Tahra

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​It is Tahra’s focus to provide all students with an environment that nurtures wellness, encourages positive forms of self expression, and stimulates pure joy. Using culture enriched music and ancient dance traditions with modern twists as a foundation to her curriculum, she is providing our beautiful community with weekly instruction, workshops, and special events. Come in soon and join Tahra in this special kind of celebration. We will dance, we will expand our minds and bodies and we will be free.

Tahra teaches proper technique, posture and arm placement, and both on-the-spot and traveling movements. Whether you’re new to belly dance or have been dancing for years, you’re sure to love and learn much from this course.

*certified by the Bellydance college

Hips from Hell ~ Jamila Ali

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Belly dancing since 2004 has been a joy and a privilege to Jamila. Trained in traditional and modern Egyptian styles as well as Lebanese, American Cabaret, Greek and Turkish, Jamila has a unique and beautiful approach to this ancient art form. She applies her amalgamation to traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music in addition to blues, rock and metal genres.

Initially learning from Layla Lee & Rada Burns in Chicago, Jamila’s passion for music and the dance has led her to travel and train all over the country. She’s been honored with instruction from many belly-dance greats like Dina of Egypt, Zahra Zuhair, Ansuya, Suhaila Salimpour, Amanda Rose, Sadie Marquardt and many others. In 2010, she became certified in Ansuya’s Cabaret style and currently undertakes a mentorship with Zahra Zuhair.

Specializing in improvisation, Jamila has many times been featured with local Indiana bands like Black Stone Ritual, Il Troubadore and the East-West Music Group. She’s also shared the same stage with the Yuval Ron Ensemble, Unida, YOB & The Earthlings.

In recent years, Jamila’s featured her choreographed pieces with the Bellydance Superstars Club Bellydance, The Carmel International Arts Festival and benefits for Meals on Wheels and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Currently you can find Jamila teaching at her studio near downtown Indianapolis and performing at various restaurants, fairs, festivals, weddings and more all over the metro Indianapolis area. She gives lectures at colleges, workshops for dance organizations and presentations at trade shows.

For Jamila, the greatest satisfaction comes from teaching a wide-range of students from many age brackets, genders and walks of life. Her favorite thing is how all students come as a seed and watching them bloom into beautiful trees and flowers as they learn to develop movements and grow with grace; this is a priceless reward.

Amira Nagi

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Samadhi is a performance dance troupe in the Charleston – Huntington area of West Virginia. Their main performance art is tribal fusion belly dance but they also have fire performers, knife twirlers, hula hoopers and Hawaiian hula dancers!

While performing belly dance, the dancers are entertaining themselves as much as they are entertaining the audience. They do a mix of choreographed and improvisational pieces. You’ll hear them making “yip” sounds to signal changes. They will also zaghareet to one another to express their enthusiasm and excitement. They’ll even laugh and smile if one of the dancers misses a cue – which is always a possibility with improv!

As you can tell, they don’t take themselves very seriously. Since these dancers are all about the having fun themselves and making sure the audience is having fun, too, they’ll frequently invite the audience to dance with them. They form a circle, designate one dancer as the leader of the chorus (the dancers in the circle), then each dancer rotates into the middle of the circle to dance.

Samadhi was formed in 2004 and is based in South Charleston. Their costuming is an eclectic mix of modern and ethnic pieces from many regions of the world. Much of their jewelry originates from the Kuchi tribe of Afghanistan. For more information on tribal dance or to schedule a performance, please contact Amira

Miriam

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Miriam’s unique fusion style has developed through her formal study of Classic Oriental Dance, ATS (American Tribal Style) and its many offshoots, Turkish dance and many styles of Middle Eastern folkloric dance as well.

She specializes in making this beautiful dance form accessible to many who thought they couldn’t enjoy learning it. Her understanding of body mechanics and many types of physical limitations, as well as her long time focus on using the correct muscle groups to generate movements all aide her in suggesting adaptions for many types of students.

Jeni

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My obsession with belly dance began at seven years old when I was taken to a Moroccan restaurant and adoringly glared at the “sparkly” dancer. I was gifted with a private lesson and the love affair with the dance genre was born. I then made my own costumes, putting on shows for family, and promised myself I would someday become a belly dancer. After only several classes with a belly dance instructor while in college, I was asked to train professionally. After studying traditional styles of the Middle East, I have now adapted my own personal style to reflect the tradition juxtaposed with many years of formal Western dance training. I teach many classes within the Philadelphia area and perform as much as possible. Enjoy my unique fusion of belly dance!

Vikki Gale

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Vikki Gale has been a professional tribal style belly dancer since 2000. She is drawn to tribal style because she enjoys the spontaneity of the dance along with the camaraderie that is shared between dancers. She is currently co-director of Hipnosis, director of student troupe Daughters of the Hip, owner of Tribal Bellies Dance Studio where she teaches improv tribal and tribal fusion classes, and can be seen dancing regularly at Samarkand Restaurant in Feasterville, PA.