Bio | Samira Shuruk | Belly Dancer in Baltimore & Washington, DC

  • Can't sing enough praises about Samira! She was friendly, responsive and extremely professional. She performed at my husband's birthday party and everyone had a fantastic time! Thank you Samira!!!!~Jenny
  • Samira is excellent dancer, very professional, dedicated, friendly and makes party memorable . Her dances are visual treat and very unique.~Dr. Rajpara
  • Samira! What a great evening we had. Thank you for your beautiful dancing, it got everyone going and everyone loved it!! You are awesome, classy and beautiful! I appreciated it very much. Lots of love Radhi And the entire staff of Allergy and Asthma!! (2014)~Radhi
  • Samira performed at our wedding May, 2011. My wife is Armenian and retaining her cultural heritage is important to us. Having Samira perform was a great surprise for both our families. Her beauty and grace made our special day even more special. Its been several months and our friends and family still want to know who she is and were glad they were there for the experience.~Brandon and Rita
  • Samira was so kind as to perform at our wedding on the Persian New year (Nowruz 2015); it was so important to me to have her there that I had insisted on booking her about a year in advance! Aside from being an extremely talented performer, Samira is exceptionally professional- her passion for arts is clear and her fantastic personality dazzles during her performances. Our guests (Persian, Italian, and American) were all amazed by her performance; we still hear from our guests how it was the best wedding they had ever attended, attributed to her performance alone! I highly recommend working with Samira and would certainly not hesitate to book her for another event.~Holly S
  • Samira You were a perfect choice for my event!!! You are obviously good at belly dance but even more wonderful in bollywood dance..those expressions were a killer!!!!Thanks for making the event unforgettable!!! Referring so many people your way....~Nupur
  • a quick note to express our appreciation of your dance performance yesterday.It was literally a delight to see your precision, tenderness and beauty of the dance. You simply captured all of us as followers. The radiant smile of yours is breath taking and may I personally compliment you as a stunning and gorgeous lady of the arts. Wishing you much success in your future endeavors. Gil and "The Boys From Charlie's Corner " You warmed all of our hearts !!!~Gil
  • Due to inevitable circumstances I have not been able to write sooner. We loved your performance at our Welcome Dinner party for the families of my son Sharad and his fiancé Manisha, some of them had come from distant countries to attend the wedding. Your item was the highlight of the evening. Our American guests had never seen an Indian dance with such perfection. My Indian friends had never seen a Mujrah done by a non-Indian as good as Rekha India’s top movie star, they are still talking about it. Once again thank you very for presenting one of the wonderful performances of the evening Sunder Daswani~Sunder Daswani
  • Samira did a workshop and performance at our annual women's week at Ball State University and she is and was phenomenal.~Andrea (IN)
  • My wedding was in June and I invited Samira to do a show at my wedding. She is absolutely wonderful from personality to her dance skills. She was on time, did what she had promised and performed a wonderful show. My guests fell in love with her as well. Samira, Thank you so much! Highly recommended! (2015)~Farinaz Y B (DC)
  • Your performance was a complete shock to everyone when you danced the IRAQI STYLE of belly dancing. Everything was so beautiful from the Turkish to the Egyptian style, giving everyone a splendid time. It was a real pleasure having you at my sisters engagement party. You made real connection with all of us and turned the night lights into flames of passion. Thank you SAMIRA. Ayad (VA)~Ayad
  • You were so good! My whole family admired your dance! We were all curious where you are from. You even spoke the words to the Indian songs so well! We loved it!!!! So glad you came.~Noor
  • Samira You made an already perfect day that much more special. It was a great way to incorporate my Greek culture into the wedding. People still talk about how awesome your show was. It made for an entertaining and memorable wedding day. Thank you so much!~Marie
  • I've seen you a few times at Cazbar and each time is always entertaining and fun. You always grab everyone's attention...and you are also very gracious when the audience decides to participate; it has been memorable every time.~Chris (MD)
  • ...you truly captured the meaning of the song in your expressions and movements. you are truly the best bollywood mujra dancer i have ever seen. I know all of our guests would agree!~Mosami
  • Hi Samira Thx for the beautiful dances last night ! Everyone loved them as we did . Here are some pictures from the party . Hope u enjoy these ! Will talk to u soon about next time. (2015)~Alpana
  • Samira is an amazingly talented performer! I had the pleasure of witnessing her performance at a wedding and have become a fan since! (2015)~Saureen Bokhari Photography
  • Rhia and you stole the show with your mesmerizing performances. all the guests were glad to see..my family was very happy too. THANKS again for your lovely presence.. it was delightful..~Johnny
  • Samira is an amazing performer and highly talented. She is also a very sweet person to work with. She did an amazing Bollywood dance performance at my wedding. I was honored to have Samira perform at my wedding. Everyone really enjoyed and loved her performance. Thank you so much for making my wedding memorable with your beautiful performance!(2015)~Rudmila R (DC)
  • Samira taught and performed for my sister's bachelorette party! It was the perfect fit. My sister had always wanted to try belly dancing too. I'll never forget the look on her face OR when Samira danced with a sword in our family room! Samira is very talented, professional, and you can see she enjoys teaching others. Totally worth it. We all had a such a great time! (2015)~Sara S

