Kari VanderZwaag has been teaching and performing Tribal Fusion Bellydance since 2000. Prior to that, she had 11 years of formal training in ballet, tap and jazz. Her bellydance career started with American Tribal Style® (ATS®) as a principal dancer and eventually Teacher and Co-Director of Invaders of the Heart, an ATS® troupe in Davis, CA (2000-2004). She was also the Director of Sacred Ground, an ATS® troupe in Sacramento (2004-2006). Other forms of dance she studied for inspiration from 2000-2006 included Flamenco and Hula/Tahitian.
In 2006 Kari received the highly honored invitation to join UNMATA. She travels both nationally and internationally to perform with UNMATA and assist Director Amy Sigil in teaching workshops. She is an ITS Certified Instructor and is responsible for conducting Certification Tests for the ITS Format.
Her noteworthy teaching experience includes a four week European Tour in France, England, Spain and Holland (2015), Tribal Umrah (2009- 2014), ITS Level 3 Intensives in Russia (2012) and Florida (2014).