Alma

Alma is a multi-award winning and internationally performing dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently resides, teaches, and performs. Alma’s personal style stems from the playful and wistful style of Egyptian Golden Era Oriental dance (belly dance) and has evolved as she has studied with master teachers to produce a uniquely authentic belly dance style. She is well-regarded for her musicality and stage presence and draws on 15+ years of theater, film, and music performance.
She was a featured soloist at the nationally acclaimed 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in collaboration with the Georges Lammam Ensemble featuring Susu Pampanin. In the Summer of 2016, she premiered a feature-length show in South America titled, “Una Historia de Amor.”
Alma has been invited to dance multiple times at the “Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria” organized by the Regional Federation of Folklore and Culture of Puno, Peru. You can see her perform regularly at different venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Of Peruvian and Algerian descent, Alma was born in Peru, where she was first introduced to the rhythms of West and North African that influence Arabic music. Once a medical student at Stanford University, Alma has retired from academia to devote her life entirely to dance. She holds a Bachelors of Science in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Medicine from Stanford University School of Medicine. She uses the anatomy and physiology from her years in medical school to provide well-rounded and mindful classes that combine artistry and well-being. She finds that dance has been a healing source for her and others.
Love, music, and life are her inspirations. Every morning begins by wiggling the toes and allowing life and music to bring her into action. She is deeply inspired by the musicians she works with and the beautifully rich music of the Middle East. The dancers who have inspired Alma the most and have shaped the way she interprets music are Taheya Carioca, Samia Gamal, Amina Goodyear, Sarah Saeeda, and Sagiri Seina. When not dancing, Alma plays the violin, practices Tai Chi, and loves to learn new languages!

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