Crystal Silmi is a belly dance and belly dance fusion artist, instructor and choreographer from San Francisco, California USA. She has become known for her unique style of hip hop infused movements and has performed for audiences around the world.
Skilled in both the art of classical Middle Eastern dance and modern fusion, Crystal puts her Arab American roots to the stage with a deep sense of rhythm and powerful athleticism. A long time student of master instructor Suhaila Salimpour, Crystal has been a member of both the Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat. In 2006 she founded the belly dance fusion troupe RaksArabi based out of Santa Cruz, California USA. RaksArabi has dazzled audiences at a wide variety of venues drawing upon hip hop, jazz, North African and other dance styles enhancing the art of belly dance with a vivid and contemporary feel.
Residing in Madrid, Spain, Crystal teaches several weekly classes and is sharing her art throughout Europe and the world seeking to inspire students to explore themselves through the expressive art of dance. Crystal is also a certified yoga instructor from Rishikesh Yog Peeth (Rishikesh Yoga Institute) in Rishikesh, India and holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz.
As of January 14, 2018, Crystal's 3 articles like "Embracing the Darkness" have totaled 202.3K views and shares.
Crystal's 3 most recent articles:
NOV 05 2016
Even Dancers get the Blues
"There is a high that comes with performing and sharing art on a platform, a certain euphoria..."
AUG 22 2016
To perform or not to perform, that is the question.
"You don't stop dancing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop dancing."
AUG 05 2016
From Caterpillar to Butterfly.
"Dance is a vast ocean filled with life and endless discovery..."