Catherine Bird is a hoop dance performer, fire dancer, and tribal fusion bellydancer 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. In 2011 she began performing professionally with the troupe Flair Entertainment. Since then she has brought her love of fire and flow all over the Puget Sound, entertaining for everything from children’s events to corporate occasions to music video shoots to burlesque shows.

Her journey to bellydance began in 2006 when she watched Rachel Brice’s Tribal Fest 6 performance. Although it was several years before she actually began bellydance classes, life was never quite the same. Since then she has had the privilege of studying with many fine local instructors, she also travels to workshops multiple times a year to continue her bellydance education. She is certified in Phase 1: Initiation and Phase 2: Cultivation of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements and plans to progress in this training program this year. You can find her performing at public events several times a month in the area.

Below are just some of the shows and festivals Catherine 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 and 2017. Tacoma Freedom Fair, Tacoma, WA. 2012. Urban Arts Festival, Tacoma, WA. 2012. White Center Jubilee Days, White Center, WA. 2011-2013, and 2016.

She loves collaborating with other artists and producers to bring entertainment to the Tacoma community and beyond.

Featured Photo by Jeanie Lewis