Bahija Belly Dance

Bahija dances for the sheer JOY of it!

Family-friendly entertainment to help make your celebrations memorable!

Based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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Bahija dances with pure joy!

Improvisations and choreographies, modern styles and ancient influences, from baladi to shaabi, Bahija embodies so many facets of the beauty and joy that is Egyptian dance. Now located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, this spellbinding dancer offers family-friendly Middle-Eastern dance performances and instruction. 

 

Dance Experience, study and performance

Middle Eastern folkloric styles, mainly Egyptian (Banat Mazin, Bedouin, Fellahi, Ghawazee, Saiidi, shamadan, Khaleegi, Nubian, Melaya Leff, Shaabi), including modern and Golden Age oriental

-   18yrs of study and performance with DancEgypt Dance Co, Saskatoon

-   extensive study with Denise Enan, Sahra Saeeda, Hadia and others

- workshops with Tito, Mohammed Shahin, Karim Nagy, Faten Salama, Ava Fleming, Yousry Sharif, Nourhan Sharif, Aziza, Cassandra Shore, Suhaila Salimpour, Nath Keo, Suzy, Jamilee Abir and Ariellah, Yasmina Amal, among others

- current study with Sandra Li Bellydance, Windsor ON

 

Special Occasion performances

- many years of weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, christenings, retirements, business and corporate events

- cultural celebrations and performances: Lebanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, Greek

- classroom celebrations for elementary, secondary, and adult ESL audiences

 

Featured performer, Mediterranean restaurant

-   2 yrs weekly performance at Koutouki / Real Greek / Mediterranno restaurant, Saskatoon, Canada

 

Folkfest annual multicultural festival, Saskatoon, Canada

-  Greek Pavillion,  7 yrs

 

Middle Eastern / ATS / Tribal Fusion styles / cabaret

-   2 yrs performance and study with Desert Beats Belly Dance, Saskatoon

 

Fire dance (palm candles, torches, fans, staff, some poi)

-   1yr study and performance with Durga Dance, Saskatoon

 

Shimmy Mob worldwide dance event, 3 yrs

 

History: ballet 13 yrs, jazz 5 yrs, modern 2 yrs, lyrical 2 yrs, some hip hop and breakdance, some ballroom

Dance Teaching Experience

Recent:

Plan and teach Belly Dance classes 13 years, to beginner and intermediate levels, to participants ages 8-78+. Focus: low-impact fitness, musical and cultural sensitivity, improvisational skills, fun

Dance Classes on 3 nights a week in Windsor 2017!

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History:

Workshops Belly Dance:

Invited instructor at Great Lakes Belly Dance Convention in Lansing, MI  November 2016 (and invited back for 2017!) - improvisation and creativity

Headline instructor at weekend intensive "Shiver and Shimmy": folkloric styles, body awareness, musical sensitivity, improvisation Regina SK, April 2014

Guest teaching Belly Dance at different local groups: DancEgypt, Desert Beats, City of Martensville

Workshops Liturgical Dance: various churches in Saskatoon area, on demand

 

Photographer: Lambie Photography