I Love Hummus!

Hummus: it’s a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine because it’s simple and delicious. It’s also become super popular in the Western world because it pairs so well with so many foods, and as such it’s available everywhere. Do you remember those little packs of cheese and crackers you got in Read more…

My Journey – Conclusion

Hey Gorgeous, So, today is the conclusion of My Journey – my dramatic chapter blog about how I started. Highs and lows. Naysayers and doubters. Fitting the part. And voodoo dancing. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know (well almost)… Starting from day one. If you’ve been following along – saweeeet! Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 8

Hi Lovely, Previously, in Chapter Seven of My Journey… I competed in 7 competitions within 3 years. An acquaintance at a competition hit me with a “Calm the F*ck Down” truth smack that changed my dancing forever. From then on, I won 5 out of the 7 competitions. I felt Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 7

Hello again Gorgeous, Previously, in Chapter Six of My Journey… I was driven to prove both the naysayers wrong and to myself that I CAN have credibility in both worlds. So, I entered the Bellydancer of the Year Competition. Déjà vu struck as I made it to the finals but Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 6

Hey there my Beloved Beauties, Previously, in Chapter Five of My Journey… I couldn’t replicate myself so I created a VHS of the workout for my students. I saw the marketing potential and hired a PR company to promote SharQui on TV and publications. I was super busy. Although I Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 5

Hi again Beautiful, Previously, in Chapter Four of My Journey… I ceased the opportunity to create a format that was actually working. I was gaining more momentum through word of mouth and I felt like I finally “fit the part!” Woohoo! I spent about 2 years tweaking it, gave it Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 4

Hey there Lovely, Previously, in Chapter Three of My Journey… Finally – the sweet taste of some success! After working my booty off to build a solid reputation in the fitness industry, I managed to get a consistent core group of students. But then there was a shift in the Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 3

Hey Gorgeous, Previously, in Chapter Two…   I auditioned for the traveling cast of, STOMP. Thought I was perfect for it. Made it to the last 50 peeps out of 623. I wasn’t part of the 30 people chosen. It didn’t end up being my “big break” and cried for a Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 2

Hey there Beauty Shaker,   Previously, in Chapter One of “My Journey”:   I moved to the concrete jungle of NYC right out of college. My days were hectic with technique classes, auditions and teaching group fitness. It was constant rejection after rejection, trying to make ends meet and hoping Read more…

Tahini is Key

Tahini is Key Tahini is a middle-eastern staple that adds flavor to so many kinds of dishes and recipes that it’s a no-brainer when it comes to keeping some on hand. It’s useful in so many types of recipes because it adds a complex, nutty flavor and a smooth, creamy Read more…

My Journey – Chapter 1

Hi Beautiful, So here it goes… I hope my journey inspires you to do YOU – even when you’re rejected or naysayers don’t accept you (ugh, can’t stand them). Well guess what… you’re the bomb dot com, and you can create your own reality – and aint’ nothin’s unreachable. This Read more…

Finding Practice Time

Finding Practice Time by Laylianah Mahasin We all have super busy lives, so how are we supposed to add practice time to our already bursting schedules?  It’s easier than you might think. I sometimes tease my students about making sure they are practicing at least 50 hours a day. But Read more…

This Is It

This Is It   Valentines flowers and chocolates are languishing in the bargain bin, but I’m all consumed with the LOVE you’re lavishing upon yourself.  It’s incredible; we started working with the Transformation Plan in January, and NOW we…   Are seeing what happens after six weeks of small but Read more…

A Look Back At 2018

A Look Back At 2018   Wow what a year it’s been! If I had to describe 2018 in 1 word, it was the year of change. With your support and our fabulous team, in 2018 we: Produced Shimmy Shake Socialize 2018 in Philadelphia   Presented at Cabaret Dance Camp Read more…

Pause And Exhale

Pause and Exhale   How stressed out are you? Do you feel like you’re always scrambling, like you’re chasing a runaway train?   I know women who are still agonizing over their incomplete resolutions and the year’s almost over! It’s madness.   Let me share a little secret with you…(read Read more…

You Don’t Know

You Don’t Know   I met a woman yesterday in Stabucks who spent 30 minutes telling me how she loves Zumba and that she’s the fittest she’s ever been at age 50. (I’m thinking…totally cool and way to go sista!)   I quickly suggested (before she could start talking again Read more…