About Our Instructors

Welcome to Satori Dance And Drum! Our instructors offer classes in Middle Eastern dancing and drumming with available study emphasis in introductory level fitness conditioning and movement vocabulary, choreography and performance, rhythms and a variety of percussion instruments including riqq, tar and doumbek!
Director, Instructor, Performer

Belly dancer Kimberly Carman has been performing her signature style of American Cabaret since 2000, and began teaching in 2007. She is known for her energetic, engaging style of improvisational dance and for her collaborations with local drummers and other musicians in her Fort Collins, Colorado community. She has studied dance extensively, learning Egyptian and Turkish belly dance from some of the best teachers, and finger cymbals and drum solos from renowned Arab musician and dancer Karim Nagi. Kimberly’s love of the dance shines through in her workshops, where she helps people realize that they, too, can dance! Kimberly is the director of Satori Dance Company and teaches costuming workshops as well as belly dance.

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Arabic Hand Drumming Instructor, Head Drummer

Arabic percussion instructor and national performer Donovan Warnick has been annoying those around him with his incessant drumming since the age of 10. Initially focusing this energy into Colorado Honor Band, Donovan eventually joined the drum line of his high school marching band as well as the symphonic band and drum ensemble. Once out of high school, percussion took a back seat to engineering studies at Colorado State University until the faithful day he stumbled upon the Society for Creative Anachronism. Within the S.C.A. (in which people re-create the middle ages) Donovan again found himself with a drum in hand, though this time it was hand percussion. Garnering tremendous guidance and instruction from a dear friend; Billy “Sylvanus” Woods, Donovan continued to explore and develop his skills as a hand percussionist and a teacher. Over the years Donovan has taught and learned from hundreds of drummers of all ages, explored traditional Tabla and Riq technique with Souhail Kaspar, played with Denver based band “Jurjuna”, and performed with Colorado based band “Kara Nomadica” including recording a full length self titled LP released spring of 2008, and most recently as a studio artist for “Wine and Alchemy” on their 2010 album “What Dreams May Come”. Love for world music and soul-lifting percussion continues to drive his musical aspirations and teaching to this day.

Belly Dance Instructor, Performer

Alexandra was introduced to belly dancing 8 years ago by way of a grainy youtube video of a Tribal Fusion dancer named Morgana. The passion for this dance was born! Alexandra was initially self-taught through video resources observations of community performances. After graduating college that she began personal and private dance lessons beginning with a variation of tribal improvisation style.  Her dance education with Satori Dance and Drum currently encompasses American Cabaret and Egyptian technique. Her other training includes Bharatanatyam and Bollywood style dance, Tribal fusion, with a smattering of jazz and hip hop. She is proud to be dancing with the Satori master troupe rising into the world of professional bellydance. She now teaches beginning bellydance classes and hopes to instill the beauty and discipline she found in that first youtube video.

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Belly Dance Instructor, Performer

Emily began her formal belly dance education in 2012 with Improvisational Tribal Style classes. In addition to taking dancing and drumming classes, Emily attended classes and performed with a local charity fundraising group based out of Loveland, CO.

Emily joined Satori after dancing with many Satori members during the worldwide belly dance charity event, Shimmy Mob in 2014. After advancing into the Satori troupe, Emily began performing at the Akropolis Greek Restaurant in Fort Collins with her fellow troupe members. Since joining Satori, Emily has continued to hone her dance skills by attending classes in both the local and extended community. She has studied with world-class dancers such as Rachel Brice, Silvia Salamanca, and Sadie Marquardt.

Her experiences have taught her that the art of belly dance is more than an individual effort−it creates a dance community in which all ages can learn and participate. Emily is thrilled to be teaching belly dance classes for ages 13 and under at the Satori Dance and Drum Studio and hopes to help foster a love and appreciation of dance in new dancers.

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