WAMEDA Dance Teachers
in the
Washington, DC Area

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Baltimore, MD

Antonia is the queen of floorwork!

Antonia is an acclaimed performer and choreographer of Greek descent who has performed in the United States and abroad for 40 years. She specializes in American/cabaret nightclub style belly dance with a gypsy flair and is one of the few dancers who still performs and specializes in floorwork. She is the recipient of two Middle Eastern Dance Achievement Awards and was featured in the documentary of legendary dancer Adriana which is filed in the Library of Congress. She is also a member of Council International Dance; Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theatre-Athens, Greece. Antonia is the principal dancer of the Baltimore Actor’s Theatre Company and performs in local musical productions throughout the area. She teaches out of her home studio in Baltimore, is the Artistic Director of two dance troupes, and has produced many dance productions in the Baltimore area.



Aliya’s Kismet Dancers

Gaithersburg – Germantown – Rockville

Aliya’s Kismet Dancers (in memory of the beloved founder, Aliya Quinn), under the direction of Shalaya, uses Egyptian Cabaret style Belly Dance for the basis of their choreographies as well as a fusion of bellydance with some familiar American traditional music while learning fun and challenging dance moves to entertain audiences at Haflas and various community venues in the Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Rockville areas.

For more information
email: Shalaya

and visit:



Artemis has taught classes, workshops and private lessons in all aspects of belly dancing from A to Z locally and in 36 states and 12 countries. She has written over 30 articles on dance related topics.
Regular classes, private lessons & workshops
Silver Spring, MD


Artemis: “We can all use art to build bridges across cultures.”




Specialty: Egyptian Classical
Levels: Beginning & Intermediate
Private Lessons Only
Gaithersburg, MD


A dynamic dancer, Ayaan Serene sweeps her veil into a curve



Adriana is no longer teaching, as she has retired to a nursing home. She welcomes your cards and letters (addressed to Adriana at Arcola Rehabilitation Center, 901 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902).

Washington, DC’s foremost Middle Eastern dance legend



Brunswick, Jefferson, & Frederick, MD

For instruction & performances, contact bahiyabellydancer@gmail.com





Clinton, MD


Cha L’Mar is an icon in the DC area. Her well-known Cha L’Mar Dancers celebrated their 37th annual gala in 2012.
Cha L’Mar performs with a feather fan.


The Daughters of Veda Middle Eastern Dance Troupe

Director: Veda Sereem
Based in Leonardtown, MD

For additional information, please contact Veda at:
www.vedasereem.com or



Millersville, MD and
Severna Park, MD

Latifa is a sought-after dance educator who shares her passion for Middle Eastern dance, history and culture with enthusiastic students of all levels through weekly classes at Latifa’s School of Middle Eastern Dance in Millersville, Maryland, and through focused private lessons in Severna Park. A protegee of the late Ibrahim Farrah, Latifa teaches Oriental and folkloric dance of the Arab world. In addition, Latifa occasionally teaches workshops, and she directs a 15-dancer troupe, Banat al-Beled.



Rockville, MD
For information about classes or events, contact Nadirah:
Call 301-518-1355
Ethereally beautiful Nadirah!

Nadirah Nasreen has been performing and teaching in the DC area for 16 years, and enjoys dancing to her native Egyptian and Greek music. She teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced Egyptian/Lebanese Cabaret Style Belly Dance in Rockville, MD. Her classes emphasize the use of phrasing and musicality to learn and design usable combinations. Zills and drum solo technique are also included. Workshops include zill and drum solo technique and choreography, sword (balancing in general), cane, veil, wings of Isis, and Turkish/Greek Oriental. Nadirah placed first in the Grand Champion category at the 2002 East Coast Belly Dance Classic, third in the Performing Artist category at the 2003 Double Crown Competition (Portland, OR) and first in the Troupe Category at the ECBDC in 2004, and has judged at national competitions.



Oxon Hill, MD


Nisaa Elon is a dynamite dancer!



Bowie, MD
Specialty: American Cabaret
Levels: All levels


Pretty in turquoise, Patrice shows off her floorwork



Rockville, MD
Troupe Rakkaset Nadirah under the direction of Nadirah Nasreen engages in learning, enjoying, and performing a repertoire of Egyptian Cabaret style Belly Dance choreographies that bring intricate modern and classical Middle Eastern compositions to life. We perform at Haflas and other dance events throughout the DMV. For information about events and classes at her Rockville MD location contact Nadirah.



Montgomery County, Maryland
Sahara’s Treasure is a professional dance company specializing in folkloric and modern interpretations in the rich tradition of Middle Eastern dance. Since its formation in 2006, the troupe has taught and performed at international festivals, art shows, charity fundraisers, and theaters all over the East Coast. The troupe hosts shows, teaches classes and workshops, and performs at venues in and around Montgomery County, Maryland.




Gaithersburg – Germantown – Rockville, MD
Levels: Beginner & Intermediate

Call 410-978-3029 or
e-mail shalayadances@yahoo.com
Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AKDperformance/

Middle Eastern and American Cabaret style dance classes with routine instruction in veil and finger cymbals. Shalaya has 11 years of performance experience and specializes in teaching beginners and seniors the joys of dancing as well as preparing them for performing. Performance opportunities always available. Students enjoy lots of attention to personal growth in a self-paced, relaxed, enjoyable environment.




Leonardtown, MD
Levels: All levels

VEDA SEREEM is also on Facebook!
Classes with Veda at the Leonardtown, MD Rec Dept www.stmarysmd.com/recreate.
Private classes and Teacher Certification at Veda’s home studio by appointment.

To contact Veda for more information, please click here.





Amustela is a joyous dancer, and a vibrant and personable teacher. She has evolved a dance style as unique as her name! She performs frequently at area venues.
Reston, VA




Vienna, VA & Washington, DC
Belladonna is a tribal fusion belly dance performer & instructor. She is best known for her sword dancing/ balancing, musical expression, technique & creativity. She co-produces the monthly DCTribal Café & the annual Belly Horror Show. She also hosts & produces an annual student showcase & other variety shows, fundraisers & community-oriented events. Bella has taught & performed across the US and abroad. She is the author of several instructional DVDs.

Belladonna: Belly dance is powerful, sensual and fun.



Sterling, VA
Classes, private lessons and Workshops


Lila is a sought-after performer and instructor in the Loudoun County area. She is known for her energetic style, joyful stage presence and family friendly performances. She strives not only to entertain, but also educate audiences of all ages. Lila integrates several Middle Eastern Styles of dance with a modern flair to create a unique style all her own. Lila’s goal is to perform middle eastern dance in a way that is respectful of its origins, yet also reflects her own personality and background.



Springfield, VA
Nimeera has been actively performing and teaching in the Washington DC Metro Area for almost 20 years, and currently offers instruction in SharQui Bellydance Workout, bellydance technique private lessons, and workshops. Her specialties include Egyptian and Turkish oriental styles, Raqs Shamadan, Persian and Bollywood fusion, and bellydance fitness.



Richmond, VA metro area
Scheherezade teaches Oriental and folkloric styles, beginner through advanced, in the Richmond VA metro area.
Individual and Troupe coaching



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