BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT:
Richard (Miko) Ries
Rev. Dr. Miko Ries served two terms as president of the Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Hawai’i (MEDAH) and has been playing percussion since 1978. He has headlined in Honolulu, New York City, Chicago, Hilo, Beijing, Tokyo, Seville, Seoul, Mexico City and New Orleans. He provides freestyle accompaniment on the local belly dance circuit through sound bending solo artistry, and along with favorite modern and traditional recordings. He can also be found collaborating with other musicians of various stripes, live. Miko is adept at Middle-Eastern, African and Latin hand percussion techniques and has collaborated with local artists in recordings and live performance on Djembe, Doumbek, Congas, the standard drum set, and even the Triangle. His Spirit Drum approach has been featured live and on recording with international vocalist Kiana Luna, The Mid-East Fusion Band, Tamr Henna, Jammarek, Bang + (Plus)Systems, the electronic folk band, The Behaviorists and Beats Generation. The Reverend Doctor is also a Clinical Psychologist in his spare time.
VICE PRESIDENT:
Ashlee Domingo
SECRETARY:
Dayl Workman

Dayl fell in love with ATS® belly dance during her first class in January 1999 and has been performing and teaching ever since. Dayl has performed with several professional troupes in Oklahoma (Gypsy Fire), Texas (Tribal Evolution, Wild Sky Tribal) and Sydney (Urban Turban, Tribal Spirit) She has studied the dance form extensively in the USA and Australia, taking classes from such greats as Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman and Megha Gavin of Fat Chance Belly Dance, Jill Parker of Ultra Gypsy, Heather Stants of Urban Tribal Dance Company, Melusina of Underbelly, Rachel Brice of Indigo, Sue Erokan, Morrocco, Devi Mamak of Ghawazi Caravan and Hilary Cinis of Sydney Tribal Bellydance, achieving her  ATS® Teacher Training Certificate in 2016. Dayl incorporates zills, sword, veil, flags, fire fingers, poi/ fire poi, and fire lotuses in her performances, classes and workshops. She also facilitates mask making workshops working with dance related themes.

Dayl’s passion for tribal belly dance extends to the love of community, bringing people together to move and dance the same “language”. She believes that creativity is a vehicle for good health, and what better way than to express it than through the art of dance! Dayl creates a great space in which to learn, injecting humour and encouragement in the class environment whilst catering for all learning styles.

TREASURER:
Aptihaj

Aptihaj has followed her love of Middle Eastern dance to Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Dubai for the past eight years. She has studied traditional Egyptian style and folklore under Naia Amwaj and Amala Gameela, and Turkish style under Hale Sultan of Istanbul, Turkey.

She also has experiences as a belly dance workshop/show coordinator and an interpreter in Japan.

She is an accountant (EA). She is excited to devote to belly dance community in Hawaii as a dancer, event planner and treasurer.

MEMBER AT LARGE:
Renée Arnold

renee@reneearnold.com
www.ReneeArnold.com

Renée Arnold was a featured dancer for 14 years at the locally- owned Pyramids Restaurant. She has taught French for 20 years at Kapi’olani Community College and created a study abroad program to the South of France.  Before moving to Honolulu, she danced for a year in Paris, a month in London, and 13 years to live music in more than 2 dozen venues in Los Angeles.  She appeared in films, commercials, television, and music videos, including “The Nile” by Santana.  She just finished 9 terms as MEDAH Secretary, and is now Member at Large.
MEMBER AT LARGE:
Kikuko Byrne
MEMBER AT LARGE:
Naomi Davies
MEMBER AT LARGE:
Murat Dimertas
MEMBER AT LARGE:
Adly Mirza
MEMBER AT LARGE:
Maribela Ruano

Dance has always been a key part of her life, growing up in Latin America, where one learns by dancing with parents, siblings, cousins, and friends.She first heard of Raks Sharki when she lived in London in the late 90’s, when a Mexican friend asked her to buy a costume and ship it over. The stores in Clapham were dazzling!

A few years after moving to Hawaii, Maribela sought a belly dance school. She is in love with Middle Eastern and Northern African music, and it’s the drums that do it for her.

Maribela has been taking dance lessons on and off since 2002 with a number of local and international instructors. The moves are still challenging, however she has just as much fun on the dance floor as if she was dancing the Latin rhythms. It’s all about enjoying the music and the company.

Maribela decided to join MEDAH because we are living times of division, racism, and hatred. She believes that we need to educate one another in the beauty of the differences between our cultures. We need to create cross-cultural interactions. One way of achieving it is through dance and music, because they are not isolated, they’re intrinsically linked to a language, to the costumes of the peoples of this or that part of the world. At the end of the day, we are all humans, more alike than what some might think. So, let’s dance!

PRESS RELEASE:
Shirlita Jones

sjones@medah.org

Shirlita (aka “Nubian Princess”) has studied and performed Egyptian cabaret and folkloric with Habibi Hawaii Ensemble under Shadiya and with Samak Bala Hasak under Naia Amwaj. She was formally the media representative for Island Oasis Studio and Boutique. She has been a member of MEDAH since 2010 and has served on the Board as Member at Large. She still serves MEDAH as media representative, social blogger, and active member.
MEDIA LIAISON:
Tammy

Illustrator/webmaster Tammy has studied Egyptian cabaret and folkloric dance with Shadiya, Naia, and Masayo Lloyd. She has performed with the Habibi Hawaii Ensemble under the direction of Shadiya, and Samak Bala Hasak under the direction of Naia Amwaj. Tammy has served in the past as MEDAH Vice President and Member At Large.

Currently, Tammy duets with drummer Ric, her husband of 28 years, and also performs with the Habibi Sisters of Hawaii. https://www.facebook.com/habibisisters/

MEDIA LIAISON:
Ariyana Lucarelli
http://pinkukisu.wix.com/ariyanaAriyanasm
Ariyana began her dance journey in Tokyo, Japan at the prestigious studio Lapis.  She debuted as a solo dancer at the yearly event Cutie Dream Nights in 2011, thus fueling her passion to share dance with others.  She’s studied with the top dancers from all over the world and danced on the same stage as the super star dancers of Egypt.  Ariyana entered and placed second at the Tokyo International Bellydance Competition in 2014.  She continues to study with her master teacher, Hadia, and dances once a month at the fabulous Kan Zaman.

Ariyana has served on the MEDAH Board as a Member At Large.

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