About Nefabit

Nefabit

~Dancer ~ Director ~ Choreographer ~ Coach

Overview

Nefabit is a multi-award winning dancer based in Spokane, Washington. A second-generation dancer, she has been obsessed with dance since she could walk. Nefabit has had the unique opportunity to have studied bellydance and other cultural dances, as well as classical training in ballet, tap, jazz, etc. since a young age.
She is the director and resident choreographer of Northwest Bellydance Company in Spokane, and a dancer and contributing choreographer with cabaret dance troupe Rouge La Rue. Nefabit teaches weekly classes at her home studio Northwest Bellydance Academy, and teaches workshops in person and online.
She has won several awards as a soloist, and her studio and company have also been presented with awards.

Soloist Awards

Bellydancer of the Universe – Gold Champion 2021
Bellydancer of the Universe – Universal Cabaret 1st place – 2021
Bellydancer of the Universe – Drum Solo 2nd Place – 2021
Bellydancer of the Universe – Taxim 2nd Place – 2021
Bellydancer of the Universe – Egyptian 2nd Place – 2021
Cairo Shimmyquake Improv Challenge – 3rd Place – 2021
Golden Era Queen – Best Image – 2020
Drum Solo Queen – Best Taxim – 2020
Bellydancer of the Universe Virtual Queen – 1st Runner up – 2020

Company and Studio Awards

Best Dance Studio Spokane Coeur D’Alene Living Magazine Reader’s Survey Bronze 2013
Best of Spokane Best Dance Studio 4th Place 2012, 5th Place 2011
Performing Artist of the Year Spokane 3rd Place 2012

History and Bio

Nefabit began her dance journey as a toddler, dancing as soon as she could walk. A second-generation dancer, she began her formal training with ballet and bellydance around the age of three. Her favorite pastime as a child was dancing in the living room while watching Riverdance or the Nutcracker on VHS. When she was six years old she performed for the first time at the Bing Crosby Theatre. In that moment, she knew that she was meant to be a professional dancer and has pursued that goal her whole life, primarily studying bellydance, as well as many cultrual and traditional dances, as well as ballet, tap, jazz and other western styles. When she was 14 years old she saw the Bellydance Superstars perform in Birmingham AL. It was the first bellydance show she had seen on that scale. At that moment, she knew bellydance was her path and put her dance training before all else, training every day in hopes of one day joining or creating a company on that scale.

In addition to her regular classes and training with her mother, she travels extensively taking workshops and intensives with star dancers, including the first Maui Tribal Intensive and the first Bellydance Superstars Intensive in France.

In 2001 Nefabit’s mother Delilah Ra founded the Mystik Dream Dance Company, now the Northwest Bellydance Company, which under her directorship performs regularly throughout the Northwest, a mainstay in the performance art community in the Inland Northwest.

Over the years Nefabit has also become a sought-after soloist dancing in events from private parties and restaurants to shows, galas and parades.

Nefabit’s greatest joy now is passing on her love and knowledge of dance to others. At the age of twelve, she began teaching her friends for fun, and discovered she not only enjoyed it, but also excelled at it. She began working as a teacher’s assistant to her mother’s classes, and at fifteen started teaching on her own. After teaching at several studios in the Spokane area, she opened the Northwest Bellydance Academy in 2010. She also teaches specialty workshops, from layering techniques and floorwork to performance skills.


RESUMÉ

Director/Choreographer

Northwest Bellydance Company – Director, choreographer – 2008 – present
Rouge La Rue – Choreographer – 2015 – present
Northwest Bellydance Academy – Director, instructor – 2009 – present
Gonzaga Prepertory School Theater program choreographer – 2019
Safar – Dance Director, Choreographer – 2016 – present
Spokane Children’s Theater guest choreographer – 2014
Company Ballet School guest choreographer – 2014

Original Productions

Zodiac: A Stellar Journey – June 29, 2018 – The Corbin Center – Spokane, WA
Arabesque V – July 8, 2016 – Trent Auditorium – Spokane Valley, WA
Soiree Orientale – October 8, 2016 – The Pearl Theater – Bonner’s Ferry, ID
Soiree Orientale – May 28, 2016 – The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA
Arabesuqe IV – September 19, 2015 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA
Arabesque III – April 4, 2015 – The Meydenbauer Theatre – Bellevue, WA
Soiree Orientale – July 12, 2015 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
Arabesque II – September 6, 2014 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA
Arabesque I – September 7, 2013 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA
Almishkal – September 30, 2011 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA
Almishkal – June 10, 2010 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA

Company Dancer

Safar – dancer 2016 – present
Rouge La Rue – dancer 2015 – present
Northwest Bellydance Company – dancer 2008 – present
Mystik Dream Dance Company – dancer 2004-2008
Koreshakti Tribal Fusion – dancer 2009 – 2012

Ongoing Shows

Safar at the Reserve 2017- present
Azars Greek Restaurant 2007 – 2018
Red Dragon 2010 – 2019
White House Grill 2014 – 2016
Opa! Pizza 2008-2009

Highlighted Public Shows and Special Events
(does not include recurring or private events)

