:: Ya Habibi Malta ::

School of Middle Eastern Dance

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"rak"ing the rock, one shimmy at a time!

About Jameelah

Founder of Ya Habibi School of Middle Eastern dance, Jameelah Sultan (Jane Camilleri) is an oriental dance instructor, choreographer, performer and event organiser based in Malta. She has been dancing and performing since the tender age of nine; with her background including modern, folk, cabaret and flamenco. She has performed in many stage productions including HMS Pinafore (MADC), Calamity Jane (UOM – Campus Fest) and Carmen (Allegria Academia Flamenca).

Jane commenced her oriental dance training with Brazilian bellydancer Klara Brasil.  As one of the co-founders of Bellydance Malta [2007-2009] – Jane, together with her then associate, collaborated with various international artists to provide local instruction in various styles from Classical Egyptian to American Cabaret, Spanish fusion, ATS and Tribal fusion. Since then she immersed herself into this beautiful artform and has furthered her studies with various teachers both locally and abroad. Her teachers include Egyptian legends Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmy, Aida Nour, Lubna Emam, Hassan Afifi, Mohammed Kazafy, Ahmed Refaat, Youssry Sharif, Nour, Tito, Nesrin, Nasra Emam, Osama Emam, Ahmed Fekry, Zeina (Sweden), Portia Lange (U.S.A.) and Maria Aya (Greece) amongst others.

Jane was one of the first Maltese dancers to participate in the Stockholm Belly Dance Festival (May 2009) and the first Maltese dancer in the prestigious Nile Group Festival of Cairo (June 2009, April 2010, June 2012), receiving encouraging reviews from the Egyptian legends Farida Fahmy and Aida Nour. Known as Jameelah Sultan when performing, her repertoire ranges from Classical Raqs Sharki, Modern Oriental, Folkloric Egyptian (Saiidi, Shaabi, Eskandarany, Ghawazee, Raqs Assaya, Nubian) Muwashshahat Raqisah (aka Andalusian), Sha'abi and Baladi; however she has also been trained in Tunisian, Classical Persian Dance, Khathak, Spanish Fusion, ATS and Tribal Fusion. She is versatile with various props including Sagat, veil, double veil, isis wings and assaya. As an oriental dancer she has performed in Malta, Sweden, Egypt and Greece.

Jameela Sultan

Performing at Oranng, St. Julians.

In December 2010 Jane was sponsored by the Malta Arts Fund to participate and perform at the second edition of the Sphinx Festival on Egypt's Folkloric Arts and Ethnology with living legends Mahmoud Reda and Farida Fahmy in Cairo (December 2010). During the said festival she collaborated and performed with professional performing artist Belynda Azhaar (Korea) on a tribute duet for the Closing Gala show aboard the Golden Pharaoh Nile Cruise. Their performance received rave reviews from the audience, particularly from Mahmoud and Farida.  In May 2012 she was invited to teach a Workshop on Oriental Dance to the Bachelor of Dance students at the University of Malta. Later that month she also gave a presentation on the Origins, styles and costuming of Middle Eastern Dance followed by a practical workshop in Dabke to Maltese, Romanian and Latvian youths participating in the EU funded "Young At Heart" youth exchange project. Also that month she travelled to Athens Greece where she performed as a special guest in Malema's Banat theatrical show titled "Deja Vu", directed by Maria Aya in Athens Greece. Jane is featured in the second Malema's Banat DVD and is a proud member of Malema's Banat Greece - the first non-Greek to be admitted in the troupe.

As an event organizer, Jane was the first to introduce the "hafla" concept to Malta, organizing one every quarter since setting up her own school. In May 2011 she hosted Maria Aya to perform and teach a number of workshops in Malta whereas in January 2012, she hosted Belynda Azhaar for an oriental and arab folk dance intensive featuring workshops in both Malta and Gozo - the first of its kind on the island. In late 2011 she created the "Bellydance / Belly Dance Events in Europe, Meditteranean and N. Africa" Facebook Page, which she presently co-manages along with Belynda Azhaar (Korea), Maria Aya (Greece) and Giselle Spiteri Miggiani (Rome). In May 2012, she introduced World Bellydance Day in Malta, organizing "Shimmy for Charity" - a fundraising event in aid of two residential homes for female youths.

Jane considers herself to be a lifelong student of oriental dance and returns to Cairo many times a year to participate in various festivals, further her research and train with Master Egyptian teachers. Her future goals include owning her own studio and building a dance company, amongst others. She holds a B. Com. (Hons.) in Business Management, is pursuing certification under Keti Sharif, and currently being mentored by Maria Aya.

Posing with Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmy and Belynda Azhaar - Cairo, December 2010

Performing on the Golden Pharoah Nile Cruise in Cairo for Mahmoud Reda and Farida Fahmy, Sphinx Festival - December 2010. See Video.


Performing at a Moroccan-Maltese Wedding in Malta.

Jane is an INSTRUCTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER and PERFORMER of Oriental dance

 and is available for shows, private functions as well as corporate events.  
For more information, go to the >>HIRE<< section or contact Jane via email  or call  (+356) 99065142. Check out the >>TESTIMONIALS<< section for reviews from Jameelah's mentors, students and clients or >>CLICK HERE<< for a detailed dance CV.

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