- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+
- Teaching since:
Belly dancing since 2004 has been a joy and a privilege to Jamila. Trained in traditional and modern Egyptian styles as well as Lebanese, American Cabaret, Greek and Turkish, Jamila has a unique and beautiful approach to this ancient art form. She applies her amalgamation to traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music in addition to blues, rock and metal genres.
Initially learning from Layla Lee & Rada Burns in Chicago, Jamila's passion for music and the dance has led her to travel and train all over the country. She's been honored with instruction from many belly-dance greats like Dina of Egypt, Zahra Zuhair, Ansuya, Suhaila Salimpour, Amanda Rose, Sadie Marquardt and many others. In 2010, she became certified in Ansuya's Cabaret style and currently undertakes a mentorship with Zahra Zuhair.
Specializing in improvisation, Jamila has many times been featured with local Indiana bands like Black Stone Ritual, Il Troubadore and the East-West Music Group. She's also shared the same stage with the Yuval Ron Ensemble, Unida, YOB & The Earthlings.
In recent years, Jamila's featured her choreographed pieces with the Bellydance Superstars Club Bellydance, The Carmel International Arts Festival and benefits for Meals on Wheels and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Currently you can find Jamila teaching at her studio near downtown Indianapolis and performing at various restaurants, fairs, festivals, weddings and more all over the metro Indianapolis area. She gives lectures at colleges, workshops for dance organizations and presentations at trade shows.
For Jamila, the greatest satisfaction comes from teaching a wide-range of students from many age brackets, genders and walks of life. Her favorite thing is how all students come as a seed and watching them bloom into beautiful trees and flowers as they learn to develop movements and grow with grace; this is a priceless reward.