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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 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.

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Interview: Dance Doc

Interview: WILD the Vision the Journey

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Workshops

Saturday, August 3rd

Dancing in Heels for Belly Dancers! 

Step up your belly dance game with this exciting one-hour workshop focused on dancing in heels! Elevate your elegance, enhance your lines, and add a touch of glamour to your performances. This class is designed to help you gain confidence and skill in dancing with dance heels, emphasizing proper technique, balance, and footwork.

Please note: To ensure safety and preserve the integrity of our dance space, only dance heels are permitted. Outdoor shoes will not be allowed in the studio.

Join us for this fun and empowering workshop, and take your belly dancing to new heights!
1:30-2:30pm
Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

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Classes

In-Person + Online Classes – Saturdays, May 4 – June 28

May – June 2024

9:30-10:30am (Eastern)

Introduction to Finger Cymbals (8 weeks)

Become familiar with the techniques of playing finger cymbals (zills / sagat) and learn various patterns and rhythms that will enhance your dance with their vibrant sounds. From basic strikes to simple combinations, you’ll begin to develop the skill and precision needed to synchronize your movements with the music. Dancers will learn introductory finger cymbal rhythms and coordinate them with dance movement.

Open to all levels.

Finger cymbals will be available for purchase.

May – June 2024

10:30-11:30am (Eastern)

Intermediate Finger Cymbals (8 weeks)

Master the techniques of playing finger cymbals (zills / sagat) and learn various patterns and rhythms that will enhance your dance with their vibrant sounds. With increased speed and more complex combinations, you’ll improve your skills and precision needed to synchronize your movements with the music. Dancers will learn intermediate finger cymbal rhythms and coordinate them with layered dance movement.

Open to dancers with finger cymbal experience with Crystal. This course is strongly encouraged for anyone wishing to perform with the DC Dance Junkies in the fall.

Finger cymbals will be available for purchase.

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