Meiver by Sacha Nairobi

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Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Meiver has been a student, researcher, and practitioner of dances from the Middle East since 1996. She has been performing primarily within Boston's Middle Eastern communities since 2000, and teaching dance since 2002. With natural grace (her middle name!) combined with a keen feel for Arabic rhythms, she has become one of Boston's favorite and most sought after performers and instructors. She is also the host of MassRaqs, a yearly multi-day dance festival in Boston featuring international guest artists and scholars, dance workshops, performances and panel presentations.

She has performed internationally with the Bellydance Superstars, Collage Dance Ensemble and toured the Northeast of the US with Karim Nagi's Belly Dance Overdrive. Her dance and choreography style combines a unique blend of flavors learned through transnational study of these dances. As a dance student she has been interested in the many ways dance traditions are taken up and cleverly altered with subtlety in many parts of the world, adopting local flavors and preferences, while still pleasing diasporic communities seeking cultural performances. Following the long-standing traditions of originality and individual stylizations in the performance of Middle Eastern dance styles, her dance reflects love and respect for tradition and culture while it is also infused with individuality and personal grace. As an instructor Meiver is a careful technician that works to develop her students' physical strength and flexibility, proper posture and clean habits for an ongoing, safe practice. She shares not only dance movements, but also a method for dance study focused on self-development, enthusiasm for growth, and paths to learning. Her excitement for the subject at hand is infectious and she strives to provide useful and targeted feedback. Her teaching approach emphasizes the development of a dancer's technical skills and artistry, awareness of the dance's history, culture and context, musical literacy and performance readiness.

Currently Meiver is a full-time doctoral student in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She creates performance art that addresses the intersections of globalization, racism, and sexual violence. She also holds a Masters Degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Economics from the University of Massachusetts–Boston. She has been involved in feminist activism and social justice work for many years, and recently contributed a chapter along with fellow activist Carol Gómez to “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities” (South End Press, Cambridge, MA. 2011). For information on Meiver’s dance classes, academic work, workshops, lectures and performances please visit


Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Meiver

  • Dreaming in Massachusetts, Photos from MassRaqs 2011
    The celebration of those traditions, along with the fervor of Boston’s intellectual culture, the talent of our local community of dancers and musicians, and a desire to connect that beautiful history to the global present and future of our dance drives the work we do in our event.
  • Belly Dance and Feminism: Different Issues, Different Perspectives
    Feminism embraces more than one point of view, and feminist perspectives lead to many different decisions and courses of action. Feminism is a tool for thinking - for understanding and putting a name to issues you may be wrestling with in your own dance life, and for seeing belly dance in the light of broader economic, social and political realities.