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Melissa , Belly Dancer and Reiki Instructor
Photography by Chris Fayz,

Melissa's Bellydance Classes


Melissa has studied and performed various styles of Middle Eastern dance since 1994, including bellydance (various styles including tribal and cabaret), Arabic regional folkloric, and Persian Classical dance. She is adept at veil work, balancing (shamadan and sword), and creates a highly energetic and artistic performance.

Melissa has been seen performing solo at various venues, with much acclaim. She has also danced with Anisa's troupe, Amara's troupe "Ya Helewa!," the Adam Basma Middle Eastern Dance Company, A. Nazemi Persian dance troupe (Director of Pars National Ballet), and at other special events in and around Los Angeles.

Her early dance training includes jazz, ballet, modern, tap, baton twirling, etc.! She considers dancing her favorite form of creative and spiritual expression.


Melissa is also a Reiki Master. Reiki is a vibrational healing technique which can dramatically improve ones life on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is highly recommended for all persons, living entities, and situations.


Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also studied Cultural Anthropology and took part in intensive study, experimentation, and performance with the American Shakespeare Company.

Her other interests and areas of study include alternative nutrition, deep tissue massage/structural bodywork, and being a mentor ("big sister") to a preteen.

 "Thank You to all of the wonderful teachers and beautiful dancers who have shared with me their knowledge and love of dance."

Melissa, Belly Dancer, Entertainer, HealerBellydance for Beginners, with Melissa


Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Culver City, and Los Angeles areas.

Have fun dancing in a supporting atmosphere. Learn basic bellydance techniques, including head, shoulder, torso and hip isolations, beautiful arm movements, "shimmies," attitude, stylizations and combinations inspired by Middle Eastern dance.

Embrace your Sensual Self through this ancient art of creative movement. Melissa's fun and friendly teaching style will help inspire you to be the best that YOU can be!

For more information on private and group instruction, please contact Melissa

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