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

Wednesday, July 16th

Unleash the Beast

This workshop will focus intensively on technique, layering and timing. Dancers will train 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, August 2nd

Technical Tune-Up

Intense focus on technique, layering and timing. Through drills, dancers will undergo a thorough training in mastering high-level technique for belly dance including a short combo with a hip hop fusion stylization.

11:00-13:00

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

Info: exoticadancefusion@gmail.com
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Saturday, August 2nd

Rum n’ Coca Cola Choreography

An upbeat, flirtatious, jazzy fusion choreography that playfully combines belly dance technique with inspiration drawn from modern dance forms (heels optional).

15:00-17:00

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

Info: exoticadancefusion@gmail.com
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Sunday, August 3rd

Belly Dance with Finger Cymbals

Introduction to finger cymbals combined with folkloric and modern dance movement. Students will learn a variety of finger cymbal rhythms and coordinate them with dance and create a short combo.
Open to all levels.

11:00-13:00

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

Info: exoticadancefusion@gmail.com
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Sunday, August 3rd

Finger Cymbal Choreography

Put new skills to use in this elegant and fun finger cymbal fusion dance. Dancers will combine the patterns learned in the previous workshop to complete a full choreography (knee pads recommended).

15:00-17:00

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

Info: exoticadancefusion@gmail.com
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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

Saturday, September 13th

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 13th

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 21st

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

Registration: www.eventbrite.com
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Sunday, September 28th

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!

11:00-13:30

Drum and Dance Learning Center
4054 Quakerbridge Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey USA

$55

Registration: clients.mindbodyonline.com

Sunday, September 28th

Hip Hip Chin Chin Fusion Choreography

This is a spicy and upbeat modern fusion choreography that combines belly dance technique with pizzazz! Bringing together elements of various dance forms, dancers will learn a full length choreography that can be taken to the stage or to the streets!

14:00-16:30

Drum and Dance Learning Center
4054 Quakerbridge Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey USA

$55

Registration: clients.mindbodyonline.com

Events

Classes

Classes in Madrid – Classes begin OCTOBER 2014:

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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Central de Pole
Paseo de Extremadura, 159 Madrid
Metro: Alto de Extremadura
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Fussion DAC
Calle Virgen de los Reyes 5, Madrid
Metro: Barrio de la Concepción
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Mondays

Urban Fusion Belly Dance I
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

Beginning Belly Dance
12:30-13:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Zumba Fitness®
20:30-21:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Finger Cymbal Fusion
21:30-22:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Wednesdays

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

Belly Dance
20:30-22:00
Fussion DAC

Thursday

Beginning Belly Dance
12:30-13:30
D’Ambra Dance Project

Belly Dance
18:30-19:30
Central de Pole

Urban Fusion Belly Dance
19:30-20:45
Central de Pole

Fridays

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

Yoga for Dancers
16:00-17:00
D’Ambra Dance Project

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