Middle Eastern Dance:
Dancers' Directory - Alphabetical: A - E

Some of the newsletters/journals/magazines (see Journals section on the Media page for addresses, etc.) have directory listings of belly dance teachers in various locations. If I know of a publication with such a relevant listing, it's listed below:
Pub: Arabesque - listings for east coast US, at least
Pub: Shimmy Chronicles - brief national (USA) and international listings


A-Z Dance Studio and Self-Defense
Jasmine Gamal/Yvonne McClain, dir.
900 Karen Ave., Suite A-116
Las Vegas, NV 89109-1265 USA
phone: 702-369-2160
fax: 702-369-5886
email: AtoZDance@aol.com
Offer a variety of dance disciplines as well as self-defense, which include: Belly Dancing, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Country Western, Social Ballroom, Flamenco, Celtic or traditional Irish Dance, Ju-Jutsu Self Defense, and Arabic Drum classes. We have a staff of 14 teachers. We have three suites that have been combined into two dance areas. We can hold two classes simutaneoulsy. We have five dance troupe that perform throughout Las Vegas. They are: The Al As Har Egyptian Belly Dancers; The Golden Tappers; The Youth Musical Theater Dancers; Corals Flamenco Troupe; and the Celtic Dancers.

Aalim Belly Dance Academy
2901 Hilldale
St. Louis, MO 63144 USA
phone: 314-576-6935

Adam Basna Music and Dance Company
Los Angeles, CA USA
Phone: 213-850-6300 or 213-934-9493
Fax: 213-525-0615
Website: http://www.adambasma.com
Email: abasma@4link.net
Their dancers hail from all over the Middle East, Latin America and Europe; they perform both folkloric and cabaret styles in authentic costumes imported from overseas. See their website for many pictures and information.

Aida Cairo's Belly Dance Studio
930 N. 7 St.
Phoenix, AZ
(Yellow Pages) "Instruction, parties and special occasions."

Barbara Luscher
Wassergrabenstr, 13
CH-4102 Binningen, Switzerland
phone: 061-421-0802
fax: 061-421-6381
(Courtesy of James Janner) "She co-produced The Stars of Egypt (tm) video series with Hossam Ramzy, and is an excellent dancer and teacher of danse orientale, as well as one of the very few with legitimate academic credentials on the history of this dance." He also mentions that she has good contacts in Germany, if you're looking for a performer/instructor there.

904 Garden Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030 USA
phone: 201.659.2422
email: a@alpharay.com
Cabaret style performer and teacher.

Afifa Studio
Nahkurinkatu 8
20100 Turku, Finland
phone: +358-2-7661 501
fax: +358-2-7661 504
email: Virpi@vaygar.pp.fi
Website (in Finnish and English): http://www.afifa.fi/
"School of Raqs Sharqi - weekly classes from beginners to advanced levels - also courses of request. Organizes seminars and workshops and is also one of [the] organizers of [the] annual "Oriental Dance Festival of Finland" (12-14 January 1996). Performing dance troupe Nefer - solo and group performances for different occasions. The studio publishes the dance magazine Afsana."

Al Ahram
Website (in German): http://www.tbi.univie.ac.at/~ronke/Bauchtanz/bauchtanz.html

email: railfax@infolink.morris.mn.us

Kathleen Hughes Sibo
7422 Round Lake Rd.
Laingsburg, MI 48848 USA
phone: 517-651-6793
Instructor, weekly classes.

127 Hight St.
Beckley, WV 25801 USA
phone: 304-253-1516
Teacher, performer, bellgrams.

Ali Baba Studio
P.O. Box 30611
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(Excerpted from their ad) Parties, bellygrams, video portfolio available; lessons.

Shalimar Ali
Middle Eastern Dance Academy
7546 Troost Ave., Suite 208
Kansas City, MO 64131 USA
phone: 816-822-8730

Siham Ali
9620 Lawndale
Kansas City, MO 64137 USA
phone: 816-763-4563
Seminar sponsor and teacher, choreographer.

Alia (Allison Chun Smith) and Raveena (Ruth Cuti)
Dance Power Studio
Honolulu, HI
Current, on-going classes: Mon. 6:00-7:00 Beginner (Allison), Tues. 6:30-7:30 Beginner (Ruth)

Amaya Productions
P.O. Box 9157
Albuquerque, NM 87119
Email: amaya01@flash.net
Web site: http://www.thuntek.net/mandala/plaza/amaya/
Amaya runs the annual "Shake and Bake Festival" in the summer. Featured at workshops, seminars.

