Hayam began began her studies of Middle Eastern Dance under the tutelage of her mentor and close friend, Basimah, of northern New York. Hayam quickly became a member of Basimah’s Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble (affectionately nicknamed “Basimah’s Habibis”) and her love of performing grew from there.
Hayam practices traditional Egyptian raqs sharqi and uses a technique stemming from the legendary Aegela, of Toledo, OH. Her movements are muscularly driven and focus more on control and quiet power than over-the-top drama. Hayam emphasizes belly dance technique based in modern dance anatomy and kinesiology to enable dancers to understand, strengthen, and protect their bodies in order to enjoy a long-lasting, healthy dance career.
Hayam is known for her cheeky and flirtatious performances. She brings a warmth and power to the stage that never fails to generate a spark between her and her audience. Hayam performs locally throughout New England ans is available for parties, weddings, and special event appearances.
Hayam uses many different props in her dance, including zills (finger cymbals), veils, cane, sword, and tray. She is experienced in traditional Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, cabaret style dance. She also performs a variety of Egyptian folkloric dances.
Currently, Hayam is mentored by Basimah of northern New York. Basimah is an adjunct professor of Middle Eastern Dance at St. Lawrence University, an accomplished performer, and the archivist for the famed performer and teacher, Aegela. Hayam has also attended Aegela’s zill, veil, ghawazee, and many more seminars in both Toledo and in northern New York. Hayam has studied vintage oriental and Turkish oriental dance under the tutelage of Connecticut dancer Shalimar, a renowned performer and director of Troupe Little Egypt, of which Hayam is a former member. Hayam continues to further her education with masters of Middle Eastern Dance.
Hayam is happy to announce that she is a contributor to the website Belly Dance at Any Size, a positive website dedicated to health at any size. Visit Belly Dance at Any Size to view articles written by Hayam!
Hayam believes that while proper technique is imperative, a connection with the audience and enjoyment of the dance are what make a truly exceptional performer. Hayam adores what she does and makes every effort to produce a breathtaking performance at every event. Her desire to pass on this love of Middle Eastern Dance also extends to her teaching, where she hopes to spread the joy, tranquility, and fun that dance has given her to every one of her students.