For those students looking to go beyond the classroom with their dance, two performance troupes under the direction of Safiya Nawaar have been created. For some, simply learning dance isn't enough. Whether wanting to share the joy of Middle Eastern Dance with the general public, or yearning for the excitement of performing on a member of a troupe you can take those skills you've honed through tireless dedication in the classroom, and learn to deliver breath-taking performances filled with raw emotion, skillful grace, and startling beauty.

Being a member of a dance troupe is not for everyone, but for those who do join with a troupe will find themselves embraced within a tight circle of friends who share a common interest. Most women when they join a belly dance class are not interested in anything more than a fun exercise class and a place to mingle with other women. There is however a special few, who after a few months or sometimes a few years of dance classes want a chance to shine and show off all the cool things they have learned to do with their once stiff and unmanageable bodies. That is the original reason for the formation of Troupe Hala Alimah by Safiya Nawaar in the spring of 2007, as a means to provide an outlet for creative expression for her many students.


Some of the Hala Alimah members (those real die hard, “we dance in our sleep ladies”) eventually have the opportunity to graduate and become a member of Safiya’s professional Troupe the Banat el Nawaar (Daughters of Nawaar).

Troupe Hala Alimah is a student troupe; therefore members have a large range of abilities and experience. Some belong to other troupes or have in the past. All of Safiya’s students are welcome to become members. Safiya encourages all troupe members to keep developing and growing as a dancer by providing regular instruction, specialty classes and practice sessions, as well as performance opportunities. It is very important to Safiya that “the Troupe Experience” is one of warmth, joy and equality and that a feeling of sisterhood flourishes amongst the members. Diva attitudes and feelings of superiority will NOT be allowed.


“Being a member of the troupe gives my students a chance to celebrate their interest in this beautiful art form and share their love of it with others by performing at local public events and also at recitals organized and provided by the belly dance community (plus what woman doesn’t like to play dress up and bedeck themselves in jewels and sparkles).”