Phaedra Ameerah
PO Box 473443
Aurora, CO 80047 USA
phone: 303-343-7616
fax: 303-363-6326
Website: http://www.indra.com/phaedra
Instructor, performer, choreographer. Artistic director Jawahare Al Layl, producer of "Moon Over Denver" workshops and videos. Website includes biographical info as well as information about products sold by Phaedra Ameerah Productions which include over 50 tapes and CD's (music written for Phaedra, music for Burcin Orhon, Sufi music and Arabic music); 3 performance videos; and more.

Amera's Palace
Website: http://www.ameraspalace.com.au

American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (AAMED)
PO Box 20082 PABT
New York, NY 10129-0001 USA
Website: http://www.bellydanceny.com/aamed.html
AAMED is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to service to the American Middle Eastern dance community. Among AAMED's activities are the Annual Hall of Fame Awards Gala; workshop sponsorship and a publication of a quarterly newsletter.

Orlando, FL USA
Website: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~aeh00855/
Email: aeh00855@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu
She has been dancing for Orlando audiences for over three years and may be seen performing at Cafe Tu Tu Tango. She performs regularly for companies, organizations and parties throughout the area. Check her website for pictures and further information.

Amira's Dance Productions
Alice Castillow
1226 S. Main St.
Wichita, KS 67216
Dancer, teacher.

M. A. Cappa
9046 Haskell Ave.
No. Hills, CA 91343
email: lrotunno@ucla.edu
She's a performer, teacher, etc. and part of "Perfumes of Araby", based in the Los Angeles, CA area. Indicate in the email that it's directed to Anaheed.

Angelique and Friends Belly-Dance
New World Middle-Eastern Dance Troupe
PO Box 1813
Gilbert, AZ 85299-1813
email: angelique@angeliqueandfriends.com
Website: http://www.angeliqueandfriends.com
Classes: Monday 7 -8pm at Bridget McCarter Dance Academy in Gilbert. $32 per month: call the Academy at (602) 926-0568 to register. Private lessons available thorough the Academy. Check my website or call the hotline for up-to-the-minute information about the new dance program at the Gentle Strength Co-op in Tempe. Parties: Call or write to get on the mailing list for our great dance parties with live music. Showcases: Call or write to get on the list to participate. Performing: But of course!

Debbie Antantis
See under Raihana.

Arabesque Academy
625 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4Y 1Z5
phone: 416-920-5593
fax: 416-944-0997
Website: http://www.interlog.com/~dancenet/
The Arabesque Academy began in 1987 under the artistic direction of Yasmina Ramzy with the goal of providing the Toronto area with a high standard of Middle Eastern dance training in primarily Egyptian style. Dance forms offered include Raks Sharqi, Beledhi, Zar, Ghawazi, Sword, Shamadan, Kaleegy and much more including experimental fusion with Modern. Yasmina trained in Egypt and Syria under the tutelage of many instructors including Ida Nour and Mohamed Khalil, Director of the National Folklore Troupe of Egypt. Arabesque Academy offers classes at all levels, six days a week. It is the home of internationally acclaimed Arabesque Dance Co. and an agency for most of Toronto's top professional soloists who perform for the Arab community. Yasmina has been teaching, performing and choreographing since 1981 in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Greece, England, Mexico and across the United States and Canada sometimes for royalty and heads of state in many of these countries and often accompanied by the Arabesque Dance Co.

The Arabesque Academy hosts many guest teachers in all forms of ethnic dance... Arabic singing and Dumbek classes are also available with Dr. George Sawa.

Arabian Nights Co.
Dance company and instructors.

Jane Archer
532 SE Ankeny
Portland, OR USA
phone: 503-240-1997
Website: http://www.vr-net.com/~tattooed/jarcher.htm

Charlotte, NC USA
Website: http://whill.home.mindspring.com
Very good looking website, in both frames and simpler (non-graphics) versions. Includes ME dance links that are "off the beaten track" as well as other better-known links.

624 Cornwall St.
Victoria, B.C.
V8V 4L1
ASMIRA has been performing and teaching the dance in Victoria and surrounding areas for over 12 years. She has danced in countries like Spain, Egypt and the States. She teaches and performs a variety of styles from cabaret to folkloric egyptian gawazee, sword and cane dances. She does yearly shows in Victoria, and brings in accomplished dancers to teach workshops. She will be putting on an Egyptian Tour this [1997] year. She may also be reached through Jahara's email: sucastle@uvic.ca.

