Amara’s love for dance began at an early age. She was introduced to bellydancing in 2002 and immediately fell in love. She is known for her expressive style and using the music to tell a story through her dance. She enjoys dancing to all types of music but prefers dancing improv to live music. Her style is American Orientale. She often dances with props such as Wings of Isis, sword, and veil. She also has a variety of fire props such as fire fans, palm torches, and a fire hip belt. She began dancing for fitness, but soon realized how empowering it was. She has studied with many local and international instructors and also attends various workshops as a way to improve her skills. Her passion and love for the artform is seen through her dance. She is a professional photographer and visual artist and finds that creativity helps inspire her dancing. She has performed for many local haflas, birthday parties, weddings, and special events. She has performed at restaurants such as Sassool, XIOS authentic Greek Restaurant, Taverna Nikos, Spartacus, and Babylon. You might have also seen her performing at The International Festival of Raleigh, Festival of Legends, Pagan Pride Festival, Festival for the Eno, Fullsteam Brewery, the Raleigh Drum Circle, the NC Renaissance Faire, the Apex Peakfest, Lebanese Festival of Raleigh, Day in Downtown Festival in Fuquay Varina, NBC 17 Health and Fitness Fair, Durham’s Centerfest and Cary Spring Daze.
In Spring of 2012 she worked with the cast of ‘Arabian Nights’ for their theater production at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She was the lead choreographer.
She occasionally teaches Bellydance Level 1 and 2 at Wake Tech (Western Campus) and is available for private lessons at her studio in the Cary/Apex area. Amara often performs live with her husband, Andrew, who is an Oud player with the Lost Nomads . The Lost Nomads are a Middle-Eastern music ensemble located in Raleigh, NC which focuses on traditional oriental music. She enjoys performing along with him and the band. He also makes his own music and performs under the name of Afrit Temple, which currently focuses on Medieval/Renaissance Music. They have now joined together to bring you a new collaboration of music and dance performance together. You can check out his music at Afrit Temple .