Azura has performed in Egypt, Dallas, Seattle, and communities across Canada from Calgary to Lunenburg. In 2018, she collaborated with Amirah Al-Shuruq from Cincinnati for an homage to Soheir Zaki during the Bellydance Blossom Festival in Toronto. In 2015, she performed at a birthday party for world musician and percussionist Hossam Ramzy in Edmonton. In 2014, she performed in Dallas during Egyptian superstar Randa Kamel’s intensive course, and she has continued to study with Randa in Toronto in 2016 and 2017.

Azura’s philosophy is that every woman is beautiful when she dances. Her classes emphasize having fun and experiencing the friendship and camaraderie of a dance community while building self-confidence and learning solid technique. Her mission is to impart the skills, knowledge, attitudes, experiences and ethics that are vital for the next generation of instructors and performers. To do this, she constantly upgrades her own skills; offers performance opportunities to her students and other dancers; and hosts innovative, collaborative events, such as the annual Shiver & Shimmy dance show in Regina. Read an interview with Azura about her dance experiences and her approach to teaching and performing.

Azura has been strongly influenced by Randa Kamel, Jalilah, Hadia, Aziza, and Beata and Horacio Cifuentes. She is continuing her dance education through workshops and private lessons with master performers from all over the world, including Raquia Hassan, Aida Noor, Hossam and Serena Ramzy, Mohammed Shahin, Osama Eman, Mohammed El Hosseny, Jillina, Cassandra, Delilah, Shahrazad, Suhaila Salimpour, Karim Nagi, Denise Enan, and many others. She is currently focusing on classes with Ranya Renee and Amanda Rose.

In 2012 and 2010, Azura performed and took workshops at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in Toronto.  Azura was the featured artist at Gravelbourg’s annual Solstice Festival in 2009, and participated in Hadia’s Professional Oriental Dance Training Program.

In 2008, Azura performed on a cruise ship on the Nile and at a hotel on the Red Sea.  She also taught a class during her trip to Egypt and took classes with Raquia Hassan, Aida Noor and Khairiyaa.  Additionally, she performed with Juno-nominated world music artist Pavlo at the Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw, an honour she repeated in 2016 when Pavlo appeared in Regina.

Azura studied with Jalilah and Denise Enan in 2007, and performed as Mata Hari in the “If the Stars Could Bellydance” show at the Casino Regina in 2004 and Calgary in 2005.  Her Mata Hari routine was a hit again at the "If Elvis Could Bellydance" show in Winnipeg in 2006.

Azura served the bellydancing community as the president of the Regina Association of Middle Eastern Dance for four years.  She frequently performs with world music bands, and is proud to support multicultural festivals and events.

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Updated March, 2016