Web Site
Homepage for belly dance troupe as-Sayf, discusses their troupe as well as providing links to other relevant sites.

Cleveland, OH USA
phone: 216-749-6076
"In Cleveland, is one of the most fantastic dancers & teachers i've ever seen in my life: Ates. *The* Ates from the cover of "Artistic Moods" records. *The* Ates, who really is Turkish, has made her living as a dancer most of her life, I think, and is about as generous and giving a person as can be. Rumor has it that she is planning regular events at her new studio, on certain saturdays? Please be sure to mention you were referred by Shakira. ;-) In those areas one sometimes gets some...interesting calls. ;-)" --Shakira

see under Tonya and Atlantis.

Austin Bellydance Association
Austin, TX
They organize workshops, parties and performances. Contact Elmaazah for further info (she performs with the troupe Mirage and teaches through Informal Classes at the University of Texas and in private studios): elmaazah@flash.net; she can put you on the ABA mailing list or let visitors know what performances are going on during your stay.

Antoinette Awayshak
Los Angeles, CA USA
email: azalin@earthlink.net
Syrian Belly Dancer. Danced in the prestigious nightclubs The Fez and Ali Baba. Also appeared in Las Vegas shows featuring her own band with the famous Dr. Najeeb Khoury playing the oud. Antoinette is now a writer and consultant on belly dance issues. Antoinette also consults on the emotions of the dance.

Glo Ayson
Hawaii, USA
phone: 808-943-1708
Teaches Sundays 5:30-7pm; call for location.

Mystic Sun Studio of Mid-Eastern Dance
California, USA
phone: 415-462-1082
Website: http://www.netgate.net/~rhiannon/azar.html
"18 years teaching and performing the art of Belly Dance. Azar has an extensive background in dramatic arts, dance, and art and is as experienced in teaching as she is in performing. She holds a Bachelor Of Arts degree with emphasis in ballet, modern expressionistic dance and comparative religions. She is currently a student of Sufi Master Adnan Sarhan. Her interest and appreciation for dance from other cultures has taken her to Greece, East Africa, Chile, and most recently Egypt.

"Classes are currently held at the Psychic Eye Bookstore in Mountain View, CA. The address and phone are 1128 El Camino Real, Mountain View, (415) 964-2220. Beginner classes are Tuesdays at 6:00pm and Intermediate classes are Tuesdays at 7:30pm, each class is one and a half hours long and lasts for 8 weeks. Price is $10 per class. Private lessons are also available. Azar has recently aquired a studio of her own and classes will be moved there sometime toward the end of the year. Please call Azar directly at [the number above] to confirm class times and location." "She's terrific...!" --Rhiannon

Sydney, Australia
Website: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/AZIZA/
Bellydance performer and teacher of both cabaret and folkloric styles. She also designs and makes bellydance costumes. She teaches bellydance classes at four locations in Sydney; further info and a class schedule can be found at her Website. She also includes info on upcoming Sydney bellydance events.

Malek Productions
1908-301 Chateau Circle
Birmingham, AL 35209 USA
phone: 205-879-0701
Email: Linda_Coleman@Vul.com
First Place Winner of 1978 Middle Eastern Dance Contest held in Cairo, Egypt judged by Nagwa Fouad and Souhair Zaki, among others. Performed for numerous Greek and Arabic functions. Egyptian Cabaret and folkloric.

8501 E. 12 Ct.
Anchorage, AK 99504 USA
phone: 907-333-5064
Instructor, performer.

Azur Aja
"Lady with the Veils"
404 Polk St.
Manchester, TN 37355 USA
phone: 615-728-4573
Performer, instructor.


Baba Ghanouj
Laramie, WY USA
phone: 742-5919
Website: http://w3.uwyo.edu/~vixen
Baba Ghanouj, Laramie WY's American Belly Dance Troupe, has been performing...since 1993. Individuals and the troupe are available to dance for celebrations and festive occasions. The troupe practices weekly at The Workout, 404 S. 2nd St., on Sunday evenings at 7pm; classes are $5 each. No prior dance experience is required for classes. For more or updated information see their Website or contact instructor Julia Patel at the phone number above.

PO Box 49958
Austin, TX 78765 USA
phone: 512-708-1672
Middle Eastern dancer.

Aiesha Banu
Malek Productions
333 13th Ave., NW
Birmingham, AL 35215 USA
phone: 205-853-8399
email: Aieshaban@AOL.com
Instructor, performer, seminar instructor.

