Biography

Crystal Silmi is a belly dance and belly dance fusion artist, instructor and choreographer from San Francisco, California USA. She has become known for her unique style of hip hop infused movements and has performed for audiences around the world.

Skilled in both the art of classical Middle Eastern dance and modern fusion, Crystal puts her Arab American roots to the stage with a deep sense of rhythm and powerful athleticism. A long time student of master instructor Suhaila Salimpour, Crystal has been a member of both the Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat. In 2006 she founded the belly dance fusion troupe RaksArabi based out of Santa Cruz, California USA. RaksArabi has dazzled audiences at a wide variety of venues drawing upon hip hop, jazz, North African and other dance styles enhancing the art of belly dance with a vivid and contemporary feel.

Residing in Madrid, Spain, Crystal is teaches several weekly classes and is sharing her art throughout Europe and the world seeking to inspire students to explore themselves through the expressive art of dance. Crystal is also a certified yoga instructor from Rishikesh Yog Peeth (Rishikesh Yoga Institute) in Rishikesh, India and a certified Zumba Fitness instructor. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Reviews

Workshops

Saturday, May 3rd

Turbo Charged Fusion Combos

A fast paced and high energy extended fusion combo bringing together elements of belly dance and hip hop resulting in a powerful expression of the raging forces within!

11:30-13:30

Espai Palmares
Calle Riereta 20 BIS 1ª (El Raval)
Barcelona, Spain

1 workshop 30€
2 workshops 50€
Info: exoticadancefusion@gmail.com

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Saturday, May 3rd

Fusion Drum Solo Choreography

An upbeat belly dance fusion drum solo that incorporates elements of layering dance movement and refined advanced belly dance technique with a fun fusion twist.

15:00-17:00

Espai Palmares
Calle Riereta 20 BIS 1ª (El Raval)
Barcelona, Spain

1 workshop 30€
2 workshops 50€
Info: exoticadancefusion@gmail.com

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Saturday, May 31st

Belly Metal Choreography

In this workshop dancers will combine the sharps and sultry movements of belly dance with the fire of Rock n’ Roll! This picante dance combines refined belly dance technique with the dark essence of metal music (knee pads recommended).

10:00-13:00

ASD ETNIKA
Rome, Italy

1 workshop (3 hours): 50€
2 workshops (6 hours): 90€
Info: Francesca Sahar 3299420285 asdetnika@libero.it

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Saturday, May 31st

Technical Tune-Up and “Drop it like it’s Hot”

Technique, layering, timing and fusion combinations. Dancers will break the mold of traditional oriental music and dance while remaining rooted in what we do best: belly dance!

14:30-17:30

ASD ETNIKA
Rome, Italy

1 workshop (3 hours): 50€
2 workshops (6 hours): 90€
Info: Francesca Sahar 3299420285 asdetnika@libero.it

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Tuesday, July 15th

4 Hour Pro-Pack Intensive
This pro track intensive will focus on drilling advanced belly dance technique, layering movements and timing. We will add the additional dimension of finger cymbals with in depth practice of various rhythms for tribal fusion belly dance. Dancers will explore modern fusion movement and combine it with technique, enhancing and expanding dancers creative outlets of artistic expression.

10:00-14:00

TRIBAL UMRAH
Naboso studio, Školská 12, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

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Website: www.tribalumrah.fr

Wednesday, July 16th

Unleash the Beast
This workshop will focus intensively on technique, layering and timing. Through drills, dancers will undergo a thorough training in mastering high level technique for belly dance fusion styles. We will also construct a short combo using these movements with a hip hop fusion stylization.

12:30-14:30

TRIBAL UMRAH
Dance Perfect studios, Národní 25, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

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Website: www.tribalumrah.fr

Thursday, July 17th

Folkloric Belly Dance Basics with Finger Cymbals
Introduction to finger cymbals combined with dance movement. Students will learn a variety of finger cymbal rhythms and coordinate them with folkloric dance movement, we will also applying the movement and cymbals to create a short combo. Open to all levels. Bring your finger cymbals!

15:00-17:00

TRIBAL UMRAH
Dance Perfect studios, Národní 25, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

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Website: www.tribalumrah.fr

Saturday, July 19th

Drop it Like it’s Hot – Hip Hop Belly Dance Fusion Combos
Get down and funky with this Hip hop infused combo using refined technique to carry dancers out the box of traditional belly dance movement and music while still staying grounded in what we do best – belly dance!

15:00-17:00

TRIBAL UMRAH
Dance Perfect studios, Národní 25, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

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Website: www.tribalumrah.fr

Saturday and Sunday September 6th-7th

2 Day Intensive – California

Technique, layering, expression in dance, finger cymbal fusion, modern belly dance fusion choreography and more! See link below for complete details!

Motion Pacific
131 Front St.
Santa Cruz, California USA

$120 before July 31st, $135 after July 31st
$70 Sunday only, $35 individual workshops

Registration: www.eventbrite.com
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Website: www.motionpacific.com

Sunday, September 14th

Turbo Charged Fusion Combos

A fast paced and high energy extended fusion combo bringing together elements of belly dance and hip hop resulting in a powerful expression of the raging forces within!

14:00-16:00

Hot Pot Studios
1614 K Street, Studio 1
Sacramento, California USA

$25

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Saturday, September 20th

Cast a Spell

Enter on a journey through the uncharted waters of your being. Revel in the seduction of these Dark Fusion combos that combine powerful & refined technique with dark passion… Cast a spell on your audience with these bold, delicious, sultry combinations!

10:00-12:30

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave, Suite 100
Seattle, Washington USA

1 workshop $50, 2 workshops $80
To register, email kitieraseattle@gmail.com

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Saturday, September 20th

Turbo Charged Fusion

A fast paced and high energy extended fusion combo bringing together elements of belly dance and hip hop resulting in a powerful expression of the almighty female! Prepare to sweat, bring lots of water.

13:30-16:00

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave, Suite 100
Seattle, Washington USA

1 workshop $50, 2 workshops $80
To register, email kitieraseattle@gmail.com

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Sunday, September 28th

New Jersey, USA

Details coming soon!

Events

Classes

Classes in Madrid:

D’Ambra Dance Project
Calle Montesa 43, Local F, Madrid
Metros: Diego de León, Lista, Manuel Becerra
Web page: www.alessandradambra.com
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El Hada Verde
Calle General Palanca 26, Madrid
Metro: Delicias
Web page: www.elhadaverde.es
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Fussion
Calle Virgen de los Reyes 5, Madrid
Metro: Barrio de la Concepción
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Mondays

Beginning Belly Dance
14:30-15:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Zumba Fitness®
19:30-20:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Urban Fusion Belly Dance II
20:30-21:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Urban Fusion Belly Dance I
21:30-22:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Tuesdays

Finger Cymbal Fusion
20:30-21:30

Wednesdays

Yoga for Dancers
15:30-16:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Danza Oriental
20:30-22:00
Fussion

Thursdays

Urban Fusion Belly Dance
19:00-20:15
El Hada Verde

Fridays

Zumba Fitness®
10:30-11:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Beginning Belly Dance
11:30-12:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

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