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Dance Story

As a lifetime dancer, Basinah has trained in Tahitian, Hula, Hip Hop, Step , Ballet, Tap, Modern, and of course the exotic art of Raqs Sharqi, Belly Dance in Arabic. 

Over the years she has been moved by many styles and variations of Belly Dance. She has studied and performs Raqs Sharqi, American Cabaret, Khaleegy, Shaabi, Folklore, and Fusion. She frequently performs with props such as zills, veil, sword, cane, shamadan, and fire tray. She has traveled the world to study with teachers she admires including Aziza (Montreal), Mohammed Shahin, Jillina, Florence, Dina, Shahrzad, Lebanese Simon, Sadie, and more.

She is one of the founding members of Asheq Collective, a multi- award winning  San Francisco Bay Area based dance troupe of four professional dancers and choreographers. Together they create and share their love of the dance performing locally and hosting events. 

 

Accolades

 

Belly Dancer
of the Year

Group Champion
Asheq Collective

2019

Belly Dancer
of the Universe

Group Champion
Asheq Collective

2018

Hot Raqs

1st Place - Professional
Cabaret Soloist

2017

Raqs Tiki

1st Place -
Drum Soloist of the Year

2017

Raqs Tiki

People's Choice

2017

Belly Dancer of the Year

4th Runner-Up

2017

Heart of America

Miss Congeniality

2016

 

North Bay Bellydance Bazar

1st Place
Solo Cabaret

2015

Carnival of Stars

1st Runner-Up
Golden Era Comp.

2014

Jewel of the Redwoods

1st Place

2013

Double Crown

1st Runner-Up

2008

 
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Competition Judging

 

Hot Raqs

Fusion and Non-Professional

2020

Hot Raqs

Fusion and Non-Professional

2018

Jewel of the Redwoods

Professional

2014