Biography

 

BACKGROUND

  • 20 years of training in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, swing, ballroom, hip-hop, reggaeton, and Pointe
  •  7 years training in Middle Eastern styles including traditional Egyptian cabaret, Turkish, Lebanese, Saidi, and Latin fusions
  •  Teachers include Alla Kushnir, Suraiya of Poland, Bozenka, Yasmina Ramzy, Karim Nagi, Fahtiem, Aziza, Issam Houshan, Nada El Masriya, Michelle, Aleya of Cairo, Petite Jamilla, Michelle Joyce, Frank Farinaro, Princess Farhana, Bahaia, Sherena, Leila Gamal, Faten Munger, and Sahra Saeeda

PERFORMANCES

  • Winner of Masriyatt Queen professional competition in Toronto, Canada
  • Competitor on reality show Project Bellydance Season 2 (placing in the Top 6!)
  • Lead dancer in large, international stage production (details TBA)
  • Winner of 2014 East Coast Classic Professional Cabaret Competition
  • Featured performer at several large bellydance conventions, including Cincinnati, Maryland, and Miami
  • Featured performer at Raqs For Joy pilot filming/show for PBS and Cannes Film Festival
  • Performed in Club Bellydance show with the Bellydance Superstars
  • Producer of annual RaqStars Bellydance Showcase in Huntington, WV
  • Featured dancer at Dancing with the Tri-State Stars show
  • Entertainer at Hearts of Gold benefit
  •  Exclusive entertainer for St. Mary’s benefit show
  •  Guest Artist at multiple gala shows in Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California
  •  Headline Bellydancer at Cafe Istanbul in Columbus, Ohio and Mirage Restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio and Little India in Charleston, WV and Guest Artist in Lexington, KY
  •  Featured entertainment at numerous shows, competitions, and haflas across North America

TEACHING

  • Starring role in Samba/Bellydance Fusion DVD. Buy it now at www.cheekygirlproductions.com!
  •  20 minute featured segment (Rio Raks) in the Project Bellydance Season 2 Top 6 DVD
  • Featured workshop instructor at Maryland Bellydance Convention
  • Featured workshop instructor at Cincinnati Bellydance Convention
  • Featured instructor at East Coast Classic
  • Guest instructor at Miami Bellydance Convention
  • Saidi choreographer for “Follow Your Heart” production in Toronto, Canada
  • Head workshop instructor in many cities (including Charlotte, Columbus, Dayton, Huntington, Charleston, and more!)
  • Beginner-Intermediate/Advanced Bellydance, BellySculpt, Hip-Hop, and FitTease instructor at Marshall University’s Recreation Center
  •  Head choreographer for numerous performances
  •  Choreographer and winner of many national award titles for competition performances
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