Karima Nadira – Brief Bio & CV
On my arrival in NY, I became a huge fan of dance performances, and subscribed to several dance theatres, for years exposing myself to all kinds of professional, folkloric, and ethnic dance- except Oriental. Every now and then, though, I would catch a glimpse of Oriental and found it intriguing, especially the relaxed isolations of various shimmies and hip articulations. “I’d like do that.” I remember thinking, fatefully. In the meantime, I took 3 years of jazz classes at Morelli Ballet (1980-1983). Then one day a friend invited me to accompany her to an Oriental class she was taking.
Serendipity had brought me to Tanya Gomez, an enthusiastic dancer and teacher whose weekly classes were a delight – but I swore I was only doing it for exercise. Landing in Morocco’s studio a few years later, I had no choice but to ratchet up my practicing because she insisted I dance in a group number in a recital in her studio. Yes, they told me later, I looked terrified (my lower lip quivered the whole time), but it was essentially too late to retreat! I was hooked on the dance!
Practice I did, and by 1997 I was soloing; a year after that, with 2 other dancers, I co-founded Synergy. I joined Morocco’s Casbah Dance Experience in 2000, and also began my travels to the Middle East around that time, joining Morocco multiple times for trips to Egypt and Turkey, and also making it to Morocco (the country). Meanwhile, Morocco convinced me I could teach, and in 2003 I found a new groove to love: helping others discover the joy and beauty of this dance!
Besides all the wonderful teachers listed below, there were countless others who were an inspiration to me in my journey into Oriental Dance; to mention just a few: my Mom, whose own dreams of dancing & traveling originally inspired my own; Michel Issa and Fuad Diab, who provided invaluable insights into their culture; and Antoinette Wolske who first took me to a class at Tanya’s house. My focus going forward continues to be learning, teaching, and showcasing this dance in a manner honorable to and respectful of its roots in Middle Eastern Culture. Come join me!
(A Partial List)
Morroco’s Casbah Tent Theatre, NYC
Ahlan Wa Sahlan, Cairo, Egypt
Lafayette Grill, NYC
Drom, NYC: The Ozgen Show 2012
Cleopatra, Brooklyn, NY
Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, NYC
The Kooler, NYC
Asamed Shows, NYC
Heifer Benefit, NYC
The Cornerstone, Carlstadt NJ, Yasmina Al Qahira’s Alf Layla
Mitchell’s Bar & Grill, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Bronx Community College, Bronx NY
Canandaigua (Community College), NY
Al Solimaniya, Journal Square., NJ
New School, NYC
Galleries (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; Manhattan, Cooper Union, NYC)
Private parties, schools, and cultural institutions.
New Year’s Eve in Anguilla, West Indies
Waldrennach & Langenau, Germany
Art of the Belly 2012
Boston, April 2012
Primary Teacher and Mentor:
Morocco (Since 1996 and ongoing)
Tarik Sultan (1996- 2009)
Tonya Gomez (1990-1995)
Multiple Workshops with the following stellar teachers:
Joe Williams (Delsarte)
Additional Workshops (partial list) with:
Kay Hardy Campbell