Belly Dance Instructor Bio: Mellilah

Belly Dance Instructor Bio: Mellilah
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Belly Dance “Instructor Bio: Mellilah,” extracted from Bothell Bridge Fall 2014

Mellilah is a professional belly dancer in the Greater Seattle area, as well as a top instructor at the City of Bothell where she has been teaching since 2008.

As a professional belly dancer, there’s never a dull moment. Besides her regular beginning and advanced classes, Mellilah is the director of her student troupe, “New Moon Belly Dance Troupe” and the director of “Kamar Ala Nar,” a professional dance company. Both dance groups perform regularly throughout Seattle. When she isn’t creating and teaching group choreographies, she’s perfecting her own solo perform- ances, as she often performs for weddings, private birthday parties, and more. She is also a featured performer at several of Seattle’s restaurants and belly dance venues, often dancing with a live Middle Eastern band.

Belly dance is more than just rhinestones, fancy costumes, and beautiful movement. Mellilah has found belly dance to be effective at relieving stress, developing strong inner confidence and poise, toning the body, and keeping the mind sharp. Unlike other dance forms, it can be learned at almost any age and can be learned fairly quickly. Mellilah began dancing when she was in her 30’s and began performing professionally about 7 years later. Some dancers take more time and some take less before reaching the professional level. However most people, do it as a hobby, for fun, fitness, friendships and personal growth alone.

On September 20, Mellilah will be competing in Belly Dance Off!, a live interactive belly dance show where the audience gets to judge. It’s a lot like American Idol and truly a fun evening for all. Perhaps you’ll come cheer her on? It’s at the Hollywood Casino at 6pm and advanced tickets can be purchased via Brown Paper Bag Tickets.

Interested in learning more about belly dance? Mellilah writes educational articles about belly dance for her blog, “Everything Bellydance Blog” which can be found at Better yet, come give Mellilah’s beginning belly dance class a try! She thinks you just might see why she’s so in love with this beautiful, graceful and feminine dance form. Please visit Mellilah’s website at

Bothell Bridge: Fall 2014

Bothell Bridge: Fall 2014

About Mellilah Jamal

Mellilah teaches belly dance classes in Redmond and Bothell and performs for private parties and restaurants throughout Seattle.

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