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Amara

Electric Shimmy Belly Dance

Amara's love for dance began at an early age. She was introduced to bellydancing in 2002 and immediately fell in love. She is known for her expressive style and using the music to tell a story through her dance. She enjoys dancing to all types of music but prefers dancing improv to live music. Her style is American Orientale. She often dances with props such as Wings of Isis, sword, and veil. She also has a variety of fire props such as fire fans, palm torches, and a fire hip belt. She began dancing for fitness, but soon realized how empowering it was. She has studied with many local and international instructors and also attends various workshops as a way to improve her skills. Her passion and love for the artform is seen through her dance. She is a professional photographer and visual artist and finds that creativity helps inspire her dancing. She has performed for many local haflas, birthday parties, weddings, and special events. She has performed at restaurants such as Sassool, XIOS authentic Greek Restaurant, Taverna Nikos, Spartacus, and Babylon. You might have also seen her performing at The International Festival of Raleigh, Festival of Legends, Pagan Pride Festival, Festival for the Eno, Fullsteam Brewery,  the Raleigh Drum Circle, the NC Renaissance Faire, the Apex Peakfest, Lebanese Festival of Raleigh, Day in Downtown Festival in Fuquay Varina, NBC 17 Health and Fitness Fair, Durham's Centerfest and Cary Spring Daze.

In Spring of 2012 she worked with the cast of 'Arabian Nights' for their theater production at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She was the lead choreographer.

 

Amara often performs live with her husband, Andrew, who is an Oud player with the Lost Nomads. The Lost Nomads are a Middle-Eastern music ensemble located in Raleigh, NC which focuses on traditional oriental music. She enjoys performing along with him and the band. He also makes his own music and performs under the name of Afrit Temple, which currently focuses on Medieval/Renaissance Music. They have now joined together to bring you a new collaboration of music and dance performance together. Amara plays Hurdy Gurdy and Drums with her husband at local festivals and faires.

 
 

VIDEOS

TESTIMONIALS

My wife and I first saw Amara at the Raleigh International Dance festival a couple of years ago and were amazed at her skills in belly dancing.  Out of all the dancers at the festivals she appeared to be the most professional and to have a true love for the authentic style of the dance.  We talked with Amara on the phone to go over the details of our wedding. We were able to decide the style of dance we preferred to see as well as the color scheme of her clothing.  We naturally connected with her and were excited to have her be a part of our special day.  

When Amara arrived to our wedding, she had an incredible level of energy that had us and our guest dancing and participating with her dance.  Amara's performance was entertaining and loved by all.  She surprised us by giving my wife and I a belly dancing hip scarf as she proceeded to teach us basic belly dancing moves. It was very special and unforgettable! We couldn't have been happier with Amara and would recommend her to anyone!

 - Tenita Solanto and Christina Verwoerdt

When the announcement was made that we were going to have a professional Belly Dancer as part of our Cultural Diversity Celebration, everyone was so excited. When she arrived and began to perform she lit up to room. Her performance was electrifying!! Everyone loved her and she was so professional, patient and friendly with the staff and the consumers we serve. They really enjoyed their belly dancing session they received from Amara and had a ton of fun while trying to do the same moves as her. They are still speaking about her performance today. We are so glad she took the time to come and share her talent with us. It was very special and something we will never forget!"
             - Valour Richardson, PHP of NC

Dear Amara, 
We had such wonderful time watching you dance last night at the Amato wedding. To me you brought back many happy memories of my childhood and youth where every weekend there was belly dancing :-) To my kids you introduced a wonderful art that I hope they will someday learn and experience."

-Jo 

Dear Amara and the band,
We cannot say enough thank you for Saturday, May 12th night's performance. It was our godson's college graduation and we wanted to give something special to someone special and family. Something that they never had so far! Show in close caption what a beautiful Middle Eastern Music is and that belly dancing is something the entire family and guests can enjoy. The band, directed by the Oud player, Andy is nothing short of being a genius. There is no song that he cannot play, just hum it and he will put it to notes, play it and teach the band. The result of humming - in short few minutes will be breathtaking music.

What can we say about beautiful Amara? The more appropriate question will be what we cannot say but praises! She is a true artist who strives to take her performance one step higher and higher with the passage of time. She loves her work, she appreciates the Middle Eastern Music and lives the music while dancing. She mesmerized us all! Again, Thank you for Andy (oud), Amir (dumbak), Dikran (violin) and Amara ( belly dancer) for making the graduation party so very special! All guests loved it and extend their appreciation as well!"
        - Hermine Kabbendjian

"We have booked Amara several times for celebrations in our Restaurant.  She has always arrived on time and had great communication leading up to the event.  She makes sure to understand our vision of the event and what we expect from her before the day of.  She is by far the easiest vendor to work with!  She engages with the crowd and encourages people to get involved.  She never seems to run out of energy!  Will definitely use her again and again as well as recommend her to everyone I know.  "

- Noelle Scott

Sassool Cafe General Manager

 

SHOW SCHEDULE

BOOKING RATES

Classes

The Fainting Goat March 24 7:00pm

Brueprint Brewing Company 6:00

Public Performances

March 7th -Raleigh International Festival on Main Stage @ 10:50am Dance Demo @ 12:00

Booking

Private Events Starting $250 

Any Fire Performance (Use of Shamadan or Palm Flames, add $75 If Included in One Set)

Restaraunts/Hookah Lounges/Clubs

Please Call/Text 919-523-1530 or Email