Informational Sites and Resources
Dancers and Schools
Dancers with whom I've studied or taken workshops
- Amira Jamal
My primary instructor. Highly recommended for beginners and advanced alike.
Tell her Nadira sent you!
- Artemis Mourat
One of the foremost experts in Turkish and Romani dance, and a sweet and
giving teacher to boot! Based in the DC area.
Specailizes in modern arabic dance.
Wonderful teacher in classical Arabic (esp. Lebanese) styles, and a very
A second-generation belly dancer, and one of the Daughters
Boston area dancer, and one of my favorite workshop teachers.
- Sirrom School
Houston, TX belly dance school, where I studied in the summer of 2002.
The Baltimore member of the Daughters of Rhea, and Bellydancer of the Year
- The Goddess Dancing
- Egyptian Academy of Oriental
Yousry and Nourhan Sharif.
Dancers I've learned from via video (instructional or performance)
- Leyla Najma
Creator of the Hip Phylosophy training DVD. I highly recommend her custom instructional video service.
- Keti Sharif
Australian dancer, dance study tour leader, and author of A-Z Belly Dance.
- Visionary Dance Productions
Delilah of Seattle
Star of an intermediate-level veilwork video, and others that I haven't
Dancers I've learned from via articles or web pages
- Morocco and the Casbah Dance Experience
World famous performer, teacher and dance researcher. Wonderful articles.
- Aziza Sa'id's Mid-Eastern
Belly Dance Page
Try her On-Line lessons. Not a substitute for a proper class, but she understands
the subtleties of the movements, and explains them EXTREMELY clearly. Also
take a look at her prodigious number of links
Other Dancers' sites
- Jemileh Nour
A wonderful dancer and personal friend
Another wonderful dancer and personal friend. Brilliant balancer!
Another wonderful dancer and personal friend, as well as musician
Toronto-based dancer. Her page includes articles and great links.
- Asim's Middle Eastern Dance
Lots of links assembled by a male dancer; can be tricky to navigate, but
- Hassan and Nagwa Middle Eastern Dance Productions
In the Philadelphia area.
- Sassy Sparkles
New England distributor of Eye Kandy cosmetic glitter. This stuff ROCKS.
It comes in a million colors, is safe for contacts and sensitive eyes (I speak
from experience), is easy to remove, and doesn't run off when you sweat. And
Samantha and louisa are the sweetest people!
- Anatolia Imports
Rhode Island-based vendor of costumes, accessories, music and some videos.
They carry beginner, standard, and professional costume lines (these are
my terms, not theirs). Unfortunately, they don't have an online store, but
DO have a REAL store in Warwick, RI. They frequently take their merchandise
to events throughout the Northeast, and sometimes farther afield. I highly
- Dahlal Internationale
Costumes to drool over, plus a wide selection of music, videos and some
- Belly Roll Costumes
Tribal Wear Vendor
- Discount Dance Supply
A mostly-ballet-and-modern-focused supplier, but a great source for hermes
sandals and other footwear, dance briefs, and hypoallergenic eyelash glue.
- Dharma Trading
Textile crafts supplies catalog. Unbelieveable ready-to-dye fabrics. Their
5mm Habotai floats like a dream; try it for your dance veil. (See it in
action in this picture.)
You'll have to dye it yourself (or leave it white, which has the most beautiful
sheen), but at these prices and quality, it's worth it! I recommend beading
at least one of the long edges- it makes it easier to handle this very fine