I chose this simple name because it evoked the concept I hope our viewers will feel while enjoying the performance.
Ever since I was a little girl, dance has been a passion for me. As a child taking my own initiative, I began to study and watch dancers carefully then immediately run outside, find a big space by myself, and begin to practice what I saw. Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly ,Vera Ellen, dances from productions like Nutcracker, Riverdance, and West Side Story all offered monumental inspirations. As a young teen I began to seek out lessons in Ballroom, Latin, Country Two Step, and of coures Polka (Wisconsin’s state dance).
From a very young age I had an unexplainable interest and curiosity about Middle Eastern Dance. The allure, movement, and the costuming would soon prove to be impossible not to explore. In 2001 I could no longer resist exploring belly dance and I took my first class through the YMCA Program. Oriental Dance found a solid place in my heart. I found the movements mesmerizing and the costuming just as amazing. My desire and curiosity only grew and I took the opportunity to learn more about it.
Navah is available for hire. (Teacher, Choreographer, Private Lesson, Workshops, Shows, & Events.) Certified in Dance Therapeutics DT1 and Teacher certification in Gravity Yoga
I began the study of movement arts in 2012 after being introduced to tribal fusion belly dance by Serpentine in Portland some years earlier. My primary dance influences in dance include Rachel Brice, April Rose, Colleena Shakti, Michelle Sorensen and Zoe Jakes. Following instruction through Datura Institute Online, I am mostly a self-taught dancer. In 2013, I began performing at haflas as both a dancer and musician before joining Navah Mirage in 2014. With a bachelor’s degree in performance focusing on classical and jazz flute I have 20+ years performance experience and am now enjoying a new understanding of music and movement through the art of belly dance. I specialize in zil and sword dancing as my main props, and I am a choreographer for soloists as well as groups.
Stephany is available for hire. (Teacher, Private Lesson, Shows, & Events.) Holds Certification in Eight Elements
Kristin began dancing at the age of three. Though, as soon as she found belly dance, she knew she found her dance "love of a lifetime". Not only was Kristin a professional Cheerleader for a NBA basketball team, she also has formal training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballroom, Samba, and of course, Middle Eastern Dance. Kristin has performed at restaurants, weddings, festivals, sporting events, private parties, themed events, parades, large stage shows, "city wide" performances and corporate events. Kristin is an experienced performer who is dedicated to her art form
Kristin is available for hire. (Shows, & Events.)
Kristy, stepped into her first belly dance class 20 years ago and fell in love, instantly. She was inspired by the rich culture and serpentine movements. Kristy is happiest on the stage and enjoys the beautiful relationships built performing and teaching.
Kristy is intrigued by all forms of movement. Besides continuing her Belly Dance education, she is currently studying Aerial Dance, Flamenco, Hula and Odissi. She continues to pursue an understanding of the culture and histories of the artforms she enjoys.
Kristy is available for hire ( Teacher, private lessons, shows and events). She holds the following certifications:
Suhaila 1, Dancecraft Diamonds, 8 Elements Initiate, Dance Cohesion 1, Dance Therapeutics 1, Bohemian Blade Technician and Krysalis Invocation and Conception
Kristy is available for hire. (Teacher, Private Lesson, Shows, & Events.)
Saniya began her love of dance as a young girl. She studied ballet for five years, two of those years on pointe. She also studied during that time jazz, tap, gymnastics and cheer-leading. She coached cheer-leading at a local middle school for two years before moving to Seattle Washington in 1993. It wasn't until the summer of 2016 that she became reacquainted with her love of dancing. She began her formal belly dancing studies in September of 2016 with Middle Eastern classes in Appleton taught by Navah. Her first performance as a soloist happened in early spring of 2017 and by May she became a dancer with the Navah Mirage Troupe. Since then she has danced at several events including The Dance of the Elements performed at the Dudley Birder Hall/St. Norbert College on October 8,2017. Saniya is a dedicated dancer who is continuously learning and practicing. She loves learning all aspects of belly dancing from history, to movements, to the many props that are used to enhance this beautiful dance. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support and love and Navah for reigniting her true
passion and love of dance.
Saniya is available for group hired projects.
Sahara, began belly dance as a young girl. Sweet and shy, she would quietly study her mother practicing her dance. She would then sneak all her new found wisdom to her room where she would try them out and fall in love with dance. As a teen she participated in her schools dance troupe and currently continues her studies with her mother Navah. She also enjoys performing as a mermaid & modeling.
Sahara is for hire. (Teacher, Shows, & Events.)
My name is Hayley and I have been with Navah Mirage since April of 2020. I started belly dancing in high school from the De Pere community center and that is when I fell in love. After that, I danced with Tamarind Tribal and Samantha Fairuz while in college at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I was so happy to find a troupe when I moved back to Green Bay so I could start dancing again! My experience with Navah Mirage has been incredible and I cannot wait to see what lies in the future for us! This is a fantastic group to be with and I know we will make amazing dances!
Melian (Dear Gift)
The name Melian was chosen to represent the gratitude she feels for the gift of dance. She feels as though she was blessed to be able to dance and to be a part of a wonderful troupe to share this love. Melian found her passion 1 year ago after taking a class with Navah Mirage. She was captivated with the music, rhythm, and movements. "You fall in love with yourself as you learn and see yourself moving to the music." Melian has always had a love for dance but has not had an opportunity to participate professionally until now. She is excited to continue to grow in this art and to share it with all of you.
Zahra was first inspired by middle eastern dance when 2017 when she had the opportunity to watch a dancer named Sadie perform a magical and empowering solo. Zahra knew immediately she needed to explore this artform for herself. The music was especially meaningful because of her years of her music studies in jazz and music theory. As a lifelong painter and graphic designer, belly dance became a perfect fit in her lifestyle. Zahra's lifelong goal is to continue her education in the study of middle eastern culture and its connection to performance art. Zahra is a talented dance who performs in several community events. She currently takes classes with Navah, and intensives with superstars including Sadie Marquardt, Deb Rubin, and more. As a performer, Zahra plays active roles in Navah Mirage Productions throughout the Midwest.
Jade was born in Brazil, moved to Florida and currently lives in Wisconsin. She has been dancing most of her life, and started belly dancing in 2013. She is currently a member of Navah Mirage and enjoys dancing with the group.
Jade is available for hire for performance
Tempest's style is fluid and confident. With her every move there is an intention that is undeniable.
Has belly danced for nearly a dozen years, studying in Minnesota, Ireland, and Wisconsin. She chose the dance name Sidona, which means enticing or captivating, because she finds the intricacies of this dance form so alluring. Sidona especially enjoys sharing the dance floor with other dancers, using props such as sword, and sewing some of her own costumes. Belly dance is a hobby she particularly enjoys for its fitness, flexibility, and fellowship.
Sidona is a one of our amazing founding members
Jodi has belly danced for many years for fun and friendship, studying Navah of Navah Mirage. She finds the intricacies of this dance form so alluring and beautiful. Without a focus on public performance she still found her place showcasing her talents with fan veils. Belly dance is a hobby. she particularly enjoys for its community and fun.
Jodi is a one of our amazing founding members
I have been belly dancing for over ten years and love performing for
people. While performing, the energy the audience gives you is such a
wonderful feeling. I dance the passion that I feel. I enjoy dancing
while using zils (finger cymbals), veils, sword, and my
favorite.....isis wings. Being one of the founding members of the Navah
Mirage dance troupe, I hoped to show others that a person of any age or
any size is able to perform and to show the beauty of the dance. My
passion for the arts includes belly dance, playing key board, and
performing music with my husband.
Suesa is a one of our amazing founding members
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