“Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds.” – Rumi
Mariam trained with one of the world’s most well-known belly dancers, Mesmera, for eight years; at the age of sixteen Mariam was her youngest apprentice. Under her tutelage, Mariam explored a vast array of belly dance styles, including Persian, Arabic, Gypsy and Meditational forms, and taught belly-dancing for the University of California, Irvine, from 2002-2009. Combining these styles along with her training in burlesque and samba, she began a new form of dance isolation called “Urban Shimmies.”
Mariam’s classes focus on isolations and core strengthening while creating dance routines to traditional Arabic beats, mixed with popular radio music. This is truly a unique form of exercise that will leave you feeling exhilarated and in touch with your body.
A little known fact about Mariam is that she chose to move to Seattle by looking at a map and pointing!