"Richmond's Favorite Bellydancer" Khalima is a nationally traveling bellydancer, entertainer, performance artist, instructor, emcee, and singer. She brings you two sides of the coin: very classic Egyptian Orientale and American Cabaret style bellydance for all ages, and wildly fused bellydance and performance art, often with lots of accordion and song!
Khalima is the owner and director of Electric Nomad Dance (formerly Illumination Dance), Richmond's own bellydance studio, and has graced stages and taught at festivals and events across the country, along with producing dozens of events in Richmond. She is a featured performer at numerous regional events, restaurants, and private parties!
Where do I begin? Khalima is an all around amazing person! She is a professional who always conducts herself with integrity. She is extremely skilled and talented technically in her craft and is a highly entertaining and charismatic performer. She is simply delightful to work with professionally and to know personally. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Khalima is a world class act! She dances with great joy and style. I highly recommend her for any occasion. She's an outstanding professional.
Khalima is a brilliant performer with a tremendous amount of training in classical oriental dance. She is uniquely brilliant in her on-stage charm and fully engages the audience in a way seldom seen except in the most experienced and masterful performers. In all ways she is a true performer and I recommend her HIGHLY!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 5 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
You can expect a delightful, spectacular, completely professional show that is perfectly crafted for your event and executed with love in high quality, authentic costuming. I am easy to work with, and can often arrive for last-minute bookings with ease. I love to entertain, and enjoy creative challenges, so feel to free ask about how I can create a custom bit of excitement for your event!
*Classic Bellydance: A fun, exciting, and upbeat bellydance show for all ages! This usually includes props such as zills (finger cymbals), veil, fan veils, wings of Isis, sword, pot of flowers, tray of candles (for balancing and floorwork shows), and cane. Costuming consists of the gorgeous bra, belt, and skirt sets designer made in Egypt!
*Fusion Bellydance Show: A cutting edge bellydance show with non-traditional music, props, and costuming. Details to be discussed, or let me decide the elements based on your event!
*Live Music Show: Choose from the Happy Lucky Combo, which is a three piece group consisting of drums, accordion, and upright bass, performing a variety of world-inspired music, or The Professor and Madwoman who perform song and dance: accordion, singing, bellydance, theatrical shenanigans, singalongs, and more!
*Atmospheric Entertainment: Light up costuming, exciting body painting, a roving bellydancing princess, and more!
*Cabaret: Looking for variety? We can customize a live music cabaret with song, dance, and other vaudevillian-type acts.
Khalima is available for bookings of all varieties!
*Private and Public events: Classic Egyptian Orientale, American Cabaret, and Tribal Fusion Bellydance.
*Atmospheric, character-based, and theatrical entertainment. Light up costuming, full body-paint and many more options available, contact Khalima with your needs!
*Party packages: Liven up the party with a show and mini-class! Classes and shows are suitable for all people of all ages, including children. Bachelorette parties, birthday parties, "Princess Parties". Options for live music, henna, tarot reader, and more!
*Live music! Khalima works with The Happy Lucky Combo (exciting world-inspired music), and as a duet with accordionist Barry Bless.
*We bring the Cabaret! Allow us to create a song and dance cabaret for you! Fun shenanigans, interesting props, sing-alongs, and more!
Khalima is a Richmond, Virginia based career bellydancer, mama, performance artist, instructor, emcee, producer, writer, musician, singer, and artistic madwoman. She brings together her background in art, music, body modification and adornment, and a lifelong passion for writing, metaphor, and things that shine into emotional, musical, and narrative renderings of Orientale bellydance and theatrical performance. The quintessential performer, Khalima is able to seamlessly join her dance to any genre of music, and is a sought after performer for live music experiences and stage performances where anything from the cutting edge to the esoteric, modern, ancient, or traditional can flourish. Khalima has been lovingly described as “poetry in motion” and as “being the music”.
The Instructor: With a penchant for thinking outside of the box and an insatiable drive to create and inspire, Khalima opened lllumination Dance Studio, Richmond’s only studio dedicated to bellydance in all its forms and incarnations in September of 2010. She teaches an organically delicious blend of Orientale and Tribal Fusion bellydance, and pulls from her training in both forms, training in prenatal yoga instruction, study with Suhaila Salimpour, Sahra Saeeda, and many others in her classes. She offers all levels of classes including the raucous Punk Rock Shimmy Shakedown, and teaches with her accordionist sidekick, Barry Bless.
The Producer: Khalima hosts internationally touring artists, and produces numerous events around Richmond including Raqs Luminaire, a gorgeous spectacle of bellydance, live music, theater, and literal and metaphorical illumination at the historic Byrd Theater. She also collaborates with communities and artists across many genres and styles.
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Additional Booking Notes
To be discussed in booking, as much depends on what your needs are!
*Band can bring entire sound setup.
*Solo performances will require a sound system (outside of atmospheric/wandering performances).
*Staged area will be needed for non-atmospsheric performances.
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