Elinor first fell in love with bellydance in 1996 when she took a one hour introductory workshop at a summer festival she was attending. A year or two of regular classes later, she was performing on stage, later teaching beginner bellydance classes two nights a week at the St. Andrews Recreation Centre, where she stayed on as a teacher for ten years. Her initial studies in American Cabaret led her to many workshops in other styles of bellydance, until one day she stumbled upon a copy-of-a-copy of Fat Chance Belly Dance’s first instructional VHS tape and fell in love all over again. In 2014 she flew to Toronto to spend a week studying with the founder of FatChanceBellyDance®Style, Carolena Nericcio, and received her General Skills certification and Teacher Training in FCBD. It was a catalyzing experience that heightened her love of FCBD and bellydance in general, and led her to become a Sister Studio later that same year.

Elinor has taught workshops on many bellydance-related topics all over Nova Scotia, as well as New Brunswick and Ontario, and is the Director of UberWench Belly Dance, Nova Scotia’s only professional FCBD troupe. Her classes are body positive, gender inclusive, and accessible. As an instructor Elinor is always willing to meet a student where they are. She firmly believes that anyone can bellydance, that everyone looks beautiful when they bellydance, and that everyone’s unique life experience contributes to a rich classroom environment. Her creativity is formed by years of classical music training, a degree in Fine Arts, and her love of the unusual. Outside of dance, Elinor is a full-time manager with the local public library system and a part-time fibre artist who knits, spins, and dyes yarn and fibre into wondrous creations and practical wear. You can find her fibre and yarn for sale at occasionally at local yarn stores and craft sales. Visit Uberwench Bellydance on Facebook.