Team Essence


Faaridah Taylor – Executive Producer & Creative Director

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Faaridah moved to Atlanta in 2000 and has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance ever since. Coming from a Caribbean and Hispanic family, dance and culture have always been an integral part of her life. She is the owner of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance and a proud member of Rafi’ah Dance Company, The Salimpour Collective - GA, and Amoraat Dance Ensemble, three of Atlanta’s premiere dance troupes. She is a Management Consultant by profession with a focus in strategy, for a leading consulting firm, and received an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School – Emory University.  Her passion breathes life! She is an avid event planner and committed to the growth of the Atlanta “Raqs” community. She has coordinated some of the biggest Middle Eastern Dance events in Atlanta, including numerous workshops,  galas,  stage productions, and fashion shows over the years and hosted some of the biggest names in the Belly Dance world at some of the most upscale hotels and theatres in Atlanta. She continues to identify opportunities to share her passion with the Middle Eastern dance community.  She is a single mom of 2…CATS!

Saniyah, Essence 7 Planning Team

Saniyah is known as one of Atlanta's best huggers and lover of glitter.  Being a part of the Bellydance community as a performer, student, audience member and now teacher she is honored to be a part of the team bringing an incredible event to Atlanta and help make it a long lasting event. She is celebrating the launch of her own business and her first offering is Shimmy with Saniyah beginner classes in DeKalb County at Browns Mill Recreation Center. 

Jendayi, Essence 7 Planning Team

Jendayi was born and raised in Vicksburg, MS and has been living in Atlanta over 20 years.  Jendayi's loves to bellydance, manage projects and design costumes. By being involved with Team Essence she gets to do all her favorite things. She loves the excitement and energy in planning and  helping organize bellydance events and  she loves working with the other fabulous members on the team.  She is excited to be part of Team Essence this year.

Jenny N, Essence 7 Planning Team

Co-founder of World Belly Dance Alliance, Jenny has a diverse background which includes dance, martial arts, personal training, event planning, and marketing. Known for combining world and modern dance forms to create a unique fusion style of belly dance, Jenny believes everyone should do what they love without self-imposed limits and encourages everyone to follow their passion!




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