Amy Luna Manderino has traveled the globe as the Artistic and Music Director of her two ethnic dance companies, Lunatique (bellydance) and Shuvani (Romani "Gypsy" dances), and also as a solo Club Med Artist. She is featured in the book The Tribal Bible as a foundational contributor to the development of American Tribal Style bellydance, which has since grown into a global phenomenon.
Her performance credits include the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland Ballet and the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. She also performed live on national television at the invitation of the People's Republic of China while touring the country for the Beijing International Cultural Festival (video below). Her dance company, Lunatique, won first place as the Bellydance Troupe of the Year, 2007.
Amy Luna's research documenting rare ethnic dances (done on camelback in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India) is included in the Romani Archives at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the founding producer of Cafe Bellie, a recurring benefit dance concert raising funds for homeless women and children who are the victims of domestic violence.
A lover of nature and an adventurer at heart, Amy Luna is also a certified rescue scuba diver, motorcyclist, martial artist, nature and wildlife photographer, and avid hiker of America's national parks. She is in Talkeenta to fulfill her lifelong dream of living near Denali National Park.