Sohaila’s Shining Stars

When I received my dance name from my main teacher that started me on this journey to become a belly dancer and start dancing live on stages, I didn’t know just how much my name would get passed on. My name Sohaila, means “A Star in the Sky”.  Thru the years teaching I felt the need to start a dance troupe. When I was finding a name for my new troupe I didn’t have to look far. Since these beautiful dancers were stars I felt it appropriate to use my name in it, thus the Sohaila’s Shining Stars were born in 2003!
I have gone thru many dance students through out the years coming and going but one thing remains a fact, once a Shining Star, always a Shining Star.

BRIGITTE loves to dance. When Brigitte isn’t dancing she balances a busy career in an international law firm and has found that her love of bellydance and troupe life fits right into her busy schedule. Sohaila’s Shining Stars get quite a reception wherever they go and have been featured on the news several times. Brigitte loves to bring the joy of middle eastern dance into peoples lives.

Cherry had studied ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop and obtained a B.A. in Dance from UCSD. In 2010, when she saw a bellydance class offered at her local gym, she was excited to try it out and has been hooked ever since. Cherry even danced with Sohaila’s Shining Stars while pregnant in 2011. Cherry has enjoyed learning from Sohaila so much, she became a certified trainer in Sohaila’s bellydance fitness format, NewVo. Cherry also enjoys watching Sohaila’s collection of retro videos of her dancing in the Middle East (available on Sohaila’s online hub). In short, she is a big fan and has been honored to study under a teacher who has broken down teaching bellydance to nearly a science. Today, Cherry continues being a happy student and dabbles in solo choreography, which is still out of her comfort zone.