MEDAH Member Instructors

Ariyana (Oahu)

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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.


Dayl has performed with several professional troupes in Oklahoma (Gypsy Fire), Texas (Tribal Evolution, Wild Sky Tribal) and Sydney (Urban Turban, Tribal Spirit) She has studied the dance form extensively in the USA and Australia, taking classes from such greats as Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman and Megha Gavin of Fat Chance Belly Dance, achieving her Teacher Training Certificate in 2016.


Dayl incorporates zills, sword, veil, flags, fire fingers, poi/ fire poi, and fire lotuses in her performances, classes and workshops. She also facilitates mask making workshops working with dance related themes. 


Dayl’s passion for tribal belly dance extends to the love of community, bringing people together to move and dance the same “language”. She believes that creativity is a vehicle for good health, and what better way than to express it than through the art of dance! Dayl creates a great space in which to learn, injecting humour and encouragement in the class environment whilst catering for all learning styles.


Dayl is also a Spiritual Minister who specializes in creating a tailor-made marriage or commitment ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple for your special day.


www.celebrationsbydayl.com/


Email: kiwidfw@yahoo.com


Check out the latest from Sahara Spirit Tribal at their Facebook page linked below!

Melinda Walker (Maui)

It is truly my passion to create a strong Belly Dance community here in the islands. I am certified up to Level Three for teaching the Global Caravan Tribal style and have studied, taught and performed in Portland Oregon, San Francisco, Oahu and now at my new home on Maui. I continue to study and teach the Global Tribal style in my home studio, loving every minute of it! 

I invite you to come and join the magical movement of our ever-expanding circle of dance here in Haiku, Maui home of Island Tribal Hawaii and Silversword belly dance!

Contact islandtribal8@gmail.com

Check out more about Melinda and Island Tribal Hawaii at the website linked below!

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.


Class info: Offering Online instruction and workshops in Honolulu


IG: naia_orientaldance

Nelleke Pielaat (Kauai)

Bellydance with Nelleke!


Weekly classes on Kauai


THURSDAY 5:45-6:45 Bellydance

Basics 

FRIDAY 5:45-6:45 Intermediate

FRIDAY 6:45-7:45 Choreography (intermediate/advanced)


All classes at Golden Lotus Studio in Kapaa.

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.”


SaLydia is a fusion belly dancer who has been studying this art for 8 years. She is an award winning competitive dancer, has danced at weddings, in restaurants, festivals and has 3 years of teaching experience where she utilizes her background in education.


SaLydia’s Dance journey began with a mentorship under Bayan Bari (or Ashely Bayan) and continued on with instruction at the Anais Belly Dance Studio in Jacksonville, Florida. SaLydia was introduced to fusion in Texas where she was able to apply her foundation in Raqs Sharqi and oriental style to other genres of music. From competitions to variety and burlesque shows, traditional/classic raqs Sharqi to Afro-Caribbean, hip hop, heavy metal and goth fusion, SaLydia prides herself in her ability to adapt and create within different styles, genres and aesthetics.


Thank you for welcoming her into the Ohana. “While I am primarily a fusion dancer, I truly believe that If we don’t recognize our roots and the roots of this dance, if we don’t appreciate where we’ve been, where we’ve come from, and the history behind this dance, then we will neither see nor fully appreciate where we’re going in this world."


For a peek into the multifaceted dance life of SaLydia check out her social media:


Instagram: www.Instagram.com/salydia_menad


Email: SaLydia.menad@gmail.com

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).


Sammie's love of belly dance began when she joined the student organization, Hill and Veil at Virginia Tech in Spring of 2007. For the rest of her time as an undergraduate, a Master's student, and a Doctoral student, Sammie remained involved with belly dance as a way to stay active, relieve stress, and make lifelong friendships - things that she hopes to bring to all of her dance students.


As a dancer, Sammie continually seeks to challenge herself through participating in workshops and classes with a variety of instructors, creating new choreography, and performing! She has taken a wide variety of workshops with instructors in many different styles - all of which have played a role in her growth and development as a dancer.


CLASSES: Sammie pretty much ALWAYS has classes going on. Her in-person offerings are held at Aloha Dancesport Center in Honolulu (Sunday afternoons), and she also teaches periodic live Zoom classes! Classes are mixed-level and open to beginners unless otherwise specified. 


Please contact Sammie for the most current pricing/packaging information, or visit her on social media for the latest happenings! Sammie is also available for private events, lessons, and performances (live and virtual). She'd love to assist in making any event you host more special!


To contact Sammie:


Email: sammieinhawaii@gmail.com


Instagram: @sammieinhawaii


Check out all the latest from Sammie at her Facebook page linked below!

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.


From Suzanne: "Classes will cover Classical Egyptian dance movements as well as North African along with Culture and Musicality. I feel it is important that a new generation of dancers learn the classics that we guarded so dearly and even attempted to have certifications for instructors to pass them on, without success. Now that we Classicists are all Kupunas it is even more important to keep this knowledge alive! The technique training we had via years of ballet and Modern Dance formed our ease into the vocabulary of Danse Du Ventre. This class is for those who are culturally sensitive, curious and would like to celebrate another culture which they were not born into nor lived. We plan to learn at least one choreography per session which we can perform when conditions allow.


Since I was 'Lebanese/Armenian' for 8.5 years also read, and speak Egyptian and Moroccan Arabic it is in my Soul to share with those who want to learn. We will be exploring the meanings of the music and interpretations, as well as emotions behind the word. Which songs are proper to dance to and those that are culturally improper or offensive to perform. There will also be an interactive opportunity after each session where you can ask questions or request topics or music styles you would like to explore for the next class."


Contact Instructor: Dunyavidancer@gmail.com


Check out more about Suzanne at her website linked below!

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.


As a life-long student of movement and dance, and an instructor for over 30 years, Talia continues to learn and grow, often traveling worldwide to "fill her cabinets" with knowledge, passion, and new friendships. Performing internationally thrills her, as well as imparting information in her highly acclaimed and fun-filled workshops.​ As artistic director, choreographer and director of Dansoleil Belly Dance Theater, she trains all levels of dancers to reach their highest potential. She has brought her troupe to their award-winning potential with her dedicated work ethic, eye for the artistic, and stylized technique.​


She is also a member of Dangerous Beauties Belly Dance, a collaborative project made up of professional dancers who portray the strong women who have shaped our world through history, literature, art, and film.​ Teaching Master Workshops around the world, and performing solos, and with her troupe are some of her favorite moments.... along with traveling with her husband and pup, Koa San Carlos.


Find out more about Talia at her website linked below!