About Gaea Lady
“An enchantress to make you feel the earth move.”
Gaea lady is an enchantress by nature, and is a force that will make you feel the very earth move. Fusing her 25 years of dance training in forms from classical to modern - neovintage to the ethereal, she cultures an intentional style that is all her own. Integrating dance, art, visuals, costuming, concept, fire, silk fabrics, temple dance, hoops, and deep seated intention, her inspiring performances mesmerize and deeply touch. She seeks to share knowledge and empower others through her performances and teaching, forging connections and community.
Gaea is the winner of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s “Best Debut” and “Most Classic” in 2016, and performed at the “Icons & Allstars” show in 2017 & 2018. She graces festival stages such as Show Me (St. Louis), the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, Envision (Costa Rica), Electric Forest (Michigan), Symbiosis (California), Oregon Eclipse (Oregon), Burningman (Nevada), and Bhakti Fest (California). In her home base of Chicago, Gaea performs at Unbridled at Untitled, the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, the Naughty Little Cabaret, the Vertical Sideshow, the Drifter, Soho House, & with Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe.
Gaea fell in love deeply and swiftly with Fire in 2009, and is honored to bring fire into being on stages all over the world. She specializes in hoops, fans, torches, double staff, and fire ritual performance. Using her BFA in Fine Arts, she creates performances fusing all she has known.
Gaea works as a Temple Body Artist with Sofiah Thom, co-creating the training retreats as the resident chef for Danyasa. She deeply believes that sharing her love of performance, fire, silk, props, food, herbs, and life bring us all together to experience the daily magic in bigger and better ways.
She also is a vegetarian chef as Edible Alchemy, traveling to teach and nourish for movement and wellness retreats.
DANCE STYLES & TECHNIQUES
Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Bellydance
Hula Hoops, Silk Veils, Flags, Silk Fans, Feather Fans
Fire: Hoops, Eating, Torches, Staffs, Fans, Hand Candles
Burlesque, Cirque, Cabaret, Variety, Fire Manipulation
CURRENT PERFORMANCE TROUPES:
2013-present Kiss Kiss Cabaret (soloist, “coquette”) www.kisskisscabaret.com
2012-present Unbridled at Untitled (soloist, performance artist) www.untitled111.com
2015-present The Vertical Sideshow (soloist, ensemble, choreographer) www.theverticalsideshow.com
2014-present Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe (performer, choreographer, manager) www.pyrotechniq.org
2014-2017 The Naughty Little Cabaret (main cast) www.naughtylittlecabaret.com
2009-2015 Solaire (Manager, choreographer, performer) www.solairefire.wordpress.com
2012-present Chicago Hoop Dance (Co-manager, instructor, choreographer, performer) www.chicagohoopdance.com
IG & Twitter @gaea_lady
A life in flow… Connected to nature and to the elements as a guide for living and being in the world, Kiki has been moving and flowing with her practices for over 15 years. Yoga found her in 2001 and then bellydance shortly after in 2003. Fire came later in 2009, along with a move to the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. Founder of the first fire dancing troupe on St. Croix, Kiki was troupe leader of Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies from 2011-2017 and then later co-founded a new fire troupe called Purafire in the BVI’s while living on her sailboat with her partner. Kiki has been the creative force behind fire dancing in the Virgin Islands and is well-known on the islands as the "original flame dancer". She loves to initiate new fire dancers into the artform and promotes it as a spiritual practice that is meant to be shared. Fire has been her greatest teacher and guide as a healing modality and meditation practice. Her deepest desire is to co-create a healing arts community in the Caribbean and establish a place for re-treat, using fire as the medium for transformational healing and deep connection to nature and ourselves.
She has been honing and teaching her fire practices as well as her elemental-based style yoga classes and her meditation practices of creating earth mandalas and walking labyrinths in workshops and retreat settings across the US and British Virgin Islands. She continues to perform for special occasions and to share her love of the dance with others.
Kiki is a Temple Body Arts Facilitator with Sofiah Thom’s School of Temple Body Arts as well as a Temple Tribal Fusion (TTF) trained Bellydancer with founder Tenley Wallace. She is also certified in Zen Shiatsu with the Costa Rica School of Massage and Thai Bodywork Massage with the Toronto School of Thai Massage. She has also studied bellydance since 2003, specializing in American Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion.
With a Master’s in Occupational Therapy, Kiki integrates her extensive knowledge of health and science within her movement practices with a playful and holistic approach. Kiki is a strong advocate of the art of flow, incorporating flow concepts into all of her classes. Kiki instructs classes and workshops in Bellydance Fusion, poi dance, flow arts, earth mandala and meditation practices and in the Rasamaya Yoga Method. She is also Reiki Master certified and empowers people to live their dreams and dream BIG. Kiki believes in the power of connection with nature, community building and establishing the space to express your unique creative voice.
Fire Dance Props
Poi, fire fans, snakes, fire palms, fire hoop skirt, double staves, contact staff, fire parasol, mini-dragon staff, fire hoop, levi-wand, fire hip belt and other custom props along the way.
November 2015 – Hosted Barre and Soul St.Croix Retreat. Taught yoga, poi and hooping workshops and held a fire ceremony, fire performance and Fire immersion workshop.
March 2016 — taught yoga and thai yoga bodywork, poi and flow arts for “Rock your Life Retreat” in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
September 2016 – hosted and taught yoga, hoop and poi workshops for Elemental Flow Yoga Conference in St. Croix, USVI.
January 2017– Hosted Second Barre and Soul St. Croix Retreat. Taught yoga, Thai bodywork, poi and hooping workshops and held a fire ceremony, fire performance and Fire immersion workshop.
June 2017 – Hosted and co-taught yoga, meditation, earth mandala, hoop and poi workshops for Second Annual Elemental Flow Yoga Conference in St. Croix, USVI for conference attendees and teacher trainees.
For more information on Kiki's training, check out her website:
Check out Kiki's flow and fire videos here on her Youtube Channel.
Sofiah is a creative muse and mentor, embodiment coach and sacred movement artist, committed to guiding women to connect with their brilliance.
She is the creator of The Temple Body Arts™ School of Sacred Sensuality and Dance, offering in-depth immersions and certifications, on-line and in person to support feminine leaders to harness their creative potential and Live their YES.
She is the co-author of The Path of the Priestess Book: Discover Your Divine Purpose.
Sofiah teaches and performs in person around the globe. Driven by her lifelong passion for dance, creative expression, and tantra yoga, Sofiah creates a safe container for personal empowerment, through sacred movement and inner exploration.
Alongside her husband Brendan, Sofiah co-founded the Envision Festival in Costa Rica, a conscious festival celebrating music, art, and sacred movement.
Together, they co-founded Danyasa Eco-Retreat in the beautiful beach town of Dominical, Costa Rica
Purafire Entertainment: Co-founder
1/17- Present: Co-founder and premier dancer for fire duet “Purafire” located in the British Virgin Islands. Performed several weekly shows throughout the British Virgin Islands and participated in special events such as the Jazz and Style Festival at the Tortola Pier Park in May 2017. Weekly shows included: Scrub Island Hotel Caribbean Night, Wild Wednesdays at The Island Last Resort, Peter Island Special Events, and many others.
Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies: Founder
4/11-12/16: Founder, creative force and lead dancer/choreographer for fire troupe “Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies” located on the island of St. Croix. Trained over 20 dancers, created multiple 20-60 minute fire shows all around the islands, and performed at several resorts on a weekly basis for several years.