Shimmy Dreams
                     by Samira Dawn
Samira Dawn, owner and director of Shimmy Dreams Belly Dance Studio has been a Belly Dancing Professional for 18 years, and has performed and taught all over the Bay Area. She has performed at dozens of private parties and has been a featured belly dancer on a regular basis at 9 bay area restaurants.  In 2003 Samira Dawn was offered a job at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino.

 A synchronized swimmer for 14 years- Dawn was on the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team and represented the U. S. overseas in world competitions in Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, and Greece.

She is also a fitness professional who has been teaching excercise classes at fitness facilities for 14 years. She is certified through SCW fitness in Group Excercise, Yoga, Pilates, Group Strength, Pre/Post Natal Fitness, Aqua Aerobics, and Water in Motion.

Samira Dawn's Belly Dance Story

It was one evening after retiring from synchronized swimming that  I went out swing dancing. A group of belly dancers came out and performed and I was dazzled. I was drawn to the artistry, sensuality and confidence with which they performed. But what really left me in awe was that each woman who enchanted me was unique. They were real woman of every age, shape, size, color, and ability. And each one radiated with confidence, sensuality, and beauty.

I immediately found a local class at "Belly Dance" in Walnut Creek and knew I was in love the second I tried it! I then started private lessons with "Najia" in Bay Point, one the most esteemed dancers and private coaches in California. With each class I built new confidence, excitement, knowledge and joy.

Within a year of doing group classes and private lessons I took my first dive into professional dancing at restaurants, private parties and corporate events. The El Morrocco in Pleasant Hill, Kasba in San Rafael, Marrakech in San Francisco, Tanjias in Oakland, Bijan in Walnut Creek, Plaza Mediterranean in Blackhawk, and India for U in Antioch, all have been fabulous restaurants to dance at over the years.

Over the last 17 years I have enjoyed sharing my belly dance and fitness experience with 1,000s of woman. I have taught regular belly dance and exercise classes at 10 facilities. From 2007-2009 I was fortunate enough to co-direct Dansoleil Belly Dance in Brentwood California with the fabulous- Talia Soleil. 

I have 2 lovely children who are the light of my life.  I danced with each pregnancy. While 8 months pregnant with both babies I performed on stage with other women. Through my experiences with synchronized swimming, child birth, gaining and losing weight, and years of working with woman I have seen a common theme...

Most of us want to build self esteem, get and stay fit, have something that makes us feel free, and to feel beautiful inside and out. I have a passion for helping women through belly dance feel beautiful,sexy and vibrant no matter what place they are in their life. Shimmy Dreams Belly Dance Studio is the culmination of my passions. It is a place to be welcomed, encouraged, inspired, embraced, have fun, and to help women achieve their "dreams". Come find your inner "Dream Dancer ". I look forward to seeing you in class soon,


 Samira Dawn

Shimmy Dreams Belly Dance Studio

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