Known for her passionate, powerful yet nuanced style and musicality, Mirah Ammal is an acclaimed dancer and a sought-after soloist. On stage, Mirah draws you in with an elegance, charisma, humor, and dynamic, expressive performance style that enthralls audiences and conveys her love of the music and dance.
A born performer, Mirah’s career is shaped by her lifetime love of cultural dance and music; her education in history and cultural studies; and her work in the humanitarian and human rights field. As a performer and educator, Mirah shares her passion for dances as well as their musical, historical and cultural contexts, and her deep connection with and respect for the cultures and peoples of origin.
Mirah has been artistic director with Al-Bahira Dance Theater since 2006 and sits on the board of the Egyptian American Society of Minnesota.
A performer, choreographer, lecturer, writer and dance instructor, Mirah Ammal provides online coaching and classes in addition to in-person when possible.
Mirah Ammal particularly specializes in Egyptian-style dance, performing raqs sharqi, raqs shaabi and raqs balady. However, she also performs Lebanese and other regional styles, and tailors performances to suit specific Middle Eastern, North African, East African and Central or South Asian clients.
Mirah also specializes in several folk and folkloric forms representing cultures throughout the region. She uses this knowledge in her personal work and as artistic director with Al-Bahira Dance Theater.
Mirah is a featured performer at Ansari's Mediterranian Grill and other restaurants and venues in the region.
"From gut-wrenching sorrow to spot-on comedic timing, Mirah makes every dance an emotional experience for the watcher." ~ Lee Wilcox, Innerwilderness
"It was so fun having Mirah perform and teach us belly dance at my birthday party! Everyone had a great time and I would definitely hire Mirah again!"
~ Emily V
Planning a wedding, bachelorette, corporate party or other special event? Looking for entertainment for a cultural festival or holiday? Mirah provides performances and private party lessons. She tailors wedding packages to her clients ranging from traditional Egyptian zaffas, Somali wedding processions to modern and inclusive celebrations. Let Mirah help you create an unforgettable experience!
Mirah Ammal travels to teach and perform throughout the country and internationally. She also offers online classes, workshop series and coaching, serving students across distance.
Hire Mirah for your dance coaching needs or to teach at your event! For more information on workshop topics and offerings, contact Mirah.
In her teaching, Mirah emphasizes a physically and mentally healthy approach to belly dance. With a focus on body awareness, proper alignment, and healthy technique, she also encourages positive body image and self-confidence, helping students explore a full spectrum of expression, femininity, strength, power, grace, and physical balance through the dance. Her humor and down-to-earth nature make her popular with students of all ages, shapes, sizes and expressions.
Mirah Ammal encourages students, fellow artists, and audience members of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, nations of origin, gender identities, LGBTQ+ identities, immigration status, socioeconomic backgrounds, and physical, cognitive and neurological experience. She is committed to ongoing work to understand the cultural geo-political contexts in which these arts exist, promote artists of origin, advocate for causes related to the the people/cultures of origin, and lift up Black, Indigenous and other communities of color in her local and artistic communities.