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Biography

Shehaifa was born in the Philippines to parents of Spanish descent and has been travelling extensively in Europe and the Middle East with her family whilst they were working on expatriate contracts. Shehaifa started her first dancing class at the age of 10 in her school with Rhythmic Gymnastics, which is a sport combining the grace of Ballet and the flexibility of gymnastics. She carried on with this sport until the time of her college graduation, at which time she was approached by a modeling agency to work for Hawaiian Tropic. Dance has been her passion since she was very young. Shehaifa has been involved in Spanish and Contemporary Dance since 1999, however, it was during her time in the Middle East that she discovered the “Art of Belly Dance” and became completely fascinated by the exotic body rhythms, movements and music.

Shehaifa returned to the Middle East in 2001 and started taking classes and seminars under different Master Belly Dance instructors over a 5 year period and became a Certified Professional Dance instructor and acclaimed overseas performer in Europe and Middle East in 2006. Shehaifa has for many years performed in an artistic, elegant, graceful and energetic style, which reflects her diverse background and personality. The passion and fascination continues to grow with every event, workshop and performance. She has choreographed many dance routines for both solo and groups and organized many dance events. She has performed in Middle East Theaters such as Madinat Theatre in Jumeirah Dubai, Art Center in Emirates Mall and Emirates’ Theatre Dubai. Also in Europe, South East Asia, Hong Kong, Philippine Theaters and Featured on Philippine TV.

In 2008, Shehaifa started conducting Belly Dance workshops in Europe and S.E Asia.

Travelling, Teaching and Performing

Shehaifa has travelled and given Belly Dance workshops and performed in the following countries over the past 8 years Hawaii, England, Germany, Australia, Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Bahrain, Dubai, Saudi, America, Belgium, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Shehaifa will continue to travel to other countries to conduct workshops and perform in Belly Dance Festivals during 2013 and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

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