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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, April 6th

Folkloric Belly Dance Basics with Finger Cymbals
Introduction to finger cymbals combined with folkloric and modern belly dance movement. Dancers will learn a variety of finger cymbal rhythms and coordinate them with dance movement; we will also applying the movement and cymbals to create a short combo. Open to all levels. Finger cymbals will be available for purchase.
Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016


Saturday, July 6th

Crystal Silmi Belly Dance & Janelle Dance Present
The Desert Dream Cabaret
An Evening of Belly Dance for the Children of Palestine
Saturday, July 6th
Desert Dream Dance Studio
1025 Water St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Ticket info. TBA


In-Person + Online Classes – Saturdays, January 6 – April 26

January – April 2024

9:30-10:30pm (Eastern)

Belly Dance Fusion Technique 

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!

January – April 2024

10:30-11:30pm (Eastern)

Belly Dance Fusion Choreography – Vive la Résistance!

This bold and rhythmic choreography will put our dancers training to the test, with sharp isolations, quick shimmies and impassioned expression. This is a great opportunity for dancers to strengthen their ability to move in sync with their fellow dancers and embrace the power of movement.



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