MEDAH Member Instructors
Aimée Machiels (Washington)
Aimée is a fusion belly dance artist from Oahu, Hawaii. She has traveled the world performing, studying, and teaching in Canada, Costa Rica, India, Italy, Japan, and USA. As a young child, Aimée grew up dancing hula and Okinawan dance. She later went on to train in Odissi classical dance and belly dance.
Dayl Workman (Oahu)
Dayl is the creative director of Sahara Spirit Tribal Belly Dance. Dayl fell in love with Fat Chance Belly Dance Style during her first class in January 1999 and has been performing and teaching ever since.
Jahara Al Jawaher (Dae) (Oahu)
Jahara teaches private lessons and small groups by appointments only.
She is also a certified Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, and is grateful to all the teachers she has met and learned from. The most influential to her is Guruji, Sri K. Pattahbi Jois.
Jillina Carlano (Maui)
Jillina is the current Artistic director of Bellydance Evolution and BDExperience. Her passion for dance is driven by a deep desire to connect physically, mentally, and emotionally with the creative artist inside each of us. After 30 years of performing and teaching, she continues to find deep reward in sharing the art through coaching, choreography and production.
Kalae Kaina (Oahu)
Kalae currently teaches via Patreon - you can find her at: https://www.patreon.com/kalaekaina
Lei Oshiro (Oahu)
This powerful and artful dance takes you to a journey of exploring attractive self through learning beautifully controlled body movements. Coupling with music, the world of expression expands beyond. My approach focuses on training core muscles, improving flexibility and body awareness that altogether enhance the quality of dance movement.
Lynette Day (Maui)
Lynette Day has been a student of many styles of belly dance since 1998. A former member of Seattle’s Troupe Hipnotica, her interests have ranged from classical and folkloric dance of the Middle East to synchronized group improvisation and American fusion.
Melinda Walker (Maui)
Murat Demirtas (Oahu)
Murat Demirtas has trained at the well known Michael King Pilates and with Roxy Menzies. As an instructor he brings a remarkable sense of body awareness and enjoys sharing his knowledge with students. He hails from a background of dance, gymnastics, pilates and aerobics.
He has taught dance and various movement modalities for the Turkish educational system, professional dance companies and artists. He has performed for many big companies including the Women for Nike Tour.
Naia Amwaj (Oahu)
Naia, a passionate belly dancer from Japan, has dedicated herself to the art form since her teenage years. She has toured the US, performed at prestigious venues like Shangri-La, and explored folkloric dances in Turkey and Egypt. Naia is the founder of dance schools, has directed performances, and founded DAHAB Dance Creation in Japan. She now delights audiences in Hawaii as part of the Iapana Sisters, a professional dance duet. Currently residing in Honolulu, she teaches belly dance online while also offering her expertise as a personal trainer, Pilates, and yoga instructor, promoting grace and well-being.
Najla Raqs (Hawaii Island)
Najla is a professional dance artist with experience spanning 17 countries and over two decades. A captivating and elegant performer, she recently spent over four years in various parts of the Middle East on extended contracts at five-star hotels. She is the Artistic Director of Hawaii's Island Spice Dance Co. and the former Artistic Director of Seattle's award-winning Fleurs d'Egypte Dance Co.
Nelleke Pielaat (Kauai)
Bellydance with Nelleke!
SaLydia Menad (Oahu)
"I Love teaching beginner classes because I get to see people of all ages and backgrounds start an entirely new journey in their lives.”
Sammie in Hawaii (Oahu)
Sammie is a belly dance instructor and performer on the island of Oahu. She directs anywhere from 2-5 performance troupes in a given season, and has had the honor of serving as MEDAH President from 2019-2021 (currently a member at large).
Stephanie "Star" Bolton (Hawaii Island)
Stephanie Bolton (Star) discovered belly dancing when she was 17 years old and it has been a passion in her life ever since. She has studied in Turkey & Egypt with several living legends. She loves to share the intriguing history and aesthetics of this dance art that fascinate her so.
Suzanne Hamdi (Oahu)
“Dancing is the Joy that comes from your Heart”, is Suzanne’s philosophy. As an avid world traveler, Suzanne has been fortunate to share her love of art & dance on most every continent.
Suzanne Hamdi was named “Hawaii’s Ambassador of Belly Dance”© in Habibi International Dance Magazine 1994. Born in New York and studying dance since 5 yrs old and art since 2 yrs old, Suzanne has been studying Middle Eastern Belly Dance for over 40 years, predominantly in New York City, Egypt and Turkey, and has performed for audiences all her life.
Talia Soleil (Kauai/California)
Owner and founder of Red Door Dance Studio, Talia Soleil is the founder, sponsor and producer of Raqs Tiki Kauai Belly Dance Intensive. Dancing her way through life, she has enjoyed studying Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Hip Hop, Hula, and of course, Belly Dance. She is also a multi-award winning belly dancer, choreographer and fitness champion. Talia studied theater, and has been involved in community and college theater, and loves to combine the skills of dance and dramatic arts in her art form.