Central Louisana's Professional Belly Dance Troupe

"A Unique Blend of Modern & Traditional American, Eqyptian,

& Tribal Fusion Belly Dance"




Zahira has been passionate about dancing since she was two.  She trained at Cenla Academy of Perfoming Arts under the instruction of the director Rita Barton for 13 years.   She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and modern dance. While attending Tioga High School, she was a member of the "Apache Belles"  danceline and served as co-captain her junior year.  During her time at LA Tech, she continued to dance under the training of Ms. Dianne Maroney- Grigsby for two years. 

In the fall of 2010, Jessica "Ameelah" McDaniel , owner of  Ameelah's "Desert Jewels" Belly Dance Studio, convinced her to give belly dancing a try.  She fell in love with the art form and the amazing friendships she created with the other dancers. She became a member of the "Desert Jewels" troupe in June 2013 and then bought the studio in July of 2015.   It is her goal to provide women that same opportunity to become comfortable with their bodies, have fun and create life-long friendships.  


Amara started dancing at the age of 4, studying ballet and tap.  As she got older she took additional classes in jazz.  During high school she moved to Montana and took a break from dance to pursue other interests.  

Amara was introduced to belly dance her senior year of high school and took classes for a year before heading to LA Tech for college.  She rediscovered her love for belly dancing in 2011.  Since then she has studied the fundamentals of belly dance under the instruction of Zahira, Saaliyah, Aniyah, and Ameelah.  

Amara became a Desert Jewel in March 2017 and currently teaches the Level 2 belly dance class.