Rose Harden, artist and Tribal Fusion belly dancer, has been a passionate member of the vibrant San Francisco belly dance and performance community since 1999.
Rose loves the creative process and approaches performance as an extension of her visual arts training, crafting with intention, a unique experience for the audience. She has contributed her artistry to the innovative concepting, costuming, and choreography of influential dance companies Ultra Gypsy and the Barbary Coast Shakedown. Rose is over the moon to be working with Beats Antique under the direction of Zoe Jakes. Current projects also include the Dangerous Beauties with Princess Farhana & Surreya Hada.
As a long standing member of Ultra Gypsy (1999-2008), and founding member of Barbary Coast Shakedown, she has shared the joy of this dance form through performance and instruction through out the United States and Europe.
She began her belly dance studies with Tina Enheduanna in Providence RI, providing a folkloric and oriental foundation. Upon moving home to San Francisco she jumped in to Jill Parker's classes and began to dedicate her self to Ultra Gypsy. Rose has taught side by side with Jill Parker at many festivals and workshops and was a frequent substitue teacher for many of Jill's weekly classes.
As a member of Ultra Gypsy Rose has performed and created with Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Zoe Jakes, Kristina Canizares, Malia DeFelice, and fire artist Bruce Sherrod. Rose has had the extreme honor to work with Heather Stants as part of the Spark tour. She loves sharing the stage with the other Beats Antique ladies, the talented Kami Liddle, Auberon Shull, & Ena Dallas.
Rose worked collaboratively with Wendy Darling to create the Ultra Gypsy costumes seen in Peko Record's Belly Dance Underworld and the Marie Antoinette inspired piece seen at Neveau Nights and UG's Pacific Northwest tour. She has extended her costuming skills to The Lifesize Mousetrap and Stars and Garters Theater company.
Past projects have included the The Barbary Coast Shakedown, a collaborative project with some of the Bay Area's brightest belly dance talent. The Barbary Coast Shakedown has included in it's members Mira Betz, Elizabeth Strong, Frederique, Susan Frankovch, Sarah White, and Jill Parker, all of whom Rose has been honored to work with. This project has garnered rave reviews for it's innovative show.
Rose is inspired by the diversity of the San Francisco performance and dance community where she continues her dance and movement practice with Dunham Technique, Suhalia Salimpour, Mira Betz, Ariellah, Zoe Jakes, yoga, modern & african based dance, and pilates. She also tours with the Cyclecide Bike Rodeo and The Lifesize Mousetrap when not managing Rosehips Designs.
Photo by Angela Scrivani