Thais Banu
Peoria, IL, USA
Email: tseitz@heartland.bradley.edu
(As of Nov 1995) Teaches Bellydancing at Community Center, also teaches Ethnic forms of Middle Eastern Dance - 22 years experience - Founder/choreographer for Troupe Mirage - Editor of "Unveiled Thoughts" newsletter (and contributing writer for other M.E.Dance newsletters) - interested in research on the history of the dance.

1612 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 USA
phone: 415-386-3527
email: barakasf@sirius.com
Website: http://www.barakasf.com
"Nationally recognized instructor, performer and author. Classes at all levels in San Francisco and greater SF Bay Area. Workshops and seminars throughout the US, now booking for 1997. Video Privates, coaching and teacher training courses. Video "The Best of Braka (so far) available mail order - reviewed in Habibi magazine Vol. 15 #2", as well as "The Dancer's Toolkit".

See under Traken Temple Dancers.

Karen Barbee-Adkisson
Karavan Dance Studio
728 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX USA
phone: 210-354-1444
Her dance studio has an annual recital called "Give Belly Dance a Chance". In 1997, it was held 18 October at Demo's Greek Restaurant on St. Mary's St. in San Antonio.

Bay Area Belly-Dance Website
Contains calendar of upcoming events and a searchable teacher listing for the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

see under Horacio and Beata Cifuentes

Beledi Club
PO Box 7021
Huntsville, AL 35807 USA
phone: 205-883-9783 or 205-837-4318
Seminars, performances.

Beledi Magic
See under Zenuba.

Beledi Productions
16416 Myers Ct.
Clermont, FL 34711
phone: 407-656-7524
Web site: http://aleena.com/beledi
"Beledi Productions is the sponsor for "Festival on the Nile", held twice annually in Orlando, FL. Festival XI is scheduled for May 31, Jun 1 and Jun 2., 1996. Elena Lentini, of New York, is the featured instructor. Friday night is the Hafla, and Saturday night is the featured show. Seminars are held Saturday and Sunday.For more information please e-mail/write/phone." Their web page describes all of the information about their next seminar in May 1996.

Belly Dance Concepts
3361 S. Corona St.
Englewood, CO 80110
Dance instruction.

Belly Dancers - Flim Flam Entertainment
3205 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
Dance company.

Bellydance NY
Website: http://www.bellydanceny.com
A multipurpose site. The geographic area covered is the NYC commute area: the five boroughs of NYC, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, New Jersey and Connecticut. The site features: swap page, people and studio profiles, classes, SCA Events, other events, restaurants and nightclubs that feature dancers, gallery pages, and resource guide with costume, video, music and miscellaneous product vendors. The site also provides an online home for the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (AAMED).

Belyssa Academy of Danse Orientale
66 Wimbledon St.
Beckenham, 6107
Perth, Western Australia
phone: 458.4326 or
mobile 015 985 751
Belyssa has been dancing for 19 years, in Australia and the USA--mainly in NYC with Ibrahim Farrah and others.

Cheri Berrens
Dennis, MA USA
"...Cheri Berrens, the transplanted LA dancer with 20+ years experience (though she only looks 20+ years old), who now lives and teaches on Cape Cod... [She] is starting new classes in Dennis, MA the week of June 4th 1996. The classes are: Beginners Wed 7pm, Intermediates Tues 7pm. She teaches in 1 month blocks, (4) classes. She then takes a 1-2 week break to take care of her inn and then starts up again. Cheri also gives private lessons. Her barn studio makes the most content person green. She has an amazing collection of old belly dance albums, oriental rugs, and antiques. She also hosts occasional workshops. I've attended a costume workshop, a veil workshop, and a middle eastern rhythm workshop. She is unbelievable on zills and also plays a mean dumbek! I can't say enough about Cheri. If anyone saw the community access cable show "The spirit of Dance" that featured Cheri you would know what I mean. To find out class info give Cheri a call and leave your name, number and address. She will send you a class flyer with directions and all that." --Kalina

Dee Birnbaum
See under Zeina.

Millie Blonder
See under Zuhela Yamir.

Blue Moon Zar Gypsies
contact Amy Smith
phone: 508-352-5923
email: helade@shore.net
Middle Eastern folkloric and gypsy dance.

