Sunanda Tribe

sunanda tribe 8.18Sunanda Tribe** is now accepting applications for membership in this fantastic troupe! 

Applications are available HERE, and are due by August 31st.  Send completed applications to BOTH AND

Please note that in addition to submitting an application, all applicants will be required to attend an audition to be held on Sunday, September 23, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

  • There will be a $15 fee to cover studio and instructor costs for the audition. An online registration form for the audition is available at  HERE
  • If finances are an issue re: the audition fee, please contact World In Motion directly at do not contact the troupe director, Li Marcus, about this or other financial/administrative issues)
  • If you cannot attend this audition, you must let both Li ( and WIM ( know in writing ASAP, but we strongly urge all candidates to be there if at all possible

The audition will include the following:

  • A demonstration of your proficiency in the fundamental tribal moves and concepts as found below
  • All fast moves must be accompanied by zils
  • A demonstration of your familiarity with any of the intermediate tribal moves/concepts listed below. (Please note: mastery of these moves/concepts is not a requirement. We will be working on these moves/concepts in the Sunanda Tribe class, but want to assess where candidates stand re: them)
  • In order to make this assessment, we will be videotaping you that day. This video is for our review only and will not be made public
  • Please bring zils and water, and please wear something akin to yoga pants so that we can observe your posture and alignment more easily. (No skirts/pantaloons or overly baggy shirts, please!)

Questions? Email WIM at

**Interested in being a part of Sunanda Tribe, WIM’s Tribal Improvisation Performance Troupe?

Sunanda Tribe is a fantastic troupe that allows students who have worked hard and want to perform a chance to do just that!  It requires work and commitment but pays off in fun and dramatic improvement in your dance!

The moves you must be proficient in to be considered for the troupe are listed below.  The mastery of the techniques and concepts from level 1 is the main criterion for admission to the troupe and is under the discretion of the troupe leader. Joining the Intermediate Tribal class is not a guarantee of admission.

In addition to technique, there are other factors that are just as important!

It is always a good idea to speak with your dance teacher about your dance goals.  If it is your goal to be considered for Sunanda Tribe, discuss this with your teacher and develop a realistic plan to achieve that goal.

For more information on Sunanda, or to be considered for the troupe, email Li  Marcus at .

Dancers must be able to perform the following moves with proficiency as well as demonstrate the ability to lead and follow all slow and fast moves on the list:

Dancers must also be proficient with:

  • Dancing while zilling the Gallop zil pattern
  • Properly transitioning into and out of duets, trios, quartets and chorus
  • Musicality and staying on the down beat in the music


Fast Moves:

Arabic (moving, turning)

Arabic 1-2-3

Arabic Hip Twist (1/2 turns)

Basic Pivot Bump/Choo-Choo (turning, moving forward)

Basic Ghawazee (moving, 1/4 turns)

Box Step w/turn

Chest/Hip Slides/Circles (moving, turning)

Chest Lifts/Drops

Chico 4 Corners

Double Bump (Moving, turning)

Egyptian (1/2 and full turns)

Ghawazee Combo (shimmy optional)

Hip Bumps (moving, turning, levels)

4/4 Hip Shimmies

Shimmy Step (aka 3/4 Hip Shimmies)- half time (moving, turning)/full time

Shoulder Bumps (moving, turning, levels)

Shoulder Shimmies (moving, turning, levels)

Single Bump (moving, turning)

Turkish  (1/4 & 1/2 turns)

Slow Moves:

Arm Undulations (aka Snake Arms)

Basic Camel

Body Wave

Camel Walk



Maya  (Reverse Taxeem)


Reverse Turn

Ribcage Rotation


Head slide

Upcoming Performances

Stay tuned for future performance announcements!




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