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Petite Jamilla showcases her musical talents as a featured musician playing bagpipes...
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Petite Jamilla is a former Lead Dancer and Choreographer for the Bellydance Superstars. (Link) ©2016 Thepetitejamilla.com
From Polynesian style to Superstar
Petite Jamilla became professional performing and touring regularly from the age of 15, a seasoned instructor by 17, and by the time she was 19, she had 2 instructional independently filmed dvd's on the market. Before her 10 years of touring history with Bellydance Superstars, She has performed alongside the Rabat Orchestra, and even, American Idol Ruben Studdard. Zaghareet Magazine recognized Petite Jamilla's talent twice by gracing her as the cover artist and featured story in 2004, and awarding her with the title "Best Kept Secret" in 2006. In 2007, Petite Jamilla's ability to create unique choreography was showcased in the world renown Panoply Arts Festival where bellydance was presented for the first time in this contemporary light amongst artists from across the world.
In 2009, her choreographic talents earned her 1st place recognition in the "Belly Dance Queen Competition" for both the Troupe Choreography category and the Princess category. In the Bellydance Superstars, Petite Jamilla was one of their most iconic acts with her Double Veil performance which through the years developed into 6 veils. She became the spokes person for the company becoming the key speaker in the majority of their media interviews. For a little while she was even the Artistic Director during the Art of Bellydance show in 2010. She can be seen as a dancer in the following Bellydance Superstars dvd's: Unveiled: Double Veil Instructional with Petite Jamilla, American Bellydancer, Live at Follies Bergere, Solo's from Monte Carlo, 30 Days to Vegas, Babelesque: Live from Tokyo, The Art of Bellydance: Live from Shanghai, and Bellydance Superstars 3D solo's: Volume I and Volume II, and Bombay Bellywood: Live from Los Angeles. Petite Jamilla showcases her musical talents as a featured musician playing bagpipes in the Tribal Fusions dvd and The Art of Bellydance dvd in addition to playing bagpipes on the Baghdad Heavymetal album.
Since the Superstars, PJ has continued her passion for creativity and has become an even bigger name in the teaching circuit. Petite Jamilla occasionally tours with the band Cu Dubh and works as a Musician and Dancer with the group. She has self produced a Workshop Companion DVD (Petite Jamilla: The Afterglow Series) and is featured on 3 different CD's with Cu Dubh and a Live Performance DVD (Walking the Cinders, Thunder of the Gods, Wodens Hunt [the CD and the DVD]). Petite Jamilla's poetry, spoken word, musicianship, public speaking skills and dancing are being seen across the world in a wide variety of avenues. Her artistic reputation and professionalism are the proof that this amazing woman is just getting started and whatever she pursues creatively will be worth watching!
Miranda Leonardo, Contributor: I am an Italian-Indian woman, who has loved the art of dance since I was a child. I admire only, and dance privately for my own internal strength and independent study. I graduated Duke University in 2005 with a Master of Arts in History. I am working on my PhD in History, enjoying my family, and will never stop dancing. (more...)