Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.
— Bruce Lee


Ann Marie Sylvester (Mahdia) - Belly Dance instructor - teaches the ancient art of Middle Eastern Dance and Cabaret Style Belly Danse, Raks Sharki. Mahdia (Ann Marie) began studying Middle Eastern Dance with Nourhan Sharif in 1997. She continued developing her technique with Shadia, Sabra, Enheduanna, Raqia Hassan, Phaedra, Katia and Kanina. She was a member of Le Dance Oriental, Mirza, Arabian Village Dance and Ancient Arts Studio Troupes. Her Passion for the music and dance emanates during performances at area restaurants, functions and cultural events. She enjoys this dance as it connects us more profoundly to our inner beings, source energy, and to one another. She shares her knowledge of this art from through classes offered at Heart in Hand in Warwick where she also works as a Massage Therapist.

She is a 1992 graduate of the Humanities Center School of Massage in Pinellas Park, FL. Since then, she has operated a private practice in RI, True Touch Massage Therapy, and worked in conjunction with a chiropractor. Additionally, she has completed her course work for a Masters Degree in Experiential Health and Healing from the Graduate Institute in CT.

Belly Dance classes at Heart in Hand
For more information call Mahdia at 401-467-1600
Mahdia is available to perform at functions and cultural events.