My name is Shaila (pronounced Shy-la) and I want to create a culture that is tuned into the wonderment and joy of the body as authenthic connection to purpose itself. My business both caters to celebration and nourishment of the our bodies way of addressing our habitual patterns through somatic experiences enabling self-exploration and creativity. I also offer specific training, classes and workshops with the theme of resilience, community-care and cultivating inner leadership.

My connection to Belly Dance

Growing up in with a mixed heritage of South Asian/Middle-Eastern from East Africa, the idea of reconnecting to my cultural identity was always important to me. I discovered belly dance was more than just entertainment,  but a way to transmit this energy that was meant to celebrate and empower others. I want others to feel the same confidence, joy and vibrancy that belly dance brought me. It became the main point of exploration of how to provide self-care. Since then, I have added more training and modalities that compliment the way I want to support others.

My approach

I am passionate about teaching movement, dance and somatics to a range of abilities and experiences. I strive to create accessible spaces both physically and emotionally so participants can and feel comfortable and activate the joy of movement. I strive to build connections with clients with the goal of increasing confidence, feel the community support and an empowered creative/sensual expression.

Beyond Belly Dance…Mindful Movement & Somatics

My teaching style incorporates an anti-oppressive and trauma  informed lens. I am in my final year of my Masters in Dance program York University, researching how the role of sensuality can inform and integrate into psycho-therapeutic dance practices.

I have coupled my experience as a student-development professional and health education specialist to create various self-care workshops and resiliency trainings through somatic practices. My workshops range from creative explorations and as well as more practical ways that movement can support burn-out, stress management and overall vitality. Mindful Movement can be potent form of meditation, that might be suitable to other experiences and bodies.