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About Shara

Shara dances professionally with the Portland-based dance company, Bellydance Soulfire who currently holds the titles of 2009 Bellydancer of the Universe Troupe Champions and 2009 Bellydance Nationals Troupe Champions. And in 2005 she was selected as a finalist to perform her unique choreography based off of her fusion technique Sambali™ - Samba and Bellydance Fusion at the Bellydance Superstar auditions.


She has extensive training in ballet, modern, Latin and Middle Eastern dance and has studied with some of the best instructors in the world of dance including:

  • Raqia Hassan - Cairo bellydance legend and organizer of Ahlan Wa Sahlan, the world's largest bellydance festival
  • Suhaila Salimpour - daughter of the legendary Jamila Salimpour and founder of the prestigious Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance
  • Theo Jamieson - protégé of the modern dance visionary, Katherine Dunham
  • Andy Blankenbuehler - esteemed Broadway dancer and choreographer and featured on the Fox hit show, "So You Think You Can Dance"
  • Maria Torres - acclaimed Latin performer, choreographer and director who has choreographed on stars like Jennifer Lopez
  • Julie Walters - Principal ballerina with the world-renown Joffrey Ballet


Shara's extensive and well-rounded training as a professional dancer makes her a much sought after bellydance teacher, performer and workshop presenter.  She is featured in the Bellydance Power and Passion performance DVD (released Jan 2010) and the upcoming Combination Nation 3 Instructional DVD (Cheeky Girls). Her distinctive, exotic look adds to her international appeal.  She is a featured model with Dahlal International, PEKO Records/Hollywood Music Center, Bellydance Japan Magazine and graces the "wall of fame" at Bozenka's Bellydance Academy, formerly known as The Middle Eastern Dance Exchange owned and operated by Tamalyn Dahlal.



Shara is also a certified fitness professional, who is on a mission to change how women engage in fitness.  She is the founder of the Ladies Love Yourselves! Tour™, a program that empowers women to feel great no matter what shape or size. And she fused the best elements from her fields of expertise to create the ShimmyPhat Workout™ designed especially for women. Shara packs out classes at national gyms and private studios week after week and will soon be featured on a new home fitness DVD series.


Currently, Shara travels and teaches workshops, sharing her love for dance with women all over the US.


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