By the time Sha'vei was 4, her mother became a hula dance teacher at a small dance studio in Elkton, Maryland which is still in business today. The dance mistress didn't want to take her because she was so young however, her mother's campaigns finally got her an audience. Again, she charmed "the boss" and was enrolled in steady classes of ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, baton, and of course hula, regularly performing with her mother's troupe, until her mother's passing in 1980. By the time Sha'vei was 6, her mother went on a trade with a Turkish dancer who taught bellydance at a local college. Sha'vei was the "barefoot brat " in the middle, learning Turkish folk, Egyptian and also began learning zills.