Yasmina is a performer, instructor and
hosted The Joy of Belly Dancing TV show on Public Access
in Arizona. She is the 2011 Headliner of the Year!!!! Yasmina won Arizona Favorite Tribal Solo Artist 2013 and Arizona's
Lifetime Achievement 2013.
She has been teaching for the
City of Mesa since 1989 and teaches
classes at the Mesa Arts Center. Yasmina performs
many styles of Middle Eastern Dance and incorporates the use of many props, such as:
sword, jug, canes, tray of candles, basket, fan veil and Voi. Her classes run
all year round and consist of beginning and intermediate cabaret, beginning and intermediate
tribal style classes. Check out the Mesa
Arts Center website for class information and schedule
of on-going and special performances of Yasmina.
Her teaching style is of the same
philosophy as her dance. She does not want her students to be carbon copies of her, but to
learn all aspects of the dance. She teaches both the old and new styles of dance and is
continually updating her skills to pass along to her students. She attends dance
workshops, seminars and dance contests both in State and out of State to keep abreast of
what is happening in the dance world. Yasmina also teaches workshops, in and
out of state, with her Veil and Fan Veil class being the most requested. At
Wiggles of the West Las Vegas she taught an Tribal Indian Fusion workshop
in 2009, Fan Veil workshop in 2010 and 2011 along with single and double
cane workshop. She has sponsored out of State artists in workshops that were both in
dance and Middle Eastern Music. She was on the
editorial staff of Wiggle
Hips a belly dance magazine published by Janie and Chris the
Two Old Bags which ceased publication in 2004. Yasmina was featured on the cover of Wiggles Hips in
the June/July issue of 1999. In July of 2004 Yasmina took 2nd place
and in 2006 she took 3rd place in the Headliner
category at the Wiggle of the West competition. In 2011 Yasmina won
the Headliner category at the very last Wiggles of the West along with
taking 3rd place in the Alternative Wiggles category.
Yasmina started her TV show along with her
husband and family back in January 1990. After 13 years of producing
the show the City of Mesa decided to no longer support Public Access TV
and our show came to an end in Oct. 2003. The show was well received by the dance community
and general public. The reason for producing the TV show was to show the public what belly
dancing is all about and to dismiss the misconceptions of the dance. The Joy
of Belly Dancing show was one of the longest
Public Access TV shows in the Valley of the Sun. From the production
of the TV show, Seven Veils Productions has branched out and produced five professional
dance videos for the market. The first video, Yasmina, an
American Belly Dance is a 30 minute performance tape of seven different
dance routines. The next series of videos are, A Night in the Desert I,
II & III. These videos are also performance videos. These videos were live
performance shows highlighting dancers from Arizona. Night in the
Desert I & II include eight different dancers performing with a live Greek Band.
Night in the Desert III include seven different dancers performing with a live Arabic
Band. The fifth video, "Yasmina Live!", is a collection of
highlights from the TV show, The Joy of Belly Dancing. All performances include live music
from artists such as: Doug Adams, David Korup, Sirocco, Billy Woods and many more.
Yasmina founded Troupe Baladi, a three
member dance troupe in January 1994. The performance styles of the troupe
Fusion, Ethnic and flashy Cabaret. In 1996, Troupe Baladi took 3rd Place in the Wiggles of
the West dance competition. Ambera and Yasmina represented Troupe
Baladi at the Wiggles of the West dance competition July 2001. The
troupe took 2nd place in the Mini Ensemble category. The troupe
members have gone their separate ways with new interests in their
January 20th & 27th 2017 auditions were held for a new dance
company lead by Yasmina.
Moonlight Sirens Tribal Dance Company was born with 6 lovely members. Our mission is to share our love
of belly dance and the joy that it brings with the local community through
performances, classes and workshops.
Yasmina left the corp. world and
went into belly dancing full
time. Along with Malikah they started Shimmy Bliss Costuming Co.
in Feb. 2004 and started creating and importing exquisite belly dance costumes. Malikah went to pursue her graphics design and photography business in May
2004 and Yasmina took the business on full time. With the change in
ownership Yasmina has taken Shimmy Bliss in a new direction concentrating
on the needs of the American Tribal Dancer. In 2014 Shimmy Bliss
closed their doors. It was a great run and fun while it lasted.
In 2015 Yasmina found another creative outlet,
photography. Check out her photography
website and contact Yasmina to
schedule your dance photo shoot.
Schedule of performances and events
(on-going and special)
Wed. & Thurs. January 13th & 14th- Yasmina's Mesa
Arts Center belly dance classes start 5:30 - 8:00 on Wed. & Thurs. (Mesa Arts Center, Dance Studio, 2nd floor, 1 N.
Center, Mesa, AZ 85201) - contact Yasmina for more info, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the classes & workshop page
[1st & 3rd photo by Gina
[2nd photo by Thijis VanSise]