Eastern Groove's Teaching Staff
Brining you the Best in Belly Dance Instruction
Mahira is a Chicago area bellydance performer and instructor. Drawn to dance as a child, she explored many different styles and genres of dance. A competitive dancer all through her adolescence, winning many awards and trophies in tap, jazz and ballet competitions, though found her true dance passion in Middle Eastern Dance as an adult. She has studied different styles of Middle Eastern dance with many admired instructors in the USA as well as International instructors, and continues her dance training through private lessons/coaching and workshops.
She considers her bellydance style to be “American Classic” with Egyptian and Turkish elements. Known for electric stage presence and her fast and precise finger cymbals (zills) and A Cappella zill solo performances, she has been called "Chicago's best ziller". Mahira is a private dance performer coach/mentor to many of the greater Chicagoland up and coming professional performers.
Mahira teaches two levels of Classic Belly Dance at Eastern Groove on Wednesday evenings.
Sara started dancing in 2003 in Nashville, TN under the direction of Gypsyville Bellydance and Nichole Hanna. In 2008 she moved to Chicago, IL and began studying with Christina King, eventually joining the studio troupe of Eastern Groove Studio, La Groove Fatale. Sara’s dance roots are firmly planted in ATS and tribal fusion, though she has dabbled in Egyptian Cabaret. She became an instructor at Eastern Groove studio in 2016 and accepted her invitation to join Blue Lotus Tribe in 2017 where she is fitting in quite nicely. In 2017, Sara received her recognition certificate Zoe Jakes' DanceCraft: Key of Diamonds.
Sara teaches Intermediate/Advance Belly Dance Drills and Skills on Tuesday evenings.