Oralia has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance for many years, in many states across the country. Oralia specializes in Modern Egyptian and Cabaret styles of belly dance. Oralia is also a certified Shimmy Chic Fitness Instructor.
During her travels, Oralia has been involved with several organizations and troupes including holding a board position in the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (MEDGE) in Oregon, a performer with the Raq-ettes in New Hampshire, and a performer with Danza Del Alma in Gainesville.
Oralia performs locally as a solo dancer and with her performance students at various festivals and events including the annual Gainesville Downtown Fall Arts Festival, the Latino Festival at Bo Diddley Plaza, and the Lubee Bat Festival. Please send questions to
Najmah is a Bellydance and Flamenco Fusion Dance Instructor and Performer. She has training in many styles of Bellydance including Modern Egyptian and American Cabaret. Najmah focuses her classes on strengthening your technique and elevating your individual dance level.
In addition to weekly classes, Najmah also teaches workshops and performs throughout Florida. In addition, Najmah is the director of Gainesvilles only Flamenco Fusion troupe--Danza Del Alma. For more information on hosting Najmah in your city, please contact her directly at
Salina grew up in Hawaii and is a 3rd generation hula dancer. For the past 3 years she has been teaching recreational Hula and Tahitian. Focus is on building a good foundation with basic traditional movements, learning choreographed numbers, appreciation of Polynesian culture and having fun!
Hula is low impact and gentle on joints, appropriate for all fitness levels. Tahitian is more cardio taxing, so be prepared to really use your core and sweat in this class! On hula songs, we also go into Hawaiian vocabulary and meaning / context of the mele (song). All levels welcome.
We perform often at local events and private functions so if you are looking for performance experience you will have that opportunity. Call first to arrange your first class.
www.GainesvilleHulaOhana.com & FB: hulawithsalina
Jessica Nilacala has studied the dances of the East since childhood. She has an extensive background in the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam as well as folk, fusion, and classical styles of Arabic Dance. She teaches and performs Arabic Bellydance and Bollywood Dance throughout the US. She has travels to India for training in Bharata Natyam and Uzbekistan for training in Central Asian Dance, taking workshops across the United States in Bellydance, Kathak, Odissi, and Ballet to expand her dance repertoire.
Belly dancing, fitness, technique and choreography. All levels are welcome!
Maha has a great passion for dance, and loves the Middle-Eastern style of movement. Over the last 25 years, she has studied belly dancing from various local performers and teachers including Najmah, Oralia, Dalys and Carolinca. She loves to choreograph her own dances and spends many hours in her personal studio creating expressive movement. She performs with various troupes and on her own.
In her class, she emphasizes relaxation, safety, and synthesis of sound and movement. The steps are taught from an external source, but materialize as long as we are connected with an inner core of creativity.