Love Notes & Testimonials
Take this as a compliment,the highest anyone could get from me: You are a madwoman. Your reach extends far beyond your skin and you positively buzz with a wildness that feels very ancient and very young at the same time."
-Love Liana Mancini
Najia is changing my life! I’d been feeling a sense of disconnection from my body, and my spirit kept nudging me towards dance. I wasn’t sure where to start, but I’d taken a few bellydance classes almost 20 years ago and thought it might be fun to try again. I experimented with a class at a local dance studio, but it felt a bit mechanical and impersonal. I found Najia’s website, and her philosophy resonated with me on a deep level. I decided to schedule a private lesson, and it only took one session to convince me that she was going to be someone very special in my life.
My lessons with Najia are absolutely magical. She has a gift for sensing energy, and in our very first session she helped to identify and untangle feelings I’d been struggling with just from reading my body. She was able to “see” what I needed, and showed me ways of moving and being in my physical form that have been utterly transformative. Najia teaches you to feel and work with chakra energy, and while I was familiar with the concept from years of yoga practice, I’ve never experienced it like this before. I’ve literally felt my heart open and let in joy that I didn’t know I was missing!
I’m a pianist and piano instructor for adults, and I love helping people to experience the creative side of themselves and feel capable of making music. I’ve always secretly dreamed of dancing, and I’ve joked that I need a “me” in my life – someone who would know what I needed to feel like a dancer, move like a dancer and be more connected to my body. Najia has done that for me and so much more! Our lessons feel like having tea with a girlfriend. She’s warm, attentive, perceptive and incredibly insightful. She has experienced and accomplished so much in her life, and she weaves her wide variety of knowledge into helpful pointers and ideas that ring in my head long after the lesson is over.
I am so grateful to have found Najia. Not only am I learning to dance, I’m learning to feel, breathe and inhabit my body in a beautiful way. As someone who has always tended to live in my head, it’s been a breathtaking change. I can’t wait to see where the journey takes me.
~Leslie from Ardmore, PA
I love your teaching style. You not only go in depth technically, but also bring energetic & spiritual aspects. Great cultural history, and background on why certain movements are done a particular way. The class sisterhood is inviting. Your commitment & passion is so very influencing. .......... Truth!! Pure beauty, compassion & strength. A fabulous multi talented teacher/artist; she encourages & guides us to access the confident wise woman within. ....
Thank you for one of the best classes last night & sharing your energy/wisdom. It was very healing for me. As time was drawing near, I now realize old cellular memories were resurfacing. ............. You telling the story about your mom made me realize that. I love you bunches. You bring joy & "heartfelt" love to many. Going forward w/ a open & receptive heart
❤️❤️❤️❤️ Xxoo Zoe
Thank You Najia for the lesson today. It was very healing for me. I feel a shift & am most grateful. You work & teaching is outstanding on many levels
~Zoe B. from Conshohocken, PA
Najia is a tremendous spiritual dance teacher. After speaking with her over the phone, I had an instant connection and decided to take her class.
Since I have significant experience in Tibetan practices and rituals, I know that sounds and rhythms are more powerful than most people think. What Najia teaches is not a traditional workout but rather a more holistic and comprehensive walking meditation..............After four months of classes, not only did I open my sacral chakra but I also was inspired by many new concepts and ideas about being vegan and compassionate. It was a welcomed conduit into learning about eastern cultural norms and the eternal beauty it represents for us all, regardless of one’s normative cultural influences. Quite simply, this form of eastern dance will allow for a change of heart and mind—and provide opportunities to embrace unchartered territory. Let's pray and dance for peace and love!
Kaili.aka. Soph from Wilmington, DE
I've been taking classes with Najia since January 2011, and I love going. It fits perfectly into my schedule and is an excellent way to add something extra to your weekly routine (not to mention great for the waistline!) She uses a holistic approach to learning belly dance. You learn the steps and techniques, but also how to listen to the music, add in artistry, and about the different cultures the dance comes from. You get not only a wonderful workout, but a lesson in culture and the evolution of an art form. Highly recommended!
"Kate .O. was originally taking classes with Najia when she lived in Philadelphia but now that she moved to New York she takes Najia's online workshops. She was one of the first students to graduate 2 of Najia's Certification programs with honors"
There are few people who I feel truly lucky to have met, and Najia is absolutely one of those people. She is a wonderful person and teacher who breaks down the essence of belly dancing and teaches it as an art and form of exercise. I love that she also encourages her students to explore the history and traditions of belly dancing, making her class a cultural experience. I recommend taking classes with her to anyone (beginner-advanced) who is interested in belly dancing!...
