Groove Merchant Drum & Dance
Ensemble directed by Kim Leary (Alexia) and Dave Merritt performs dances and plays percussion instruments from cultures around the world.
The ensemble performs culture-specific traditional pieces as well as our own original compositions. Some compositions are
more traditional, loyal to the cultures that they represent while others are a fusion of musical ideas and traditions. Many
of the groups performances have been sponsored in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Groove Merchant Drum
& Dance Ensemble is the resident performance group of The Drum & Dance Learning Center located in Lawrence, New Jersey (Princeton area). Some of the group's performances include the Monroe Arts
Center, The Kenndey Center (Burlington), Two River Theatre, guest performers with Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat, Paramount Concerts
on the Beach, Lafayette Grill (NYC) as well at many festivals and conventions.
Select List Curated shows:
- NY Theatrical Belly Dance Conference
2013 @ DROM (NYC) - Groove Merchant - "Higher"
& Dukes's Belly Dance Night 2013 (NJ) - Groove Merchant - "Tabla";"Higher"
& "Drum Solo"
- Dena Steven's "Spice Box" 2013 @ Bickford
Theatre (NJ) & Players Theatre (NYC) - Groove Merchant debut of "Thyme Clock"
Copeland's Belly Dance Superstar's "Club Belly Dance" 2012 @Open Arts Theatre (NJ) -
Curated show and performance with Groove Merchant - "Get to Work by Nine" & "Avalon"
Copeland's Belly Dance Superstar's "Club Belly Dance" 2012 @Arundle CC Theatre (MD)
- Solo "Tabla" & Groove Merchant - "Avalon"
- Suhaila & Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat 2007 @St. Louis (MO) - Solo "Turk" & 2011 @Austin
(TX) - Groove Merchant "Tzigane"
- NY Theatrical Belly Dance Conference 2011 @DNA (NYC) - Groove Merchant - "Get to Work by Nine"
- NY Theatrical
Belly Dance Conference 2010 @DNA (NYC) - Groove
Merchant - "Barefoot Baile" and duet with Lisa Botalica "Felag Mengu"
- I'll Have What She's Having Dance
Project 2010 @ Rider University (NJ) - Groove Merchant
- "Raks El Zagat"; "Avalon"
- Austin Belly Dance Convention 2011 (TX) - Groove Merchant "Avalon" & "Raks al Assaya"
- Alborada Dance Company's "The
Journey" 2009 @The Monroe Arts Center (NJ) -
Groove Merchant -"Raks al Assaya" and duet with Lisa Botalica "Felag Mengu"
History Month Project 2009 @The Kennedy Center (NJ) -
Curated the show