MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
"Expression through movement can reach where language alone can not."
Born in San Francisco (California) with both Irish (mother) and Palestinian (father) origins, Crystal Silmi holds a Cultural Anthropology degree from the Santa Cruz University. She started her studies in Oriental Dance in Suhaila Salimpour's well known dance school. Soon, she became a member of both Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat Company.
Crystal stood out as an Oriental and Oriental Fusion dancer showing an energetic and innovative dance and developing her own style, looking into her american and arabic roots, blending in the purest oriental music rhythms with modern rhythms such as jazz, funky and hip-hop.
It was in Santa Cruz where she founded her own Oriental Dance and Fusion Company, Raks Arabi, participating in different events related with Oriental Dance and Tribal Fusion along the Californian coast.
Crystal is now living in Madrid and besides the fact of being a recognized Oriental Fusion dancer, she is also a Zumba, Fitness and Yoga instructor, obtaining her Yoga Instructor certificate at the Rishikesh Yoga Peeth institute (Rishikesh, India).