Z.L. from Philadelphia (originally from Jordan of Middle Eastern descent)
Thank you for having me Najia Bellydance, it's always a pleasure to come to your events! …... I thoroughly enjoyed ever minute of the Red Tent. When women come together on love and support and joy, the energy is truly powerful…….The energy in that room was amazing and I just let it take me, you taught me that!:) It was a truly wonderful night, the performers were incredible and a credit to your special brand of teaching which is to unlock the creative and inner goddess:)
Several years ago I joined Najia's classes at a tumultous period in my life, and I credit the art of Bellydance for helping me find balance, peace, and an avenue of creative outlet and expression. I love to dance and I've found that learning with Najia has helped me to blossom and tap into my inner rythms, and I'm really enjoying this journey.
from Natasha in North East Philadelphia
There are many ideal qualities a student looks for in a teacher. Especially when the student is seeking guidance in an art, like music or dance that is infused with personal creativity. Talent and knowledge are necessary criteria; along with patience, respect, and a positive attitude. One often overlooked quality is the teacher’s ability to be supportive. Some teachers only offer support conditionally. Once a high level of skill is attained by the student, they often become distant and protective of their knowledge. A teacher who is secure enough to mentor a student to the point of becoming a colleague is extremely hard to find.My bellydance teacher, Najia, has been more supportive than I would have ever expected...........
......... Najia has helped me in other ways too numerous to mention here. I am eternally grateful. Without her unprecedented support I never would have been able to achieve what I have in dance. I probably would have quit years ago. Her encouragement has seen me through the stages of student, performer and teacher. She has exceeded her role as a teacher by becoming a mentor, friend, and sister. It is nearly impossible to find a dancer who will share their secrets. When someone does, she must be reciprocated with a level of loyalty and respect rarely practiced today. Najia has also taught me so much more than how to be a bellydancer. She has taught me that supporting someone to reach their dreams is just as important as showing them how to do it.
Jenny -originally from Media
Jenny, studied with Najia in her Mainline and Philadelphia locations, and semi private lessons in her troupe class. Jenny and Najia balance swords for their SPLURGE television reality show. Jenny's splurge in bellydance lessons transformed her life in ways she never dreamed of.
"I feel that American's don't understand how unsurpassable, how unparalleled Najia's dance and teaching are, and I'm making a distinction here. Her work as a dancer and a performer is as excellent as her teaching. Education is my metier and I know what I'm talking about.
I am also from the Middle East and there we breath belly dancing. It's everyday life and we know it as well as Americans know jazz. In 2003 I was living in Beirut, a middle eastern mecca of art and beauty, desperately looking for someone who could teach me belly dancing. It was a hard call and I was finally very fortunate to find a world class artist who was willing to help me. For years I used to compare all my dance teachers to her, but now I compare everyone to Najia.
It is very difficult for me to fathom that Najia is not from the Arab world, that she doesn't have oriental dance in her blood. I think it's because she has it in her soul.”
Video interview from Farnaz Perry ~ professor at Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr
The most intense, ground-breaking private lessons that quantum -leaped my bellydancing. Najia's musical technique finally allowed me to access the feeling of dancing from the inside instead of moving just my body. My dance completely changed in just an hour but it continues to evolve at such a high level this last month. I am so grateful to her at this point in my life and this far into my dance career that I can learn something so wonderful.
Dalya Amira, performer and teacher from Doylestown, PA.
Dalya has been studying with Najia since she taught at Boat House Row in Philadelpha decades ago .She comes on a regular basis to enrich her life with private lessons .she has starred in a number of gala Najia productions and shared the stage with great headlines such as Sahra Saeeda, Aszmara , Delila, Jehan, and Elena Lentini.she is a regular performer at Najia's monthly Red Tent Goddess Night
Feeling grateful today for my bellydance teacher Najia Arts. Thank you for planting the concept of beauty in me, five and a half years ago. For embodying beauty, and reminding your students of its power, every single class. Beauty in our movement, beauty in our words. Sometimes, in my dance, I get a very acute sense of that beauty. I feel beautiful, and it brings a smile to my face. It may only last for a few seconds. But it's enough time to feel its power. To feel a sense of confidence that I, too, can embody beauty. That I, too, can choose to spread it. With the simple power of that same smile.
France P. Havertown PA - originally posted on Facebook
This lovely person, Najia Bellydance. A little over a year ago I signed up for Belly Dance lessons. (my Mom and us girls used to clean the house to belly dance music and dance when I was a kid) I went to class....I enjoyed it. I have no great talent.....by any means as a dancer.....but Najia always encouraged me to be a goddess. We talked, became friends. I had tough times, she had tough times.... I haven't always been able to do classes. I got to know her and her Mom and her friends. I tried new things such as vegan food. This woman is an artist, a photographer, a great friend, a great daughter, a dancer a teacher, a chef..... She does everything with kindness and grace.
