About Dahmia

Donna-Komidar-1593With over 40 years of dance experience, Dahmia shares her love of belly dancing with students of all levels from beginner to master.  Her authentic and traditional dance techniques have been acquired through years of study and instruction.

Dahmia has been a teacher and performer of both Middle Eastern and Polynesian Dance for 34 years most recently teaching through the cities of Cleveland/Passport project, Eastlake/Aradia’s Garden, Madison/Mystic Blue Skye, Pepper Pike/Orange Activity Center, Selrec Recreation Dept – Lyndhurst & South Euclid; Solon/Recreatation Dept, Wickliffe/Recreation Dept & Visions of the Nile in Akron, Ohio.  Dahmia is currently grass roots advisor for the Cleveland State Belly Dance Club.

Founder and Director of “Ahawat el Rakisat” (Sisters in Dance) and “Sisters of the Islands”.   All ages, sizes and levels of expertise welcome – the only requirement for membership is a desire to learn dance.

Dahmia has furthered her own education by attending Oasis Dance Camp in Traverse City, Michigan for the past 30 years as well as performing in any number of middle eastern seminar and cultural shows; attended classes annually at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Oahu for over 20 years as well as other highly skilled classes with traditonal Kumu Hula. 

august 12, 2007 unikied/graduated after five years of training with Mapuana de Silva and is now a member of Papa Hi’ilani class within Halau Mohala Illima.  At that time she was bestowed the Hawaiian name Li’uli’ualoha which means “one who has waited, with love, for a very long time, with patience and perseverance”.    Dahmia continues studying Hawaiian dance/hula, ‘Olelo/language and Mele/music.

With personality and charisma to spare, Dahmia was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People in 2010. Read full article here » 

Dahmia has been honored in the book “The Spirit of Aloha” showcasing hula teachers around the world (pages 88 & 89)  Press release party-Bishop Museum on Oahu, October 2004 – Bess Press, author Shari Bernobis.

Dahmia and the Sisters of the Islands teach Melissa Mack of Fox Channel 8 how to Hula.