The duo known as Satarah combines the talents and passions of Sarah Hahn and Satya, two gifted belly dancers, aerialists, and fire performers that have twenty years of experience between them. After years of operating their own performance troupe, producing shows, hosting workshops, and teaching alongside one another, they are thrilled to see Bloom Movement Artistry taking shape.
Finding a colorful and unbridled love of movement at an early age, Satya started formal dance classes at age 14. Her love of the unconventional led her to join the AZ Renaissance Festival in 2005 as a belly dancer and fire performer in a world music and dance troupe. Since then, she has continued her belly dance and fire arts training and now teaches classes and workshops throughout the US.
In 2011, she moved from Arizona to North Carolina and began her training in aerial arts including lyra, silks, loops, trapeze and corde lisse. Her passion for teaching emerged as she created a lyra instruction program, which she taught for 7 years. In late 2020, Satya and her partner, Sarah Hahn, opened their own studio, Bloom Movement Artistry, to create a welcoming, warm, supporting environment for those wanting to learn circus arts.
With a focus on teaching snake-like, buttery movements, fluid transitions and creative pathways, Satya hopes to encourage her students to discover their unique autonomy as artists both on the ground and in the air.
Sarah found an early love of movement in gymnastics starting at 8. She traveled with the competitive circuit for ten years. In 2008, she discovered Middle-Eastern dance and became captivated by the art form, immediately seeking out instruction before becoming an instructor and performer herself, adding fire arts to her repertoire along the way.
In 2012, Sarah found aerial and began as a silks student. Later, she would become a silks instructor and director of a trapeze program at a Charlotte studio.
Fascinated by kinesiology and physicality, Sarah has traveled around the country as a performer, student, and educator.
In 2012, Laura found a Groupon for an aerial class and figured it might be fun to try. To put it simply, a full-blown love affair was born. Since then, Laura has also become a student in sling, lyra, flying trapeze, acro yoga, pole, static trapeze, and various other apparatuses. Laura has taught and performed on silks for multiple years, including a performance in Costa Rica.
As an instructor, Laura celebrates students wherever they are in their aerial journeys. In her time as an aerialist, Laura was involved in a serious car accident and has managed late-stage Lyme disease, so she is an expert in practicing the arts of patience and grace with oneself; she has experienced time and again the absolute joy from overcoming fear, weakness, and doubt. Laura’s favorite quote is “you didn’t come this far just to get this far” – so let’s see how far we can go!
Casandra Newkirk is originally from North Carolina and lived in Charlotte and Rocky Mount before leaving for undergrad. She has a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Florida and does research focused on coral reef ecology and preservation. She started aerial almost 5 years ago during graduate school as a way to relieve stress and has been hooked ever since. She primarily trains on silks and lyra, but recently started dance trapeze and straps classes and loves those as well! Outside of aerial and science, she loves to read, write, and spend time with her family and newly adopted chocolate lab Zeus! Casandra always aims to create a positive and uplifting training environment, and make sure aerial remains fun as it should be!
Tanya is a lifelong dancer, starting with tap and ballet at age 3, progressing to pointe and lyrical in her early teenage years. She discovered belly dance in 2016 and is a multi-faceted dancer, trained by many different instructors, including Nayna, Serena, Naima Sultana, and Satya Jvala, across many different styles of belly dance. A multi-Bloom veteran, a former member of the Raq-a-bellas and 1/2 of the duo known as Seleena, Tanya continued dancing thru the darkness in her kitchen until she felt it was time to rise up on her own. When not shimmying, Tanya enjoys spending time on the river/riverbank and lounging with her cats. She is also learning aerial arts and has been known to play with fire.