Samira is a premiere belly dancer based in the Washington DC/ Baltimore region. After studying dance at the University of Connecticut, while she was in high school, at the age of 17 Samira was offered a full scholarship for modern dance to the University of Utah. At that time her dance dreams lay in jazz dance and she attended the Philadelphia University of the Arts.

She followed this 2 ½ years of professional dance training with an honors program theatre production Bachelor of Arts Degree, specializing in costuming. Samira combines her love of dance with her talent in costuming and intense interest in historical research to create authentic performances that bring joy to the sharing of cultures. If you are interested in a show or workshop contact Samira via email or call 410-977-7978.

This early education laid the foundation for her belly dance career. She has danced for royal families, ambassadors, diplomats, is recommended by the Turkish embassy in Washington DC, sponsored for both belly dance and folklore by the Egyptian embassy, has performed at Smithsonian museums and on military bases. Samira is a sought after performer throughout the East Coast and is considered a master dancer and teacher both by her peers and by people of the cultures of the dance.  Event planners, peers and party goers alike love her vibrant performances and hire her again and again. Samira is also a fitness expert with 30 years experience teaching.

Highly respected for her cultural knowledge and professionalism Samira is “the real deal” with her stunning shows, of which she has performed over 3,000.

Long term study with renown teachers (Artemis Mourat, Yasmin of DC, and more recently Faten), and vast professional experience,  Eqyptian folkloric troupe work, live musician work, workshops, videos and abundant research is the basis of building top-notch quality. As a teacher, Samira is generous and fun, while sharing knowledge and joy. Samira’s belly dance workshops, Bollywood workshops and university programs with Georgetown, Ball Sate University, University of Delaware (and more) received glowing reviews for both educational components and gala performances. To further this beautiful art, Samira runs the Biz of Belly Dance group on Facebook, which is dedicated to sharing information on raising standards in professionalism in the dance. She also is active in helping the dance be accessible for all. Some of Samira’s projects included belly dance, Bollywood and Pilates instructional videos, a Pilates CDs and playing sagat (finger cymbals) in an Arabic band, Saltanah.

Samira veil dance

After being vastly impressed with Samira’s belly dance performances, a DC venue sponsored Samira to learn Bollywood Mujra for their restaurant and special events. They were kind enough to invest in her training and her first Bollywood costumes. Samira continued to pay this gift great honor by also studying Kathak and extending her own education. Samira’s Bollywood Mujra shows bring item numbers to life and her Bollywood workshops create cultural understanding.

Samira has had the unique honor of hosting a weekly belly dance show on Persian satellite TV and taking privately from Shoo Shoo Amin and continues her dance and musical studies both in the US and abroad. Samira’s current projects include answering the demand for her to Bollywood choreographies for guests to perform at weddings. You can find Samira teaching with Carmine Guida for drummers and dancers at Carmine.com. Her Pilates audio CD is available on CDBaby and Samira’s belly dance and Bollywood workout DVD RaqFit  came out winter 2012. Samira authored an article both of the acclaimed Belly Dance Reader, peer reviewed books from the editors of Gilded Serpent. 2016 has many exciting developments for Samira including travel, new workshop offerings and surprise projects.

Samira belly dance class

 

Live music and belly dance creates an incredibly exciting performance.  The traditional styles require a great amount of knowledge and high skill set with improvisation.  Samira has performed in live music venues with these highly talented musicians, many renowned in the field: Elias Sarkar, Chris Marashlian, George Stathos, Amir Naoum, Umut Yasmut, Gamal Shafik, Carmine Guida, Scott Wilson, Pangia, Shawkatt Sayyad, Mohamed Amir, Souren Baronian, Souhail Kaspar, David Buchbut, Rashid Halihal, Mike Stoupkakis and more. She is frequently invited to New York City to perform at their prestigious clubs with their astounding live music and she regularly travels to teach and perform.

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