My fascination with Egypt led me to star learning Egyptian dance about 20 years ago. Since then, I have studied with top teachers, performers, and musicians both in the UK and in Egypt. I have also performed at many events including the 'Rhythms of the World' festivals in Hitchin, at the Lord Mayor's Celebrations outside City Hall Norwich, and at St Albans Festival with Sara Kahan and Guy Schalom's Baladi Blues Ensemble.
My style of dance
As a dancer, I combine fluid elegance with with fiery, intricate hip movements. I have a strong technique and understand how the movements are created from within, which I aim to pass onto my students. I believe a strong foundation gives a dancer the freedom to explore whilst retaining integrity and meaning. I really enjoy helping students develop their own style and self-expression, and love seeing dancers blossom as they lose any shyness and revel in the joy of the moment. My training as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist also provides a rich source of material to experience and enjoy with my students.
Apart from my regular classes I am available to give workshops or demonstrations at local community events, at schools, for professional network groups and corporate events. I also perform at hen-nights and at mixed private celebrations including weddings and corporate events.
Fundraising fun for MS Trust and Breast Cancer Care
I occasionally hold fund-raising events for two charities close to my heart: MS Trust and Breast Cancer Care. I have organised events which have so far raised over £3k. This included a 24-hour Shimmython in January 2011: we were even on Anglia TV!
I was a regular member of 'Tabeeya', a semi-professional group which shared this exciting and dynamic dance form at our own shows and festivals and events.
Read my 'Comet Country' interview from The Comet newspaper for more on what makes me tick:
"It's good to wobble"
See me in action at my hafla in 2011 improvising to live music from percussionist Tim Garside and accordionist Elgamal Elkordy: my favourite baladi piece - Ya Della Alla Kifuk, which I'm told means you flirt too much!
In addition to being a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with ADMP UK, I am a qualified Keep Fit Association teacher, holding the L3 Teaching Exercise and Dance to Music to Adults. I also hold a DBS and PL insurance.