Versatile and dynamic, Christina began her belly dance journey in 1993 and her career as an instructor in 2003. She is a founding member and co-director of the nationally acclaimed fusion troupe, Blue Lotus Tribe and successfully runs Eastern Groove Studio in Elgin, IL. A continual student of belly dance, Christina first studied for over a decade with Jasmin Jahal of Chicago IL. Her current teachers of fusion style belly dance are Rachel Brice of Portland, OR and Zoe Jakes of Oakland CA.
Rachel Brice's 8Elements: Certified Practitioner and Datura Style™ Teacher
As an instructor, Christina is highly regarded as being knowledgeable, creative, and challenging, all the while delivering her material with an approachable sense of humor. She has been honored to teach at many major belly dance events in the United States but now focuses those efforts primarily on her local students at Eastern Groove Studio.
In 2019, Christina was named an offical instructor of Datura Style™ Belly Dance by Rachel Brice and her Datura Dance School.
Christina teaches fusion belly dance with a focus on Datura Style™ technique and vocabulary, directs studio troupe La Groove Fatale, and is the owner of Eastern Groove Studio.
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 Classic Belly Dance at Eastern Groove Studio.