Reina Heinz is a Bay Area native who grew up dancing traditional Polynesian dance. During college she stumbled upon drumming equally as loud as Tahitian percussion and has never questioned the heart-racing excitement of thundering African drumming since. She studies the rhythms and dance of the African Diaspora: Haitian, Guinean, Senegalese (Djembe and Sabar), Malian, Congolese and Samba. In the past, she danced with Hula Halau ‘O Makalapua Marama te Mafatu Nui and Vivien Bassouamina’s Pisa Za Congo. Reina’s passion for learning about different cultures, nature, spirit, and connection through dance draws her to primarily folkloric and traditional forms, but she is excited to learn new movement through studying Bhangra and Bollywood with Duniya. In her daytime life, she is a conservation biologist and teacher. When not dancing she can be found on an island, in the forest, tundra, or desert on an environmental crusade studying wildlife.