Guest Instructors and Performers


Guest Instructor, Choreographer and Performer

Belly Dance Superstar Ansuya is one of the most talented and accomplished performers in the world today.

Her style is unique, blending the best aspects of Belly Dance with Indian, Spanish and African moves. Energetic, sensual and innovative, Ansuya is a master of improvisation, musical interpretation, and emotional expression.

Ansuya moved to Miami, Florida. Not long after her relocation, she joined the Bellydance Superstars, founded by legendary music producer Miles Copeland. As a Superstar, Ansuya traveled the world, bringing Belly Dance to excited audiences and fans via live concerts, videos, and workshops. She also made several television appearances, including the always entertaining Regis & Kathy Lee show. Ansuya’s goal is to continue to bring the inspiring and passionate art of Belly Dance into the view of women throughout the world.


Guest Instructor, Choreographer and Performer

Tiffany Madera, M.A., known in the Arts community as “hanan” has been a leader in her field for over a decade. Specializing in contemporary folkloric styles of Egypt, Yousry Sharif wrote “[Hanan] can easily pass as a native dancer of Cairo….this is no easy task”. The Miami Herald describes hanan as “boundary crossing”, “bold” and “a dominant force in contemporary dance”.

Hanan is a world renowned protégé of Tamalyn Dallal and Yousry Sharif. Her teaching manifesto is based on community empowerment and service. Hanan spent several years teaching Belly Dance at battered women’s shelters, women’s prison and inner city community centers. She created the Dance Empowerment Project with The Arts at St. John, originally targeting adult survivors of sexual abuse.

Hanan did her graduate studies focusing on Arabic Dance and Identity in Cuba focusing on a Political Science and Diaspora theory analysis. She is the founder of Cuba’s first Belly Dance Troupe and band; Aisha’ Al-Hanan. Hanan is a prolific and avant-garde dance theater artist and is a critically acclaimed director and producer of the Habibi Trilogy (Hip Hop Belly Dance Opera) and Hanan with Other Friendly Gods and Goddesses, which made the Miami Herald Top 10 Performances of the Year.

Maria Jammal

Guest Instructor, Choreographer and Performer

Maria Jammal is a Moroccan Belly Dance instructor and choreographer noted for incorporating authentic styling & feelings into the dance technique. Maria was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, she studied ballet since the age of eight. She went on to explore Jazz, Modern and Contemporary styles. At 18, she won first place at the Conservatoire Casablanca and was given a scholarship at the Paris Opera. At twenty-one, she moved to Paris to continue her dance studies and perform with the Paris Opera School of Ballet. She lived in France for 12 years. She traveled to Egypt to study Oriental dance, then opened her own school in Casablanca in 1986. With over 30 years of experience in Middle Eastern Dance, she is a walking (dancing!) encyclopedia.

Suhaila Salimpour

Guest Instructor, Choreographer and Performer

The Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance can be traced back to 1949. Pioneer Dancer and Instructor Jamila Salimpour began teaching her unique method which included detailed breakdowns and standard terminology for her movements. Every dancer knowingly or not has been exposed to the indelible mark Jamila Salimpour made in the world of Middle Eastern dance. Jamila’s original phrases and names for dance movements such as Turkish Drop, Maya, and Basic Egyptian were the beginning of a long process to add structure and definition to the art.

Jamila’s daughter, the incomparable Suhaila Salimpour, began her dance training at the young age of 2. In addition to training with her mother, Suhaila studied ballet, jazz, and tap from an early age, and soon added modern and hip-hop to her repertoire. She began teaching at the age of 14 and has worked as a professional performer and master instructor ever since.

Through years of performing and training, Suhaila realized the necessity to create an organized system for teaching and training. Rather than trying to integrate Middle Eastern Dance with Ballet or Jazz, she wanted to create the respect, knowledge, mentorship and training methodology she experienced in her studies to preserve the quality and longevity of the dance form.

Suhaila’s unique vision began to take shape when she embarked on rewriting her mothers book “Jamila Salimpour’s Dance Manual”, the first ever text which systematically categorizes Middle Eastern Dance movement. The result is an evolution which maintains the purity of her mother’s original work and adds the systematic and progressive teaching methods found in the classical dance forms.

Now, the Suhaila Salimpour Format and School of Belly Dance enjoy worldwide success. Dancers who train with The Salimpours quickly realize Suhaila’s method of teaching allows them to excel in their art beyond any other training they have received.


Guest Instructor, Choreographer and Performer

Performer, instructor and choreographer of Middle Eastern, North African, and Persian Dance

Qualifications & Certification

Miami Dade College – Completing Bachelor of Arts; Anthropology

Belly Dance Teacher Training Certification: Middle East Dance Exchange

Widely sought after for her elegant, charismatic, and authentic style of Middle Eastern Dance, Roshana Nofret shares her vast cultural knowledge and experience in each and every class! Her patient, approachable and insightful teaching style presents inspirational instruction focused on polishing and strengthening technique, improving posture and body language, enhancing the fluidity of dance movements, and building confidence and unique expression in a bright and engaging atmosphere