Annissa started belly dancing in 2000 to make new friends and get some exercise after moving to Tacoma, Washington. That first step led to an exploration of many different belly dance styles (cabaret, oriental, Egyptian, and tribal fusion to name a few) and turned into a passion for this beautiful dance form. She has been sharing her knowledge by teaching classes in Regina, Saskatchewan since 2016.
In addition to solo practice, Annissa continually trains with top dance instructors by attending classes and workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She is currently concentrating on advancing through the stages of the Dark Side Dance Program and is certified in Stage 1 – Basic Black ©.
Annissa is a founding member and principal choreographer for Br’Issah. Formed in 2009, Br’Issah is a quartet of dancers from Regina who enjoy sharing their love of belly dance by experimenting with eclectic music to create innovative and evocative choreographies. She is also a member of Raks Azhar Dance Troupe.
Annissa has filled several positions as a Board Member of the Regina Association of Middle Eastern Dance (RAMED) which is a non-profit organization established to promote and increase public awareness and acceptance of Middle Eastern dance. She is currently the Chair of the Communications Committee.