Egyptian | 46201
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.
American Tribal Style (ATS), Tribal, Tribal Fusion | 25301
Kali is a dancer and teacher of Improvisational Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion belly dance. She is founder and Co-director of Tribal Desires, a Tribal Fusion/ Tribal Improv troupe. She is also founder and director of Tribal Dreams, a Tribal Style/Folkloric student troupe. Both troupes are based in Charleston, WV.
Although Kali began belly dance classes in 1995, she began her “tribal” dance lessons in 1997 with a 10-day trip to California to take classes from Carolena Nericcio, world-renowned director of FatChanceBellyDance and the creator of the style known as American Tribal Style. Once formally introduced to the tribal style of dance, Kali knew that it was to become her passion.
Upon returning to West Virginia she was able to continue her pursuit of the tribal format by studying ethnic/folkloric dance with Ami Lamborn, and by traveling to dance workshops in nearby states. Later, Kali became a student of Narah, a Tribal Fusion Style teacher, and had the honor of dancing in her student troupe, Tribe of Fires.
Kali’s unique approach to this beautiful style of dance is the result of her many influences through workshops and classes. Kali has attended classes/workshops of world-renowned instructors such as Morocco (of New York), Princess Farhana (of California), Conchi (of Ohio), Aegela (of Ohio–awarded the coveted Lifetime Performer’s license by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, an honor held by only 11 foreigners), Arish Lam (of Puerto Rico) and Amaya (of New Mexico), as well as from widely acclaimed and highly honored instructors such as Jill Parker, director of Ultra Gypsy (CA), Zi’ah Ali director of Awalim Dance Company (GA), the Urban Tribal Dance Company (CA), Teresa Tomb, director of Radkadu Gypsy (KY), Neefa and Safa of Khafiff (PA), Shakira (OH), Phyllidia (KY), Maja, the Girl from the Nile, director of Gypsy Tribe (FL), Taletha (KY), Jim Boz and Eyesah (a former Miss America of Belly Dance). Related dance training includes instruction in Congolese and West African dance.
Kali is honored to have been a student of Narah bint Durr and to have taken workshops and classes from the various instructors named above
American Cabaret, Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish | 35209
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!
Fusion | 19103
Sherrilyn’s lengthy history of dance training and performance began with jazz, tap, and modern. Then she added fusion bellydance to the mix, melding her background in other dance styles with her newer training in American, Egyptian, and Turkish bellydance technique. This was followed by training in west African and hip-hop, all while maintaining her interest in jazz, tap, modern, and bellydance.
Now Sherrilyn is a true fusion dancer, performing and teaching a mix of bellydance, tap, jazz, modern, west African, and hip-hop. In additional to solo and duet work with Krista Sassani, she is a Core Facilitation Team member in PURE Philadelphia.
American Tribal Style (ATS) | 18902
Paula has a background in modern dance and ballet. She also taught Zumba for many years. She trained in Raqs Sharqui with several local instructors as well as international superstars, Suhaila Salimpour and Sahra Saeeda. Paula was enamored with American Tribal Style® (ATS®), but was unable to find anyone practicing this dance style in the Philadelphia area. She trained in Improvisational Tribal Style for several years, but finally realized that it was time for ATS® to bloom in Philadelphia. Paula trained with Mimi Fontana of Manhattan Tribal and Kae Montgomery of FatChanceBellyDance® to prepare for official training with Megha Gavin and Carolena Nerrichio-Bohlman. She received General Skills Classic and Modern Certifications and Teacher Training Certification. Paula was officially accepted as a FCBD® Sister Studio and she is a founding member of State Street Tribal and Tribe Ma’ats (Middle Atlantic ATS).