Maya Salm

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Maya has the best belly dance classes in the River Region!

We are now a "Mobile Studio" - To accommodate the high demand of classes in different areas of Montgomery and sorrounding areas,

Maya has decided to close the Studio Location on 136 Mendel Parkway and teach Belly Dance in various places in town! Call Maya at 322-0946 for more information. The old number 356-6552 is currently
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Basma

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Blessed with an energetic spirit and inviting presence, Basma has been dancing for most of her life. As a child, she studied ballet, tap and jazz dance before shifting to various forms of underground dance during her teen years. While pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies, Basma discovered a love for teaching and performing as well as a fervor for improving women's lives through female empowerment. Combining these passions brought her to the world of Middle Eastern dance. Basma studied with some of the best instructors in her area and built upon this training by studying with international bellydance stars such as Amar Gamal, Ansuya, Aziza of Montreal, Jill Parker, Mira Betz, Petite Jamilla, Ruby Beh, Sadie and Sedona. Most recently, Basma completed a weeklong dance intensive with international superstar Aziza of Montreal in Asheville, NC. Middle Eastern dance is a rare art form that is not only mesmerizingly beautiful to watch; it also has the power to heal and nourish a woman's mind, body and soul. Basma invites you to experience the splendor of Middle Eastern dance!

Aziza

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Aziza has taught and perfomed Egyptian Classic Middle Eastern Belly Dance for more than 40 years in and around the Birmingham, Alabama USA area. During this time, she traveled to Egypt to study under the legendary Nagwa Fouad. While in Cairo, Egypt, Aziza participated in the first belly dance contest held for non-Egyptian dancers which was judged by Ms. Fouad as well as her fellow Egyptian dance superstar, Sohair Zaki, and Aziza won first place. The tour of Egypt and contest which featured performers from the United States was featured in a segment of ABC’s “20/20″.

She also performed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL for Prince Fahad of Saudi Arabia at a banquet he held for dignitaries at the base before his return to Saudi Arabia.

She also traveled and performed with the Birmingham-based Greek band, The Spartans, who entertained Greek audiences in the Southeast.

Aziza has also studied with American dance legends Dahlena, Cassandra, Dalilah, and Ibrahim Farrah as well as Egyptian masters Mahmoud Reda, Raqia Hassan and Mohamad Khalil. She has performed throughout the southeast for both American, Greek and Middle Eastern sponsored events.

Aziza has been featured many times in Dance Publications around the U.S. Read the History as told by Aziza, Middle East in the South East from Caravan Dance Magazine, and Dancer Spotlight from “Joy of Belly Dancing.”

Oreet

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Oreet, a native New Yorker, is the founder of SharQui – The bellydance workout®. She is a dance and fitness presenter as well as an award-winning performer. Her dance specialty is Modern Egyptian, which is a contemporary and innovative twist on the traditional Egyptian style. It fuses modern dance, ballet and her Yemenite/Israeli roots to create her high energy bellydance style. As a performer and teacher Oreet combines passion, grace, athleticism and hip precision in order to give a refined performance.

Along with teaching, Oreet certifies dancers and fitness professionals in the SharQui format nationally and internationally. She holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year 2007, Entertainer of the Year 2006, Jewel of the Nile 2006, Bellydance Diva 2005 and is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America. For more info on where Oreet is teaching, please go to www.sharqui.com. Oreet now resides in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Leilah Moon

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Leilah began teaching bellydance in the winter of 2013/2014. As a teacher, she develops a curriculum that conditions the body for dance before delving into the multifaceted cultural aspects, movement technique, and vocabulary. She offers classes at Rendezvous at the Beginner and Intermediate level.

Technique class format includes: (1) beginning with stretching to awaken and activate muscles and improve flexibility (2) drills and conditioning of the legs, arms, and abdominal muscles to prep them for movement, and to improve physical fitness and toning of the body, (3) Breakdown technique of select movements as well as body alignment and posture, often including choreography or combos to enhance memory and to apply movements learned. (4) Cool down stretches are where flexibility can be increased and muscles can begin to recover.

Leilah's Bellydance Cardio Class is designed to get blood flowing with movements inspired by several different styles of bellydance. The focus is conditioning the body for bellydance through full body strengthening, low impact cardio, and feminine movement; most of the class is spent in constant movement similar to Zumba or other dance-cardio formats. No experience required!