Molly McClellan is an internationally acclaimed performer and dance instructor. Her innovative and highly technical approach to movement has been featured at national festivals and has shared the stage with touring acts such as Beats Antique.
Molly began studying the art of belly dance in Southern Florida under the instruction of Maja. After moving to New Orleans, she continued her training with Megha Gavin, who was both the director of Devyani and a certified teacher and partner with Carolina Nericcio in the American Tribal Style® (ATS®) format of FatChanceBellyDance®. She now resides in Denver, Colorado where she teaches local classes, performs, and produces shows.
Her innovative and highly technical approach to movement has been featured at national festivals and has made her a sought-after trainer. She has been an instructor at events such as Tribal Fest, Cues and Tattoos, and Jamballah NW.
Molly has danced with groups such as “Daughters of Devi”, N.o.madic Tribal Dance, and the internationally touring Beats Antique. She was the co-founder of TribalTique, and is the founder and producer of the Vespertina Dance Project and Kalandaka Tribe. Vespertina Dance Project has also been featured at national dance events for their exciting blend of Modern Tribal Improv (MTI), Tribal Fusion choreography, and frequent collaborations with guest dancers.
Her continued dance education includes the General Skills Certification with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance®, as well as all four phases of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ dance program. She is currently a certified Practitioner and Instructor of the Datura method and an Integrated Dance Instructor certified by Ashley López. She has also studied with top dancers such as Ashley López, Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love, Donna Mejia, Sadie, Suzanna Del Vecchio, UNMATA, and Urban Tribal.
Molly’s classes have a strong foundational use of yoga to strengthen, cross train, and add depth to students’ dance experience. She began her yoga 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.
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"Molly is an excellent teacher: organized, innovative, clear in her instruction and precise in her execution of technique. She's full of great energy and is a dynamic and beautiful performer. I consider myself lucky to be able to call her a friend and colleague!" - Ashley López
"I have studied all over the US with the best Fusion dancers and teachers that we have to offer right now. I can wholeheartedly recommend Molly McClellan as one of the best teachers touring right now. Her charming, thoughtful and challenging teaching style is accessible to dancers of all levels and her creative and engaging curriculum has something to offer belly dancers of all styles. I get so excited when Molly comes to my city or is teaching at an event I'm attending because I know I will have a great time in her class and leave feeling refreshed and inspired (and also perhaps a bit sore)."
Amy Josephine Field
Director - Duende Bellydance
"It has been my pleasure to call Molly McClellan one of my teachers. She has been influencing me for close to five years and has not only improved my technique but also my performance and troupe management. She is generous with her teaching and truly dedicates herself to her students. I have yet to meet an instructor who consistently gives you more than you pay for. The workshops she has provided have consistently been above and beyond my expectations. I have danced and performed for over 12 years and I count Molly's workshops as some of the best instruction I've received. She is a born teacher"
Director - Gaia Principle, a Fusion Belly Dance Troupe