Page last updated August 15, 2014.

Our Instructor

Joyce Young teaches Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance, Tribal Fusion, Bhangra/Bollywood and the Yoga and Conditioning for Dance Class
Photo credit Susan S. Stevenson
Joyce Young is the owner of Space for Movement Studio, founder of Tribal Wallah and principal instructor for Tribal Style Belly Dance classes in Fairbanks. She offers weekly classes, private lessons and workshops. Regular weekly classes and larger groups are hosted in the Elbow Room Dance Studio, or for more individual attention, smaller groups of up to three students may request private lessons via email.

Joyce teaches Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) Belly Dance, a fusion of belly dance styles, with a specific language and set of cues so that it can be performed as a group dance in a highly structured improvisation. When she first started teaching, her vision was, and still is, to give students an opportunity to dance with each other in a structured yet spontaneous fashion, and provide them with opportunities to educate and entertain the public. Joyce is a patient and giving instructor, with academic background in teaching that has helped to facilitate the ability to teach any student, regardless of what their style of learning is.

Joyce initially found belly dance in the early spring of 2000 and has been teaching since 2004. In August of 2008 Joyce made a dream come true and moved to Alaska. Shortly after her arrival she was delighted to find a large dance community in Fairbanks. In just the few short years she has been in Fairbanks, she has built a student troupe with her current students and has performed with them at various local events such as the Tanana Valley State Fair, the Midnight Sun Festival, annual fundraisers like the Dead Writers hosted by the MFA program from UAF and participates in the annual belly dance community recital Cymbal Salaam.

Joyce has dedicated the majority of her own study of dance to learning American Tribal Style (ATS ©) Belly Dance as taught by Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD ©). Besides successfully completing the General Skills weekend course offered by FCBD © twice (Birmingham, AL in 2007 and Anchorage, AK 2010), prior to moving to Alaska she dedicated four other weekends immersed in ATS © during Tribal Pura workshops as taught by Carolena Nericcio of FCBD (©) and Megha Gavin of Devyani plus took private lessons with Carolena Nericcio . She has taken workshops with a variety of tribal style belly dance instructors including a weekend with Paulette of Gypsy Caravan, summer classes with Moria Chappell and most recently has been broadening to include more world dance such as Bollywood and Bhangra, as well as Persian Folk Dance with Farima Berenji.

Joyce is curently working towards her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (Prana Flow) which she will complete the fall of 2014.

To find out more about Joyce, please read her performer bio here

Joyce also teaches the Bhangra and Bollywood Workout Class and the Dance Conditioning Class.

Here is some of the feedback from Joyce’s students:
"Joyce's classes are very welcoming, regardless of your age, ability, or body type. She creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and encouraging, regardless of you skill or limitations. It is very supportive." – Karen (5/19/2013)
“My decision to take dance classes in 2009 with Joyce Young has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have improved my mental and physical health, learned fun and exciting dance, and met many wonderful people as a result. Joyce invests time in her students so they can learn in a safe, positive and progressive environment. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill and ability.” - Cynthia Serva (5/27/2013)
I did enjoy getting in on those classes at your studio! - Laura (9/5/2011)
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