A lifelong lover of dance, movement and costuming, Isabel was introduced to belly dance in 2004 by the incredible dancers of n.o.madic tribal of New Orleans. She began studying American Tribal Style with n.o.madic and American Cabaret-style belly dance with the dynamic and beautiful Layla Isis. She immediately fell in love with the danse orientale for its supple movements and powerful musical interpretation.
Since moving from New Orleans to the East Coast in 2005, Isabel has been honored by the invitation to perform at a wide variety of events, from weddings and fundraisers to the World Bank, the Smithsonian Institute and the Egyptian Embassy. She is the assistant director of Baltimore's Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, directed by Shems, and the director of two student performance groups, Raqset al Asra and the Rising Tigress Belly Dance Club at Towson University. She teaches weekly group and private classes, and performs regularly at restaurants and clubs throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia as well as private parties, corporate and educational functions, and community events.
For the truly dedicated professional dancer, the learning process never ends. Isabel continues to deepen her understanding of Middle Eastern dance and culture. She has trained locally with Sahara Dance and Samira Shuruk, and takes every opportunity to learn from visiting international superstars including Dina, Souhaila Salimpour, Nourhan Sharif, Karim Nagi, Mohammad Shahin, Mira Betz, Outi of Cairo and many more. She has completed in-depth teacher training programs with Sahara Dance and master teacher and performer Artemis Mourat, and is certified in Levels 1 and 2 of Sahra Saeeda's Journey through Egypt intensive dance ethnology program.
Isabel strives to infuse every performance with skill and emotional depth, to connect with her audience, and to share her love of music, dance and life!