Catherine Bird is a hula hooper, fire dancer, and belly dancer based out of Tacoma, WA. Her love of movement began when she saw fire poi spinners for the first time in 2003 at a small house party. With electronic music as her soundtrack she began to explore the flow arts, delving into poi, hoops, fans, and fire eating. She has been performing professionally in these mediums since 2011 and teaches in downtown Tacoma.

Her journey to belly dance began in 2006 when she watched Rachel Brice’s Tribal Fest 6 performance. Although it was several years before she actually began belly dance classes, life was never quite the same. Since then she has had the privilege of studying with many fine local instructors and travels multiple times a year to continue her dance education. Currently, she is a student of Nadira of Seattle and Belly Dance Superstar Moria Chappell.  She is certified in Phase 1: Initiation and Phase 2: Cultivation of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements and was also a part of her Datura Online Project in 2017.

Catherine completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in the viniyoga lineage through Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, WA in 2018. She is a 200RYT through Yoga Alliance.

You can find her performing at public events several times a month in Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympia.  Below are just some of the shows and festivals she has performed at in the past:

Adventures in Oz, Tacoma and Olympia, WA. 2014 and 2015. Art on the Ave, Tacoma, WA. 2012 and 2014. Booty Bash Fundraiser for Music and Art in Wright Park, Tacoma, WA. 2016. Carnival of Curiosi-TEASE, Tacoma, WA. 2015. First Night Tacoma, Tacoma, WA. 2011-2016. Maritime Festival, Tacoma, WA. 2011 and 2012. Meeker Days, Puyallup, WA. 2016 and 2017. Mother Earth News Fair, Puyallup, WA. 2012. Nightmare on Yelm Street, Yelm, WA. 2014-2016. Northwest Folklife Tribal Fusion Bellydance Showcase, Seattle, WA. 2016 and 2017. Out in the Park, Tacoma, WA. 2011 and 2012. Seacompression, Seattle, WA. 2011 and 2016. Skinny Dip, Seattle, WA. 2015-2018. Tacoma Freedom Fair, Tacoma, WA. 2012. Urban Arts Festival, Tacoma, WA. 2012. White Center Jubilee Days, White Center, WA. 2011-2013, and 2016.

Catherine loves collaborating with other artists and producers to bring entertainment to the Tacoma community and beyond. Check out the contact page on how to get in touch, she’d love to hear from you.

Featured Photo by Jeanie Lewis