Bob and Libby's Dance World
P.O. Box 741
Cedar Crest, NM 87008

Bobbye Dee's "Kiss the Sands" Dance Productions
7208 Pine Bluffs Trail
Austin, TX 78729 USA
phone: 512-331-6545
email: llroberts@mindspring.com
Year 'round Classes in Austin and surrounding areas - Private and Group Instruction Bellydance, (all levels), Country Western Couples Dance, Country Western Line Dance, Ballroom. Coaching/Spit and Polish Sessions. Director: Kizz-la'Dancers "Unique Entertainment" for your special parties: performing for conventions, festivals, corporate functions, (solo and group performances). Bobbye Dee instructs Country Western Line Dance for conventions, and other large functions. Sponsor: Annual La Danse Orientale Extravaganza. Out of Town Guests welcome into all forms of dance taught. Contact: Bobbye Dee.

Cindy Brennan
see under Nejuwa

Robin L. Byers
16611 Ft. Oswego
San Antonio, TX 78247 USA
phone: 512-657-6019


Maggie Caffrey
7 South Hall
Maids Moreton
Buckingham MK18 1QB
"Just returned from a great hafla and workshop in Newcastle [England] held by Jo Wise. Good fun and great workout with feedback [always important] Jo, together with teacher Maggie Caffrey run a recognised teacher training course. It consists of 4 components including teacher support workshops, attendance of workshops or summer residential school, intensive teacher training and private tuition. For further info send a self addressed[and stamped]envelope to Josephine Wise or Maggie Caffrey." --Ruth

Caravan of Dreams
c/o Susan Tate
1914 Chambers Dr.
Bozeman MT 59715 USA
phone: 406-586-7197
email: ttate@montana.campus.net.com
A non-profit dance troupe. In Oct 96 they will sponsor Suzanna Del Vecchio in a workshop and performance.

The Caravan of Joy International Dance Troupe
3024 Roblang Court
Des Moines, IA 50317-8737 USA
phone: 515-265-5551
email: maryb19@ecity.net
"Present membership is 30 dancers, 9 snakes. Performs dances of the Middle East, Africa, Hawaii, and other countries. Troupe photo available."

Dalia Carella
175 E 96th St. #12 R
NYC, NY 10128 USA
phone: 212-987-4281
Seminar instructor, performer, choreographer.

Barbara Cargill
See under Natasha.

Donna Carlton
International Dance Discovery
Studio: 108 1/2 E. Kirkwood Ave. #5
Bloomington, IN 47401 USA
phone: 812-336-5009
Website: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/IDD
Instructor since 1989; beginning through advanced levels taught; workshops sponsored once or twice a year (past workshops included Shakira, Kareema, Jamila Zahran, Cara Currie); recital once a year. Donna is the author of Looking For Little Egypt and publishes the Middle Eastern Dance Video Sourcebook.

5411 E. Placita Del Mar
Tucson AZ 85718 USA
(Excerpted her flyer) Learn the basics, polish techniques, learn performance tips, use of props, zills, basic arabic rhythms, really "hearing the music", expert costuming. All encompassing instruction for the casual or serious student; video capabilities-can tape your private class or performance and provide expert supportive analysis. Classes: beginner through advanced; coaching, choreography and costume design for professional dancers. Call for class schedule or to arrange private lessons. (From what I've seen, she dances Egyptian high cabaret style with elements of jazz and modern dance.)

Credentials: B.A. in dance education, performed in countless private and corporate parties and functions, performed in all major Middle Eastern night clubs in the New York metropolitan area, featured dancer and responsible for hiring and management of dancers for Cedars of Lebanon and Darvish nightclubs in Manhattan for 6 yrs, former member of Ramzi El Edlibi dance compagny, co-founder of Oriental Images Dance Co., teacher of workshops and master classes across the United States.

The Casbah Dance Experience
See under Morocco.

Jawaahir Dance Company
1940 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
612-872-6050 (work phone)
Website: http://www.jawaahir.org
Email: cassandr@mtn.org
(From medance list) "Cassandra...who...is one of the top dancers in the US". "Cassandra teaches classes several days a week", sponsors workshops and shows. "I would strongly recommend Cassandra of Minneapolis. Ragia [Hassan, an Egyptian dancer and teacher of top dancers] was very impressed with her dancing and her teaching. Cassandra has wonderful technique and a wonderful knowledge and understanding of the music...Her teaching at Oasis Dance Camps has been a large part of their continued success (besides the great job the directors do!!)." --Zulaika "She's one *great* lady!" --Tedi

Celine's Website
Albuqurque, NM USA

Eva Cernik
419 S. Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80209 USA
phone: 303-573-7610
Runs master classes and seminars. Turkish, gypsy and cabaret style seminar instructor. Has a video series out on her performances. Runs tours to Turkey.

