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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.


Interview: Dance Doc

Interview: WILD the Vision the Journey



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



Saturday, April 4th

Fuego Latino – Latin Belly Dance Fusion Dance Workout
Join us for a high intensity Latin belly dance fusion dance workout! We will review basic Latin dance rhythms and combine a variety of steps into simple choreographic sequences that are sure to get your heart rate up and leave you feeling sexy! All levels welcome.
Dance sneakers, water and a towel are recommended.


Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016





Online Classes – Saturdays, August 15-September 5

10:00-11:00am (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


Saturdays, January 4-April 23


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, January 4-April 23


Choreography – The Journey

The Journey
This is a dynamic, spiritually inspired dance with elements of North African dance and modern fusion. Dancers should have a solid technical foundation and be comfortable with floor work, with the ability to get up and down off the floor with ease.
Knee pads are optional.
Students will perform at the spring recital.

Saturdays, January 4-April 23


Finger Cymbals for Belly Dance
Learn to play the finger cymbals like a boss! The cymbals are an essential element in Belly Dance. Throughout the course, dancers will learn a variety of rhythms and will incorporate those rhythms with dance movement. We will build in speed and increase dexterity for confidence and precision in playing the finger cymbals.
Some cymbals will be available for sale the first day of class.

Sahara Dance Spring Series 2020

Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016



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