Phoenicia has been a belly dancer since 1983 first as a troupe member, then solo performer and finally a teacher. In addition to Cabaret, Ethnic, Tribal and Fusion belly dance styles she is also a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor.

Sabutai Musashi

Subatai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes bare-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at Dragon*Con since 2005.

Gui Cavalcanti

Gui Cavalcanti’s mission in life is to bring science fiction to life. He’s the co-founder & CEO of MegaBots, Inc., and is working to bring on the robot apocalypse one giant robot at a time. He’s also co-founded Artisan’s Asylum, and previously worked at Boston Dynamics.

Matt Oehrlein

Matt the COO and Co-Founder of MegaBots. MegaBots, Inc., uses cutting-edge robotics technology to create the giant piloted fighting robots of science fiction, video games and movies. These robots fight in epic-scale arena combat the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Jim "Nappy" Napolitano

Jim Napolitano is a graduate of the UCONN puppet arts program, has performed live puppet theater around the country and the world. His work has also been seen on Nickelodeon, PBS, HBO and the Fox Animated show
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Also presenting on the Silk Road:

Yolanda "Yoyo" Campbell
studied with The Atlanta Chinese Dance Company