Yamê is a professional belly dance instructor, performer, choreographer and owner of SharqiDance, a business that empowers women to find inner joy, confidence & self-love while building a supportive community through the practice and study of belly dance.
Born and raised in Brazil, Yamê moved to New Jersey as a teenager and began practicing belly dance when she was twenty years old after a lifetime of fascination with the beauty of sinuous body movements and the almost magical way that belly dancers could move their hips as if they had a life of their own.
Having started her belly dance studies learning an ATS-inspired fusion style with Ashtar of the Daughters of Sophia (with whom she also took a few years of adult ballet classes in her mid-twenties), she quickly found herself being more drawn to the Middle Eastern roots of belly dance, particularly the classic and modern Arabic styles of the dance. She then went on to study American Cabaret and Egyptian style belly dance with Zarouhi Otchy, Gia al Qamar, and later Tashira Wadiya, some of the best instructors to be found in New Jersey. She is especially grateful to Tashira who became her “belly dance mom,” a mentor in belly dance and in life now for over a decade. She is also proud to learn from the internationally-acclaimed master instructor Ahmed Hussien every year.