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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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Saturdays, November 2,9,16 &30

Zillin’ Like A Villain (4 weeks)
Finger cymbals are an essential element in Belly Dance. In this 4 week series, dancers will learn a variety of rhythms to incorporate into their practice and performance. We will build in speed and increase dexterity for confident cymbals playing.


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016



Saturday, December 14th

Yoga for Dancers
Relax, unwind and stretch! It is important for dancers to maintain optimum health of the body, mind and spirit. This winter join us for an hour and a half of self care, deepening bodily awareness and flexibility while strengthening your core.


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016



Saturday, January 11th

Flamenco Belly Dance Fusion
When two timeless art forms meet, the result is mesmerizing!
Flamenco belly dance fusion combines the strength and fire of flamenco with the grace and power of belly dance. We will review technique for both dance forms and create a combo you can merge into your repertoire.
Bring a full-length skirt! ¡Olé y yalla!


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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