About the Instructor

Beena has been influenced by the Egyptian and Lebanese styles of Arabic dance; both classical and folkloric. She started dancing at Chicago's Jasmin Jahal School in 2003 and is excited to teach in South Carolina! Every year she attends Jasmin's workshops as well as that of artists and educators such as Mahmoud Reda, Karim Nagi and Mohamed Shahin. Her dance study also includes Bharathanatyam style of Indian Classical dance under Dr. Anuradha Murali, artistic director of the Mrudani School of Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of the NataRani Dance Company focusing on Indian folkloric dances such as Bhangra and Garba.

Beena has been training in Karate under Sugiyama Sensei for 15 years and Kendo at Miyoga dojo for 7. She was teaching Karate in the Chicago area until her recent move to South Carolina. She is currently developing a Ladies' Self-Defense program for the Charleston area. Stay tuned for information about seminars.

Yoga and Pilates round out her practice. She brings these healing art, martial art and dance art disciplines into her classes to help you Build Self-Confidence, Strengthen and Tone Your Muscles while enhancing your natural grace!