Professional Belly Dancer Visits Meridian

Meridian, Miss. A worldwide belly dance superstar is in the Queen City this weekend.

Petite Jamilla was on hand at the Elegance Ballroom in downtown Meridian on Saturday afternoon. She was there to teach a belly dancer workshop to belly dancers in our area. Dancers from all over Mississippi and Alabama were on hand for the occasion.

"Belly dance has become such amalgam in the U.S," Jamilla says. "It's kind of become its culture in its own. In the beginning, it imitated a lot of what people now know as Middle Eastern dance. And in the United States, we've used it with ballet and we've used it with jazz and some people have used it with acrobatics. So, it's really become a fusion of itself."

For more information on belly dance classes, you can call the Elegance Ballroom at 601-934-1414.