“Dance with your Soul”







 Sahari was born in The Dominican Republic, Latin country that gave birth to rhythms such as Merengue, Bachata and Son. Music and dance has been an integral part of her life. Sahari was raised in New York City, where she was first exposed to a diversity of cultures and developed a great interest in learning and implementing different aspects of these cultures into her own life.

Her interest in Middle Eastern culture and dance began in late 2001, when a unique Brazilian soap opera, “El Clon”, became a hit on a Spanish TV station back in NYC. With the main topic of the program being Middle Eastern culture, bellydancing was a prominent feature. Sahari saw the dance for the first time and was completely captivated. Immediately, she researched bellydance classes offered in NYC and started taking lessons at Serena Studios. Her first classes were taught by the legendary Serena Wilson and other instructors, such as Zenaide and Dorit, who encouraged her to get deeper into the dance. But because of school and other responsibilities, she was only able to study the art for about 6 months in NYC. It wasn’t until after she moved to Hawaii in 2004 that she resumed her studies. During her residence in Hawaii, Sahari studied exclusively under the mentorship of Shamira Nawal, veteran dancer/instructor/choreographer, with great knowledge of the Near and Middle Eastern cultures and founder of Amara Kismet Near & Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble. As a member of this dance company Sahari had the opportunity to perform for the first time and to develop her technique and style.

Since then, Sahari has performed at many festivals, fundraisers, recitals, and special events throughout Hawaii, Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey, Massachusets and Rhode Island. Sahari has been a main dancer and actress for Shamira’s Bellydance & Beyond and Jasmina & The Jansher theatrical productions. Because of her exotic and unique look, Sahari was chosen to promote both theatrical shows. She has been featured in Hawaii’s main newspapers, The Honolulu Advertiser and Star Bulletin as well as on TV and radio (KHON Morning News Channel 2 and Tiny TV Oceanic Channel 16/95.5 FM radio). Recently, Sahari was also featured in Connecticut’s newspapers The Middletown Press, The Thames River Press and The Groton Times.

Sahari started teaching the art of bellydance at different locations throughout Hawaii in 2005. She continues perfecting her technique and developing her unique style by taking workshops from well-known and experienced dancers, such as Suhaila Salimpour, Rashid, Tarik, Amaya, Amira, Bellydance Superstar Sonia, Dondi, Ranya Renee and Shareen El Safy. Her style leans more towards what is known as American Cabaret, but she is also an ethno-fusion dancer. Sahari has developed a unique style; what she calls “BellyLatin Fusion”, a mix of different Latin rhythms and dance steps with bellydance.

Sahari currently resides in Southeastern, Connecticut, where she performs and teaches in various towns around the area. Sahari is the Director and Choreographer of “Souls of the Sahara” Dance Troupe, her first troupe created in the summer of 2008.

Sahari is well on her way in expanding her knowledge of the art and becoming one of a kind.

“Revive the goddess within you — Let out that inner fire.” 

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