About Shahina, Zephyra and Belly Dance
Shahina is a professional belly dancer, a performer of Middle Eastern dance or danse orientale. Shahina lives near Glen Ellyn Illinois in the western suburbs of Chicago. In addition to her vocation as a belly dancer and her other dance
pursuits, Shahina finds artistic expression in silk
dyeing, figure modeling, painting, drawing,
and composing poetry.
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Zephyra is Shahina's performance troupe. Zephyra, under the
artistic direction of Shahina, is comprised of western dancers honoring and uniting the ancient Middle Eastern origins
of belly dance with the modern day madonna that lives and breathes within all women from all cultures.
Asfoura is the Arabic word for a little bird still under the wing of its mother. Not yet a soaring falconess, Asfoura is
maiden dance troupe, consisting of girls ages 7-14.
About Middle Eastern Belly Dance
About Shahina's Website
This huge topic is well categorized in the links area. Current brief articles about belly dance from the world press are
found on the news page; older articles are in
the news archives. Lengthier texts and musical selections are
reviewed in the bookstore.
Illustrations are found in the gallery.