When people ask me how long I have been dancing my answer usually is: "All my life!" And yes I feel that way.
I always liked to dance whether it was ballet, ball room dancing or just dancing in the club. When my friend introduced me to the Art of Middle eastern dance (Belly dancing) it was an eye opener for me, it was a love from the first class: I could not stand still when the music was on and my first teacher Joanna made the learning easy and fun. I love the middle eastern music and this dance form. With dancing you never stop learning even when you are a teacher yourself because there are so many other teachers and performers from whom you can learn and get an inspiration from. I constantly attend dance workshops and classes whenever and and wherever I can.
I had a pleasure to learn from Joanna (Canada), Sahra Saeeda(USA), Yousry Sharif(USA), Tito(Egypt), Suzy(Canada), Nancy Bromley (Canada), Nanna Candelaria(USA), Aldiya(Canada), Cassandra (USA), Delilah(USA), Amel Tafsout (Algeria), Sema Yildiz (Turkey), Yasmina Ramzy (Canada) Jillina(USA), Hadia(Canada) with whom I completed the Certified Teacher Training Levels 1 & 2 and cant wait for the opportunity to finish Level 3
In 2008, I became a founder of the Moondance Shimmy dance group for which I am the instructor, lead choreographer and artistic director. The group had been dancing at different cultural and numerous fundraising events.
We specialize in Oriental and folklore forms of dance and the use of various props such as veil, sword, cane, shamadan (candelabra), wings, voi (veil+poi), fan-veils
Moondance Shimmy is an organizer of the Annual Regional Belly Dance Night in Grande Prairie where dancers and groups from Northern Alberta and British Columbia get together and demonstrate their talents.
My latest endeavour has taken me into the art of designing and creating belly dance costumes.