Pink for October

Dallas Belly Dancer Jamila Johari (3)Susan G. komen foundation saves lives and empowers women to end Breast Cancer. Early detection, quality care and investing in science to find cures can save women’s lives.



To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and investing in science to find the cures. – See more at:


To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and investing in science to find the cures.

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To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and investing in science to find the cures.

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Happy 15 Years of Shimmies to Me!

Jamila at StratosI remember seeing my first belly dance performance at a Greek restaurant in Scottsdale, Az. The belly dancer was stunning in her beautiful costume.  She was also the owners wife, imagine that.  And I remember saying to myself, “someday I want to be a belly dancer.”  And so the seed was planted.

It’s been 15 years ago this Month that I began my belly dance dream. My friend and first teacher Samara introduce me to this beautiful dance. I still use the Zills she gave me to learn with and I always think of her when I use them. She told me that they should be upgraded, that the quality wasn’t very good. I couldn’t imagine using any other Zills.

I’ve danced in an award winning troupe, as a solo dancer for both public and private events. Some glamorous and some not so much. I cherish every opportunity to dance and meeting all the talented people in the belly dance community.

The photo provided is my first belly dance show at Stratos, taken by Easy Street Images.

Peace, Love & Shimmies,


Refreshing Holiday CD Features Rhythms from the Middle East!

Jamila Johari @ ByblosCHRISTMAS: RHYTHMS OF THE HOLY LAND cd is a welcomed twist to familiar Christmas songs infused with luscious ancient rhythms from the Middle East. The many talented drummers on the album weave a rich tapestry colored by warm wooden flute tones and shades of mandolin. Adding to the album’s immense grace and proportion is the final song which is added almost as a closing prayer, Tikkun Olam (Healing the World.)


One of a Kind Vintage Belly Dance Costume for Sale

Dallas Belly Dancer Jamila (2)Selling one of my favorite belly dance costumes. All hand beaded vintage costume with  red, orange and gold beads. Dolphin embellishments on the bra. Red Skirt is not included.

Fits sizes 34 A with padding to 34 D. Contact me if interested.


Cleopatra in New York by Nickodemus

Jamila JohariOne of my favorite pieces of music. I use it for by candle dance often.

Cleopatra in New York


History of Finger Cymbals ~ Zills

Jamila Johari Belly DancerWhat are Finger Cymbals? Or more commonly known as Zills in the belly dance world. These tiny metal disc, usually ranging from 5 centimeters (2 in) or 6.6 centimeters (2.5 in) are used to produce sound that differs in volume and tone. A set of Cymbals consist of four disc. Elastic is used to secure the Zills, one to the thumb and one to the middle finger of each hand. Professional Zills have two slots to allow the threading of the elastic through the Zill, whereas cheaper versions (including tourist versions) have only one hole.

The makers of Zills generally use brass for small cymbals and bronze for larger cymbals, but other alloys may be employed. Some makers may plate Zills in order to give them a silvery color or a brighter surface. Professional Zills may also vary in appearance, some can be shiny, dull, plain or engraved.

The History of Finger Cymbals: The hypnotic, compelling custom of movements to rhythm is as ancient as mankind itself. Percussion devices, the conveyors of rhythm, were the first instruments created; integral parts of the rites of celebration, mourning and religion. In Ancient Egypt the musicians and dancers sometimes played clappers made of ivory or wood. These clappers were round or rectangular in shape.

With the advent of the Bronze Age, the musical quality of metals naturally became and important tonal addition to the existing instrumentality. Derived from the Greek word “Kymbala”, cymbals were the most beautiful and versatile of these rhythmic accessories. The use of cymbals has been recorded as early as 500 A.D.

Today, Finger Cymbals (Arabic: “Sagat” or “Sunouj”. Turkish: “Zills”, Persian: “Zang”) are popular and played by most professional belly dancers. The intricate musical patterns they create and their sparking sound quality, make the cymbals indispensable to Middle Easter music. Performing with Zills accents both the music and the movement of belly dance and have become a symbol associated almost exclusively with the art of belly dancing, Especially with the American cabaret dancers.

Most American belly dancers are not considered professional unless they have mastered the art of playing Zills. Some dancers that use Zills in their performance will feel naked when not using them. Unfortunately in Egypt playing Zills is losing is popularity. In the good Cabarets they perform with large orchestras and the musicians play the Zills for them. In Turkey, belly dancers play very good Zills. Sometimes wooded spoons called Kasiklar are played in Turkey.

