Jaqueline Lemoine and James Thorton

17 Apr 2022 7:01 PM | Communications Officer (Administrator)

Jacqueline Lemoine began her belly dance career in 2000, studying under noted international dancer, Maria Barannco. Jacqueline gained an instant appreciation, talent, and what some might call an obsession, with Middle Eastern dance. She has trained extensively in Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, American Cabaret, and Fusion techniques. So she shares with her students not only the rich history and various styles of belly dance, but also the physiology behind the dance's serpentine movements. In June of 2008, she formed the belly dance troupe, Pandorium, composed of her most dedicated students. Jacqueline and Troupe Pandorium perform frequently around the Gulf Coast region. Additionally, Jacqueline began studying Polynesian dance in 2009, which she now teaches and performs. She continues to train daily as she believes a truly great teacher should never stop learning so she continues to learn from many notable stars in the world of Middle Eastern, Tribal Fusion, and Polynesian Dance. 



James Thorton has been drumming since 2008 and professionally for the better part of the last 10 years. His specialty is Middle Eastern, Latin, North African, and modern rock rhythms. His instruments of choice are Doumbek, Dhembe, and Cajon- both Peruvian and Flamenco.

He has performed with multiple groups, including Pandorium Belly Dance, Crescent Lotus Belly Dance, and is the current primary drummer for the Accoustapunks and Whiskey Bay Rovers and is an inaugural member of the Quicksand Caravan Band.

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