performances have included: the Orlando Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Casa Monica in St. Augustine, Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, the DeLand Yaught Club, Daytona’s Bike Week, Babylon Breeze events, Festival on the Nile, various corporate conventions and family events. 
Performed/Featured in Gala Shows sponsored by The Blue Lotus, Babylon Breeze,  Joharah International, & Gypsy Caravan with: Delilah, Ansuya, Rachel Brice, Dalia Carella, Harry Saroyan,  Aziza, Amir Thaleb, Arish Lam, Virginia, Gypsy Caravan, Raquy & the Cavemen, Karim Nagi, Zahra Zuhair, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Darshan/Cammi Vance, 
BA in Theatre Arts from Rollins College (Winter Park,FL)
Additional Raves
“Bhrigha has a shimmy that puts amateurs to shame." 
~Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
"Makes me homesick" 
~Harry Saroyan
“ Extraordinary indeed!”
~Diane Hubbard Burns of the Orlando Sentinel
“Unique, vibrant and invigorating; it's a eureka moment in artistic multitasking!”
~Liz Langley, columnist & author of “Pop Tart”

“Bhrigha’s classes have been a wonderful treat for me. I have the utmost respect for her because not only is she very knowledgeable about her craft; she is true to this ancient artform and is able to teach it with ease.” 
~Jude J. Cope, D.O., Resident Physician
Aisha, Alyssa, Azuri Zanaar, Belle Abbas, Jenny & Ernesto Caballero, Thobos Lubamba, Paulette Rees-Denis & Gypsy Caravan, Michele Gila, Kasa Panzu, A Magi, Lisa Myers/Lilith, Zahra Zuhair (master classes), Angelika Nemeth, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Leila Haddad, Amir Thaleb of Argentina (master classes), Rachel Brice, Ansuya, Aziza of Montreal (master classes), Jillina, Dalia Carella, Darshan/Cammi Vance, Kamille of Rockabelly, Jill Parker, all of my students, everyone I have ever performed or danced with, and anyone I have ever watched dance
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Finalist for Portland’s Best Female Model & Best-Dressed/Most Stylish Female 2012!!  
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Bhrigha GypsiKelt
Entertainer  ✯  Pilates Instructor  ✯  Model