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Since discovering Middle Eastern dance in 1994 when she was fifteen years old, Mayada has become a dynamic teacher, a popular performer, a bellydance journalist, and a creative choreographer.

Mayada has taught bellydance classes across Toronto at various venues including Arabesque Academy, the Royal Ontario Museum, Ryerson University, York University, Toronto Bellydance Collective, as well as running specialty workshops across the continent. Background and studies in fitness and personal training allow Mayada an informed perspective on the anatomy of movement, around which she designs her teaching of technique. In September 2003, Mayada opened Fierce Fitness, giving her the opportunity to share her experience and expertise by teaching at her own studio.

Contributor to the Belly Dance Reader Volumn 1

Mayada has performed - as a soloist, and as a lead dancer with Arabesque Dance Company - throughout Canada and the United States. Performance highlights have included opening for many great masters (Wael Kfoury, Assi Helani, George Wassouf, Ragheb Alameh, and others), Egyptian Exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Caravan/Toronto (Cairo & Istanbul pavilions), United Nations Millennium Summit (New York City), Int'l Conference on Middle Eastern Dance (Los Angeles), theatrical presentations Descent of Ishtar and Isis. Mayada has also appeared as a regular soloist at Arabic restaurants, clubs, and special events. Mayada created and then published MID-BITS Magazine for over twelve years, to give bellydancers in this country a forum that would speak specifically to the Canadian Middle Eastern dance experience. Now she hosts Bellydance Talk Radio which is an online bellydance radio show that features interviews with stars, reviews, bellydance news, hot topic discussions, and more! Check it out at

Articles on Gilded Serpent by Mayada

  • My First Day at IBCC 2012, The International Bellydance Conference of Canada held in Toronto
    The first day of IBCC is always exciting ā€“ participants are full of pep, hungry to learn, and ready to try it all! Selecting which of the tempting workshops, lectures, discussion panels, and shows to attend is daunting. Like many others, I found it really difficult to decide what to go to and what Iā€™d have to miss; with so many things happening at the same ā€“ and overlapping times ā€“ not being able to take in everything you want is unfortunately inevitable.