Naimah is an award winning belly dancer from Baltimore, MD who won the title of 2009 Bellydance Nationals Alternative Fusion Soloist Champion and the People’s Choice award. She is also the director of the 2010 Belly Dance Nationals’ Alternative Fusion Troupe Champions, Amandari Dance Company. She has also trained several other award winning dancers.
Naimah began exploring the art of belly dance in 1999 with a background in ballet, modern, hip hop, and African dance since the age of 5. She has studied belly with well known local and formerly local talent such as Devra Johari, Antonia, Lotus Niraja, and Piper as well as many sought after dancers from around the world. Her belly dance career began with Egyptian style Cabaret and has since found her niche in modern forms of belly dance. She is always seeking ways to be more expressive and create theatrical art. Her style is oftentimes experimental while not losing sight of the dances’ cultural origins and can be best described as eclectic and eccentric.
In addition to belly dance, Naimah is an artist, makeup artist, and life figure drawing art model who graduated from Carver Center For Arts and Technology and studied apparel/costume design, dance and visual arts in multiple colleges. She focuses on exploring the art in the dance to find every opportunity to present visual imagery with appealing compositions in her choreographies and compelling stage presents. Naimah also offers classes to help dancers become physically and artistically stronger. Sign up HERE to expand your artistry!
Naimah has been certified in the Piper Method School of Dance, and is certified in the Suhaila Salimpour format of dance. She has performed with multiple live bands. She has appeared in the music videos for “Dark Hall” by the band Mindless Faith, and “New Legion” by Ego Likeness. She has also performed and taught workshops at well known festivals such as Rakkasah’s Spring Caravan, CCBC World Dance Festival, Tribal Fest 13, the BOCA Festival, Shimmy in the Sun in Costa Rica, Bellypalooza, Belly Horror, and Raven’s Night. She has also judged, taught and performed at Jewels of the Orient competition and festival. Naimah also collaborated with Mickey Gibson to form Tordu and have performed at Roxy and Dukes in NJ and Wasteland Weekend in CA.
Naimah has coordinated many events such as the monthly Five Seasons Hafla and the bi-monthly show, Moonlight Tribal Lounge. She is now the co- producer of Maryland’s largest belly dance festival, “Art of the Belly” in Ocean City, MD which showcases ALL styles of belly dance from all over. Please join us for our next annual event.
Contact Naimah: email@example.com 410-446-7488