Tani Serene is a tribal fusion belly dancer and dance ethnographer. She originally hails from Norway, where she lived for 19 years riding polar bears and ski-jumping off rooftops. Trained in tribal fusion belly dance, as well as classical/jazz ballet, cabaret, Thai classical dance, ballroom and salsa, Tani is a versatile dancer with an eclectic style.
After finishing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2016, Tani has been based in South-West Ohio, where she teaches courses in Global and Intercultural Studies at a small public university. She has travelled extensively and has collectively lived in Thailand for two years, where she conducted ethnographic research for her dissertation. She is fluent in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Thai. She draws inspiration from her teachers in Shakti Dance Movement and the girls of Indigo Dance Company. Tani loves her bellydance-sisters and believes this ancient dance taps into a divine feminine energy that creates a bond between dancers that lasts a lifetime.
Tani Serene began dancing with Phoenix Dance Project and Devi Dance Company and later became a member of Shakti Dance Movement. She has studied extensively with some of the best dancers in the field, including Kalae Kaina, Kami Liddle, Rachel Brice and she is certified in Zoe Jakes’ Key of Diamonds format.
“If I can’t dance I don’t want to be a part of your revolution,” (Feminist/anarchist Emma Goldman)