When I took my first belly dance class in 1995 at Georgia State University, I began a love affair with an art form that has allowed me to  enrich my life in ways I never imagined. I have met so many wonderful people over the years and have had the pleasure of studying with wonderful teachers.

Here is a list of my foundation mentors:
Aziz – Utah
Cassandra – Minnesota
Hadia – Montreal
Jillina – CA
Layla Katrina – HI
Raqia Hassan – Egypt
Zhaleh Fereshteh – FL

Nadia Gamal made one of the biggest impacts on me when I started studying video footage from dancers “over there”. Her personality and commanding stage presence together with fantastic musical interpretation – wow! Sadly, she left us before I could see her in person. Read this article about her written by American dance legend Suhaila.

As a lifelong student, I could not be the dancer that I am without learning from these wonderful teachers. I am grateful for their inspiration:

Fifi Abdou
Mahmoud Reda
Mohamed Shahin
Nagwa Fouad
Rachael Brice
Zahra Zuhair
Ziah Ali

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