Henna is a professional belly dance performer and instructor based in Portland, OR. She teaches weekly classes at Euphoria Studios in Porltand OR and specialty workshops at various locations. She aims to create a safe and supportive space for women of all ages, abilities, and sizes to learn this ancient art form and exercise.
As a dancer, Henna delivers soulful and dynamic performances suitable for all ages. Her experience in dancing for diverse audiences enables her to tailor her performances for each event or celebration.
Henna has been studying and performing belly dance since 2002. Known for her passionate expression and charming personality on stage, she danced regularly at various events and venues in Tokyo, Japan for four years before returning to the U.S. in 2009. Middle Eastern audiences enjoy her natural style and solid understanding of Arabic and Turkish rhythms and instrumentation.
In addition to traditional styles of belly dance (a.k.a. raks sharki or Dans Oriental), Henna enjoys pushing the boundaries of movement and music by fusing anything that inspires her to dance. Henna continues to study the roots of modern day belly dance and has a passion for Middle Eastern music. She believes in the evolution of belly dance as a modern dance form, as well as an ancient, celebratory ritual.
She teaches and performs as a soloist and as part of the tribal fusion trio, Nagamani, in the Portland metro area.