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About Naima

I started bellydancing January of 2000 and haven't looked back. I am not a bellydance purist. However, I tend to stick to the classical and modern oriental end of the spectrum. Sometimes I am all about hardcore technique and choreography but mostly I fly by the seat of my pants. My performances usually include a funny face and/or a wave to a friend in the audience. I also make my own costumes on occasion and enjoy having my picture taken even though I'm pretty awful at modeling.


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Influences

It is important for me to remember and document all of the talented dancers I have had the privilege to take classes from. I consider every dancer to by part of my dance journey no matter how big or small their influence.  


In alphabetical order:


Ananya – MO.
Angelika Nemeth - CA. 
Ariellah - CA.
Ashiya – NE.
Ashley Lopez - OR.
Ava Flemming - AZ
Aziza Nawal - GA.
Aziza S'aid - CA.
Bahaia - TX. 
Brittney Laleh – MO./CA.
Conchi – OH.
Dahlal – MO.
Dalia Carella – NYC
Deniz -  OH.
Faten Salama – Wash DC
Gita – MO.
Jasara – MO.
Jasmin Jahal – IL
Jim Boz – CA.
Jonatan Derbaq -  TN.
Karen Culp – MO.
Kittie Sparkle - OK.
Layla Hazine – TX.
Margo Abdo O'Dell – MN.
Maria Savvenas - MO.
Masani Azura – KC
Mishaal – Tokyo
Morocco – NYC
Mouse - MO.
Naia 'Abal - MO.
Nagwa Fouad – Egypt
Nourhan Sharif – NYC
Princess Farhana – CA.
Raffa – UT.
Raqia Hassan - Egypt
Ruby Beh - OR.
Sa'dia Ishani – MO.
Sahra Saeeda – CA/Egypt
Salwa – St Louis, MO.
Sarena – St Louis, MO.
Shareen El Safy - CA.
Shiara – IA.
Siham Ali – KC
Soraya – OK.
Suzanna Del Vecchio – CO.
Tarik Sultan - NY.
Tempest – RI.
Vashti – TX.
Virginia – FL.
Yasmine Al Abbasi – MO.
Yousry Sharif – NYC/ Egypt
Zahra Zuhair – CA.
Zaina Ali – KC
Zivah Serpentina – MO.

Audited Classes:
Ami Amore' - MO.
Haddasah - MO.
Red My Hips – IL.

Studio Affiliations

Sarrab School of Dance 2000-2002
Beledi Bellydance and Anceint Arts 2003-2006
Phenomenon Studio 2012-2013
Malaika Dancers 2013-present

3 comments:

tajidancer said...

I love your writing and costume info----and Ozma's comment---make crappy into happy!!! happy shimmies!!

i said...

I just ran across this blog when looking for tips on fitting bedlah, and I have to say: it is a thing of beauty. Wow, wow, and more wow. The only problem is that I now want to spend the evening poring over your blog, when really I need to be taking apart that belt and adjusting it!

Naima said...

@i, you should check out Shushanna's tutorial page here, http://www.shushanna.com/costumes.html.

She has LOTS of good stuff to waste time on.