Oriental Bellydancer from Japan
Nabila started classical ballet lessons at
the age of eight, and grew up listening to music such as Okinawan
classics…., Latin and Jazz music in Yokohama.
She was influenced by her grandfather who was a singer and Sanshin（Okinawan
traditional three-stringed guitar）player and also her father who
was living in South America.
In Junior High School She belonged to rhythmic gymnastics club,
in High School she belonged to Jazz club and in University She joined
the cheerleading club.
Throughout this time She continued her ballet studies.
She learned about many kinds of music and dance, and performed live
on many concerts and competitions.
In university She studied sports sociology and began researching
Ethnic dance, choosing “Dance and Society” as her graduation thesis
theme. While at university she visited Paris, London, Vienna, Brisbane,
Los Angels and Bankok etc… to study Ethnic dance, ballet and Jazz
dance as a student.
In 1997, on a trip to Turkey, She came across Oriental dance (belly
dancing). The following year in February she started Oriental dance
with MAHA as her teacher. Her debut as an Oriental dancer was in
June 2001, at a Lebanese restaurant. She also danced in the events
of Al Camarani danse Oriental company.
Nabila attended several workshops run by World-renowned Oriental
dancers visiting Japan: In 2000 a workshop taught by Kamellia (from
Paris); 2003 BEATA & HORACIO (from Germany); 2005 AMANI (from
Lebanon). She also visited Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Quarter, Syria,
Jordan, Greece, Malta, Spain, Hungary, Russia and India with a view
to submerging herself in Oriental and Gypsy dance and to gain appreciation
of the music in these countries.
In 2006 while home-staying in Istanbul, She spent 2 weeks taking
private Oriental dance tuition from Hale Sultan. The following year
she took part in the 3rd ALATURKA MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE & MUSIC
FESTIVAL which was held in Istanbul. Here she studied Turkish Oriental,
Egyptian Oriental, Roma and Turkish Folklore dance, taking classes
with TAYYAR AKDENIZ, SAHRA SAEEDA, ARTEMIS MOURAT, SEHNAZ, REYHAN
TUZSUZ and HALE SULTAN, interacting with dancers from around the
In 2009 and 2010 she visited Turkey and Greece where she sought
more guidance from the local dancers and friends.
At present she is trying to develop as a dancer performing in Jazz
bars, Restaurants, Company parties, Wedding Parties, Hotels, N.P.O.-organized
events, retirement homes etc. in Tokyo and Yokohama.
Recently Nabila is actively trying to incorporate other dance genres
into her repertoire.
She's not only doing Turkish and Arabic music dance performances
on stage, but also going back to her childhood and introducing classical,
Latin, Jazz, Celtic and Okinawan music into her performances.
Through Dance and Travel She intends to expose herself to as much
life experience as possible, becoming as full a person as she can.
Nabila is a fusion of her own name, and the Arabic word for “Noble”.