I have always had music in my life; my father is a rock drummer, my mother loved to perform and dance, and my great-grandfather was a talented ukulele player.
Introduced to bellydance in 2005 with Neena and Veena, I began bellydancing for exercise. After moving to Japan in 2008, I was inspired to join a local bellydance studio in Tokyo. I enrolled in the most prestigious and well known studio in Japan, Lapis Entertainment, headed by Kayo Aoki. I was able to learn Egyptian and Turkish dance from the many dedicated and amazing Japanese veteran teachers at the studio, such as Gamila, Miharu, and Tomoka.
From 2011, I got a taste for the stage, and began performing at large events and restaurant shows in the Tokyo area. I have been blessed to performed on the same stage as superstar dancers Dina and Soraia Zaied from Egypt, and with many of my amazing teachers. Being in a huge metropolitan area with a lively dance scene allowed me to dedicated my time and energy to attending many master teacher workshops and intensives to educate myself in presenting the dance in a respectful way.
I continue to study with various teachers from around the world, and enjoy delving deeper to understand the culture that Oriental Dance originates from. I continue to perform and enjoy the interaction I have with the audience, the music, and myself. There’s nothing like it!