2021 – Nisaa - The Bellydance Bundle

Nisaa (Heather D. Ward) is a Middle Eastern dance instructor, performer, and researcher based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Since 2009, Nisaa has been conducting pioneering research into the history and development of Egyptian belly dance. Nisaa’s research interests focus on the transition from awalim and ghawazi dance styles to classical raqs sharqi at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries in Egypt, and she has conducted in-depth examinations of primary textual, photographic, and pictorial evidence as well as on-site investigations in Egypt in order to advance knowledge of the dancers and performance venues of this period.