Photo: Jal Schrof

Noura has been dancing since she was 19. She joined Shahrazad Dance Ensemble in 1995. With training from Jamila Salimpour, Suhaila Salimpour, Badawia, Bert Balladine, Aida al Adawi, Delilah of Seattle, Mahmoud Reda, Morocco of New York, Serena Wilson, Nadia Hamdi, Hassan Harfouche, and Kay Hardy Campbell, Noura brings a deep knowledge of dance to the troupe. She specializes in assaya (cane), khaleegy (Gulf region), and debke (from the Levant.) Her solo performance maintains a classical Egyptian style, heavily influenced by Sohair Zaki and Nagwa Fuad. Noura has performed throughout the Western U.S. and in Egypt, and has studied the Arabic language. She has taught dance for nearly 30 years.

Noura has contributed several choreographies to the troupe, and restaged authentic choreographies she learned during four trips to the Mendocino Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp.  She recently attended the Arab Dance Seminar in Las Vegas to take intensive workshops in khalegy dance with dance ethnologist Kay Hardy Cambpell.

Noura (Su Nelson) served for three years as a Board Member at Large of the Arab Center of Washington.  For three Arab Festivals, she served on the committee that produced Arab Festival for Festal at Seattle Center. The Arab Center of Washington produces this event every two years and also sponsors other events geared toward sharing information, music and dance from the many cultures of the Arab World.