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The Hamer Sisters are Folkloric Inspired

30 Oct 2022 7:22 PM | Communications Officer (Administrator)

Both Maria Hamer and Christine Andrews formerly danced with the Zafira Dance Company. Christine Andrews has been dancing with her sister, Maria Hamer for decades. 

Maria Hamer is a long time bellydancer/ Middle Eastern performer of Pittsburgh, Pa, training tirelessly & passionately for close to 3 decades with some of the most sought-after teachers in this dance form including Jill Parker, Suhaila Salimpour, Zoe Jakes, Helena Vlahos & Aisha Ali.  Training culturally & respectfully, Maria continues to delve deeper into folkloric dances involving specific traditional & regional dances from North Africa & Asia as well as exploring 'vintage American" style bellydances.  She has co- directed & helped in pioneering East Coast companies such as 'Folkloric inspired' Ghawazee Middle Eastern Music & Dance Ensemble in the mid 90's to the more theatrical & earthy glamour/contemporary elements of award winning Zafira Dance Company, active for over 11 years.

Maria's traveled the globe studying, teaching, performing & has collaborated with some of the most notable dancers in her genre such as: Jill Parker, Zoe Jakes, & many others. Currently as a solo artist, she collaborates with her sisters Christine Andrews & Jennifer Imashev as 'The Hamer Sisters' as well as with local dance artist, Joanna Abel as Starry Moon Dance Co. As a local Pittsburgh teacher and Bellydance community supporter she contributes with her exciting student troupe EvilEye. She holds certifications in the Suhaila (L2) & Jamila (L1) Salimpour formats, & Key of Diamonds in Zoe Jakes's format.

LABDA is excited to host a dance camp May 2023 with these sisters. Event page will have details. 

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