Nadiyah has been involved in music, dance, and body conditioning programs since she was 4 years old. Her training includes belly dance, folk dances, and ball room dancing from America, Argentina, Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Hawaii, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, New Zealand, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. She also studied percussion, piano, saxophone, and sang in a choir. She has also earned a MBA, a Medical Assisting Certificate, and two Arbitrator’s certificates. Some of her workshop and class instructors include Amina Goodyear, Carmen de Torres (Spain), Dalia Carella, Egyptian Master Mahmoud Reda, Helene Eriksen, Morocco, Suhaila Salimpour, and Tito Seif.
Nadiyah set up shop in 2003 to assist local dancers by providing supplies and resources. Since then, she has taught The Camels and Cobras Club, a club for lower-income youth; directed Hasna Haddiyah and Troupe Shalimar; danced with the Sisters of Selket, Baharat!, and Spokane Hula; contributed articles to The Belly Dancer, Gilded Serpent, Jareeda, and Zaghareet; and sponsored the following instructors in workshops and shows: Aisha Ali, Aleili, Alexandra King, Amar Gamal, Bozenka, Dahlena Genova, Eva Cernik, Hala Fauzi, Kami Liddle, Kelli Marie Neumayer, Lee Ali, Margo Abdo O’Dell, Rachel Brice, Robby Parker, Roy Petit, Shareen el Safy, Sonia Ochoa, Tempest, Yasmin Edwards, Zaina Hart, and Zoe Jakes.
Nadiyah and her students have performed at many events including Gonzaga University’s International Student Union Dinners, Eastern Washington University’s International Education Week, the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Races, and Spokane Folklore’s Fall Folk Festival.
Nadiyah teaches Belly Dance, Bollywood, Flamenco, and various folk dances at Satori Dance Studio in Spokane, Washington and Syringa Dance Studio in Clarkston, Washington.
To contact Nadiyah, call 509-993-4423 or email Info@CulturesDance.com.
(The Flamenco photo was photographed by Bob Thompson, Compliments of the Fall Folk Festival Crew.)