Since I was born dance has been an element of my life. I grew up in the artistic ambience of a bellydance studio in Germany, owned by my mother Yamuna, a popular bellydancer, where famous dance instructors came to teach and perform. At the age of three I gave my first solo performance on the occasion of a festival for women at a cultural center in Germany. After attending ballet training from age four to eight, I gained experience in several dance styles and improved my technique and body knowledge with flamenco, jazz & african dance, yoga and contact improvisation. I began to teach at the age of 12, at first together with my mother (duets), then independently. Regular performances at bellydance festivals in Germany became part of my life.
After attending a workshop of Raqia Hassan she invited me to join the 2002 Ahlan wa Sahlan Festival in Egypt, where I had the chance to perform with a live orchestra. In Cairo I participated in workshops held by Dina, Souhair Zaki and Mahmoud Reda, among others. After the oriental dance magazine Halima awarded me the 2006 Best Newcomer Award, I decided to follow my passion by acquiring a professional dance education. After four years of extensive training in classical ballet, contemporary & jazz dance, hip-hop, improvisation and acting, I received the Diploma for Stage Dance and Dance Education in July 2010 at the international Iwanson School of Contemporary Dance, in Munich.
In autumn 2010 I moved to Montréal to realize my dream of being a self-employed dancer. From October 2011 until 2012 I was part of the fusion dance group Ethereal Tribal in Montréal. We organized several shows and went on tour to the Canadian Strongman Championship in New-Brunswick. In January 2012 a new experience waited for me - I accompanied a South American music group "The Imbayakunas" to the Global Village Festival in Dubai. One month long we performed our Native American dance and music show every night! Since 2012 I am part of the international dance company "Bellydance Superstars" - we are traveling through the world with several show projects. Last winter I went to India where I met the inspiring world music group "Yemadas". We traveled on together to several festivals in Portugal performing and making music throughout the summer.
About my dance
I love to combine isolated, strong, feminine and impulsive movements with the variety of rhythms, the surprise of improvisation and the expression of emotions we have. I love to experiment with different types of music, to explore the language of my and others' dance and to work with people who share this passion with me.
Club Bellydance tour with Bellydance Superstars, Germany 2013
Touring with world music group Yemadas, India and Portugal 2013
Touring with The Bellydance Superstars in Europe and the USA 2012
Show project with The Imbayakunas, Global Village Festival in Dubai 2012
Tour with Ethereal Tribal, New-Brunswick, Canada 2011
Tour with The Bellydance Superstars, Japan 2011
Internship in contemporary dance at Staatstheater Kassel, Germany 2010
Scholarship for contemporary dance company CobosMika in Spain 2010
Halima Bellydance Newcomer Award, Germany 2006
Invitation to festival Ahlan wa Sahlan, Egypt 2002
Choreographer for solo and group performances since 2005
Bellydance, jazz, lyrical & ballet instructor in Montréal from Sept 2010
Bellydance instructor at fitness studio InJoy, Germany 2010
Modern & bellydance instructor at studio Yamuna 2005 - 2010
Founder and manager of performance group Laundry Girls 2008 - 2009
Teacher's license Iwanson Jazz Dance Instructor 2007