Nadia’s Bio

Nadia started belly dancing in the late 1960’s and trained under Roman (Bert) Balladine, often referred to as the ‘Father of Belly Dancing in America.   He was a remarkable dancer, performer, and instructor. She also teaches workshops and attends other workshops locally.

Nadia’s performance history began in 1969 in San Francisco at Middle Eastern night clubs on Broadway as well as many other venues.   She and her daughter danced for the San Mateo Ladies Club and various other clubs and charities. Her troupe, Beledy Desert Dancers, performed at local functions and festivals & street fairs. Nadia had the opportunity and pleasure of performing for Middle Eastern Dignitaries visiting the U.S. and has 45 years of wonderful memories of her favorite performances.

Her specialty is floor and veil work as well as designing and creating custom costumes for herself and other dancers. Costumes range from practice wear to elaborate hand beaded bra and belt sets with imported Egyptian beaded fringe. Visit our Costume page.

Nadia taught classes at several local recreation centers in San Mateo County and opened her first studio in 1971 located in San Mateo on the San Francisco Peninsula. Turkish Caboret is the first style of Middle Eastern dance studied and taught. Now other Middle Eastern dance styles are introduced in her classes. Her patience and instruction style builds confidence and encourages freedom of expression.