Hi there! Thanks for visiting and for your interest in "bellydance" / raqs-sharqi / danse oryantal. I've been performing this dance professionally in the DMV area since 2011 and have been studying even longer. I've trained in various dance styles consistently since I was about 8 years old and have a deep passion for improvisational dance forms - that is what led me here. Having done group choreography much of my youth, improvisational solo dance was such a refreshing change as my dancing progressed and felt more true to myself, more in the moment, where I could actually express something from myself, and with my full presence. All of my performances, videos, shows - all of it - is fully improvised as was commonly practiced for much of the history of oryantal dance. It also leaves more room for audience engagement, spontaneity, and play!
My life's work is to connect with people through movement. Besides dancing professionally, I am also a movement educator. I teach group classes, workshops, and seminars (yoga, dance, functional and creative movement), and have private sessions weekly in which I help people find their own freedom of expression.
Movement, and an interest in the human experience, is what led me to get a BA in Anthropology. I'm interested in how culture and community shapes how we move, or don't move.
In dancing, I've trained extensively in traditional Levantine, Egyptian and Turkish stylings, as well as American stylings of this dance form. This includes folk dances from the Levant, North Africa, and Turkey - all of which I enjoy blending into my shows. I love connecting with different audiences, types of parties, celebrations, and I hope always to bring joy, grace, cultural nuance, and playful, genuine expression.
Whether you're interested in booking a show, or need support in your dance/movement practice, I look forward to connecting with you!