About Me "Dance is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that: you're dancing spirit." ~ Judith Jamison ~
Originally from Romania, A’isha has explored many different types of dances before falling in love with belly dance in 2005. She has trained with local US instructors (Zada Al Gaziyeh, Zaina, Melody Gabrielle, Asha Diana), international teachers (Randa Kamel, Raqia Hassan, Aziza of Cairo, Lubna Emam, Luna of Cairo, Aleya of Cairo, Ozgen, Ahmed Hussien) and traveled extensively nationally to attend workshops taught by well-regarded teachers in Middle Eastern dancing, such as Amani Jabril, Elena Lentini, Cassandra, and many others. Always looking to grow as a dancer A’isha still travels several times each year to study with master instructors in Oriental dance.
Before starting a solo career, she was part of the Lawrence-based troupe Raghsidad directed by Zada, with whom she performed for several years at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and the KC Fringe Festival.
She is the producer of the monthly show 1001 Arabian Nights since June 2012. The show, hosted by the Uptown Arts Bar (Kansas City, MO) on the first Saturday of each month starting at 7 PM, is the longest-running belly dance show in Kansas City. She has also directed the “Tales of the Desert” production for the 2014 KC Fringe Festival and she was the Co-Producer of the 2015 Heart of America Belly Dance Festival and Competition. She also performs regularly in local and national belly dance shows, fundraisers, art shows and private events.
During her training, A’isha quickly realized that belly dance is much more than body movements. This dance is real, it belongs to a culture, performed by real people in their countries, in their homes, at parties or celebrations, and it’s done by everybody, men, women and children as their social dance. It has been enhanced and brought on a stage by pioneers of Oriental dance show business, such as Mahmoud Reda in Egypt, or Morocco in the US (and many others). Given its beauty and esthetics it’s no wonder that this art has spread quickly not only in the US and other Western countries, but on all continents.
With Aleya of Cairo and my dance partner, Theresa.
At Randa Kamel intensive workshop.
2009 – 2012 KC Renaissance Festival with troupe Raghsidad, as a troupe member and soloist
2009 – 2013 “Cairo on the Kaw” annual shows in Lawrence and at the KC Fringe Festival with troupe Raghsidad, as a troupe member and soloist
2014 Soloist in touring theatrical belly dance production “Confessions of a belly dancer” in Kansas City, MO http://confessionsofabellydancer.com
2014 Soloist at the “Tales of the Desert” show presented at the KC Fringe festival
2016 Soloist (invited back) in theatrical belly dance production “Confessions of a belly dancer: Coming home” in Chicago, IL
2016 Gala Show soloist, Houston Oriental and Folklore Dance Festival, in Houston, TX.
2016 Troupe director, Bellydance on the Fringe: A Cinderella Story, KC Fringe Festival, Kansas City, MO
2012 – present Principal dancer, “1001 Arabian Nights” monthly show http://www.facebook.com/1001ArabianNightsKC
2012 – present Producer of monthly belly dance show “1001 Arabian Nights” at the Uptown Arts Bar, Kansas City, MO
2014 Producer of show “Tales of the Desert” presented at the KC Fringe festival
2015 Co-producer of the “Heart of America Festival and Competition”, Kansas City, KS
2016 Co-Producer of show “Bellydance on the Fringe: A Cinderella Story” presented at the KC Fringe festival