Reviews & Press
TEARS! I tell you...TEARS! Your performance was breath taking!! So glad I saw it.

Private Event for the Founder & Artistic Director of the Baltimore Ballet & Sponsors
Dear Shadiyah,
Thank you for making an amazing evening for everyone!  Every single person gave you such wonderful compliments, I wish I could remember each one.  Basically everyone was
really impressed with your true talents and how you so gracefully were able to get everyone involved.  There was not one person that didn't comment on you when calling to
thank us for the party, so thank you for making it a memorable time for Cem, Murat, Elysabeth as well as the rest of us.  After all, this was a very discerning audience, so that
speaks volumes to get their accolades!

I'll send your regards to everyone and on behalf of everyone at Baltimore Ballet, as well as Jack and I personally, we hope you continue to grace many audiences with your
beautiful and graceful performing.
All the best,
Lucy Henningfield (Board Vice President, Baltimore Ballet)

Performance at Pasha Lounge Kentlands
"I have to say, the dancer put on an impressive performance - she had the rhythm down with her finger cymbals and even did
a balancing act with a tray of lit candles.  That's some amazing multitasking, if you ask me! - As reviewed on by Emily, Gaithersburg, MD

Egyptian Wedding with Zeffa
Dear Shadiyah,
Thank you so much!  You enlightened Susan's wedding with your exceptionally beautiful dances.
Roland & Marguerite G., Potomac, MD

Bridal Shower
Hello Shadiyah,
Thank you for coming to put up such a beautiful show. We really appreciated the show and lessons you taught us.  All the guests were marveled
as was the bride.  The wedding is tomorrow so we are all very excited!!!  Thanks again for everything!
AJ and Azocha

Persian Wedding
I really wanted to thank you for the excellent job that you did at our wedding.  Everyone was completely captivated by you, and I do believe that
one couple that was throwing a party the following weekend was around to see if they could also get a belly dancer for their event!  
Thank you so much for the wonderful performance it really made our wedding awesome!  
- Jumana Kawmy, Great Falls, VA

...."Of her many traits, the one facet that truly stands out is her textbook perfections of various tray and candle dances. A breathtaking ability
of balance and beauty, she dazzles even further when involving floorwork."
- Brandon of Brandon's Oasis, July 2007

...Absolutely enchanting!  Your performance was more than anything we could have wished for to make my husband's 50th birthday celebration
even more memorable.  We can't thank you enough!
- Svetlana, after my performance at Europe Restaurant, Pikesville, MD

... I came all the way from Pennsylvania for this party as I was told you would be dancing and I couldn't miss your performance after seeing you
perform previously when I visited the DC area.  As a cardiologist, I know the heart, but you dear Shadiyah, dance from your heart & soul as no
one I have ever seen.  God bless you!
- Vijay, after my performance for a private event

Gerson Kuhr's DVD Release Party at Piano Grill
...Absolutely the most beautiful "Wings of Isis" performance I've seen...
~Joe Williams,
The Delsarte Project

Fairouz Cafe
...Your dance is full of passion, grace and elegance.  Your connection with each member of the audience makes them feel welcome
and as though they were the only person in the room.
~A member of the Embassy of Egypt

Washingtonian Magazine, May 2006
...Balancing a tray of lit candles on her head, she is rivoting…

Taste of Morocco Restaurant
I can't tell you what a treat it was "discovering" you last night. You are among the best belly dancers I have seen and, believe me,
having lived in Egypt, I've seen many.  
~Terry Hazel, Owner/Founder,

A surprise 70th Birthday performance in VA booked via California
Thank you! Thank you!  My mother says you were beautiful and gracious.  They thoroughly enjoyed your performance.  
I appreciate your making this such a terrific birthday (and Father's Day).                       
~ Vicki

...Your moves are so in tune with the music, it’s beautiful to watch you perform and interpret the music.  You move like a native Middle Easterner.
~ A customer at Taste of Morocco

Persian/American Wedding
Dear Shadiyah,  Thank you again for giving us such a wonderful performance.  People are still talking about it!  
Every time I watch our video I dance right along with you.
~Maura Radmanesh, Rockville, MD

Pars Restaurant, Fairfax, VA
Your Dancing was AMAZING!
We had so much fun and were so mesmerized by all your movements, thank you! We had the night of our lives and are still beaming
~The Three Nerds Who Got Up and Danced With You - Jennifer
Reviews of Shadiyah's Performances
To Contact Shadiyah, please phone
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Shadiyah is profiled in the Fall-Winter 2009-2010 edition of Washington Masala Magazine!

Shadiyah was featured in India This Week in connection with Anand Poojary & Woodlands New Years Eve 2009-2010 Gala!

Shadiyah is honored to have her photo featured and represent
Pasha Lounge Restaurant - Kentlands, Gaithersburg, MD in the
following publications:
Frederick News Post - Restaurant review, November 20, 2008
Washingtonian Magazine - November 2008
The Gazette Newspaper (Montgomery edition)
Washington Post, September 10, 2008 Restaurant review by Tom Sietsema
Clipper Magazine - September, October, November & December 2008 issues (various editions)
The Town Courier - August 2008 - Page 10

Shadiyah's photo was featured in ads for Caspian House of Kabob in the Iranians for almost three years (through November 2008), click here
and briefly appeared in Al-Nashra publications

Shadiyah was featured as the July 2007 Belly Dancer of the Month in Brandon's Oasis & Belly Dance Nation on!

Shadiyah was honored to have her photo appear for
Taste of Morocco in the on-line photo gallery & June 2007 issue of Washingtonian Magazine!

Clipper Magazine - Shadiyah appeared on the cover of the February & March 2007, Silver Spring & Rockville editions of The Clipper Magazine for Taste of Morocco

Takoma Voice & Silver Spring Voice - Shadiyah's photo appeared in an article on Taste of Morocco, February 2007, click here

The Town Courier,  Belly Dancing - A Local Performer's Interview by Sheila Kaufman with Shadiyah (Gaithersburg September 2006, Mid-Month edition)

Baltimore Sun, A review of Mirage Cafe, July 2006

Takoma Voice A review of Taste of Morocco and Shadiyah, June 2006

The Washington Diplomat, A review of Taste of Morocco & Shadiyah's candle tray dance, April 2006

Washington Moroccan Club, Book signing for "Tangier, the Novel", by Ms. Diane Skelly Ponasik, March 2006

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Photo credit: Baltimore Sun
Photo credit: Takoma Voice
Photo credit Roger Wood
Photo credit Roger Wood
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
with Trio Caliente
Caspian House of Kabob
Pasha Lounge, Gaithersburg, MD
Pasha Lounge, Kentlands - November 2008
By Travis Pratt, Frederick News Post
wedding vendor reviews .
Shadiyah, Charcoal drawing
by Martin Slater
Currently on loan at Pasha Land