Molly began her belly dance training in South Florida, studying under Maja, girl from the Nile (Sponsor of Spirit of the Tribes), and was hooked. She continued her studies after leaving South Florida, when she moved to New Orleans and studied under Megha Gavin, the director of Devyani, a certified teacher, and partner with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance®, in the American Tribal Style® (ATS®) format. Molly danced as a member of the "Daughters of Devi" until Megha left New Orleans in September of 2003. After Megha left, the remaining members of Devyani formed n.o.madic tribal Dance Company, where Molly danced with them until she moved to Denver in June 2004.
Molly has been in the Denver area performing solo, with TribalTique, and the Vespertina Dance Project for over 10 years, and is a sought-after instructor who has taught workshops locally and at national and international events such as Tribal Fest, Cues and Tattoos and Jamballah NW.
After TribalTique parted ways in 2013, Molly created the Vespertina Dance Project which focuses on Modern Tribal Improv (MTI), Tribal Fusion, and collaborations with guest dancers.
Always thirsty for knowledge and technique, Molly has has completed the General Skills Certification with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance®, and has studied with Urban Tribal, Rachel Brice and the Indigo, Ashley Lopez, Suzanna Del Vecchio, and UNMATA, to name a few. In 2008, she became a registered and certified yoga instructor.
In October of 2011 she began attending Rachel Brice's 8 Elements training has completed the following:
Completed Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ Phase 1: Initiation with Recognition (2011)
Completed Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ Phase 2: Culmination with Recognition (2012)
Completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Phase 3: Culmination and is a Certified 8 Elements Practitioner (2014)
She considers herself to be an eternal student and is excited to continually push and expand her boundaries as a dancer.
American Tribal Style® and ATS® are federally registered trademarks of FatChanceBellyDance, Inc.
Molly began her yoga journey in 2003, looking for a way to cross train and add depth to her dance regimen. She soon discovered that yoga added more to her life than just being a dance enhancement--which inspired her to become a Yoga Teacher to share the love and wonderful experiences she's had with yoga.
Molly began her teacher training in Spring of 2007 at CorePower Yoga under the direction and instruction of Lisa Richards. She graduated from the CPY program and became an accredited RYT through Yoga Alliance in 2008.
Molly has taken numerous local classes from teachers including Dave Farmar and Lisa Richards, and has taken workshops with Tias Little, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Elise Miller, to name a few.
Molly appreciates how yoga benefits so many facets of her daily life on an ongoing basis.
Formerly known as TribalTique Denver, The Vespertina Dance Project is an energetic group of dancers led by Molly McClellan that have been charming audiences since the groups' inception in 2006. Focusing on fusing cutting edge fusion and paying homage their roots of ATS® (American Tribal Style®), Vespertina has created their own style of Tribal Belly Dance known as Modern Tribal Improv (MTI) or as they fondly call it "Impro-Fusion". Vespertina has grown not only into a well loved local staple, but has also received national praise. In 2013, Vespertina also began incorporating Tribal Fusion Choreography into its repertoire in addition to collaborating with local and national guest artists.
Dedicated and dynamic, these dancers showcase their technique and artistry in improvised sets and choreography ranging in a wide variety of music and costuming styles. Whether it’s a more traditional performance with ethnic costuming and zil (finger cymbal) playing, a daring sword performance, or a modern belly dance set with a twist, Vespertinas performances are always fun and colorful, and more than likely, you’ll never see the same performance twice!
You can find The Vespertina Dance Project performing throughout the Denver Metro area at such events as the Peoples Fair, First Fridays in the Santa Fe Arts District, Bedouin Basements, and the Boulder Creek Festival, as all along the Front Range at various shows and festivals. Check our calendar to see where we’ll be popping up next!
Interested in becoming a part of our Tribe?
Current students in the student troupe may audition for Vespertina after they have demonstrated dedication, technique, skill, knowledge and proper execution of both the MTI and Tribal Fusion format in our weekly classes. Occasionally, we will audition dancers from outside our classes. We are also open to collaborations with guest artists!
Here is a great article by Wendy Allen of FatChanceBellyDance® about what it takes/what to expect when dancing with a Tribal Improvisational Group.
Kalandaka Tribe is the student performing troupe of The Vespertina Dance Project. These dedicated dancers are compromised of the Tribal Shake and Bake class and focus on Modern Tribal Improv dancing and concepts. You can find them performing at local haflas and events!