Zemira by Sarah Lyons
Zemira by Sarah Lyons

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Dancer and Photographer

Alisha Westerfeld, better known to many as Zemira, has been dancing since a small child. She found belly dance as a teen and began studying this art in the 90's with Zohra. She continues to study with celebrated instructors at workshops and intensives. She enjoys performing - especially when she has the chance to swing her cane!

From 2000 to 2011 Zemira served in several different positions on the board of the San Francisco/Bay Area chapter of MECDA and worked to host numerous celebrity dancers in workshops, showcases and events. During her time at MECDA she helped raise over $10,000 for numerous charities including Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.

She fell in love with photography in high school and dreamed of becoming a photo-journalist, and though she chose a different career path, her interest in photography, especially travel and dance photography, have continued to enriched her life. Zemira teamed up with Davina (through the SF/BA MECDA board) and have worked together on various projects including advertising and marketing for events hosted by their local MECDA chapter. They have travelled to numerous belly dance events as a team, with Zemira capturing the event in pictures, while Davina writes articles and reviews.

Zemira and Davina are currently collaborating on a book entitled "The Cloth of Egypt: All About Tulle-bi-Telli, assiut, assuit...

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