Jewel of the Sierra Competition, 2013: 1st Runner-Up, Fusion category. Imagine Belly Dance Challenge, 2014: Winner of the Audience Choice Award; Third Place, Pro category.
Tisha knew she had a passion for belly dance when she took her first class in American Cabaret with Sandra in the San Francisco Bay Area. While attending college at S.F.S.U., she later went on to dance with Malia DeFelice, and not long after was invited to join her troupe, New Moon Belly Dance Ensemble. After finishing college and taking a break from dance for several years, Tisha returned to the Sacramento area, hoping to return to belly dance. In 2009, she decided to try Tribal Fusion belly dance. After taking classes for a couple of months, she auditioned, and became a member of Bold Fusion Belly Dance. Tisha loved the sinewy movements of tribal fusion, but she missed the energy of Cabaret. Her path in dance then led her to Adriane. Not long after, Adriane and the Henna & Kohl Belly Dance Company was formed, and Tisha was among the first of its members.
In 2012, she decided to try tribal fusion again, and soon realized that this style best suited her personality. From 2012 to early 2014, she performed with Nataraja. In 2013, she was 1st runner-up in the fusion category at the Jewel of the Sierra belly dance competition. She is the director of the fusion troupe,Terpsichore. She is also the host of Haunted Haflaheld on the first Saturday in October in Placerville, CA. She teaches weekly classes at Cozmic Cafe in Placerville, Ca. Visit Tisha's class page for information.
In addition to dance, Tisha is also an accomplished equestrian. She has competed in hunter/jumper shows, dressage, and 3-day eventing throughout northern CA, and Nevada. She won her first championship at age 13 in Hunters' Under Saddle. At age 14, she was the youngest rider to ever qualify for the National Dressage Finals in L.A. She has also done gymnastics and martial arts, and is a fitness advocate.
Tisha is a certified Pilates instructor. Contact Tisha, or visit the Pilates Instruction page for more information.
Almaden Farms Hunter/Jumper Show, Watsonville, CA. '87-'88.