Wild Saffron is a professional performance extension of Saffron Dance. Since opening its doors in 2007, Saffron Dance has been a leading institution for the promotion and elevation of belly dance as an art form and serves as a cultural ambassador through its educational programs for children and adults. In keeping with its roots, Wild Saffron’s work strives to be accessible, informative, and entertaining without sacrificing artistic and cultural integrity.
Using dance as its vessel, Wild Saffron demonstrates the cultural interconnectivity between Asia, North Africa, and Europe as it takes audiences along the ancient routes of the spice trade. Performances explore how common seeds of movement were passed from land to land as well as the geographic, religious, and cultural influences that developed each into its unique dance style. Inherently fusion in its origin, Tribal Fusion style Belly Dance weaves in and out of these traditional dances bridging stylistic gaps and expanding on shared aesthetic elements. Audiences enjoy culturally authentic movement and aesthetic inspiration from India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Persia, Mesopotamia, the Middle East, and the Balkans.
About the Artistic Director
Beginning her dance career in Atlanta, GA in 2001 with Awalim Dance Company, Moria Chappell 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. In 2007 Moria taught 30 workshops in over 8 different countries and, via The Bellydance Superstars, performed in more than 15 countries worldwide.
By 2008 Moria began traveling to Thailand and India to deepen her understanding of yoga, Thai, and Odissi dance. Now, in 2015, Moria has taught and performed in virtually every major city in the world. She continues her Odissi dance and spiritual studies by traveling to India annually and by studying with Dr. Ratna Roy weekly.
*Saffron Dance faculty member