Dawn Xiana Moon is a lifelong geek that has worked professionally in almost every area of the arts. She is the Founder and Producer/Director of Raks Geek, a nerd-themed bellydance and fire company that achieved viral internet fame with a video of a Wookiee bellydancing to a Klingon band playing an original song in Shyriiwook—they were listed on UK Channel 4 TV’s “50 Funniest Moments of 2012.” As a singer-songwriter, Dawn has performed in 10 states and released two solo albums; her latest CD, Spaces Between, fuses elements from traditional Chinese music with jazz and alt folk pop. She performs as a soloist with Read My Hips tribal bellydance, spins fire with Acrobatica Infiniti circus, works as a UX designer and web developer, and has served as Section Editor for Relevant Magazine. She also occasionally shows up as an actor in independent films. Though she loves Chicago, she periodically needs to flee the US; her wanderlust has brought her to 20 countries (and counting!) thus far.
Photo by Nancy Behall