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"Her stage presence was compelling and her movements showed great attention to detail."

- Felicia Tomasko, The Independent
Santa Barbara, CA

"Fusion was flaunted by UCSB Middle East Ensemble dancer Cris Basimah's choreography for "Al Alem Alah," which melded Arab and Spanish rhythms. This piece was danced exquisitely by Seher."

- Felicia Tomasko, The Independent
Santa Barbara, CA

Meet Cris! Basimah

Cris! BasimahCris! Basimah is an award-winning belly dancer from Santa Barbara, California specializing in dance styles of the Middle East (including Raqs sharqi) and Latin cultures. Trained in classic and modern ballet, Latin dance styles, Egyptian, Turkish, American Cabaret and Folkloric dance from numerous oriental regions, Cris! mixes a wide variety of techniques for dance to produce entertaining, educating and often innovative performances.

Cris! is the Dance/Artistic Director for the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Middle East Ensemble. She teaches beginner and intermediate belly dance classes at the Gustafson Dance Studio and performs regularly at Santa Barbara's Middle Eastern restaurant Zaytoon. Cris! can also be booked for privates parties (birthdays, weddings, dinners, graduations, holiday parties, anniversaries, etc.), corporate parties, festivals and corporate wellness seminars.

Originally from Porto Alegre and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cris! began her Middle Eastern training with Marcia from Studio Gaia while in Rio. After moving to the United States, she started classes with the amazing Alexandra King and was immediately invited to join her dance troupe with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. Cris! has also studied with the fabulous Judeen and has also performed with her group. Other wonderful dancers/teachers: Ansuya, Sahra Saeeda, Tamra-Henna, Bozenka, Meera, Nashwa Cahill, Shoshanna, Chellcy, Shareen El Safi, DaVid from Scandinavia, super-star Sonia, Laurel Victoria Gray, Tom Bozigian, Ahmet Luleci, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Amel Tafsout, Robyn Friend, and most recently Randa Kamel while in Cairo.

An accomplished Choreographer, Cris! Basimah’s work has entertained thousands at Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebrations in the sunken garden as well as graced the stages of numerous concerts, performances and fundraisers such as the Moon over Morocco Festival and the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. As a teacher she has coached students ranging from newcomers to more advanced dancers and artists. As a soloist and group performer, Cris! has danced throughout the United States and Brazil for societies, foundations, corporations and Universities. Cris! Basimah (the smiling one) has the unique combination of technical skill and talent as an entertainer that allows her to connect with audiences who feed off her infectious basmah (smile) and rhythmic movements.

Cris! Basimah can fascinate, invigorate and charm audiences both large and small, on stage or up close. Offering performance pieces from Egypt, Turkey, Persia, Lebanon, Greece, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Latin America, see how you can book Cris! Basimah for an event.

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Achievements

Cris! Basimah...

bullet ... is the new Belly Dance Instructor for the UCSB's Recreation Department's Leisure Review Program (2013)

bullet ... taught a 3-week beginner belly dance session at UCSB's University Center's (UCEN). This event was sponsored by the UCSB Lebanese Club and the Hub. (2012)

bullet ... organized her first showcase at the India House Restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA, bringing Belly Dance, Bollywood, Flamenco and other dance styles together. (2011)

bullet ... and the UCSB Middle East Ensemble performed for the "To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum" event at The Nevada Museum of Art and also at Dr. Zahi Hawass' lecture at Hotel Peppermill. (2011)

bullet ... became the new Dance/Artistic Director for the UCSB Middle East Ensemble in the Fall of 2010

bullet ... was featured as Teacher of the Month by LaRaqs.com in August, 2010

bullet ... performed with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble at the Cairo Opera House! The Ensemble was invited by the Egyptian Government to give a series of concerts in Egypt in July 2010. The highlight of the extended concert series were four performances at the Cairo Opera House, the premier performance venue in the country. As guests of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the ensemble also performed at the Cairo University, Cairo Library, as well as in the cities of Ismailia, Helwan and Beni Suef. See photos!

bullet ... was featured on the TV show "Programa de Visao Multicultural" at Santa Barbara's local channel 17. See parts 1 and 2!

Cris! Basimah & bellyDance Land on the news

Cris! Basimah...

bullet Cris' performance at Restaurant Zaytoon gets a review on the Santa Barbara Independent - October 2015

bullet News from the Land of Belly Dance newsletter - September 2013 issue.

bullet News from the Land of Belly Dance newsletter - August 2013 issue.

bullet News from the Land of Belly Dance newsletter - July 2013 issue.

bullet BDL released its first newsletter to its beloved mailing list! Read "News from the Land of Belly Dance" - June 2013 issue

bullet Cris! participated at the Mercado Persa Festival. "In April I had a fantastic opportunity not only to perform in a belly dance festival in São Paulo, Brazil (my native country in the event you don’t know!), but also to present one of my signature workshops in Latin-Arabic Fusion!

Mercado Persa Festival meets during 3 days in a large venue with two ongoing stages showcasing solo and group dances, competitions and evening show with Folkloric themes as well as live music. At the same time there are many workshops being offered and a souk (market) with irresistible goodies for all tastes. Read the complete story and see pictures!"

bullet Cris! presented an exciting solo finale at UCSB Middle East Ensemble's Winter concert. Read write-up at EdHat and see pictures here and on Facebook.

bullet Cris! became the new Belly Dance Instructor for the UCSB's Recreation Department's Leisure Review Program.

bullet Cris! became the new Dance and Artistic director for the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. (Oct-Dec)

bullet Cris! was featured as Teacher of the Month by LaRaqs.com. (August)

bullet Award-winning Belly Dancer Cris Provides Fun For Tourists (March)

bullet Cris! traveled to Egypt with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. Cris! performed in Cairo (at the Cairo Opera House) and at the cities of Ismailia, Helwan and Beni Suef. (July 9 - July 24)

bullet Cris! was featured on the TV show "Programa de Visao Multicultural" at Santa Barbara's local channel 17 (June 26). See parts 1 and 2 on her YouTube Channel.

bullet December 5, 2009 - UCSB Middle East Ensemble Fall concert at 8:00 pm, at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. (...) Ensemble dancer Cris! Basimah presented a rousing solo cabaret-style dance.

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