Get to Know a Bellydancer: Maha




Where are you from?

I grew up mostly in Victoria, BC, but I’ve lived in Montreal and southern Ontario in the past as well.

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Who do you dance with (Soloist/Company/Studio affiliation)?

I am currently independent,  but I have had the been affiliated with some wonderful dance companies and studios as a student, faculty member, company member, troupe director, and choreographer in Victoria, Montreal, and Toronto.  In Victoria, I was a student, company member, and eventually instructor at Aiewa School of Cultural dance. In Montreal I ran my own classes and performed with Hadia’s Egyptian Dance Ensemble. I came to Toronto to teach at Hannan’s Bellydance Studio and lead their student troupe for about a year before I left the studio. After this I was involved with a very interesting dance company called Alhambra that was fusing flamenco dance with bellydance.

How long have you been dancing?

About 12yrs

What is your favourite music?

I couldn’t pick a favourite, but I love music that has rich instrumentation (meaning no electronic sounds mimicking live instruments).

Favourite costume piece?

Definitely Bella’s

Upcoming project/event?

My upcoming project is my soon to be baby boy! I’m on a performance break while I am pregnant 🙂

Why bellydance?

When I took my first bellydance class, I wasn’t hooked. I had never seen a belly dancer before and had little exposure to Arabic culture. In my second beginner class with another teacher, she put on her costume and performed for us. Something in my brain clicked and I was hooked and very hungry to learn more! After that, all the right teachers and opportunities planted themselves along my path. It always felt like it was what I was supposed to be doing.

Who inspires you?

I am so inspired by all my teachers that I’ve had. Hadia has been a big influence in my dance life. So much that I relocated to Montreal to study more closely with her.  I love Egyptian dancers such as Mona Al Said, Fifi Abdu, Dina, and Randa.  I’m also very inspired by Lulu Sabongi from Brazil and Tanyeli from Turkey.