Gretchen has been belly dancing at Sahara Dance since 2010, where she studies and performs multiple styles including Egyptian cabaret, folkloric, ATS, and tribal fusion. She has also studied with master teachers such as Rachel Brice, Donna Mejia, and Yasmina Ramzy, and has completed all four levels of Sahra Saeeda’s Journey Through Egypt program. She appears on stage regularly as a soloist and with Raqs Caravan East and Sahara Tribal. As a choreographer she draws on all these experiences to do everything from very traditional balady to modern tribal fusion. When not dancing she is a librarian by training, and is fascinated by studying the history and culture of belly dance and of Egypt.