Cera Byer has been studying dance, music, and theater since the age of 4. In addition to being the founder and Artistic Director of Damage Control Dance Theater, Cera has performed professionally with Shahrzad Dance Company (Classical and Contemporary Persian dance), PULSE Modern Dance Ensemble (Modern), Ultra Gypsy Dance Theater Company (Innovative Tribal Fusion Bellydance), Rara Tou Limen (San Francisco's only Carnaval contingent representing Haiti), as well as presenting her solo choreography in festivals, concert stages, lecture demonstrations, and private events across the Bay Area and beyond.
Her dance experience includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Kathak of India, Dunham Technique, Salsa, Samba, Tribal Bellydance, classical and contemporary Persian dance, Flamenco, Hip Hop and Capoeira.
Cera holds a BA in Dance (Performance and Choreography), with an emphasis in World Music and Dance from San Francisco State University. Cera holds certifications in Group Fitness Instruction (YMCA) and Pilates Mat (Sanchez St. Studios).
Cera's choreography seeks to blend the beauty and subtlety of bellydance and other folkoric dance forms with stagecraft, composition, theatrical and choreographic techniques from around the world.
In addition to directing DCDT, Cera is currently writing a book on Choreography and Movement Invention for Bellydance, and owns and operates Shoebox Studio in San Francisco.
Visit her website for more information:www.cerawithac.com
Additional Instructor Bio Pages: Cera Byer - Colleena Shakti - Dalia Carella - DaVid of Scandinavia - Elizabeth Strong - Karim Nagi - Sadie Marquardt - Sera Solstice - Virginia - Amanda Rose - Adriene Rice - Amira - Andalee - Aradia - Ashtalea - Caro Dumanni - Cindy & Fuego Fusion - Davina - Estela - Heather Shoopman - Helena Vlahos - Inara - Julia Demarest - Kahdijah - Lauren Zehara - Lynette Didur - Maggie Manners - Monica Berini - Myra Krien - Namira - Nourhan Sherif - Raksanna - Raven - Ruby Beh - Saqra - Seba of WildCard BellyDance - Shamar - Shira - Sohaila - Yasmina - Yeli
--Vanessa; Cairo, EgyptWhen competing, or dancing on a stage area (rather than around tables) utilize the space--but when you do stop in one place, keep it back slightly behind or in the center of the stage. Do not dance on top of the audience... Make then lean in to you. Make them actively engaged, and come to you.