Amirah began her dance journey at the age of 3, and has passionately explored the art form ever since. As a competitive gymnast for 10 years, she extensively studied ballet, modern dance, and hip hop. She continued modern dance while at college, studying under Hilary McDaniels-Douglass. It was at this community center she heard the jingling of hipscarves for the first time. In 2002, Amirah began studying belly dance under Shuvani of Oasis Belly Dancers. From there, she and fellow students went on to co-found Mirage Bellydancers, a Purdue University Official Student Organization, in 2004. Amirah has served as secretary and president, and is currently the head instructor.

While she mostly performs tribal fusion styles, Amirah enjoys studying and performing all styles of belly dance. Her personal style is a fusion of modern dance, hip hop, and pop and locking, with tribal and cabaret stylizations. As an instructor, Amirah focuses on technique and muscle control as a foundation to all forms of the dance. She concentrates on teaching her students concepts which they can apply many different ways to help inspire them to hone in on their own style. Amirah is also quite passionate about playing music, and has been a member of Indy’s 16th century rock band, Il Troubadore since 2007, with whom she dances and plays Middle Eastern clarinet, dumbek, and riq.

Amirah is available to teach workshops on a variety of subjects (see workshops), as well as perform for a variety of different occasions, including private parties, weddings, cultural events, and corporate functions. For more information, please see the booking page.