Client Testimonials


What People Are Saying...


About Belly Dance Classes
mayaji d.

fabulous class - clear joyous dance - i am from nyc & AsaliNamimah's class was fresh & strong i whole heartedly recommend this class to anyone who is either a beginner or a seasoned dancer

Tracey E.
Chicago, IL

Took private finger cymbal lessons with her.  My previous teachers were either retired or moved to another state!  Excellent instruction!  Easy to follow.  Makes moving across the floor with finger cymbals easy!  Can't wait until she starts teaching in the South Loop!  It will be closer to me!

Tracey.

LESLEY B.
Toledo, OH

I've been taking private lesson from AsaliNaimah for almost 8 months.  The classes have been a tremendous help with my coordination and posture.  A lot of the moves Asali teaches have greatly improved the range of motion in both my upper and lower body as well.  

The classes are lots of fun!  Mostly because of Asali - she has a positive and confident energy which makes her a delightful instructor.  She is very enthusiastic about sharing the art of bellydancing with others.  She encourages me every step of the way!

Angela S.
Chicago, IL
Our private belly dancing class was wonderful.  It was a great combination of learning skills and putting it together into choreographed moves- all in only 1 hour!  Plus we did some veil dancing, which was my favorite part!  Asali really squeezed as much as possible into our short class and made sure we got our money's worth.  Thank you, thank you!

Elizabeth T.

Chicago, IL

I took AsaliNaimah Vail series class and embarked myself into an exciting belly dance adventure!!!
The music, instructions, passion, fun and laughter made this an experience that I would recommend .

Enjoy yourself and thank you for exposing me to another form of dance.

Andrea K.
Chicago, IL

Asali is a brilliant performer and an outstanding teacher. I love her classes because she breaks down the steps into manageable pieces and then gives you the confidence to put it all together into a fun, beautiful routine. Her energy is contagious!

I recommend her classes for women who want the freedom to express themselves, move their bodies, break out of a rut & learn something new, polish their skills, get a fantastic workout (esp upper body & core), and have a great time doing it.

About Belly Dance & Fire Shows

I just wanted to thank AsaliNaimah and Xerus (Brian) for a great show, it really made our middle eastern themed party a hit.  People are still talking about it and I wanted to have them dance again the next day!  AsaliNaimah was very professional in communication, costume and show and Brian was very kind and personable to our guests and people were very impressed with his stature.  It was a magical combination of her dance and Brian's fire show.  I highly recommend them both.  I can't wait to have another reason to see their show!" Pam S. - Elburn, IL

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"Shimmy Soul provided entertainment that made my event a night to remember! The captured the guests attention with their professional and interactively fun performance! They are definitely on my preferred vendors list for their craft!"- RedE.Image

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"Thank you for performing for my Quinceanara! We enjoyed your show very much. All the guests were delighted by your show. You honestly made our night even better, espciecially my great-grandfather (92 yrs old) Ha ha...Again thank you!" Love Jazmin A. - Jacksonville, IL

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"AsaliNaimah was recommended by a close friend to entertain at our wedding reception. We were skeptical at first but decided to go with it. Her performance was so exciting yet classy, we still have guests tell us how much they enjoyed her show." Sylvia M., Brooklyn, NY

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"Back when my husband and I were in the restaurant business, I hired AsaliNaimah to try something different at our restaurant. We were so impressed that we traveled to see her perform again!" A. Coco, Former restaurant owner, NY

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"The first time I saw belly dance was at a Manhattan restaurant. AsaliNaimah was the final dancer to perform with a live Turkish band. As a musician, I was floored by her excellent musicianship! Not only did she dance beautifully, but she could play those finger cymbals really well." J. James, Recording artist, guitarist - Pelham, NY


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Overall Satisfaction:
5.0 stars
Professionalism:
5.0 stars
Accommodating:
5.0 stars
Overall Talent:
5.0 stars
Recommend:
5.0 stars
Gig ID#: 854700

Some people thought I was crazy for hiring a belly dancer for a kid's party but my daughter LOVES dancing! I wasn't sure how things would play out but she was AMAZING! She immediately put even the shy girls at ease. First she danced for them and the girls giggled and stared in amazement. Then she began teaching them (the girls loved the colorful scarfs, coinbelts and finger cymbols). You could just see their little feminine spirits emerging. They had a blast and I could tell it was a real confidence booster. my daughter loved it so much that we're going to hire AsaliNaimah to give her private lessons!

-Toni A, 2/26/2011, Birthday Party (Children), Chicago, IL

Overall Satisfaction:
5.0 stars
Professionalism:
5.0 stars
Accommodating:
5.0 stars
Overall Talent:
5.0 stars
Recommend:
5.0 stars
Gig ID#: 855413

AMAZING!! The collaborative Fire and Belly Dance was breathe taking. My guests were completely delighted and moved. They are a great team and came in and did exactly what they were supposed to do: Move & Inspire. Asali really knows her stuff, what was great was the energy, passion and charm she brought to her performance - Completely captivating. Xerus was phenomenal - people commented on how they were sucked into the fire, but also Xerus movement with the fire- very cool.I cannot wait to hire Asali & Xerus(Shimmy Soul)at some in the future again.

-Ida M, 2/18/2011, Celebration, Chicago, IL

Overall Satisfaction:
5.0 stars
Professionalism:
5.0 stars
Accommodating:
5.0 stars
Overall Talent:
5.0 stars
Recommend:
5.0 stars
Gig ID#: 880773

Asali is a beautiful dancer. Very friendly, and talented. I would book her again.

-Nadja S, 5/14/2011, Wedding Reception, Chicago, IL

Overall Satisfaction:
5.0 stars
Professionalism:
5.0 stars
Accommodating:
5.0 stars
Overall Talent:
5.0 stars
Recommend:
5.0 stars
Gig ID#: 880950

Shimmy Soul performed both belly and fire dancing at my father's 70th birthday party. They are such a professional organization that from the moment I contacted them with an initial inquiry, I received nothing but prompt, professional and friendly service. They arrived to my father's house exactly on time. There was an excited energy in the house as everyone gathered to see the performance. AsaliNaimah had our guests mesmerized with her gorgeous dancing, beautiful physique and ornate costume. Everyone from my father to my toddler nephew loved her. Outside Xerus performed a fire dance that delighted everyone and added the magic touch to make our party truly memorable!

-Rebeccah L, 4/23/2011, Birthday Party (Adults), Chicago, IL

Overall Satisfaction:
5.0 stars
Professionalism:
5.0 stars
Accommodating:
5.0 stars
Overall Talent:
5.0 stars
Recommend:
5.0 stars
Gig ID#: 854424

Shimmy Soul was wonderful, I've never seen a more graceful and beautiful dancer. She was a awesome teacher as well. I had a Girls Night Out with the ladies in my family, the age range was from 14 to 67 and each person enjoyed Shimmy Soul! Each person in my family is also a bit unskillful in the dance department, but Shimmy Soul was able to work with each person on their own level. She was very professional. The highest ratings on this scale aren't anywhere near what I would give her. She is excellent I will certainly call her for my next Girls Night Out.

-Natasha W, 4/9/2011, Private Party, Joliet, IL

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