About DeAnn Hamilton and Tribal Elements

image DeAnn Hamilton is a life-long dancer. She was classically trained but also ventured into several ethnic dance styles. She discovered belly dance in 1982 and never looked back. Since then she has had a love affair with this body friendly dance form that provides great exercise as well as an avenue for joyful expression.

Seeing a tribal style improv performance for the first time in 2003, DeAnn was greatly impressed with the powerful form and presence presented in the experience. She immediately sought out training and has devoted all her dancing energy to tribal since then. Knowing that she wanted to bring tribal to the South Sound, she decided to focus on teacher training with Paulette Rees-Denis, director of Gypsy Caravan Tribal in Portland, and became certified through her program in 2005.

DeAnn is a joyful teacher who encourages her students to learn tribal at their own pace while having a fun time exercising and making new friends.

Under DeAnnís direction, Lotus Tribe (dance troupe) enjoys performing at local events, haflas and fairs around the South Sound.