Her dynamic style is technically complex, historically informed, musically sensitive, and keeps the pure joy of bellydance front and center in every performance.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Ziah spent five years as a true camping nomad, traveling the nation learning from movement teachers. These studies in Persian, Rajisthani, North African, Turkish Rom, and Egyptian styles inform Ziah’s vibrant fusion.
Since putting down roots in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999, Ziah has worked to cultivate a community of well-informed and ethical dancers in the region. This total commitment to professionalism, sustainable technique, artistic discipline, and endurance has shaped the face of Tribal in the Southeast and beyond.
Now international, Ziah remains invested in her local community. Her dance company, Awalim, is in its tenth year, continuing to evolve and setting a high standard for polished performance. Ziah maintains both an ongoing local teaching practice and a student dance company.
She hosts seminars with other notable instructors, and produces ongoing events at the Red Light Cafe, a significant performance forum for professional artists in the region. Her newest love is studying the frame drum and davul, percussion instruments that allow her to stand and move.
Ziah is the founder and producer of TribalCon, her innovative and award-winning annual Tribal festival. Her critically acclaimed “Yalla! Yalla!” features Awalim live and is available on DVD.
Ziah’s Class Schedule:
Wednesdays in Decatur and Thursdays in Tucker/Dunwoody – get updated session info here