ABOUT The Dance Company
Seattle dance company, Lunaria Dance Theatre, performs cabaret dance theatre with elements of burlesque dance, belly dance, showgirl, musical theatre, comedy and a twist of belly dance! The group also offers authentic raqs sharki (Egyptian style belly dance). The company is directed by Mellilah Jamal, a professional belly dancer with an extensive background in the vocal arts, theatre and Middle Eastern dance.
It has become a tradition for Mellilah to produce a stage production that features Lunaria Dance Theatre. In 2017, the group was featured in “Moon Over Manhattan: A Cabaret” which sold out to 260+ people; and in 2018 in “Oh, My GOLDness: A Cabaret” which sold out with 270+ people; both shows were hosted at Hale's Ales Palladium in Ballard.
Since its beginnings, Lunaria Dance Theatre quickly morphed into a dance theater group rather than a straightforward belly dance company. Mellilah had always dreamed of utilizing her extensive experience in theatre, the vocal arts, and music in a more meaningful way and so Lunaria Dance Theatre really took off! Beginning as a three person dance company, it has since grown and now features company dancers Alessandra, Amalia, Angelina, Ava, Genevieve, Gevene, Mellilah, Nieva, Shakti Moon and Yaminah; many of whom are professional and award winning belly dancers.