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Desert Lotus Tribal

A FatChanceBellyDance Sister Studio

Meet the Dancers...

Luna Johnson, Director and Instructor 2015 to Present

Luna is the current director and instructor of Desert Lotus Tribal and Antelope Valley Belly Dance; She became a Certified Instructor and Sister Studio of American Tribal Style in 2015.

She has had a life-long love of dance and music. The first evidence of her predilection was her dancing on tables and chairs as a toddler. Luna has over a decade of experience as a violinist and string bassist performing for school events and other venues like the Lancaster Perform Arts Center. She also has a few years hip hop dance experience performing at local venues.

Luna first discovered the belly dance community in the AV at a school Ren Faire when she saw two of her peers performing cabaret styled bellydance in her freshman year, but due to money and travel issues she could not attend dance classes until March of 2009. As a birthday gift from her mother, she attended her first class in Palmdale with instructor Dana Adoptante. She worked hard and devoted herself to sharpen her skills in bellydance and in November of 2009 she became an official troupe member of Desert Lotus Tribal.

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Rio Scott

Rio has studied dance all of her life, from modern and jazz to Afro-Haitian and hip hop. She has performed on stage in her underground top secret career, which allowed her to cultivate her stage presence and imagination. Branching into ATS has allowed her to continue her life long live of learning and creative expression, while finding community, sisterhood and love.


Paula Paisley

I developed a love for belly dancing years ago. But in summer of 2016, I found Desert Lotus Studio and decided to try it. Luna is such a great teacher. Not only did I learn to dance, I also gained confidence in myself. The other women are amazing as well. They have helped me to trust in my abilities and in the tribe. We celebrate each others successes with support and acceptance. It has been a wonderful experience.



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Phylum: chordata
Class: mammalia
Order: flexivora
Family: davis felidae
Subfamily: charoenong
Genus: mama felis catus
Species: creatix
Size: 1.5 metres from head to tail
56 kilograms
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Range: originally from Thailand, found now primarily in south western united states.
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Social structure: survival depends on a multigenerational multi species family pod


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