~Belly Dancer ~ Director ~ Choreographer ~ Magician’s Assistant ~ Model ~
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 in a flamenco-influenced ballet piece at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Completely sans-stage fright, in that moment, she knew that she was meant to be a professional dancer and has pursued that goal her whole life, studying bellydance, ballet, Irish step, hula and more. When she was 14 years old she saw the Bellydance Superstars perform in Birmingham AL, 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 and her mother Delilah founded the seeds of the Mystik Dream Dance Company, now the Northwest Bellydance Company, which under her directorship performs regularly from Seattle to Helena, 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. In the summer of 2007 she was hired as house dancer at Azars Greek Restaurant where she works every 1st and 3rd Friday. In early 2011 she was invited to become a member of Koreshakti Tribal Fusion, where she performed in dozens of shows with the company, including Abney Park’s concert in 2011.
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 Inland Northwest Bellydance Academy in 2009, now the largest bellydance school in the Inland Northwest covering all styles of bellydance with nearly 20 hours of classes a week. She also teaches specialty workshops, from layering techniques and floorwork to performance skills.
Nefabit is happily a full time teacher and performer and is thankful for the support her family has given her over the years and the opportunity to pave her own path in an uncertain economy.