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Leila of Cairo
Leila is one of my favorite post modern Egyptian style dancers, and you have to admit that she is drop-dead gorgeous. Besides this, you have to respect her tenacity. Originally from the Northwest, north of Seattle, she quickly became one of Seattle’s most loved and regularly booked dancers. Determined to make a name for herself, she moved out to Cairo in 1999, studied with the best Egyptian instructors, learned Arabic, and quickly moved on to dancing at the top 5-star hotels with her own band, becoming one of Cairo’s most sought after belly dancers, as well as a well known Egyptian actress and model.

Leila and I have similar body types, which is another attraction for me. I find that there are some definite benefits of learning from people who are of the same/similar body type as you (that is once you get to a certain level). Long arms take longer to move through space, and I have a lot of real estate to move around! I have found that petite dancers sometimes have a hard time relating to this. Moves that look good on a petite person are not going to look the same on me. Also, as we wear the same size, when she’s visiting Seattle, I can always count on picking up one of her hand-me-down costumes!

Mellilah is a professional Egyptian style belly dancer in Seattle

Mellilah of Seattle wearing costume she bought from Leila

Leila’s dancing is elegant yet commanding, beautifully Egyptian, and mesmerizing to watch. See for yourself. Video Footage of Leila below:

Nile Group Festival Opening
Nile Group Festival
Nile Group Festival; Tabla solo & finale
Bint al Belad A sample of her first video
Leila w/ Singer
Cairo Belly Dancing
Raks al Assaya This clip was probably filmed
around 1999-2000.

Leila often visits Seattle. Be sure to catch her workshops when she does! You won’t be disappointed.

For more info about the author, visit www.mellilah.com

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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