Jamila Ali - Belly Dancer
Since 2004, belly dancing has been a joy and privilege for Jamila. Trained in traditional and modern Egyptian styles as well as Lebanese, American Cabaret, Greek and Turkish, Jamila has a unique and beautiful approach to this ancient art form. Initially learning from Layla Lee & Rada Burns in Chicago, Jamila's passion for music and dance has led her to train with many greats, like Dina of Egypt, Zahra Zuhair, Ansuya and Suhaila Salimpour. In 2010, she became certified in Ansuya's Cabaret style and currently undertakes a mentorship with Zahra Zuhair. Not only does Jamila specialize in improvisation, but she is also featured by popular organizations like the Bellydance Superstars Club Bellydance and The Carmel International Arts Festival. Not only can you find Jamila currently teaching at the Indy Dance Academy and performing all over the metro Indianapolis area, she also gives lectures at colleges, workshops for dance organizations and presentations at trade shows. She enjoys teaching a wide range of students from many age brackets, genders and walks of life. Jamila's greatest satisfaction is watching students bloom as they learn to control their bodies, develop technique and grow with grace.