Settle into your body and rediscover its beauty through the ancient techniques of Middle Eastern Belly Dance. This elegant, sensual art form celebrates the unique powers of our bodies at every phase of life. Come experience why this dance is excellent exercise and so much fun! On-going classes and special workshops are offered
in Portland for
levels from beginner to professional. Private coaching and semi-private classes available
Jamileh offers a number of workshops including "Gathering the Gifts of Women", “Mother & Daughter
Belly Dance” and “Pre-Natal Belly Dance”. She will also design specialty workshops
suited to your specific needs, by request.
Jamileh offers educational workshops with an
emphasis on culture or body image suitable for all levels of school
youth and adults. She offers these as a solo artist or teamed with
accomplished musicians incorporating both music and dance in an interactive
setting. Educational and community hosts include: Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine, the University of New England, The Children's Museum of Maine, The Girl Scouts of America, Bristol Consolidated School, Hollis Elementary School, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth & Scarborough Middle Schools, Reiche Elementary School and Thornton Academy among others.
A wonderful way to honor and celebrate women's and girls’ birthdays,
wedding/baby showers, etcetera.
Jamileh is a favorite at many cultural events including The American
Arabic Benevolent Association’s 25th Anniversary Gala, The 37th
National Melkite Convention, The 66th National Folk Festival with Sharq
Arabic Music Ensemble, The American Folk Festival, "From Kef to Classical" I & II, The Festival of Cultural Exchange, “The
Vagina Monologues” at Merrill Auditorium and The Center for Cultural
Exchange’s “Kef North”. She is honored to have been the resident dancer with the late, great Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian Middle Eastern Ensemble and is delighted to continue performing with the wonderful Okbari Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and Alhan Arabic Music Ensemble. Audiences have described her shows as “elegant”, “breathtaking” and “authentically
Arabic”. Jamileh is available to perform for weddings, festivals,
haflis and other cultural celebrations. Please see Special
for a list of upcoming performances.
Questions? Call (207) 773-2966.
ON SABBATICAL FROM PORTLAND CLASSES FOR 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR. SESSIONS RESUME AUTUMN 2015.
WEEKLY BELLY DANCE
BELLY DANCE for the BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
We study the techniques of both
Raqs Sharqi (performance-style) and Raqs Beledi (folkloric) through
group and solo choreography, intuitive movement, and meditation to stretch, strengthen, refresh and invigorate, at Maine Center for Taijiquan & Qigong (formerly Full Circle Synergy), 500 Forest Avenue, Portland, enter from parking lot behind building.
MONTHLY SUNDAY CIRCLE
GATHERING THE GIFTS OF WOMEN
Using the movement techniques of belly dance, along with meditation, conversation, literature and art, join us as we delve deeper into the power of settling into our sensual selves and celebrating the amazing gifts we bring to the world simply because we are women. Feel free to bring a yoga mat, blanket and/or pillow for your comfort.
QUARTERLY SUNDAY CIRCLE
MOTHER & DAUGHTER BELLY DANCE
Belly dance is a celebration of women and life at all phases. What
a wonderful thing to share with each other! Mothers and daughters
can be any age, birth, adoptive, grand, step, god, in-law, aunt, niece, sister,
cousin, partner, wife or just good friend. All are welcome!
Want to learn more? Watch this wonderful video by Kelly Labrecque of WCSH6 and WLBZ2: Fit at Five Mother & Daughter Belly Dance
Sunday, TBA, 1:00-2:30 pm, at Maine Center for Taijiquan & Qigong 500 Forest Avenue, Portland, enter from parking lot behind building. The exchange is $30/couple. Advance registration required by Friday prior. Reservations may be made via mail, email or telephone.
A portion of the proceeds from Mother & Daughter Belly Dance is donated to organizations that also celebrate women. Past recipients include Maine Women's Fund, Birth Roots, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, La Leche League Portland/South Portland, Midwives of Maine, A Company of Girls, Preble Street Women's Shelter, Real Life Real Talk, Middle East Children's Alliance and a special to the Lebanese Red Cross.
POLICIES & REGISTRATION
Class size is limited. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
DRESS COMFORTABLY - yoga pants or skirt, a fitted rather than
bulky top, bare feet, and a sash to tie around one’s hips
(not necessary, but helpful.)
PERFORMANCE AND PRIVATE COACHING students need a set of finger cymbals (musical instrument, not decorative) and a veil.
Please see Registration Page to