Chandra of Damascus
6706 NW 18th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32605 USA
phone: 800-790-2102
Email: chandra@chandras.com
Website: http://www.chandras.com
Private coaching, seminars. Boutique, mail order catalog. She also has a series of instructional videos.

Chattanooga School of Mid-Eastern Dance
Chattanooga, TN USA
Sue Moore, instructor. Some of the members perform regularly at the Acropolis Greek Grill every second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm.

Caravan East
PO Box 1973
Newport News VA, 23601 USA
phone: 757-595-7838
Performer, instructor, choreographer. "She is quite knowledgable in many folkloric styles and is the director of Caravan East (has been since 1981). She is a national workshop instructor and also a workshop sponsor." --Zaghareet

Horacio and Beata Cifuentes
Studio for Oriental Dance
Karlsruher Str. 19
10711 Berlin-Halensee, Germany
phone: 030-893-5566
fax: 030-893-5567
As of March 1995, they had over 200 regular students and offered about 25 dance classes a week, of all levels. They also sponsor workshops by instructors from the US and Egypt such as Raqia Hassan, Hoda Ibrahim, Mahmoud Reda, Shareen El Safy, Bert Balladine and Amaya. (Excerpted Shimmy Chronicles.)

Cleopatra's Page: Boston/East Coast ME Dance Website
The site has teachers' listing, ongoing classes around town, venues, costume designer, links to local pages and Arabic culture sites, etc. Articles will be going up later...and the photo gallery sometime after that.

Pat and Carol Cocchi
see under Kismet Dancers of Miami

John Compton
see under Hahbi Ru and John Compton

Conchi Madson
3749 Davenant Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45213 USA
phone: 513-631-2044
Performer, instructor, seminars and shows.

Corvallis Belly Dance Performance Guild
PO Box 1926
Corvallis, OR 97339 USA
A non-profit organization dideicated to the preservation and artful presentation of this beautiful dance.

Jean Courter
See under Sa'ida.

Crafty Lady Boutique
1131 East Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
phone: 818-285-0092
Pink Gypsy Website: http://www.craftylady.com/gypsy.htm
Learn to belly dance at the Crafty Lady Boutique. Classes meet every Monday and Friday evening at 7:30pm. The teacher is Catharae. They offer a free introductory class to those new to belly dance. They also sell belly dancing supplies. For more into and some pictures, see their website.

Judy Cunningham
see under Judy's Creative Costumes

Ruth Cuti
Artistic Director, Shakira Dancers
Honolulu, HI
Teaches Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm at the Kaimuki Rec. Center.


PO Box 190263
St. Louis, MO 63119 USA
phone: 800-745-6432
Dahlal Internationale Oriental costumes from Turkey and Egypt. Teacher, seminar performer.

2127 Essex St.
Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
phone: 510-843-3065
Instructor, performer of Cabaret, Folkloric and Flamenco influenced Middle Eastern dance. "Dahlena is a pioneer of Middle Eastern Dance in the United States and was one of 3 people instrumental in initiating the first classes taught in the States in th 70's. She remains one of the most professional of instructors and one of the most entertaining of performers." --Linda Coleman Note: Dahlena is teaching in Berkeley now (July 1997) but will be temporarily relocating in Fall 1997 to Boston, MA and then to Tampa, FL for extended periods of time.

Tamalyn Dallal
See under Mideastern Dance Exchange.

Dance of Arabia
2900 E. Broadway, Suite 142
Tucson, AZ 857
(The studio I dance at!) The studio is owned and run by Cathy/Samrah who has been dancing for over 15 years, and teaching and performing for 15 years this spring/summer. She teaches steps and routines of a variety of middle eastern dance styles, both cabaret and ethnic, including Egyptian, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Morroccan, Gypsy, North/Central African. Adult classes include beginner, intermediate, advanced I, advanced II (balancing and choreography) and advanced III/professional levels; there is also a children's class and a separate men's class if enrollment is high enough. Private lessons are also available.

The studio features a store front in which costumes and costuming supplies are sold, as well as ordered or made (see Suppliers below). Professional dancers are available for parties, restaurant dancing, etc. and the studio usually puts on two stage shows per year. The studio also sponsers workshops by guest performers. Store hours: M-Thurs 2-9, Fri 2-6, Sat 10-4.

