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Shining is an internationally respected performer and instructor with 15 years of dedicated training, committed to providing exciting and educational performances of Egyptian Oriental Dance and other traditional dances of the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Gulf.
She has been an instructor to dancers across the globe and the featured entertainment for weddings, art festivals, dinner parties, corporate events, restaurants, hookah lounges, birthday parties and more! Her happy customers all agree that her dedication to learning and respect for the cultures that originated these dances are the root of her high quality and joyfully remembered shows and educational seminars on dance.
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 10 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
"I would hire Shining for any event where expertise and skill in dance was important and trust her to deliver a professional show at all times.”
-S. Jaad, The Back Door Gourmet Food Group, Republic, WA
As an entertainer, she is willing to customize any of her basic show options around the needs of your event-or work with you to create something special that will be enjoyably remembered by you and your guests for long after the event is done.
As an educator, Shining strives to give the most to her students by continuing to learn from the most accurate sources of information available about the cultures these dances come from; to share with them the importance of the dance as a visual representation of the music; and to help them develop discernment in observation that they may see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears, the subtle and strong varieties in movements, mood, structure, style and phrasing.
“Shining is a very talented and beautiful dancer. She is very educated on the history and different cultures as well as the different styles of Middle Eastern Dance. She was very quick to respond to event, and was very professional and patient from beginning to end. My friends and I had such a great time learning something new.”
Shining is internationally recognized for her work in the reconstruction of early Raqs Sharqi and the candelabra-balancing dance named “Raqs al-Shamadan”.
With 15 years of dedicated training, Shining is a respected performer and instructor committed to providing exciting and educational performances of Egyptian Oriental Dance and other traditional dances of the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Gulf.
She has been the featured entertainment for weddings, art festivals, dinner parties, corporate events, restaurants, hookah lounges, family gatherings, birthday parties and more! Her happy customers all agree that her dedication to learning and respect for the cultures that originated these dances are the root of her high quality and joyfully remembered shows.
As an instructor Shining is excited about helping students around the world find their own voice in dance and enhance their modern Raqs Sharqi presentation by using historical movements and references to construct culturally specific characters for the stage that will bring a vitality to their performances as well as expanded understanding and appreciation of Egyptian Oriental Dance.
She holds multiple performance awards including:
“1st place Props” (Candelabra Dance) 2016 La Danse Oriental Competition
“Professional Grand Champion” 2015 Belly Dance Off (live music competition)
“1st place Alternative Music Professional” 2009 Belly Dancer USA Competition
Shining knows how to give you the best! Hire your entertainment today!
Additional Booking Notes
Lighting and sound are an important part of any professional show, to give your guests the best experience please provide a clean, open space for Shining to perform, with a sound system that can accommodate either CD or MP3 players, loud and clear enough to be heard in every corner of the room.
Many prop options are available and will change the size of the space needed but a good rule of thumb is at least a 10' x10' space with a clean floor and no low hanging chandeliers or ceiling fans.
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Influences & Inspiration
Shining has always been strongly influenced by videos of dancers from the "Golden Age" of the Egyptian Cinema, and the dancers that followed in the years after. From Tahia Carioca to Fifi Abdou, the dance stars of Egypt have been the subject of endless study and fascination.
After several years of exploring the fusion side of Belly Dance, Shining began to study Egyptian Belly Dance and many folk dances from the surrounding regions, with American born career dancer A'isha Azar. Shining soon become a member of A'isha's professional dance company Baharat!!, and assisted in the creation and presentation of their twice yearly narrated shows featuring skits and dances from across the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Gulf.
Other strong influences include Helene Erikson (Dance Ethnologist and director of ANAR DANA International Dance Theater), Sahra Kent (Dance Ethnologist and founder of the "Journey Through Egypt" course) and Mish Mish of Seattle's Karavans Dance Troupe.
In recent years Shining's interest to recreate early 1900's Egyptian Dance has been greatly guided by St. Louis dancer Nisaa (Heather Ward, author of "Egyptian Dance in Transition") and inspired by the countless unnamed dancers of vintage post cards and film.
Clear/loud Sound system with CD or MP3 player hook up
Clean dance floor
Clean, private changing area