Background, Details and Drill!
Devi Mamak is troupe member and artistic director of the award winning Caravan Dance Company (formerly known as Ghawazi Caravan), based in the Blue Mountains, NSW, since 2000. She is considered one of Australia’s premier Tribal Bellydance and American Tribal Style (ATS)® dancers, teachers and choreographers, having trained many of the top dancers in the genre. Devi has earned a reputation as a patient and thorough teacher. As a performer she is renowned for her strong stage presence and innovative, colourful choreographies.
Highly sought after as a teacher and performer, Devi regularly teaches around Australia and NZ, Asia, Europe and the U.S.A.
Devi has also studied a variety of Middle Eastern dance styles herself for well over a decade as well as Flamenco, Classical Indian and Ballet. Devi has travelled to San Francisco several times to study with the masters of Tribal Bellydance and has dedicated herself to ATS® since 1999. U.S.A teachers include FCBD®, Gypsy Caravan, Jill Parker, as well as ‘Bellydance Superstars’, Rachel Brice and Kaeshi Chai.
Devi has also attended workshops and/or classes with Karen Gehrman, Jessie Gauld, Colette Hunter, Megha Gavin, Suhalia Salimpour, Kajira Djoumahna, Tribal Feat, Rachel Lazurus Soto, Paulette Rees Denis. Classes/workshops with local teachers include Jrisi Jusakos, Terezka Drinzik, Ruth Brent, Sarah Hamilton, Susan Brown, Diane Dupont, Mel Rogers, Gintarus, Belyssa and of course her first teacher, Kaiya Seaton.
Devi has also completed two teacher development courses with renowned Australian dancers, Belyssa and Terezka.
Devi is the first person in Australia to be accepted into Carolena Nericcio’s intensive Teacher Training Course. Devi has now received her teaching accreditation in the highly regarded Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD)® format, with several of Ghawazi Caravan movements being accepted into the format, featured, as are Ghawazi Caravan, on DVD Volume 9: Anatomy of a Step. Devi has been invited to perform and co-teach the General Skills test with Carolena both in Australia and Taiwan.
She has also collaborated with well known dancers such as Deb Rubin and was invited to be part of Belly dance Evolution by Director Jillina Carlando where she got the opportunity to work alongside Jillina, Kaeshi Chai, Sharon Kiharaand other great artists.
Devi regularly performs at functions ranging from community events, festivals, as well as private and corporate functions. Devi has been invited to be a part of major funded productions such as Unmasked and The Firebird where she had the opportunity to work collaboratively with dancers and musicians of various styles including Mory Trarore, Emily Cooper, Colin Berryman, Pandit Ramchandra Suman, John May, Miriam Leiberman, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Keith Kempis.
Other artistis Devi has worked with include Jrisi Jusakos, Karen Gehrman, Tarek Sawires, Andy Bussutil, Skorba, Sekhyl and Hyde, Solace, Jeff Rees, Bobbi Singh, Al Maha, Karen Wray, Lester Iyves, Waiting for Guiness, Paulette Rees Denis, Belyssa Radzivanas, Achusla, Amera Eid and Hilary Cinis.
In 2009, Devi and Ghawazi Caravan received funding from The Cultural Partnerships program to produce Intertwine which was a uniquely diverse show which drew together dancers, musicians and artists of varied disciplines and styles, braiding their talents together into a compelling and cohesive whole, intertwining cultural traditions and an ebullient creative spirit, presenting the result in a theatre style environment. Intertwine was a huge success which included 3 sell out shows. The latest installment of Intertwine was picked up by the Sydney Fringe Festival for September 2010.
Devi holds weekly classes in ATS for all levels and ages in the Blue Mountains and is regularly invited to teach workshops interstate and internationally. She is the Artistic Director of student troupes, Ghaziya and Ghawazi Girls.
Devi regularly sponsors major proponents of ATS® from the U.S.A. and in 2006 hosted the first Australian Tribal and Trance Festival which was a huge success with participants attending from all over Australia, N.Z and the U.S. Devi is also a classically trained, conservatorium accredited piano teacher with 34 years teaching experience (having begun teaching at age 14) and is a mother of two.