About

Performing together as Izgreyala since 2010 Heather Marie and Ryan Paul Gates have become a dynamic performance duo. Having collectively received over 35 years of training in music & dance they are a pillar of the Michigan arts community. Integrating fire performance, tribal & contemporary belly dance, & live instrumental music glittered with dazzling costumes & exuberant stage presence; Izgreyala have been honored to share the stage with The Belly Dance Superstars, Beats Antique, Thomas Dolby, Abbos Kosimov, & Raquy Danziger. Heather is The dance captain/costume designer of Tableau Cadre movement ensemble and has performed with Goldstar dance company. Ryan is a member of Raquy Danziger’s Turkish percussion ensemble DÜM.

Heather marie

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Coming from generations of Artists, Musicians, and dancers, it was only a matter of time before Heather discovered her love of Middle Eastern Belly Dance. Training for close to two decades, Heather is currently Suhaila Salimpour Level-2 and Jamila-1 Certified. As well as a Fat Chance® Belly Dance Sister Studio of American Tribal Style® belly dance. Heather is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of her performance ensemble, Izgreyala, and her student troupe, Mandali. Her unique style is rooted in contemporary, Tribal Fusion, Folkloric, and Classic Golden Era style bellydance, sprinkled with Hip Hop, Pop & Lock, and Liquid Dance from the early 90s electronic scene. Intensive studies include Suhaila Salimpour, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Carolena Noriccio, April Rose, Zafira and the Indigo to name a few. Spicing it up, Heather Marie also dabbles in the Circus arts, to which she is an Insured Fire Performer and well versed in partner Acro-Balance. Heather teaches throughout the US and Canada, holds weekly dance classes at her home studio in Warren, MI, & is available for skype lessons.

A seasoned performer, Heather Marie can list opening for Beats Antique as well as Thomas Dolby in 2012. Performing in full stage productions, such as “Club Belly Dance” with the Belly Dance Super Stars in 2012&13, “Stardust Follies” w/ Kami Liddle and Goldstar Dance Co. in 2015 &16, and “Torch with a Twist”, the longest running Detroit based vaudevillian variety show, among her many accomplishments.

Ryan Paul Gates (Narayanaya)

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A versatile musician based in Detroit, MI; Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wayne State University in 2011. During his time at Wayne State, he had the opportunity to study with some of Detroit’s finest musicians including David Taylor, Jim Ryan, and Dennis Tini.

While studying jazz percussion at Wayne State, Ryan began expressing an interest in different styles of music from around the world and began learning to play a variety of musical instruments such as Didgeridoo, Tabla, Djembe, Congas, Melodica, and Guitar. Shortly after finishing his degree; Ryan dove deeper into his studies on sitar, tabla, darbuka, frame drum, and riq.

In addition to his various musical pursuits, Ryan’s music has been constantly influenced by various healing modalities from around the world including Shamanism, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, and Meditation. Having played with a variety of musical groups in Detroit, Ryan is now the cofounder and musical director of the music/dance ensemble “Izgreyala”. Ryan can be seen performing/teaching in the metro detroit area, and also at various festivals and conventions around the country. Ryan is also a member of The National Arab Orchestra

Izgreyala are members of:

Detroit Burlesque Company

Dakini

Torch With A Twist

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