Chafia began her performance experience in 2001 with the QL2 Youth Dance Company in Canberra and graduated from QUT in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. As an independent artist Chafia has worked as both a choreographer and performer throughout Australia and overseas. She has worked with Claire Marshall, Joseph Lau, Ricky Sim and Dancers (Singapore), Opera Queensland, Rebecca Hilton, Sela Kiek, Expressions Dance Company, Brian Lucas, Lisa Wilson, James Welsby, The Firkin Crane (Ireland) and was involved in the 2008 World Dance Alliance Coreolab under the mentorship of Boi Sakti (Indonesia) and Lloyd Newson (DV8, London).
Chafia was a founding member of Brisbane’s Phluxus Dance Collective, performing and choreographing for the collective from 2006 until 2009. An excerpt of their full-length work ‘The machine that carries the soul’ was awarded ‘critics choice best choreography’ at Sydney’s short and Sweet festival, 2007. Chafia has also enjoyed working on more commercial projects appearing in music film clips for; Darren Hayes, Little Birdy, The Living End, The Sleepy Jackson, Youth Group, Powderfinger, Ben Lee, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Direct Influence and Timothy Coghill.
Through her experiences working within contemporary dance and collaborating with others across different art forms, Chafia has developed an interest in assisting the arts as a dance and movement consultant. She specializes in movement coaching for performing artists and choreography/movement direction for niche projects. In this role Chafia has had the pleasure of working with; Tina Stefanou and band Planet Love Sound, Direct Influence, CIRCA contemporary circus, Sean Healy for band TZU, singer songwriter Kathy Hinch, composer Timothy Coghill and advertising agency CumminsRoss for Deakin University.