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”. She has also trained several other award winning dancers.

Naimah began exploring the art of belly dance in 1999 with some background knowledge in ballet, modern, hip hop, and african dance. She has studied belly dance with well known talent such as Devra Johari, Antonia, Lotus Niraja, and Piper. Her belly dance career began with Egyptian style Cabaret but after intensive study with many instructors from all over she has found her niche in the art of Modern belly dance. This style allows her to be more expressive and blend other forms to create theatrical art. Her style is very unique and experimental. Naimah is known for her mysterious, fluid movements and gothic flair.

In addition to belly dance, Naimah is an artist and art model. She graduated from Carver Center For Arts and Technology and incorporates visual imagery into her choreographies.

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 live bands such as Ishtar, Animus, beatboxer Shodekeh and Senseless. She has appeared in the music videos for “Dark Hall” by the band Mindless Faith, and “New Legion” by Ego Likeness, and has been featured on the Fox 45 morning news in Baltimore. 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, KisFest, 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-director 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. www.artofthebelly.com

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Contact Naimah: naimah@naimahdances.com 410-446-7488

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