Moria Chappell travels the globe performing, teaching, researching and creating an array of fusion dance and performance art. With muscular bellydance technique as her core methodology, Moria explores ancient methods of physical language and body articulation to create an exquisite and rich pastiche of original and experimental dance.


Beginning her dance career in Atlanta, GA in 2001 with the Tribal Fusion belly dance troupe Awalim Dance Company, Moria moved to San Francisco in 2005 to study with The Suhaila Dance School, and was invited to join The Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat, from which she learned the extreme muscle control and isolation fundamental to her current style.


That same year she was invited to join The Bellydance Superstars and thus her world travels began.  Moria has headlined more than 100 dance festivals worldwide and continues to tour as a soloist performing and teaching all that she has learned throughout her global travels.


Moria has traveled to Thailand, India, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Hawaii, Tahiti, Easter Island, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and beyond to find the oldest styles of temple and sacred dance to learn and incorporate into her field of study, performances, and workshops.  Because of her eye witness and first hand exposure to the lands and people of the pockets of the Earth that still hold ancient dances intact, her research is unique, genuine, and authentic.

“People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life. ”

~ Martha Graham







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