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Nicole is a young, upcoming belly dancer in the West Coast dance scene, currently performing professionally in the Bay Area when she isn't in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. From when she started studying belly dance in 2005 in Seattle, Nicole has been lucky enough to experience wonderful teachers, including Delilah, Dahlia Moon, and Amina Goodyear. Lately she has been spending most of the year in San Francisco, California where she attends college, and continues to pick Amina's brain about the finer points of Egyptian culture and music.

"Nicole has also been lucky enough to be a dancer raised on live music. She has worked closely with Seattle-based House of Tarab throughout her dance career, and has greatly enjoyed performing with the Georges Lammam Ensemble regularly during her last two years in California.

Nicole seeks out a vintage Cairo style of dance and music, turning more towards a soft, subtle approach to dance. She enjoys working with the translations and meanings of music to cultivate a deeper level of understanding when performing. Don't be fooled though, she has been known to bust out Shaabi too! In addition, Nicole has recently begun to share her costuming passion with the dance community, creating costumes for clients along the West Coast. Her design style is outrageous and cutting-edge, drawing from the latest styles in Egypt!

Currently, Nicole is spending a year abroad in Cairo to study Arabic and work towards her degree in International Relations, but also to soak up all the belly dance she can!

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Nicole

  • Karim Nagi, Interview with an Egyptian Dance Master
    I think that Egyptian and Arabic culture as a whole entity should never be extracted from this dance. I do not believe in de-ethnicizing it, and I do not believe the culture is optional! Nobody ever allowed Latino culture to become an optional part of Salsa or Samba. Additionally, Indian culture is inextricable from Bharatnatyam and Bhangra. I believe that Raqs Sharqi, a.k.a. "Belly dance" is available to anyone from any culture. I am not xenophobic, nor an exclusivist. I am thrilled to see people all over the world enjoy and promote this art form. However, I will argue the importance of the Arab connection until the day I die.
  • Hallah Moustapha, My Costume and Dance Mentor in Cairo
    I wish I had called her sooner, because what came out of my finally overcoming my shyness was a unique friendship, and a type of mentoring I had been wanting for quite some time.
  • Nights Out in Cairo, Part 1: Wednesday Through Saturday
    The beauty of Cairo is often in the every day things, the small things that we wouldn't consider so worthwhile, but in fact, make up the real substance of what it's like to live here. I don't go to museums or monuments or see famous Belly dancers every day, but I am here in Cairo every day and that is special in and of itself.
  • Nights Out in Cairo, Part 2: Sunday Through Tues day
    I realized that I'm more at home on a felucca sounded by Egyptians with Shabii music blasting than in a hip hop club, with girls in short skirts rubbing up against guys. In my life in San Francisco, my friends and I were living a combination of both, but we had to have Arabic music at the end of the day, because that was what moved us.
  • Here Comes the Aroosa! Cairo Weddings
    Frankly, the Egyptian girls can get away with being a bit raunchier, and I do try to be more modest with my movements so as not to look like a saucy little American number straight off the plane.
  • Ramadan in Cairo
    This idea of renewed religious commitment and the character of Ramadan to involve self-deprivation makes many of us westerners think that this is a somber time, but in fact there is another side to the month of Ramadan that is quite lively and exciting.