In the summer of 2000 Nadia went to Morocco to teach English as a volunteer. It was here that she was captivated by what is known as ‘bellydance’. She was at a wedding in Ouled Taima, a small town in the south of Morocco, and gazed in awe as the women danced and made music for the community celebration, looking powerful, magnificent and magnanimous.
She encountered more social dancing by both males and females at gatherings and parties. Sometimes the dancing was shy and coquettish, sometimes people were being humorous and simply having a laugh – always it was beautiful.
So began Nadia’s journey into this diverse and fascinating art form. When she returned to London, at the age of 19, she began taking classes in Egyptian dance with Asmahan at the Pineapple studios in London. Instantly she knew this was the dance for her. Here she learned all about belly dance for the stage, and that it’s proper is name Raqs Sharqi.
She was lucky enough to also take lessons for some months with Khaled Mahmoud, who is now one of the most sought after Egyptian Dance teachers in the world. She also attended as many workshops and classes as possible, in the UK and Egypt, with some of the great masters of the dance.