Dance Theatre Raqs SharqiGermany
The group performs Middle Eastern dance styles including Arabic, Uzbeki, Tadjiki, Persian and Russian Gypsy. Plans are under way for a 1996 US tour.

Dancers of the Eclipse
See under Najla

Dancers Supporting Dancers Ethnic Arts Studio
939 S. Pedro Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM
Web site: http://thuntek.net/mandala/artists/dsd/
(Excerpted yellow pages) "Classes: Bellydance, Polynesian, Ethnic Arts; studio space rental; entertainment services and supplies."

Reno, NV
Davine - Teacher & Performer - Private lessons; Evenings and/or Thursday or Friday afternoons.

Bernadette Dawson
Halifax-Dartmouth area, Canada
phone: 902-462-0007
I have been dancing for 20 years and teaching for 7 in the Halifax-Dartmouth area at the Halifax Y, Dartmouth Continuing Ed. and Halifax Dance. My style represents the best mix of ethnic, tribal and cabaret.

Andrea Deagon
4015 E. Bishop Ct.
Wilmington, NC 28412 USA
phone: 910-452-2659
Performer, instructor, choreographer, writer. "One of the more knowledgeable members of the med-dance mailinglist." --Kim

Visionary Dance Productions
P.O. Box 30797
Seattle WA 98103 USA
"Delilah is an internationally recognized performer and instructor of bellydance. She is a partner in Visionary Dance Productions which has produced her series of instructional and performance video tapes. Delilah holds an annual bellydance retreat in Maui, where all aspects of bellydancing, including dancing in nature, are studied and experienced." Her videos have been recommended on the Medance list and by others; they include Instructional, performance, and makeup/costume videos. See Middle Eastern Dance - Video page for more information.

Suzanna Del Vecchio
P.O. Box 61383
Denver, CO 80206
All levels of instruction; private classes. Seminar instructor, performer. Has instructional and performance videos for sale.

"Suzanna is a lovely person and dancer. Definitely--and this recommendation is to anyone--if you can study with her, do. The thing I find most impressive about Suzanna is her ability to *be* in every movement, to finish every movement, and to give every movement feeling. And she can begin to *teach* you this--many people cannot! I think Suzanna is at her finest as a teacher of technique (which she always teaches, whether in a choreography or outside of it). Sometimes the steps she teaches are simple, and people say "I already know that step." But listen to *how* she says to do it--her body position, especially. This is what really makes her so perfect and beautiful when the same step on someone else is just 'ok.' ...I find many of her movements very classical. So don't believe anyone who tells you she is *just* 'new age.' Her background goes very deep... She is a *stunning* dancer. I was the one who coined the phrase, regarding her, that she is serenity and passion at the same time...her dancing is just *amazing.* She has the best spins I've seen on *anyone,* among many other phenomenal qualities.... She is, in short, one of my alltime favorite dancers and instructors." --Shakira

"Suzanna is one of the classiest cabaret style dancers you'll ever see. She is also a very sweet and beautiful woman. She has a basis in yoga and does incredible turns, as well as an undulating rise from a backbend that has to be seen to be believed. Her teaching is clear and coherent. don't miss it!" --Meira

Desert Wind Dance Company
See under Nailah Jaha.

Djamila and Reyhan
Frankfurt, Germany
Reyhan phone: 49 69 294184; fax: 293995
Djamila phone: 49 6181 18 2632
Producers of Orienta, an international fair for Middle Eastern dancing (in its 2nd year in 1997).

Bremerhaven, Germany
"Shes a very powerful dancer, creating her own choreography and performing workshops and oriental dance courses." --Gerold

Scarab Productions
PO Box 24849
San Jose, CA 95154-4849 USA
phone: 408-264-4DDF
fax: 408-264-9DDF
Website: http://www.desertdance.com
Dance Class Schedule: Beginning, Tuesday, 7:30 pm; Intermediate, Tuesday, 8:30 pm; Advanced, Thursday, 7:30 pm. Classes located at the Atlas School of Dance, 2982 Almaden Expressway @ Foxworthy, San Jose CA.

Renowned teacher, performer and workshop teacher. Producer and sponsor of the Desert Dance Festival. Artistic Director of Nile Spice - A Dance Company. Dunia has produced several instructional video tapes.

