Middle Eastern Dance:
Dancers' Directory - Alphabetical: P - T

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 here.


New York City, NY USA
Email: paola@enos.com
Website: http://idt.net/~clayenos/paola.html
Belly Dance with Páola - Middle Eastern Dance at its Finest. Páola is one of New York City's most talented and beautiful dancers. Her web site keeps a very up to date performance schedule. If you are in New York or plan to be, make a special trip to see Páola!

Libby Parker
See Zarifa Sa'id.

Pam Parker
See Yasmina.

Connie Parrish
See Jamilla Rasa.

Pat Keller Dance Studio
9207 West Center St.
Milwaukee, WI 53222 USA
phone: 414-774-0620 or 414-786-6933

Perfumes of Araby
M. A. Cappa
9046 Haskell Ave.
No. Hills, CA 91343
email: lrotunno@ucla.edu
Perfumes of Araby is based in the Los Angeles, CA area. Contact Anaheed at the above address/phone/email for further information. Indicate in the email that it's directed to Anaheed.

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.

Olympia, WA USA
I have been dancing for over 15 years in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. I perform regularly at the Sweet Oasis in Olympia and at the Cedars III in Tacoma. Once a month I produce dinner concerts at the Schnitzelbank and bring in dancers from around the Northwest and California. On March 22 1997 I featured Baraka of SF. Zarouhi of Portland and Shamandura of Seattle in addition to myself.

Phyllidia School of Classical Belly Dance
1140 Venetian Way
Lexington, KY 40517 USA
phone: 606-272-2845
Performer, teacher.

Marliza Pons
4133 W. Charleston
Las Vegas, NV 89102 USA
Teacher and working on reviving the International Belly Dancer's Convention in Las Vegas.

Lucinda Pool
See under LuSynda.

Anthea Poole
See under Kawakib.

Susanne Potempa
See under School for Oriental Dance.

Princess Salima
Jayne Carbone
PO Box 6036
Falls Church, VA 22044 USA
phone: 703-534-4444
Website: http://www.bellydancer.com
Middle Eastern Dance Artist, Instructor and Performer.

Pyramid Dance Co.
Memphis, TN USA
See under Sadiia.



Peg Hazzard
NIXDance Studio
Aiea, HI (Oahu)
Current, on-going classes: Wed. 6:00-7:30 Beg./Inter.

Debbie Antantis
31 South 12th St.
Pittsburgh, PA USA
phone: 412-488-8477
Raihana teaches at the South Side Markethouse September through June and also teaches at the Pittsburgh Center for Natural Health in Etna. Her students are invited to join her in the South Side Halloween Parade each year. In addition to sponsoring seminars, she frequently sells merchandise for Chandra. "[She] is one very fine person and dancer. Quite good, very sweet. She sponsors seminars and I know she has classes and students." --Shakira You can also contact Raihana via Noreen at noree643@cris.com.

email: Bdancer@hotmail.com
Website: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Sleeping_Zom_B/
A professional tribal bellydance troupe, they've been dancing for at least 2.5 years as a troupe. They also teach beginning and advanced lessons in Portland.

Rakadu Gypsy Dance
See under Tarasita.

Jamilla Rasa
Connie Parrish
5883 Hwy 119
Montevallo, AL 35115 USA
phone: 205-620-6760
email: jparrish@wwisp.com
Teacher/Performer/award winning Choreographer/Judge for Belly Dance contest. Contributing writer to Nafisa & other dance magazines. Vendor & owner of BOHEMIAN MARKET.

620 N. 70th St.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213 USA
phone: 414-475-1325
Instructor, performer.

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

Rebecca of the Rose
Boulder, CO
Website: http://www.ofps.ucar.edu/~sobol/ris_dance.html

Nancy Redig
See under Halimeda

Regina Association of Middle Eastern Dancers
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Contact: Keziah 306-757-7048
Two performing groups; classes in fall & winter.

Reyhan and Djamila
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).

