ABOUT The Dance Company
Seattle dance company, Lunaria Dance Theatre, performs an innovative fusion of cabaret dance theatre and belly dance, as well as raqs sharki (Egyptian style belly dance). We incorporate a variety of genres and styles in our dance theatre pieces including contemporary, Moulin Rouge, burlesque, and musical theatre, all with an added twist of 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.
The group specializes in theatrical performances that may include wings, fans, sword or candle tray balancing, chair dancing and more.
Lunaria Dance Theatre quickly morphed into a dance theater group rather than a straightforward belly dance company, after Mellilah found herself inspired by Jada's longing to incorporate virgin burlesque into Lunaria shows. 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 seven company dancers, including Alessandra, Amalia, Genevieve, Gevene, Jada, Mellilah, and Shannon; many of whom are professional and award winning belly dancers.