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I first started dancing in Japan. Amidst the sweet chaos of Tokyo I found Mishaal. The depth and beauty of her sacred earth belly dance drew me in and I learnt to dance as if standing on the core of a lotus flower. I became a founding member of the Samanyolu dance troupe. We performed throughout Tokyo, most notably in Kervan Serai and Dakini Nights. Within this troupe we were free to create, and I remain in awe of the dancers' ideas and grace.

Since returning to London I continued to perform as a soloist working with live musicians. My dancing has taken me to Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. Dancing amongst the desert rocks in Petra, upon a castle wall in Portugal or in a buzzing scarlet-lit nightclub at Midnight…for me dancing is a moment of trance like beauty and secret playfulness with a knowing audience.

Through my performing, my teaching and my eternal learning I strive to honour the rich and diverse styles of this beautiful dance. I specialize in the classical and the experimental; Ambient Oriental, Tribal fusion, Cabaret, Turkish Romani, Whirling and the Sacred.


La Zingara; meaning the gypsy archetype, the wild woman and the knowing dancer. We are a group of tribal style belly dancers specializing in melding old strong roots with the experimental and theatrical. We delight in vintage textures, velvety melodies and spirited dance. La Zingarab is Hannah mi, Anouk and Ema Laasya.

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For bookings and info please contact Hannah


Together with Moirai, London's leading ATS specialists, Hannah co-directs the FireWater collective.

FireWater is a collaboration of London based dancers solely and obsessively dedicated to showcasing the delectable Goddesses of Tribal belly dance in the UK, and beyond.

Our sister student night is The Tribal Tea party giving a stage to our budding beautiful dancers.


*In 2008 hannah adopted the equity name Hannah Mi in honour of her teacher Mishaal and the beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo where she learnt to dance.
Hanami means to watch the cherry blossoms and is a much loved season in Japan.

‘I can’t explain in words.
There’s colours…
The Universe opens
The fire
The Water
The Earth
The Air
Resistance crumbles….Falls away
All of the Angels are whirling’

Mercan dede