Ya Helewa! is a collection of a variety of lovely, experienced
dancers who bring an exciting dimension to Middle Eastern Dance.
troupe performs most of the Traditional and Folkloric dances
from the Middle East, as well as American Cabaret Belly Dance,
and modern and experimental styles which will captivate any
the Troupe Members...
one of the most versatile dancers in the U.S. as her repertory
includes traditional and experimental improvisations and choreographies.
She has held long-term performing engagements at several nightclubs
and restaurants and is featured in several commercial videos.
Amara teaches dance studio classes and is an instructor at Cal
Poly, Pomona. In addition, she is Director of Ya Helewa!, Producer
of EEMED and Co-producer of X-MED. She holds a degree in Music
History and Literature and a certificate in Ethnomusicology
(FSU) and worked towards an MA and MFA in Dance (UCLA). Currently,
she is a doctoral candidate in Dance History and Theory (UCR).
has been performing and studying Middle Eastern dance with Amara
for over 8 years and performing with Ya Helewa! for over 6.
Her performances include Amara's EEMED for five years running,
Desert Sin's Sita's Fire, Musée de Femmes and Labyrinth of Jareth,
IAMED's Bellydance Rocks!, Café Beledy, Cairo Carnivale, and
MECDA's Central Coast Festival. Ida also appears in numerous
MECDA, Evening of Experimental Dance, and Desert Sin videos.
She is a graduate of Bella Beretta's Girl School and her burlesque
performances include Bella's Vegas to Vine fundraiser, multiple
"Best of Girl School" nights, and Lift's Solid Gold New Years.
began belly dancing when she fell in love with this form of
dance after traveling throughout the Mediterranean and Middle
East. Jalilah performs both as a soloist and as a member of
the Ya Helewa! dance company. Starting at the age of four, Jalilah
studied ballet, jazz, and tap. In Hawaii, Jalilah has also had
the opportunity to study both Tahitian and Hawaiian dance. Jalilah
can be seen belly dancing at Ventura's popular Greek at the
Harbor restaurant and various other festivals and events throughout
studied various dance styles since the age of three. She currently
studies Middle Eastern Dance with Amara. On a recent trip to
Egypt, she had the opportunity to take workshops with Raqia
Hassan and Diana. Janel is a core dancer with Ya Helewa! that
can be seen performing at Rakkasah, Café Beledy, and EEMED.
She has performed in many venues as a soloist such as Café Beledy
and Moun of Tunis restaurant. Janel is also a singer and an
actress and can be seen performing at local venues. She has
a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University.
been intrigued by the art of Middle Eastern dance for as long
as she can remember. Currently, she studies the dance with Amara.
As a member of Ya Helewa! dance company, Tova has performed
at various events, including EEMED, X-MED, Rakkasah, and Cairo
Carnivale as well as with Desert Sin in their production, Sita's
Fire and with Malice Dreaming at Labyrinth of Jareth. In addition
to dancing, Tova received her Bachelor's degree in Computer
Engineering with a minor in the Russian language from Cal State
Northridge. Her passion lies in astronomy, food, traveling,
and many genres of music and dance..
you would like to hire Ya Helewa! to perform at your next party or event, please call Amara at
(512) 694-3679 or send an e-mail.