Karin Lynge Jensen
Karin Lynge Jensen
Artistic DirectorKarin Lynge Jensen is an award winning choreographer and the recipient of a BA in teaching and an MFA in Modern Choreography from UC Irvine. She has worked as an independent choreographer for the past two decades and her works have been performed throughout California for universities, festivals, cable television and museums. She has taught at numerous schools and universities, and currently teaches at LA City College, Long Beach City College, El Camino College and East LA Community College.
Andrea’s lifelong journey towards making her body and mind healthier has brought her many different approaches to movement. Whether it’s yoga, rock climbing, running, or dancing, she sees shaping the body as a moving meditation to quiet the clutter in her mind. Dancing with Mandala DanceWorks has helped her kindle an inner fire within that quiet space. In the future she hopes to further her skill in movement arts, including fusion belly dance, yoga, and fire dance.
Ruther Daniels is currently the only male Bellydancer with Mandala Dance Works! Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ruther graduated with a BA in Education from Central State University in Wilberforce OH. Although classically trained as a Baritone/Bass in vocal performance, he found his love for the stage in dancing, as well. While performing one night in a dance concert at El Camino College, Karin asked Ruther if he would like to dance in a piece with her company. Without knowing one thing about belly dancing, he said “Yes!” with excitement on his face and in his heart. In April 2014, Ruther was offered a position as a full company member. This has opened his eyes to another world of dance, and he will continue to grow and change in the world of Tribal Belly Dance Fusion.
Audrey LaBenz could never hide the fires of her passion. In 2008, she gave herself over to dance to be molded, body and soul. She shed 60 pounds and found her true voice through movement. Her sensuous fluidity is a testament to a solid bellydance foundation, while her relentless power belies her training in Wushu Kung Fu. As a professional fire dance performer and instructor, she advocates for fire safety training in the dance community.