The 2016 Heart of America Team
Theresa Maze - Director, Executive Producer
For Theresa, belly dance is more than a passion, it’s a way of life. As an international performing belly dance artist and instructor, she has performed in Egypt, Lebanon, Europe, and is one of the top recognized belly dancers in the midwest. She teaches workshops and weekly classes to students of all levels and she is eager to share her knowledge. She began her dance journey with ballroom and Latin dance and was introduced to belly dance in 2001. Theresa travels extensively to study with world renowned Egyptian instructors and makes frequent trips to Egypt, the motherland of belly dance, to enhance her understanding of Egyptian culture and the dance. She founded the Heart of America Belly Dance Festival & Competition to bring her Egyptian experiences to the Heartland of America. She holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Masters degree in Computer Information Management. Visit Kansas City Belly Dance for more information about belly dance classes and belly dance entertainment in Kansas City.
Eddie - Co-Producer
This musician, actor, MC extraordinaire lights up the stage with more fury than a split finger roll. Eddie is truly a man of many talents he is a lifelong musician and is skilled in many instruments as well as vocals musically he has collaborated internationally and continues to be friend and mentor to many aspiring musicians. He has several acting credits and has taken part and feature films. he is a gifted MC with the ability to take an event from zero to party quicker than a triple time Maqsoum.
Dawn Sutterby Kiu - Production Manager
Dawn took her first belly dance class in 1989 and it literally changed her life. “Belly dance has given me years of joy, a vital creative outlet and a wonderful family of Dance Sisters. When I dance, take or teach a class, design a costume, create a choreography or collaborate with other dancers, I remain respectful of the many cultures and talented dancers that have inspired and influenced this beautiful art form.” Dawn is a life-long resident of the Kansas City metro area.