Maureen K.-C.from Folcroft, PA
I first started studying belly dance with Najia in January 2010 and after the first class I was hooked! I was a little nervous to start since I had never taken a dance class before, but Najia's warmth and ability to teach to a wide range of levels put me at ease immediately. Your fellow dancers are always just as fun as the teacher and every class is a joy! Najia's approach and knowledge of so many different styles of belly dance help you to grow as a dancer in leaps and bounds and means there is never a dull moment in class. Plus, it never hurts to embrace your Inner Goddess on a regular basis... :-)
Meredith R. from Wilmington DE
Last Mother's Day Alyssa thoughtfully posted this on Facebook
"Najia you have given me more than just the dance. you have opened my eyes to a world of endless possibilities and love. Through you I have accessed my strength, my femininity, my source, my creativity, and myself. I have become whole and that has helped me in every aspect of my life. Thank you Najia!"
Alyssa from New Jersey
Alyssa studied with me privately on a regular basis .She also enrolled in my personal Certification program and became an accomplished artist. She also enrolled in other certifications I produced with Sahra Saeeda She shad the opportunity to share with Sahra in our exclusive Cairo Certifications .The other performers asked if she was my daughter as she looked so much like a younger version of myself and dance like me . i was so proud of her and so honored to teach a beautiful soul.
This is the last paragraph of the most beautiful letter I have ever received from a student .Liana was moving to Canada and she presented it to be .i have the full version hanging beautifully framed on my wall.
My life would have not been the same had I not begun classes with you 2 years ago. I have met the most incredible people , seen the most beautiful dancers, watch shy women emerge confident and powerful. I have opened to experiences I didn't know I was waiting for. I have seen you grow too, through happiness and hardship. I have felt your energy settle into calm, deep waters. I am grateful to you for being as open and giving as you are. and for accepting me as I am
. I will miss you an awful lot but I will carry you with me too.
from Wilmington, DE
Hi my name is Amar dance name. But just to say that Najia is the best. She has taught me for over 6 years and she has brought in many teachers from around the country and the world. Her classes are fantastic! You feel the burn the next day and the more you practice the better you get a......... in a short time I could dance like a 20 year old. ....................... I have lost over 50 pounds. She is worth every penny. And the best part of her classes are the Goddess Nights. When you dress up and some of the students dance it's a magical night. Come and join us. Najia knows all of us students on first name basis. Especially our new comers. You are not a face in the crowd or a dollare sign. You are welcomed with love and kindness. And we as students are always there for you. Gale
Gale from Broomall, PA
Learning to dance with Najia is an amazing experience -- she is exceptionally talented as well as warm and welcoming. She teaches you to understand and feel the music, and also breaks downs the various movements in ways that are easy to follow. The space, energy, and music are all beautiful. Taking classes with Najia is good for your body and soul.
Mary K.from Rose Valley, P.A.
Thank you so much for spending time with me today - it's always so good for my soul!! Najia you are a beautiful dancer and the most amazing dance teacher. Your class isn't just a wonderful dance class - there is a whole additional layer of mind, body, and soul focus that I get from taking class with you, which you cannot get anywhere else. You are really unique. Your radiate so much light and we all feel it. You taught me not only how to to dance but also to harness my own energy to make life better and more fulfilling. You have helped me so much No matter how far away I move I will always be your student now that I can take private lessons with you online.
Katina S. C ~ a professor from Villanova PA
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I signed up in January to be pampered on a weekend long woman's retreat with my dear friend Najia which she hosts for women in Cape May NJ, on summer weekends. She lovingly pre-prepares elegant yet simple vegan meals. She is a talented professional artist, illustrator and photographer, and also has a career teaching Middle Eastern dance which she studied in Egypt among other lands. We got up before dawn for this photo shoot, to catch the sunrise. I wasn't so sure about dressing up to be a mermaid, but with Najia's coaching and photographic skills, I relaxed, as she brought forth my "inner mermaid" (who knew? :-) Holistic skin care, food and lifestyle, dance/body movement for health, meditation, opening to deeper levels of creativity, were part of the experience. Plus shopping and taking in the sites and sounds of beautiful Cape May.
Debra Lee from Ambler P.A
"Najia is the most qualified bellydance teacher in the Philadelphia area. She has trained numerous professional dancers who now work here and her authentic style is reflected in her students. We are happy to have her represent our Arabic culture and show people the true dance and correct way.", - Suleiyman owner Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
" Najia , I since I opened my place I have waited for 18 years to have a dancer as good as you!" You are the best." - Ryad owner Casablanca Restaurant New Castle, D. E.