JSDC Company Member
Safira was first exposed to dance as a young child when she was enrolled in the local dance school.
She spent 3 years practicing ballet, jazz, and tap. She believes being exposed to dance at such an
early age has allowed her to be comfortable with dance, understand body dynamics, and understand
rhythm in music in her adult life. Even though she never thought in million years that it would lead to
belly dance, she knew it was something she would enjoy doing throughout life.
When asked how she found belly dance Safira said "I'll never forget it, my good friend and I were
having dinner in an Indian restaurant when she said 'I think it would be really cool to try belly dance.
If I found something in the area would you be interested.'" Safira thought about it for a minute and
said "sure why not". The next thing you know she was enrolled in a four-week program with Jaleh in
Puyallup. She loved it and enrolled in regular classes, even though her friend dropped out; go figure!
The moves were intriguing, sensual, and very mysteriously beautiful. Safira would watch Jaleh's hips
as intently as possible to internalize the movement and then would run home and drill it over and over
and over. When Safira could feel her hips do what she saw Jaleh's doing she knew she had it. Safira
is an excellent mimic which makes her a prime candidate for troupe work.
Safira continued to study with Jaleh and eventually became a member of Raks el Zahira, which
performed at many different venues and were the 2004 Double Crown troupe division winners. She
has continued her knowledge of belly dance through many different workshops on the west coast with
well know dancers such as Jim Boz, Saqra, Jamilla, Jasmine, Sharon Moore, Aleedra, and Kamal. This
last year she scratched the surface of American Tribal style through classes with Adrienne Rice and
is currently studying for Level 1 certification with Suhaila Salimpour. She has also recently become
a member of the Jeweled Scarab Dance Company.