When Walt’s Away – The Big Dipper – 2018
Spokane Pride – Riverfront Park – June 9, 2018
Spokane’s Bellyfest – West Central Community Center – February 12, 2018
Nectar January 26, 2018
Repeal Day – The Garland Theater – December 5, 2017
Fall Folk Festival with Safar – SCC Auditorium – November 11, 2017
Arabian Nights – SCC Lair – 2017
Arabesque – Trent Elementary Auditorium – 2017
L’Amour – The Big Dipper – 2017
Fairytale Follies – The Big Dipper – May 27, 2017
L’Amour – The Big Dipper – 2016
Soiree Orientale – Pearl Theater Bonner’s Ferry – 2015
Soiree Orientale – The Bartlet Spokane – June 27, 2015
Creepshow Peepshow – The Big dipper – Oct 29 2016
Arabic Culture Club – WSU – 2016
Leyl Al Arab – Enat Ethiopian Restaurant Seattle – 2016
Soiree Orientale – Big Dipper – May 28, 2016
Phantasms and Fantasies – The Big Dipper – October 31, 2015
Arabesque Meydenbauer Theater Bellevue 2015
Down By The Bayou – The Big Dipper June 1, 2015
B Radicals Release – The Big Dipper – May 9, 2015
Cirque De Equinox – Crescent Building – April 4, 2015
Lucky Hand Studio Open House – Lucky Hand – February 28, 2015
Arabesque – Bing Crosby Theater 2015
Twitterpated and Titillated – The Big Dipper  – March 7, 2015
Stop Violence Against Women Day – The Lincoln Center, Spokane – September 19, 2014
Bull-o-Ween Fundraiser – George Kia Spokane, WA – September 18, 2014
Celebrating India – Harbor Crest Spokane, WA – September 25th, 2014
Valleyfest – Mirabeau Pint Park Spokane Valley, WA – September 20th, 2014
Arabesque – Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA – September 6, 2014
Celebrating Morocco – Brookdale Spokane, WA February 19 and 20, 2014
Valleyfest Family Stage – Mirabeau Point Park Spokane Valley, WA – September 21, 2013
Spokane County Fair North Stage – Spokane County Fairgrounds, WA – September 14, 2013
Arabesque – Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA – September 7th, 2013
The White Party – The Lincoln Center Spokane, WA – August 22nd, 2013
Mediterranean Fantasy Festival – Hiawatha Community Center Seattle, WA – July 20 & 21, 2013
First Night Spokane – The Masonic Center Spokane, WA – December 31, 2012
RAWards – Spokane Event Center Spokane, WA – November 2012
Worldwide ATS Flash Mob – Riverfront Park Spokane, WA – October 13, 2012
Valleyfest Family Stage and Meadow Stage – Mirabeau Point Park Spokane Valley, WA – September 22 & 23, 2012
Elk Pioneer Days – Elk Community Park Elk, WA – June 16, 2012
April Rose of Bellydance Superstars Workshops Spokane, WA- September 9, 2012
April Rose Showcase – Ichiban Sushi Lounge Spokane, WA – September 8, 2012
Spokane County Fair North Stage – Spokane County Fairgrounds, WA – September 7, 2012
Fundraiser for AJ – Spirit Lake, ID – August 25, 2012
Mediterranean Fantasy Festival – Hiawatha Community Center Seattle, WA – July 21, 2012
Illusionarium – Ichiban Sushi Lounge Spokane, WA- July 15, 2012
Alauda – Skylark Cafe Seattle, WA – June 19, 2012
Spokane Falls Community College Presentation – June 13, 2012
RAW The Blend Showcase – The Vault Spokane, WA- 2012
Spring Fling – Spokane Community College Spokane, WA – May 18 2012
Illusionarium – Ichiban Sushi Lounge – May 16, 2012
Dancefest – Spokane Valley High School Auditorium Spokane, WA – April 28, 2012
Illusionarium – Ichiban Sushi Lounge – April 18, 2012
The One Band Concert – Ichiban Sushi Lounge – April 14, 2012
First Night Spokane – Spokane Convention Center – December 31, 2012
Almishkal – Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA – September 30, 2011
Spokane’s Got Talent – Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA – September 17, 2011
Koreshakti Journey to Mars – Merlyn’s Comics and Games – August 5 & 6, 2011
Beauty and the Beast Benefit – The Hop Spokane, WA – April 20, 2011
Koreshakti with Abney Park – The Knitting Factory – April 9, 2011
Seeking the Elephant Concert – Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA – April 29, 2011
Shriners Meeting – Veterans of Foreign Wars Spokane Valley, WA – April 19, 2011
Addy Awards –  Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox – April 13, 2011
Workshops with Petite Jamilla and Sabah of Bellydance Superstars – February 12, 2011
First Day – the Museum of Arts and Culture Spokane, WA – January 1, 2011
First Night Spokane – INB Lobby Spokane, WA – December 31, 2010
First Friday – STA Plaza Spokane, WA – December 2010
Silver Cars Auction – Silver Cars, Spokane, WA – December 3, 2010
Fall Folk Festival – Spokane Community College – November 2010
Up All Night – Washington State University, Pullman, WA – November 5, 2010
Wagon Wheel Tavern – Medical Lake, WA – March 2010
The Haunted Forest – The Empyrean – October 21 and 22, 2010
Vanessa Behan Benefit – Empyrean Coffee House Spokane, WA – August 28 2010
Collide – The Sunset Junction – June 26, 2010
Alchemy – Interplayers Theater – March 5 & 6, 2010
Ice Queens – January 7 & 8, 2010
First Night Spokane – INB Lobby Spokane, WA – December 31, 2009
Almishkal – The Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA – June 11 2009
A Night of Divine Dance – Sons of Norway Ballroom Spokane, WA – 2008
Dancefest – Spokane Valley High School Auditorium – April 2008

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