About Us

Gail Wolfenden-Steib



- What is your least favorite nickname?
When I was in middle school, some classmates called me “Encyclopedia Katie” when I would answer a teacher’s questions. As we continued through school though, this nickname evolved from being a hurtful nickname to a friendly moniker. 
- What was your favorite pet?
A Siamese cat, named Hopsing. He was the bestest, sweetest cat in the whole world. He would allow my brother and I to dress him up in doll clothes and he’d even calmly rest in my arms as I roller-skated! (Don’t try this at home!)
- What are your favorite things?
Video games, books, traveling
- What’s your favorite quote?
Hope is a memory of the future.  ~ Gabriel Marcel
I would rather be a failure at something I love, than a success at something I hate. ~George Burns
- What is the Halloween costume you’re most proud of?
One year I went as Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest. I made a toga-like dress and a wreath for my head, both of which I decorated with velvet fake fall leaves in gold, orange and red.  There was also a lovely set of long fake eyelashes  No one knew who I was   But I loved the costume.  
- If you had to eat one type of food for the rest of your life, it would be…
Pie! Pie not only includes all kinds of sweets, but savory pies including Pizza Pie!! :P 
- Which terrible joke do you tell the most?
What do you call a blind deer?
I have no idea’r! (pronounced eye-deer) Its funnier out-loud.  :P
- What is your silliest irrational fear?
Hordes of insects, particularly the mechanical  alien technology ones featured in an episode of The X-files. 
- What do you do to get yourself pumped up before a daunting task?
Math.  I often do a breakdown in my head, about how long task will take and figure out how miniscule amount of time it is in terms of my day, week, year or whole life. Helps but it back into perspective and makes it seem manageable. 
- Favorite meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks?
Snacks, because technically anything could be eaten for a snack. “This enormous bowl of spaghetti? Why its just my mid-day snack!” :P

What has been a turning point in your life?
The biggest turning point in my life was 12 years ago when I discovered belly dance.  I was leading a pretty sedentary life and had started to gain weight, was not happy with my body image and I spent all my time chained to work.  I started taking classes through Tempe Parks and Rec and now I am a house dancer in a local restaurant (7 years), have a successful dancewear business (Rukshana Raks!) and teach dance classes at studios around town. I’m also in really great shape! The best thing is that I get to wear sparkly bling while I exercise and people pay me to do it!  Can’t beat that!

What would you do if money was no object?

If money was no object I would move to Puerto Rico and find a large loft with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean that I could open a costume studio workspace and build custom belly dance costumes.  A beach would have to be nearby so I could work around my walks on the beach with my hubby and dogs.

What is your silliest irrational fear?

Stage fright—I can get up and interact with audiences on a one-to-one basis with no problem, but if I am put on a physical stage, I am very uncomfortable and tend to forget what I am supposed to say or do.    

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