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Crystal Silmi Bellydance




Crystal Silmi is now in Washington, D.C.!
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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 has been residing in Madrid, Spain for the past 8 years where has been sharing her art locally, throughout Europe and the world seeking to inspire students to explore themselves through the expressive art of dance. In Madrid she directed the Dance Junkies a student fusion dance group.
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.


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Saturday, February 23rd

Turbo Charged Fusion Combos

High paced and high energy extended fusion combos bringing together elements of belly dance and hip hop resulting in a powerful expression of the almighty female! Ideal for low intermediate dancers and above.


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016



Saturday, April 20th

Electro Swing Belly Dance Fusion

A sassy, spicy and upbeat jazz fusion choreography, playfully combining belly dance technique with hot electro swing music. 
Dance heels optional!


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016



Saturday, June 15th

Drop it Like it’s Hot – Hip Hop Belly Dance Fusion Combos

Get down and funky with this Hip-hop infused combo using refined technique to carry dancers out the box of traditional belly dance movement and music while still staying grounded in what we do best – belly dance!

Saffron Dance
3260 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201





Sahara Dance Spring/Summer Series 2019

Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Saturdays, May 4th-August 17th


Layering Technique

This series will focus specifically 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 and is a perfect way to advance a dancer’s knowledge and movement repertoire. The possibilities are limitless!

Saturdays, May 4th-August 17th



We are going to add to the summer heat with this performance piece.
This is a spicy and upbeat modern fusion choreography that combines belly dance technique with fusion style and  pizzazz! Bringing together elements of various dance forms, dancers will learn a full-length choreography that can be taken to the stage or to the streets!



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