Photo: Tatsuki Kobayashi

Sajiida performed with Seattle troupes Safiran, Al-Rashada, and Tanavar (a Central Asian dance troupe directed by Laurel Victoria Gray) before joining Shahrazad Dance Ensemble. Sajiida has been performing with the troupe for more than 30 years.

Sajiida danced at every major Seattle-area belly dance festival, including Fantasia, the Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, the Western Washington Fair, several of Kashmira’s “Spectacular Evening in Seattle” shows, the Arab Festival, and numerous neighborhood festivals and retirement homes.

Sajiida brings to the stage a polished, professional presence and dedication. She has been a dancer for her entire adult life, and she seeks every opportunity to perform; dance is engrained in every part of who she is.