10612-A Golden Quail
Austin, TX 78758 USA
phone: 512-444-0078
Email: tdance@mail.utexas.edu
Website: http://www.earthchannel.com/aquarius/may/dunya.htm
Shattari Sufi tradition and Middle Eastern dance. "...Dunya...leads wonderful retreats from time to time, combining her many years of Sufi work with her lifelong study of Oriental (& other) dance & performing, to help one to "center", free the soul & (hopefully) advance, dancewise & personally. ...I recommend her highly." --Morocco

Deborah Sevy
Private Residence
Kona (the Big Island), HI
Current, on-going classes: Tues. 6:30-8:00


PO Box 48707
Cumberland, NC 28331 USA
phone: 910-424-2869 (machine answers)
Has been teaching middle eastern dance since 1983. Beginning and intermediate classes are offered through the Fayetteville, NC Department of Parks and Recreation. Director since 1985 of the Oasis Tapestry Middle Eastern Dance Troupe.

Christine Hamer
451 Maple Ln.
Coraopolis, PA 15108 USA
phone: 412-695-3076
Email: crhst17+@pitt.edu
I teach a variety of techniques with a heavier emphasis on Turkish style. Classes are ongoing and are held every Friday evening in Pittsburgh. Member of Ghawazee Middle Eastern Dance Troupe (see below).

Julie Elliot
See under Shira.

PO Box 144342
Austin, TX 78714-4342 USA
phone: 512-252-2333
email: elmaazah@flash.net
Performer and instructor -- University of Texas Informal Classes and at studios around Austin, all levels, privates and workshops. Available for parties, weddings, conventions, films and other special occasions. Member of Mirage troupe and Sahara Dreams with Jeanette.

Linda Erland
Director of the Jewels of the Nile troupe
1692 Sycamore Dr.
Simi Valley, CA 93065 USA
She teaches intermediate and advanced belly dance through the Simi Valley Recreation and Park District. Linda is also the director the troupe Jewels of the Nile.

c/o Stefan Landvogt
Handjerystr. 72
12159 Berlin, Germany
phone: 00141 30 851 23 39
"Would you like to be carried away... by an oriental artist? This time by a man? For this reason Id like to present you the Turkish artist Eserzade. He lives in Istanbul and Berlin and his performances are quite extraordinary. Yet above all he is popular in Turkey and Germany, he had many appearances on TV and at festivals and likes to spread his kind of oriental dance-style into other countries. The artist Eserzade offers various entertainment programs. You can choose between Artistic belly-dancing, Show belly-dancing, Sworddance, Chandelier dance, Dance theatre performances, stories from '1001 Nights', and Choreographies which combine Yoga- and oriental dance elements. If you d like to know more about the artist and his dance style I would be happy to send you a video that shows some convincing cuts of his programs." --Stefan

Sao Paulo City /SP
phone: 55 11 2558731
Email: estrela@mtecnetsp.com.br
Website: http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/5398
A professional Belly Dancer and Gypsy Dancer.

Ottilie Eucher
103 Rue de Chevaleret
75013 Paris, France
phone: 01 45 70 71 61
fax: 01 45 86 36 58
A professional belly dancer, she has been teaching and performing for 10 years in Paris (Maison des Cultures, UNESCO, Institut du Monde Arabe, Centre Mandapa...) and around the world (Egypt, India, Morocco, Tunisia, Singapore...). She teaches a variety of styles: Sharki, Baladi, Saidi.

Eye of the Pyramid
Established 1977
Artistic Director: Majida Magdalena 916-658-9077
Co-Director Delia Echegaray 916-568-7323
Co-Director (LA) Juliette Arroyo 818-249-2668
Sacramento, CA USA
email: LGrant44@aol.com
Troupe JPEG (55 K)
"Invitation to reunite with the Goddess within." Private and group lessons available. Weekly classes: Monday 7:30pm - Advanced Performance and Posture, 8:30pm - Tribal Ethnic Dance of Egypt and North Africa (Tunisian, Algerian, Ghawazee); Wednesday 7:30pm - Beginning Yoga Stretch, 8:30pm - Beginning Belly Dance (cymbals, percussion, veil). All classes located at the studio of Majida Magdalena

Special Events of the Troupe: Cairo Carnival (Los Angeles), Desert Dance Festival, Oasis Dance Magic (Los Angeles), Magana Baptiste International Dance Festival (San Francisco), Troupe winner 2nd place 1995, solo performances winner 1996, Delia Echegaray 3rd place. Performances: Delia Echegaray in Sacramento: Taj Mahal, Marrakech and Cafe Istanbul restaurants. Juliette Arroyo in Los Angeles: Babooch Restaurant, San Pedro.

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