– Samira Il Naia –
– Cairo Fusion Director –
Samira began studying bellydance in 1997 and became a professional soloist in 2000. In 2004, Cairo Fusion was created under her direction. She is the host of Fusion Fest and the Hybrid-Fusion Dance Competition, both held annually in Boise, ID. Although her roots lie in Old School Tribal and folkloric styles, Samira is well-versed in many genres of Bellydance. Her signature style is referred to as Progressive Fusion. She has performed as a professional soloist in both cabaret and fusion scenes. Samira has collaborated with Nada Brahma, the Brothers of the Baladi, Jeremiah Soto, the Mutaytor, Mediterranean Raqs Band, and Pangia. As a life-long student of this art form, Samira has continued education from many of the bellydance world’s powerhouses.
As a performer, Samira believes dance should be continuously evolving, innovative, and always a little risky. It is Samira’s mission for Cairo Fusion to live up to these expectations while also providing exceptional entertainment for the audience. Although she LOVES performing, Samira is passionate about teaching. As an instructor, she believes dance should always be challenging, inspiring, and rewarding. Samira’s motto in class is “With great sacrifice comes great reward”. As an infinite student herself, she challenges her students to consistently define and redefine their individual expectations, abilities, and determination in order to achieve realistic goals within dance. In both workshop and weekly classes, Samira teaching style is very fast-paced, yet exceptionally thorough. “I will give you all the tools necessary, you have to do the work”. “I find no greater pleasure than sharing the stage with my girls, and continually creating our signature style and technique. The highlight of it all–Watching my girls explode into super-hot, confident rock stars!!”
Samira is available for workshops and performance. The following is a description of workshops currently offered. Samira can also create and personalize workshops to fit your need. Contact her for any specifics or if you are interested in hosting Samira, Mazana, or Cairo Fusion.
*All workshops are structured with a warm-up, technique instruction and drilling, followed by creative combinations to utilize and apply the material, ending with a cool-down. All workshops are taught at the intermediate to advanced level unless requested otherwise.
“Pauses, Poses, and Preps” — An introduction to Samira’s unique musical interpretation. Forget the basic 8-count repetitive structure. Add precise pauses for intensity. Create preps for spins and turns in order to add depth to choreography. Place poses strategically to add power to your performance. The material in this workshop will force you to hear and dance to music in a whole new way. Great for both group choreographers and soloists. Rather than only moves, this workshop offers a whole new perspective that can personalized and applied to any style of dance.
“Dancing on the Down-Low” — An exploration into the world of downward movements. Considered by many to be reserved for the ‘more experienced’ dancers, downward movements can be much more challenging than upward. Focus not only the hips, but shoulders and torso also. Expand your knowledge with downward shimmies, downward and reverse shoulder work, torso undulations, forward pelvic undulations, and endless downward hip work. Great for dancers looking to expand their vocabulary.
“Breaking Down the Build-Up” — An in-depth break down of one of the essential elements of bellydance—layering. This workshop will have the dancer perfecting the task of ‘patting your head, and rubbing your belly’. Delve into layering not only shimmies, but much, much more! Learn to layer undulations, footwork, hipwork and upper body movements. Samira breaks the layering down to help the dancer practice, drill and perfect their layering abilities. Her approach will help train both the body and the mind, while aiding in muscle memory.
“Fabulous Footwork; Old-School and Fast & Fancy” — An identifying characteristic of Samira’s group choreographies, an essential for the soloist, and one of the most neglected aspects of bellydance today. Old-School—Learn all of the Arabic transitions 1st-4th, nearly lost throughout the recent years. Arabic transitions were heavily utilized during the Jamila Salimpour, John Compton, Bal Anat era. These transitions will create an entirely new world of dance vocabulary and layering options for dancers new to them. Fast & Fancy—Learn variations and creative twists on basic 3-point turns, tribal turns, 1-count turns, grapevines, etc. Not just floor patterning, but mash-ups and directional detours. With both old-school and fast & fancy, this class will expand into stylistic variations. Learn ways to make the same footwork have a completely different flare with slight body and directional adjustments. If dancers feet are not conditioned, be sure to wear ‘bear-claws’ or some type of foot protection. Socks are NOT recommended.
“Anatomically Correct” — Dive into the contrast of skeletal vs. muscular dancing. Perfect those undulations and body rolls. This workshop uses two approaches to movement—Defining which muscles are responsible for each movement. Expand dance vocabulary by separating body rolls, from body waves, from belly rolls. Mapping the movement. Where does the movement start and where are you going? How many stops can we make along the way? Samira’s approach will help spark dancers’ creativity in combo creation, and new movements. A great workshop for group choreographers and group directors. This workshop gives dancers the tools to spot the slight variances responsible for that ‘just not quite together’ problem, and the guidance to making groups TIGHT.
“Ooey-Gooey vs. Rock Solid” — Sexy, slinky, serpentine meets pops, locks, & drops! An equal match, and born from the same mother…learn to pair the two essentials seamlessly. Take your musical interpretation and depth to another level. Learn to make the fluid movements flow like water, and the solid movements pop with power. Approach this task with Samira’s ‘broken’ and ‘mapping’ techniques. Learn to pair the two together with intent for maximum affect.
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