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Crystal Silmi Bellydance




Crystal is a belly dance and belly dance fusion artist, instructor and choreographer from San Francisco, California USA who has performed and taught throughout the world.
Skilled in both the art of classical Middle Eastern dance and modern fusion, Crystal puts her Arab American roots to the stage with a deep sense of rhythm and powerful athleticism and has become known for her unique and energetic style of fusion dance movement.
A long time student of master instructor Suhaila Salimpour and her mother Jamila Salimpour, Crystal was a member of both the Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat and in 2006 founded RaksArabi, a belly dance fusion company in California. RaksArabi has performed for audiences in the USA and Europe with a repertoire that draws upon hip hop, jazz, North African and other dance styles enhancing the art of belly dance with a vivid and contemporary feel.
Crystal resided in Madrid, Spain for nearly a decade, sharing her love for dance throughout Europe and the world while seeking to inspire students to explore themselves through this expressive art. In Madrid she directed the Dance Junkies a student fusion dance group. Now living in Washington, DC USA, she is teaching weekly classes both online and in the area and performs regularly with local venues.
Crystal is also a certified yoga instructor from Rishikesh Yog Peeth (Rishikesh Yoga Institute) and has been teaching hatha yoga and specialized yoga for dancers classes since 2012.
She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Read more here.


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Sunday, July 18th

Hip Hip Chin Chin Choreography 
This is a very spicy, upbeat modern fusion piece combining belly dance technique with pizzazz! Bringing together elements from a variety of dance forms, dancers will learn a choreography that can be taken to the stage or to the streets!
Dance heels are optional. Minimum 2 years of belly dance training required.
There is limited in person class space, participants can enroll in remote learning.

$35 June 15th/$40 after

11:00-1:00pm Pacific/2:00-4:00pm Eastern

Desert Dream Dance Company Studio
1025 Water St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062




Coming Soon

Fez Tones Hafla
New Deal Cafe
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770


In-Person + Online Classes – Saturdays, January 10 – April 3

11:30-12:30pm (Eastern)

Belly Dance Fusion

Focus on layering technique, coordinating multiple movements with precision and accuracy of timing. With layering, dancers can express multiple rhythms and/or melodies at the same time. Advance your technique and movement repertoire. The possibilities are limitless!
Prerequisite: 2 years belly dance technique




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