Dancer, designer, community builder, director, choreographer Ziah Ali, Director of Awalim Dance Company, is an internationally recognized Tribal bellydance performer, instructor, and event producer. Her dynamic style is technically complex, historically informed, musically sensitive, and keeps the pure joy of bellydance front and center in every performance. Originally studying in Houston, TX 20 years ago Ziah spent five years as a true camping nomad, traveling the nation studying with any teacher she came across while watching this thing called Tribal emerge. Her studies in Persian, Rajisthani, North African, Turkish Rom, and Egyptian styles fused well with Tribal’s folkloric aesthetic and she was glad to find others that liked coins more than bugle beads. Since putting down roots in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999, Ziah has worked to cultivate a community of well-informed and ethical dancers in the region. This total commitment to professionalism, sustainable technique, artistic discipline, and endurance has shaped the face of Tribal in the Southeast and beyond. In addition to her dance company, Awalim, Ziah maintains both an ongoing local teaching practice and a student dance company, Banat Almeh. Ziah is the founder and producer of TribalCon, her innovative and award-winning annual Tribal festival. Her critically acclaimed “Yalla! Yalla!” DVD features Awalim live at the Georgia Ren Faire.