Zills can be played several different ways, to produce either a ringing tone or a harsh “clack” sound. Here are some examples of different Zill rhythms.

  • triplets (left/right/left/pause – “giddyup, giddyup, giddyup”)
  • quads (L/R/L/R/no pause)
  • beledi (dum/dum/tek-a-tek/dum-tek-a-tek)
  • chiftatelli (dum/dum/tek-a-tek/dum/dum/dum

Harry Saroyan has researched and developed an exquisite collection of Finger Cymbals, encompassing both historic and contemporary designs. Each set carries its own distinctive tonal effect. Saroyan cymbals have been acclaimed and endorsed by internationally known dancers, instructors, musicians and recording artists.


Princess Jasmine Party Ideas

Princess Jasmine Party

Princess Jasmine Party

Having a Disney-themed Princess party? Read through these Princess Jasmine belly dance party ideas and incorporate the best ones into your party. Create your own party plan and remember to include invitations, decorations, activities, party food, beverages, party cake, party snacks and entertainment.

First start with your Princess Jasmine belly dance party invitations. There are many party supply companies with Princess Jasmine-theme birthday invites. Another idea is to let your birthday princess make her own belly dance party invitations. You can purchase blank pink invitations with matching envelopes, glitter, colored pens and Princess Jasmine stickers. Using a gold glitter pen, write on the invitation “Time for Princess (your child’s name)’s Belly Dance Birthday Party”. Inside the invitation write the party details: location, time, date, activities and RSVP. Now your child can get creative decorating her own belly dance party invitations!

Decorations should be festive and colorful. Cover the party table with a brightly colored tablecloth. A good idea for a centerpiece is a “genie lamp” or something that resembles one (an old tea pot sprayed gold works well). Then fill it full of chocolate gold-covered coins. You can even scatter some around the centerpiece as if it’s overflowing. Fake jewels will also add some glamour to your Princess Jasmine party. Use your party favors to decorate also. Tiaras, necklaces, bangles, and coloring books with pens can be found at most party supply stores. If you want veils and hips scarves for party favors they can be easily made or found online. Be sure to have lots of brightly colored balloons and streamers.

Planning some fun Princess activities will make the Princess Jasmine party a hit. You could start the party with a treasure hunt. Hide small treasures throughout the party room such as jewelry, candy, flavored lip glosses, and sparkling nail polishes. Set up a bejeweling station for treasure chest making. Hinged-lid chipboard treasure boxes can be found for a few dollars online, or you can recycle some old shoes boxes. A good idea is to have them presprayed gold and ready for the Princesses to decorate. Just set up glue dots, coins, and jewels and let the fun begin. Now each child will have a personalized keepsake for their treasures. You can also have an “Aladdin” movie-watching.

Tasty treats fit for a Princess include: *Royal Pizza served on silver platters. *Finger sandwiches cut into fun shapes. *Pink Princess lemonade served in jeweled cups. *A beautiful cake decorated with Princess Jasmine, served with ice cream and a selection of candied toppings that resemble jewels, such as spice drops.

Entertain your birthday girl and her friends with a Princess Jasmine belly dancer. The belly dancer will dance a special birthday set with fun beats. She may dance to Arabic birthday music with a tray of candles balanced on her head. Or belly dance while balancing a sword on her head. The Princess Jasmine belly dancer will usually have special Arabic pop music that is kid-friendly and easy to dance to. Some dancers will teach the party Princesses how to belly dance with some fun, simple belly dance steps – like “walking like an Egyptian”, snake arms, head slides, and big hip circles – or teach beautiful shapes to make with a veil.



~ Father’s Day Gift He Will love ~

Jamila JohariOut of ideas of what to get your dad for Father’s day? Hire a belly dancer to come to your Father’s Day celebration. Jamila performs in the most beautiful costumes and is very professional.  This is a present your dad won’t ever forget. He’ll be the center of attention which is how it should be when it comes to Father’s Day gifts. Father’s Day is June 16th.


Belly Dancing Sat. April 20th @ The Plaza Theatre in Garland

Belly Dancer Jamila Johari (2)

Opening the show for a Jazz concert at The Plaza Theatre 521 State St.Garland, Tx 75040. Show starts at 7:30, tickets are $10.00 at the door.

The Plaza Theatre


Have a Lucky Day!

Jamila JohariSt. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook