Halima Sagira started dancing in 2009 under Fulya’s careful instruction. She began her belly dancing adventure studying Egyptian, Turkish, cabaret & steam punk inspired tribal fusion with Fulya.
Halima fell in love with belly dance after a friend asked her to come along to a beginners lesson ‘for support’.
Sadly, the friend dropped out almost immediately, but Halima (affectionately known to her dancing peers as ‘ferret’ for the way she excitedly bounces around any workshop she goes to) was hooked for life.
After a few years of dancing, at a local Hafla, Halima saw tribal dancers for the first time and was completely mesmerised. The particular dance was a group of tribal girls balancing baskets on their heads whilst performing some pretty impressive muscle controlled pops and locks and rolls.
Halima immediately sort out local tribal style teachers and found Badra Tribal, a local ATS® / ITS group who took her in and showed her a whole new world of belly dance. Ferret enjoyed many years as a member of the Badra Tribal troop and loves any opportunity to perform with them.
Since then Halima Sagira has travelled the world teaching beginners belly dance in Japan where she lived for a year and then moving on to spend a year in New Zealand furthering her ATS® and Improvised Tribal Style with some wonderful dancers in Christchurch under Pip E-Lysaah.
Now back in the Uk and Living in Sheffield, Halima is teaching Tribal fusion & American Tribal Style® FCBD® format for beginners / improvers and looking forward to meeting new dancers.
She has passed her ATS® General Skills and ATS® Teacher Training certificates and Tsukiko Tribal is now a fully certified FCBD® Sister Studio. Halima Sagira is devoted to the FCBD® ATS® dance style and feels this is where she is most at home and happy. She has taken several workshops at many belly dance festivals including Medanz (Dunedin, NZ), Gothla UK (where she performed on the open stage since the 2013 gathering) and Infusion Emporium. Halima enjoyed a weekend intensive with Ashley Lopez (the cutest little dancer you ever could meet and an excellent teacher).
Ashley & I & Pip at Ashley’s workshops Halima also uses Datura Online classes to keep up to date with her training.
…. she has taken many more workshops including training with Mardi Love and Manca Pavli, Alexis Southall, Melli, Tiger Lily, Piny & Leo from Orchidaece, Taken her GS & TT training with Carolena Nericcio, Megha Gavin, Kristine Adams and attended the Soul Movement intensive with Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez (again), Samantha Emmanuel,and Alexis. Her favourite belly dance festivals are Infusion Emporium, Gothla UK & the ATS Residential in Cambridge.
As well as a belly dancer, Halima Sagira is also a Burlesque performer and has a passion for all things burlesque. She is a regular at Fulya’s Bellydance & Burlesque show where she sings, dances and also performs strip tease.
The art of strip tease is something Halima adores and she loves to come up with new and fun routines. Singing has always been her first love, Halima has been singing since she was a child and is currently looking for a local Sheffield guitarist for collaborations.