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.
Sabine - Lead Production Assistant
A'isha - Photography & Video Director
Coming from Romania, a country where East meets the West, A’isha proudly embraces her Romanian heritage. Her love for Middle-Eastern dance goes beyond learning and performing; it fuels her desire to preserve and promote this art form, and to educate the public about belly dancing.
Jonathan Schouten - Press Manager
An active writer, Jonathan has applied his love for prose by writing personal bios and stage introductions for dance productions. He has assisted in stage lighting and prop design. He has performed in several dance productions and is currently honing his skills as a musician.
Tammy Hernandez - Production Assistant
Coupling her passionate support of the arts with her ardent commitment to quality and detail, is Tammy Hernandez. Her talent for multi-tasking while providing the highest level of customer service is second to none. Tammy’s vibrant and caring approach to event coordination make her an integral member of the production team.
Sierra Patterson - Production Assistant
Sierra Patterson, LMT is the owner/operator of Hands On! Therapeutic Massage located at New Life Wellness, 7795 Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66216. She has been a full time massage therapist for over 13 years. Previously, Sierra was a programmer/analyst and is familiar with the stress of the corporate world. This helped her appreciate the importance of relaxation and stress relief. Sierra incorporates multiple massage styles as she works through your tension and aches leaving you feeling refreshed.