My name is Shaila (pronounced Shy-la) and I want to a culture that is tuned into the wonderment and joy of the body. My business both caters to celebrating events dedicated to delivering memorable experiences to honour your life’s biggest events, milestones or even just to sprinkle connection and excitement to your weekend. I also offer training in self-care through nourishing and mindful workshops.
Growing up in a south-asian/middle-eastern diasporic household, dance was viewed as taboo and distasteful in my family . My parents were in survival mode as new immigrants often are, so there wasn’t much room for celebration of any kind. When I discovered belly dance ten years ago, my life was infused with a new purpose and power. I wanted to offer more than just belly dance more than just a performance, but to find ways to share this energy that was meant to celebrate and empower others. I wanted others to feel the same confidence, joy and vibrancy that belly dance can bring and find authentic ways to bond with friends and loved ones. I have created a series of packages that allow you to harness your sparkly super powers, especially the untapped ones. Check out my performance demo here.
I am passionate about teaching belly dance to all levels and experiences. I strive to create accessible spaces both physically and emotionally so participants can and feel comfortable in their own skin and activate the joy of movement.. In my teaching I focus on beyond "getting the moves right", but strive in supporting how movement can increase confidence, build community, embrace sensuality and develop new skills.
Beyond Belly Dance - Somatics
My teaching style incorporates an anti-oppressive and trauma informed lens. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Dance at York University, researching how somatic movement and belly dance can be integrated into psycho-therapeutic practices.
I have coupled my experience as student-development professional to create various self-care workshops and resiliency trainings. My workshops range from creative explorations and as well as more practical ways that movement can support nervous-system regulation as well be a potent form of mindfulness beyond sitting meditation.