Safiya Nawaar Middle Eastern Dance Company
Safiya Nawaar is a much sought after Middle Eastern Belly Dance Artist, instructor and choreographer located in Lexington, Kentucky. Since relocating to Kentucky in late 2009, Safiya has become a local favorite among the Middle Eastern community in the Greater Lexington Area. She is quickly becoming one of the most recognized performers of Traditional Raqs Sharqi in the Blue Grass State, and continues to gain popularity throughout the Eastern United States with every public performance that she takes part in.
With grace and style, she enthralls and captivates audiences of all ages and ethnicities, and is well known for her artistic flair and challenging use of props such as veils, sword, zills/sagat, Wings of Isis, Assaya/Cane, Moroccan Tray and Shemadan. Her area of expertise lies firmly rooted in performing improvisational dance that comes from the heart and soul of the dancer, which makes every solo performance unique. Safiya was the featured performing artist at Petra, Lexington's former premair Mediteranian Restaurant. As well as the featured performer at Casablanca Hookah lounge in downtown Lexington.
Involved in the Performing Arts her entire life, she feels fortunate to have many years of Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Theatrical dance as a solid foundation before getting involved in belly dance. Her specialties include Raqs Sharqi, Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish Oriental, Vintage Oriental, Turkish Rroma, Classical Persian and Tribal Fusion. She prides herself not only in the more traditional forms of Raqs Sharqi, but also in the conception of her own modern fusion of Belly dance, utilizing all the elements from her diverse dance education.
Formerly from Central Florida, where her career as a performer and instructor began, she could be seen in a number of prominent venues located throughout the State. Prior to becoming a teacher in her own right, she was the troupe Captain of the ‘Benat Sharkein Dancers’.
Although Safiya has been a dancer her entire life, her first experience with Oriental Dance opened her eyes to a whole new way to express herself artistically. The earthy appeal of Folkloric, the ethereal sensuality of the Veil, and the sweetness of the Beledi drew her into Belly dance and all that it had to offer.
While studying under the Yamir sisters, Safiya began regularly attending workshops and seminars, as well as private lessons, taught by an eclectic mix of renowned instructors and performers such as Fahtiem, Amaya, Morocco, Raffa, Virginia, Amir Thaleb, Jihan Jamal, Yousry Sharif, Artemis Mourat, Ansuya, Jim Boz, Karen Barbee, Leyla Jouvana, Zaina Hart, Zhaleh Fereshteh, Tarik Sultan, Gina, Kamaal, Habiba, Tamalyn Dallal, Rachel Brice, Aradia, John Compton, Sadie Marquart, Karim Nagi and many others. She believes you never stop learning, and continues to pursue a widely varied education in the art of both traditional and modern Dance Oriental.