Jillian Belly Dance

Bio...

Jillian is a dynamic, award winning belly dancer. She can be seen dancing regularly at community events and restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to dancing solo, Jillian  is an active member of troupe Khamsin, 1st Place Troupe at the 2013 Belly Dancer of the Year. {directed by Sandra} and Almaz , 1st Place Troupe at the 2016 Belly Dancer of the Year. {directed by Maria}.

Although Jillian happened upon bellydance by chance, she felt an instant connection to Middle Eastern dance from the first class. Everything from the music to the costuming spoke to her. She credits her skills and love of the dance, to her inspiring teachers Sandra and Maria. She also enjoys taking workshops to further explore and round out her dance education. ​

 

​Jillian holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Jose State, where she focused on painting and printmaking. When not belly dancing, she can be found working on her fine art at her home studio. Jillian also makes many of her own costumes as well as historical costume recreations. 

 

Awards:

Solo:

Hot Raqs 2017-1st Runner up Cabaret Soloist

Belly Dancer of the Year 2016-1st Runner up in Professional Solo

Belly Dancer of the Year 2015-Finalist

Rakstar Starlette 2014-Finalist

Jewel of the Sierra 2014-1st Place in the Diamond Category (Pro)

Belly Dancer of the Year 2014-4th Runner up in Professional Solo

Jewel of the Sierra 2013-3rd Place in the Diamond Category (Pro)

Troupe/Duet 

Hot Raqs 2017-1st Runner up in Troupe with Almaz

​Belly Dancer of the Year 2016-1st Place Troupe with Almaz

Belly Dancer of the Year 2013-1st Place Troupe with Khamsin

Belly Dancer of the Year 2012-Duet of the Year with Ember Rose

 

Photo by Melissa Bagley