A daughter of the beautiful country of Argentina, Sandra is a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She has been studying dance in various disciplines since she was three years old.  Her achievements include earning the prestigious "Teaching Degree of Classical Ballet" at 16 and performing in a professional dance troupe for a famous Argentine entertainer, comedian and singer in the "Carlitos Bala Show".

Sandra’s lifelong love of dance and music has allowed her to delve into the study of a wide variety of dance forms including Spanish dance (castanets, Zapateo, and other dances from different regions of Spain), Ukrainian dance, Italian Folk dance and American jazz & tap. In addition, she happily embraces an eclectic and mixed bag of dance styles such as break dancing, hip hop, reggae, Brazilian samba, salsa and even Tahitian dance. Sandra has also experimented with other challenging skills including Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Swordsmanship and Pole dancing; all of which have enhanced her dancing and teaching ability.

Sandra began studying belly dance in 2005 and has since become a recognized teacher and performer of this sublime art. Her unique and alluring style reflects an authentic capacity that expresses the essence and ‘soul’ of a dance.

Her dance style blends an innate talent with hard study from the masterful instruction of reputable and renowned Middle Eastern dance instructors from around the country. She has had the fortune to study under the tutelage of Sadie and Kaya, Eva Cernik, Natasha, TribalTique, Urban Tribal, Kassar, Jenna Woods (zills), Zuzanna Del Vecchio, and Elizabeth Ostteen and Chris Chambers of Tribe Marrakech. She has also studied with the Bellydance Superstars; Petite Jamilla (double veil), Sonia, Zoe, Cami Liddle and Jillina. Also Phoenix Souhail Kaspar, and Karim Nagi.

Sandra has sponsored Jillina from the "Bellydance Superstars" to teach a workshop in Aspen, Colorado in March 2008. She also auditioned for the Bellydance Superstars in 2006.

Sandra performs as a soloist with her husband Brett Gould, and also with Miraj, Belly Dance, Polynesian and Brazilian Samba, in the Clearwater area. She has performed at the Wheeler Opera House and the Jerome Hotel in Aspen Colorado, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and various other locations throughout Colorado. Sandra has performed internationally at the famous Abbey Road Pub in Mar Del Plata, Argentina in front of over 600 people in February 2009.

About Sandra

My dance is not a job, nor is it a hobby…it is my essence. It is an intoxicating blend of moving poetry that demands exquisite precision and soulful magic.  Dance is my pulse, my heartbeat and the very air I breathe. Martha Graham
so eloquently stated, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”. So it is.


I like to tell my students that though technique is important, when performing, even more important is connecting with the audience. It is the feeling of the dance and expressing it effectively that allows the dancer to reach an audience. To consummate with them the emotion and meaning be it sadness, regret, happiness, sensuousness, humor, mystery, intrigue or whatever the soul of a particular dance expresses. That is what defines the core of my teaching style.


We would all like to have perfect technique, but it is the look in a performers eyes; the passion from within that carries a dance. If this is lost by “trying too hard” (excessive concentration on counts for instance) all is lost. A mistake in the larger context of a well-done performance means little. The audience will overlook many things, but they do not forgive a passionless performance.
Proper technique can come with long and arduous practice, but to believe
and become one with the dance – that is the key to success!



Dance Styles & Music


I focus on teaching a variety of different belly dance movements and techniques from a variety of styles. This gives the student greater flexibility, confidence and the ability to dance from the “heart and soul”. From here, you will find your
own style.


Because I embrace a variety of dance styles, my students are exposed to many types of belly dance movements as well as others including Tahitian, Flamenco, Ballet, Jazz, Brazilian and Samba. When a particular move needs explanation – where it came from or why I use it in a particular choreography – then it is happily discussed.


On a similar note, we often dance to the music of songs in other languages.
This is good. It is important however to obtain the translated lyrics and understand what the song means. If the song is without words, make up your own story; like a movie in your head.


Remember that practice really does make perfect!  When practicing, listen to “your” song in the car while you drive to work, at home while you are cleaning the house, in the shower so you can really know it and you can literally dance the dance in your head!


Finally, it’s very important – if you want to be a good dancer – to be cross-trained. Take classes, courses and workshops from as many different people as possible. Participate in and take other forms of dancing or movement other than your favorite style. Consider lyrical ballet, jazz and even acting. All these experiences will help you be a better, well-rounded performer and bloom into the kind of belly dancer you dream of becoming!



Costumes…

I like to allow as much time and effort in costuming as I do on the choreography! There are three main reasons for this:


First, the costume is what people see from the moment you enter the stage.
It should be beautiful and make a statement.


Second, you look more professional. Even if you can dance well, the overall effect is much better if you also look the part!


Third, constructing your costume takes time and thought. I shop on-line a lot, and often obtain clothing for my whole troupe at wholesale allowing students to pay very little money. Costumes can be very expensive when purchased all at once, but you can put together a fine costume little by little with time. You may find a bra and belt that you like, if so, get them; or, perhaps you like a bra and decide to make your own belt. You may find a skirt that goes with the belt a couple of months later. It’s all good, and allows the flexibility of creating a beautiful costume without causing financial stress.


Another consideration when coming up with a costume is your body type. Choose a style that flatters your shape. When choosing your costume, make sure you get an honest opinion from a friend or co-dancer. What you want to do is emphasize your best features and camouflage those not so good features. There is an excellent belly dance book that discusses this topic and many others in great detail.  The Belly Dance Book by Tazz Richards is well worth purchasing for its broad and complete insight into the world and art of belly dance (www.amazon.com is one good source).


While we are on the subject of our body, we need to consider something important. We are brought up in belly dance to accept all body shapes and sizes. This is a great testament to the spirit of the dance and an empowering approach to our self-worth!

On the other hand, there is – with few exceptions – another reality. If you are truly interested in paid gigs, most of these jobs are going to book you partially or entirely on your appearance. This is not fair, but it’s true. It’s happened to me when I was hired by someone who did not know me personally.


Most people today in the entertainment industry demand to see a beautiful dancer with beautiful moves in a beautiful costume. So take care of your body!


It’s also very important to pay attention to your hair, make-up, nails, and skin. Don’t forget about the importance of accessory wear such as jewelry and footwear if needed.


Finally, it’s a good idea to practice in the costume, to make sure everything works properly and that (for example) nothing is falling off or so long that you might step on it.


I sincerely hope this site helps you on your own special journey through the art of belly dance. May you reveal before the world the beautiful dancer that lies within your heart.


Thank you,

Sandra

Sandra & Dance

Dancing is who I am...

Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina ‘09

Copyright Sandra Ursino-Gould / Fusion in Motion Belly Dancing 2008 - Photo by Susan Olson / Design by www.u-pro.com.ar

Married to drummer Brett Gould, they’ve been working together since 2008, and they love sharing their passion for the world of Belly Dance. Sandra has taught at Colorado Community College, The Body Barn, Glenwood Dance Academy, The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Exclusive Athletic Club. Sandra loves performing with single and double veils, and swords.

Brett has performed professionally since 1978 playing a drum kit. He has played with several world known artists while living in L.A. In 2008 he started playing a Doumbek (Middle Eastern drum), and he really enjoys it. He has played at workshops with Souhail Kaspar, Karim Nagi, has sat in with Rachid Halihal, and performed with David Hinojosa. Brett’s knowledge of various modern grooves and learning Middle Eastern rhythms makes his sound very unique. Brett also has helped Sandra’s classes by playing grooves that inspires the dancers. From June 2014 through April 2016 he performed with Valle Musico world beat grooves with a Conga and a Doumbek.

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