Miami is a vibrant city home to some of the most famous American belly dancers. Combining their Latin flavors with Arabic moves, Miami belly dancers are unique and have developed their own belly dancing styles.
One of our Miami Jewels is Sultana, a Puertorican performer, teacher and choreographer. She started her belly dance career with legendary Karisma and joined the Kasbah Dance Troupe where she learned the basic of belly dancing. She has studied with several professionals such as Jilina and Ansuya, Portia, Natalie, Xiomara, Arish Lam from Puerto Rico, Hamada Nyel from Egypt, Samay and many others. Sultana has performed at community and private events, like the Miami Book Fair, the Renaissance Fair, the Relay for Life, and Kamileh for Breast Cancer Fundraiser event.
As a teacher, Sultana tries to transmit her knowledge to all of her students, regardless of their level. She is strict but very patient, if her students cannot get a movement she never gives up on them as long as they show dedication and effort. As a performer, she understands how to connect with the audience, and according to the type of performance or venue she adapts her style. Sultana takes a long time to prepare for a class or a show. She believes that engaging both the audience and the student is the primary job of a performer.
She dances with veils and wings and uses the zills quite often (see picture). It took her many years of studying to achieve the level she has attained now, and she believes that you never stop learning and improving as a dancer. Her talent as a choreographer is due to a deep understanding of the music, and the knowledge she acquired by taking choreography classes. Her success on stage is probably also due to her background in acting and modeling. Sultana graduated with a Bachelor degree in Arts and Communications and has studied Filming and Television.
Sultana is now training a new dance troupe that is performing at the Miami Bellydance Convention in September. She teaches primarily in Homestead, to beginners, advanced students, and she gives private classes for groups of 5+ students.
You can access Sultana’s web page by clicking: http://www.miamisultana.iwarp.com/
You can contact her for information at: 786-709-6313
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