Hi! I am so glad you are here! I would like to share my story with you of how I got into belly dancing and the amazing difference it has truly made in my life! I started on my journey back in early 2003. As I stepped into my first belly dance class locally in Chillicothe, Ohio I truly did not know what to expect or the magnitude it would have in my life! I have always loved dancing and I always dreamed of being a professional ballet dancer but, a professional belly dancer never crossed my mind.
After taking my first class the rest is history! I fell deeply in love with the dance and immersed myself in it completely! Like a sponge soaking up as much as I could. I would practice in my kitchen, living room and dinning room whenever the mood struck me; which was all the time! I was excited like a kid in a candy store! What I did not know is that belly dance would transform my life to accept myself for who I am. Creating a strong confident woman inside and out getting me out of my quite shell. Self Image and how I thought of myself was a true struggle and I always thought if I could be prettier, thinner, taller….self doubt and a low self esteem was a big struggle until I started belly dancing. Mind you this did not happen overnight I fought many battles and won!
I love the movement of the circling and swaying of the hips moving to the music and the beat of the drum. Dancing is an expression through the body and I absolutely love that! It is so liberating and freeing and as women we all need that! The ability to let go and allow our body to move in such a feminine way! It truly is the best feeling! I have met the most awesome women and have created long lasting friendships due to the dance. Belly Dance is also what keeps me in shape! I have never been more fit then I am now! Belly Dance is a whole body workout out, but your dancing and it is so fun!
I have also met some awesome women and have made lasting relationships with them! As women, the older we get it is hard to make friends and having friends and having fun is so important. There is such a strong bond and connection to us all; we are truly in a pack and that makes us stronger, living life fully and completely!
Most of my career I studied mainly Cabaret and Egyptian/Cabaret and was able to study with some of the best dancers in our field: Suhaila Salimpour, Suzanna Del Vehicco & Leyla Najma. Later in my career I was able to further my studies under Rosa Noreen, Karen Barbee, Sedonna Soulfire & Ashley Lopez.
In 2011 I met Paulette Rees-Denis and fell in love with the dance again, but a very different style Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly Dance! This was life changing! This changed not only my personal life but my dance life! Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly Dance is not just about the dance but learning about yourself and what you can do to not only better yourself, but live a better life! It has given me a new lease on life! I am journaling, meditating, eating healthy and the most important to us as women is self care! I love GC Belly Dance for the value it holds and the huge community of dancers! I love the movement and the music and Paulette is amazing as a coach, mentor and teacher!
I love teaching and love the path that I am on! Passing information on to my students and watching them grow is an amazing experience! It is what I am meant for and I would love to have you in my class! Come give it a try! Contact me through my contact page for more information about my classes!
Belly dance can be done by anyone of any age and with belly dance comes many benefits such as self-esteem, better posture and builds a stronger core while developing muscle control with each move you learn.
If you live in or around the Chillicothe, OH Area, and want to learn Middle-Eastern (belly) Dance, learn new ideas, bond with other women of many different cultures and backgrounds, and even get some exercise, then look no further! You have found your passion! Turn to Najla’s Dance to fulfill this passion.
Leyla Najma “I have had the pleasure of working with Allison Flynn and I highly recommend her for dance instruction, performing arts. Allison is a people person and she works well with others creating an atmosphere of productive accomplishments. She has an enthusiasm for Middle Eastern Dance that is contagious so much so that she brings out the best in her students. I highly recommend her instruction and curriculum considering the fact that she has studied with some of the best performers in the business.”