Mellilah's Bio

Mellilah, award winning Egyptian style belly dancer, is a passionate performer, instructor, and life-long learner of this amazing Middle Eastern art form. Through her love of the dance, the music, and the culture, she is committed to keeping the art form alive and authentic throughout Seattle and beyond, respecting and learning from its history. You'll find her educational belly dance articles on her blog: Everything Belly Dance Blog

Belly Dance Performer:

Mellilah performs professionally as a soloist for restaurants, corporate events and private parties throughout the Puget Sound area, specializing in Egyptian style belly dance, Saidi and other folkloric dances, cane, sword, veil, zills, and fans. Additionally, she is the owner of New Moon Dance Productions. Mellilah often dances with a live Middle Eastern band and musicians and has been featured in many of Seattle's restaurants and large-scale stage productions. Mellilah is the winner of Belly Dance Off 2015 Round 1: Professional Category and 1st Runner Up of the 2010 Emerald Rain Professional Belly Dancer Competition. She is Artistic Director of Lunaria Dance Theatre and a former company dancer of both the Blue Lotus Dance Company and MEAI Dance Company. Additionally, she has served as vice president, board member, and company dancer of Middle East Arts International (MEAI), a non-profit organization that supports and promotes excellence in Middle East inspired music and dance. Browse belly dance PHOTOS and watch VIDEOS of Mellilah.

Belly Dance Instructor:

As an intuitive and generous instructor with a strong background in the performing arts, dance, movement and fitness, Mellilah is committed to providing excellence in education, and her classes are undeniably designed for mastery of the dance, thorough and systematic, and at the same time, fun and rewarding! She has taught belly dance classes via the City of Bothell from 2008 - 2016, having recently resigned. However, she continues to be available for private lessons and workshops.

Previous Shows:

2016

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine, House Dancer

Seattle International Dance Festival: "Art on the Fly," Seattle

Featured dancer at House of Tarab House Concert

Belly Dance Off "comical game show host style" appearance @ Teatro Zinzanni

2015

Private party also featuring The Commadors, Montana

Bellevue ARTSfair

Columbia City Theatre

Arts Crush

Belly Dance Off Round 1: Winner

2014

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine, House Dancer

"Oasis" An Equinox Celebration of Middle Eastern Music & Dance

Taki's Mad Greek, House Dancer

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine, House Dancer

Seattle Hookah

Arts Crush Rush

Leyl Al Arab, Featured Performer

Alauda at Skylark Cafe and Club

Arab Heritage Week at Bellevue Community College

Beacon Hill Hookah

Carco Theatre

International Dance Festival: "Art on the Fly"

2013

Cinderella: An Egyptian Story produced by Suzanna

House of Tarab Live Concert Series

Carco Theatre

Taki's Mad Greek, House Dancer

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine, House Dancer

2012

Enat, Featured Performer

Mirkwood Restaurant

Carco Theatre

Taki's Mad Greek Restaurant, House Dancer

Marrakesh, House Dancer

Nirvana Restaurant

Harissa Mediterraean Cuisine

Marsala Bar and Grill

2011

Taki's Mad Greek, House Dancer

Marrakesh, House Dancer

Prohibition Grille Featured Performer

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine, House Dancer

Marsala BarGrill, Featured Performer

2010

Emerald Rain Professional Belly Dancer 1st Runner Up Pro Category

Northwest Folklife Festival

Taki's Mad Greek, House Dancer

YMCA Belly Dance Showcase

Leyl Al Arab, Featured Performer

Prohibition Grille, Featured Performer

Kolbeh, Featured Performer

2009

Arab American Chamber of Commerce

World Rhythm Festival

NW Folklife Festival

Arab Festival

YMCA Belly Dance Showcase

Blue Lotus Dance Company member

Broadway Performing Arts Center

Jerzy's Wine Bar, House Dancer and Event Organizer

Spice Box @ Heaven Night Club

Navya Lounge; Featured Performer


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Credentials

Seattle Belly Dancer Mellilah

Mellilah's education comes primarily from select workshops and private lessons from numerous renowned national and international belly dance instructors, as well as from countless hours of research and study of dance history, music, culture, and style. She has completed Cairo Style 1 through 7 taught by internationally renowned instructor and Cairo star, Sahra Saeeda; and Hadia's Middle Eastern Dancer Teacher Training certification program taught by Hadia, famous Canadian belly dancer. Additionally, Mellilah is a certified fitness instructor, and she has a B.S. in Education and Minor in Music.

Resume and references available upon request.

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