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I spend most of the day as Stephanie, but when I'm dancing I become Nzaza. I've been Nzaza since 2001 when I discovered Julianne's wonderful "belly dance" class. I must say, it's brought more in to my life than I ever imagined. After many years of gymnastics, dance, colorguard, and karate, it's become clear that American Tribal Style dance is definitely what this body was meant to do.

At home, my husband and I enjoy our dogs, pig, and reptiles. Our home is full of family photos, and Dale Jarrett and Mickey Mouse stuff. We're learning to cook Middle Eastern cuisine and to drum along with the music, which is becoming another passion, thanks to Julianne.

My first memorable experience with belly dancing was in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. The group of dancers pulled me out of the crowd to dance with them, and then they made me feel like I was a natural. I was hooked. Now our many trips to Walt Disney World always include a visit to Morocco (OK, and Rock-N-Roller Coaster!)

When I'm not dancing, I'm practicing Optometry. I received my doctorate from the University of Alabama- Birmingham, my BS in zoology from the University of Florida, and my high school diploma from Wolfson HS. Go Blazers, GATORS, and Wolfpack!

I hope to be able to continue studying dance and music with the coolest, most well-rounded group of women I've ever met. They all keep me motivated and inspired to learn more. And there's always more to learn...








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