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Ozma is a dynamic and memorable performer. Her style is rooted in Turkish bellydance and Turkish Romani ("Gypsy") dance with an emphasis on performing with zills (finger cymbals). She is likewise skilled in American and Egyptian styles and newer explorations in "fusion" styles.

Born and raised in America, Ozma has been performing in Japan since 2004. Her vibrant technique, musicality, and boundless energy have made Ozma an in-demand dancer at numerous Turkish and Middle-Eastern establishments. Ozma's easy-going personality and enjoyment of a variety of bellydance styles have also made her an active performer in the local dance community. Tokyo's exciting belly dance scene constantly attracts visiting dancers, musicians and choreographers from America, Turkey, Egypt, and countless other countries. As an active participant in the dance community, Ozma has learned from local dancers and takes full advantage of workshops with international instructors such as Artemis Mourat, Karim Nagi, Aziza and Sema Yildiz. Ozma also travels to Istanbul and to America to enrich her dance knowledge.

Ozma is currently an instructor at Deseos Studio in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo where she works hard to share her knowledge of Turkish bellydance and her dexterity with zills. She has also gained an international reputation as a valued on-line resource for dancers who want to learn more about the process of creating, updating, and repairing costumes. In addition to her solo work, Ozma collaborates with artists, musicians and other dancers. She has been a proud member of Afet Collective, an international group of bellydancers raising awareness and funds for women's charities through dance. Ozma would like to personally thank Eshe for organizing such a wonderful group and being an all-around inspirational dancer and friend.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Ozma

  • The Controversy, Learning to Love Eternal Debate
    The path of artistic innovation is not a forward pointing line; it is a pendulum. Art doesn't move foreword cleanly; it bashes against ideas and is repelled by them! Movements emerge from conflict, not despite it.
  • "Shaking Up Shibuya" The Belly Dance Scene in Japan
    While belly dance in Japan originally came from American roots, it quickly grew to include Egyptian, Turkish Oriental, Turkish Roma, and various Tribal styles.