"You are a wonderful teacher and you create an incredibly positive and good vibe-y kind of atmosphere. I though I was just coming to learn belly dance, but your studio and your classes taught me a lot about who I am and how I act with other people. I have been very proud to be a part of such a great group of really confident women who are not just dancing, but learning about acceptance, having fun, and finding peace in their movements and with their bodies." ~ Rebecca Reisbick
"I had been a student of bellydance for several years before I discovered skin deep dance. After my first lesson I knew I found not just a studio, but a community of wonderful and supportive dancers. Katrina is an excellent teacher. Her instruction is clear. She makes classes fun and most importantly, for me, is she has an excellent eye and she gently corrects my moves. I give Culture Shakti two snaps and a shimmy!" ~Petra D, Student
"Here’s a few of the many reasons why I like to take classes at Culture Shakti; This style of dance is more grounded, you’re always dancing in a group which is fun; you can go at your own pace and Katrina will teach you the finer details of your moves depending on your level; dance socials outside of class; You get to learn about the other Tribal events in the area and outside; her students are great; yoga. Oh yeah, very important. The music! I like the music in class. If we can dance to it well, we play it." ~Leah E., student
"Culture Shakti wins hands down! Katrina is amazing & she's a joy to learn from. doesn't take herself too seriously AND keeps on task.great music too!!" ~Danushka, Student
"Katrina, Thanks for normalizing the experience of learning this new thing as being hard.... I will keep practicing. I think you are a good teacher, warm and fun but also seeing that we use our time very efficiently in class." ~Janel, student
"Katrina is a fantastic instructor. Her studio is clean, warm, inviting and the perfect place to learn/teach. I have taken workshops and classes from her and various other instructors at her studio. I have also/am also teaching/taught there for the past three years.Working here and taking classes here are enriching, engaging and attitude free!" ~ J9 Fierce, Professional Dancer
"When I came to Culture Shakti back in January, I was stepping into something new and wonderful. I had no dance experience and I was putting myself out there in a way that was very frightening for me. However, Katrina, Caryn, and the rest of women involved in the classes made me feel welcome and at home. This journey down the road of belly dance has been a fun and rewarding one and the journey is far from over. Thank you. It's been an amazing five months and I see myself dancing and learning from these ladies at Skin Deep for a long time to come. " ~Amber Clark, student
" I have to tell you about yesterday. I was having a really-nasty-just-returned-from-vacation-got-nothing-done-at-work day. I didn't want to leave home in the evening so much I was actually wishing for traffic to be horrible enough that I wouldn't make it to class. I was even a grouch through warmups.
As soon as we started to dance...all became right with the world. It was quite amazing." ~Eugenia S, Student
"great, very nice. bollywood aaja nachle...keep it up...katrina i can't see your face but very good dance... love QH ~ Queen Harish
"as always, i enjoyed your's and the girl's (Culture Shakti) performance! you all put so much joy and energy into it, and it is wonderful to watch. the dance with the mask was very cool too! i liked the audience reaction when you turned around...priceless!" ~ Cindy Higgins of Latin Spice
"I really enjoyed your performance last night. Both my student and I felt your set was the best. You two were so excited about dancing together and it was awesome to see some pure tribal for once!" ~Tayissa Blue, Director of Twilight Belly Dance Company
"Culture Shakti rallies everyone who loves ATS FatChanceBellyDance to find their inner FCBD child and to shrilly zagareet! Katrina carries on the proud tradition of this style, bringing back to Seattle the FCBD we've come to love and enjoy. [She] was AMAZING at the Kihara show... great job!" ~Imei, Belly dancer, Nurse Psychotherapist, and Kripalu Yoga instructor of Dream Yoga and Dance.
"One group "Culture Shakti" rocked the house with an amazing ATS piece. Of course I started crying when I saw them dance because it was so phenomenal." ~Monkeh, Vancouver B.C. (Posted on Tribe.net)
"Culture Shakti, Seattle's newest American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance Troupe blew us away. .... These girls were tight! What great zillers!!!" ~Carolyn, Kalia Indian Cuisine.
- South Seattle Emerald "Beacon Hill Dance Studio Fosters Safe Space for Diversity"
- International Examiner "Help Animals India"
- The Best of Western Washington (Evening Magazine / King 5 News)
- Tribal Belly Dance is growing world wide! (article)
- Seattle Examiner
- Dread.Full Fu Fu Blog (Totally Tribal Hafla Review)
- Visual Noise Type (online magazine) Skin Deep performs at Global Music Project Review
- King 5 Evening Magazine Prenatal Belly Dance
- King 5 Evening Magazine World Belly Dance Day (Katrina Ji represents American Tribal Style Belly Dance)
- NW Folklife Festival Blog Bollywood Showcase