Sa' dia

Belly Dancer
Time in Japan:
4 years

When I'm performing I let my body express the feeling of the music to the audience. Belly dancing has fewer constraints than other dance forms and for that reason it's very liberating, very creative. For me, it is not just coming out to show my body or for the money, it is about giving my audience a feeling of happiness.

I started belly dancing back in California when a friend and I took an introductory course together. After the eight weeks of classes were finished, she gave it up ; I didn't. I've been performing for 18 years now and have danced in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Egypt and most memorably in the Seychelles near Madagascar, my husband's home. He arranged a charity performance there to raise money for the Seychelles' Special Olympics Team to travel to the international games in Canada. Some of the children danced with me on stage and it brought tears to my eyes.

In Tokyo, I am always busy. I got my first dancing job in response to an ad in Tokyo Classified. Now I perform at places like Asena in Akasaka, Alla Din in Chiba and Al Ain in Yokohama or at private parties and cultural events. I also perform at weddings involving a Japanese person and an Egyptian or Turk because it is a tradition in Islamic cultures to have a dancer. I also teach belly dancing classes in the afternoons and spend the rest of my time listening to music or working on choreography for those classes.

Most belly dancing music is from Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, and is almost always about love. Separation, perfect love, bitter sweetness are all classic themes. Each culture has its own musical character -- Egyptian music is very strong, Turkish lively, and Lebanese lyrical. The contemporary cabaret costume comes from Egypt, which has the strongest dance tradition. Of course, in Egypt, under Islamic law, the women have to cover their bellies, but they simply wear a very sheer fabric.

My students include both foreigners and Japanese. Japanese women today want to explore ways to express themselves. It is much like America in the '50s. Belly dancing gives them a special opportunity because it is physical, emotional and spiritual. And it is a women's dance. Though men in the Middle East do dance, belly dancing is very much the realm of women. That's what makes it so special.

INFO. Sa'dia 3364-1626.

Do you know an interesting person in Tokyo? E-mail us at

199: Diane Morris
Media & Advertising
198: Ross Mihara
NHK Sumo Announcer
196: Corky Alexander
Tokyo Weekender
195: Edward Obaidey
194: Merry Angel
Managing Director
193: Alison Pockett
Managing Partner
192: Zack Konno
Car Export Representive
191: Pamela S. Caudill
Assistant U.S. Customs
190: Caroline Power
Being a Broad
189: Geoffrey Tudor
P.R. Section Chief JAL
188: Ryuko Ishikawa M.D.
Family Psychiatrist
187: Georges Hassam
Arabic Dance Instructor
186: Larry London
DJ at InterFM
185: Richard James
Photographer & Writer
184: Alan Kidd
Rock Musician & Editor
183: Adam Hitchens
Mobile Hairdresser/Masseur
182: Lylian de la Vega
181: Annie Chang
Computer Training
180: Mike Jacobs
179: Jimmy Angel
Rock'n'Roll Singer
178: Dante
177: Elizabeth Spencer
Tokyo Classified Intern
175: Paul E. Ainlay
Proprietor of D.B. Cooper's
174: Steve Bindon
173: Nanae Nagata & Naji Rahman
Proprietors of Heart Cocktail
172: Tom Holiday
171: Gordon Hutchingson
170: Barry Cardinal
Renshi Aikido Instructor
169: Tammy
168: Steve Feldman
Computer Dealer
167: Eve Suter
Flower Designer
166: Paul Goldsmith
Computer/H.R. Consultant
165: Avry Gottesman
Auto Dealer
164: Russell Pollard
Financial Advisor
163: Sa'dia
Belly Dancer
162: Marcel L'Esperance
Choral Director
161: Gregg Alan
Used Motorcycle/Car Dealer
160: Dr. Greg Sapplers OMD
Oriental Medical Doctor
159: Ute Ikuta
Cat Lover
158: Pam Adkins
Shaw College
157: Cloudy Bong Water
156: Melissa
Internet Company Director
155: Paul Gibson
Proprietor, The Fiddler Pub
154: Ann Spiers
153: Evans M. Asare
152: Sandy Weiss
Acting Teacher
150: Kike

Issues 300-360

Issues 250-299
Issues 200-249
Issues 138-149