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About ZAFIRAH

Zafirah is an international professional performer of RAQS SHARQI (Arabic for "Oriental Dance"), Danse du Ventre, or as it's more commonly known here in the west, BELLY DANCE. Trained in traditional Egyptian Oriental Dance (including Folkloric), Turkish, American Cabaret, and Pan-Arabic & World Fusion styles of Belly Dance, Zafirah has performed all over the U.S.A. and Canada. She's taken workshops with some of the most renowned and legendary dancers of this art form including, but not limited to: Fifi Abdou, Mahmoud Reda, Artemis Mourat, Jamila & Suhaila Salimpour, Jasmin Jahal, Morocco & Dina. Her principal local instructors are Nilaja, Zayna, Lori Dale & Jasmin Jahal. Versed in sagat/zils (finger cymbals), sword, cane/double canes, stick/double sticks, veil/double veil, wings of Isis and more! Zafirah will add a unique and exciting performance that will make your event one-of-a-kind!

CertificationsJtE 1 & 2--Completed Sahra Saeeda's 2 Levels "Journey Through Egypt" Intensive Certification Programs (valid 4 credit units: Anthropology); Jasmin Jahal Method--Egyptian Raqs Sharqi Levels 1 & 2 certified. AFAA-certified = Practical Pilates for Group Fitness

*NEW in 2014!* Zafirah currently teaches regularly at three(3) Northern Lake County locations in Illinois: SERENITY LIFE FITNESS CTR. (Zion, IL), BACKROOM GALLERY (Waukegan, IL--closed summer 2014) & NORTH SUBURBAN Y.M.C.A. (Northbrook, IL)! ***NEW for Fall 2014 = VERNON HILLS PARK DISTRICT (Vernon Hills, IL)!***

Zafirah taught three(3) YMCA locations in Illinois: Waukegan (closed 2012), Vernon Hills (closed 2012) & Northbrook (*current*). Zafirah was also an Instructor [2007-2009] at AMARAIN Belly Dance (currently on hiatus) in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Classes resume in Fall 2014)

About RAQS SHARQI (or as it's know in the west, BELLYDANCE)

Raqs Sharqi’ (RAHks SHAR-kee), or ‘Dans Orientale’ (coined by the French during the period of Orientalism),, as Belly Dance is called in Arabic, is generally believed to originally be an ancient female rite of passage into womanhood, as a dance form passed on generationally from mother to daughter. Movements within the dance mimic those related to and subsequently aid in actual childbirth. This ancient and mysterious (dance) art form is thousands of years old, rumored to possibly be 5,000 years old! Adding to its mystery is the specific country or region of origin, with contenders being countries from the all over the Middle East, Northern Africa (Egypt), the Mediterranean region and even countries in south Asia, such as India and Pakistan. Here in the western world--in the United States, specifically--the first exposure to Raqs Sharqi was in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair, where 'Little Egypt' fascinated the public with her never-before-seen dance moves. Regardless of when or from where it came, Belly Dance is now enjoying a surge in popularity all over the world – And why not?  This beautifully fluid, precise and emotive dance art form is also an exceptional form of exercise for the performer and physical beauty in the eye of the beholder, the audience.

Zafirah the Bellydancer

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."-Martha Graham

"Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances."-Maya Angelou

"I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words."-Ruth St. Denis

 

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