About

Dance Background

Bellydance

With an interest in learning North African dance, Aneeta started belly dancing in 2001, taking classes from Najia on the Main Line School Night. She went on to study American bellydance for 8 years with June Seaney, Rakkasah 2018 instructor ; Tribal with Tessa Myers, co-owner of BellySetGo and formerly of Jill Parker's FoxGlove Sweethearts and currently studies under Tunisian powerhouse, Habiba, as well as Mt Airy instructor Zoe Akili.

Ongoing Training
Aneeta continues adding to her dance repertoire through workshops with bellydance legends Morocco and Leila Haddad, bellydance superstars Suhaila Salimpour,Ebony Qualls, and Ansuya as well as Lotus Niraja, Fatimah and many more. She is a frequent attendee of Harlem Hafla, Rakkasah and Zahra Noor's international workshops. Along the East Coast, she undergoes repeat workshops with Kaeshi Chi, Jill Parker, and Oreet. Recent workshops include tribal leaders Rachel Brice and Belladonna Boheme.

Dance Style
Similar to her bellydance background, Aneeta enjoys performing in both cabaret and international tribal fusion. Audience members have spoken to her engaging warmth and fun loving stage personality. Her style is appropriate to local events and family friendly shows. 

Education
Due to her Master's focused on representations of Turkish and Anglo-African figures in 18th Century British Literature - she enjoys giving talks surrounding the history of American bellydance. She recently completed BellyQueen BellyDance Instruction certification while providing lessons at the Free Library of Philadelphia Blackwell Branch and the Yalla! university bellydance troupe. She recently received a BIPOC scholarship to Jilina's Fusion workshop and served as a featured performer post-Covid in the KnightLife RenFaire, Keep the Dance Alive and Upstate NY Virtual Hafla to benefit WNY and Haven House.