Beautiful, sensual, passionate and just plain fun, "belly dance" is actually an umbrella term ascribed to any pelvic-centered dance originating from North Africa, the Middle East or Turkey. How did this dance, whose vocabulary is dominated by hip movements, become "belly" dance? The theories abound, and it's likely that none will ever be proven. Connoisseurs would agree on one thing though: belly dance inspires and lifts the soul.
Of course, the exercise is an additional benefit, but it's not the reason belly dance students and teachers go home each night with a smile on their face and an ancient rhythm in their head. It's not just exercise, it's art. And it's not just dance, it's cultural dance. A serious student quickly discovers belly dance and its heritage are inseparable. Hence, non-native scholars across the globe soon find themselves playing foreign instruments, studying foreign languages, tasting foreign foods and traveling to foreign countries not to visit the tourist attractions, but to dance with famous dancers as well as everyday people.
In fact, the beauty of this dance is that it originated from everyday people, and it continues to be embraced by that set in its countries of origin as well as here in the United States. At its core, belly dance is a folk dance; that's why classes are open to all ages and body types. It is a gentle form of exercise that allows you to connect body, soul and having some laughs. In short, it is a dance that can enrich your life, and when it's performed, it enriches the lives of others.
Veterinarian by day and belly dance by night, Nahara teaches all levels of belly dance including special workshops. She performs regularly in the tri-state area at various venues (restaurants, cafes and theatrical events) and for private parties (birthdays, celebrations, baby and bridal showers, weddings). Her dance repertoire includes Egyptian Raqs Sharqi (Oriental), Egyptian Raqs Baladi (Folkloric), American Belly Dance (Sword, Veil), and Tunisian and Moroccan Dance.