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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.


Interview: Dance Doc

Interview: Vegans are Cool

Article: Enforced Arch

Interview: WILD the Vision the Journey



Saturday, August 10th

Fusion Drum Solo (intermediate/advanced) 
An intermediate/advanced level belly dance fusion drum solo that incorporates elements of layering dance movement and refined advanced belly dance technique with a fun fusion twist.


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016



Saturday, September 7th

Belly Pop Fusion Combos (intermediate) 
Where technique meets attitude – unleash your inner diva as we fuse contemporary pop music with belly dance movement to create an upbeat combo that incorporates dance elements of jazz and hip hop.


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016



Saturday, September 21st

Call of the Wild (workshop and performance)
Join the pack on a journey into the WILD to learn and perform the wolf choreography from WILD – a special endangered species through dance production. Dancers will reach into their primal being to adopt a pack mentality and bring wolves to life through dance. This piece is bold, dark and accessible to dancers of all levels. Dancers who attend this workshop my choose to perform the piece in the gala show at Coastal Belly Fest *Bring knee pads for class (there is a lot of floor work involved)
Recommended costume, all black and fitted, smokey eyes, hair down, preferably straight


Veterans Memorial Building
846 Front St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060



Saturday, October 12th

Belly Dance Hip Hop Fusion Combo and Technique (intermediate) 
This Hip-hop infused combo using refined technique will carry dancers out the box of traditional belly dance movement and music while still staying grounded in what we do best – belly dance!


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016





Sahara Dance Fall Series 2019

Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Saturdays, September 5th-December 19th


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, September 5th-December 19th



An upbeat & fun jazzy fusion choreography that playfully combines belly dance technique with inspiration drawn from modern dance forms.
Students will perform at Sahara Dance Caravan on December 7th at Georgetown University. Dance heels will be worn for performance.



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