Deanna Rose Likouri
Vironos #9, Plaka
Athens 10558, Greece

Website: http://www.netgate.net/~rhiannon/dance.html

Riad Dance Co.
See under Sadira

Dorothea Rourke-O'Reagan
Stoneham, MA USA
phone: 617-438-7663
Arabic, Egyptian style.

Norene Roxbury
"[She] teaches beginning belly dance classes through the Simi Valley Recreation and Park District. She is a member of the Jewels of the Nile dance troupe and has been an active member of the belly dance community for over twenty years." For further info, see Jewels of the Nile listing.


Orange County, CA
phone: 714-756-2674
email: sabrina@primenet.com
A belly dance performer, choreographer and teacher. Beginner and Intermediate classes every Monday at 6pm in Newport Beach, CA; Advanced level and Choreographies by appointment. She performs Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Marakesh restaurant in Newport Beach and also performs by reservation only at Casablanca Bistro in Newport Beach and Al Andalous in Los Angeles. She is also available for parties, costume design and custom alterations.

Pyramid Dance Co.
1254 Wilbec Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117 USA
phone: 901-682-2476
Her studio hosted Leila Gamal when she held her workshops and concert in Tennessee in April 1997.

2134 Oakridge Ave.
Madison, WI 53704 USA
phone: 608-246-2718
Perfomer and instructor of traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern Dance. Produces the annual Madison Middle Eastern Festival and directs the Riad Dance Co.

Sahara Raks
Chicqiela Elbert
Rt. 2 Box 221
Rd. 500N & 375 E
Alexandria, IN 46001 USA
phone: 317-378-7565
Middle eastern dance troupe and Polynesian.

Sahara Sunset Middle-Eastern Dancers
See under Bellydance by Jamila

Sahnobar Dance Ensemble
PO Box 90332
Gainesville, FL 32607-0332 USA
email: terps2@gnn.com
Website: http://members.gnn.com/terps2/index.htm
"The dancers...have been performing under this name since April 1995, although memberw worked together in other groups for several years prior to that. Our band joined us in early 1996. We study, perform and teach dances of the Middle East, North Africa, Asia Minor, Eastern Europe and Islands of the Pacific, although we most often find ourselves performing...'Oriental' dance which includes 'belly dancing'." Available for performances; see their website.

Sahris and Sybel
creators of "Raks Al Hayet"
Website: http://www.plinet.com/~demogorgan
Email: demogorgan@plinet.com
"Raks Al Hayet (Arabic for Dance of Life) is a quarterly journal of Oriental Dance, magick and more." The website also includes a boutique (fashions and jewelry; color catalog available) and pictures of Sybel and Sahris, professional belly dancers in the Denver area who are available for all occasions.

Mona El Said
Harmony Health Club
76, Gameet Al-Douwal Al-Arabia St.
Al-Mohandseen, Giza
Cairo, Egypt
phone: (202) 3614136 or 3494192
fax: 3028346 or 48
Instructor and choreographer.

Zarifa Sa'id
Libby Parker
4618 SW 56 Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32608
phone/fax: 352-380-9309
Email: LibbyPar@worldnet.att.net
She started producing workshops in Tucson, AZ twenty years ago. There, she began dancing with Kathryn Ferguson and produced the first Belly Dance workshop in Arizona, sponsoring Juliana & Raphael. Later, she went to Washington DC where she started the Washington Area Mid East Dance Association (WAMEDA); and taught and directed a dance troupe. In 1995, she moved to Gainesville and is now teaching and producing workshops there. Previous events sponsored (in part) by her include a workshop and show featuring Shakira; a workshop/show with Miraj; a workshop/show with Nadia Hamdi. More recent events include workshop/shows with Morocco and Tarik 'abd el Malik in October 1997, and Bert Balladine & Amaya in July 1998.

Jean Courter
Oasis Dance Camp
5 Saragoss, Apt. A
St. Augustine, FL 32084 USA
phone: 904-823-9501
Performer, instructor.

Suhaila Salimpour
Suhaila Salimpour School of Danse Orientale
PO Box 8612
Berkeley, CA 94707 USA
phone: 510-526-4344
Suhaila's Website
An internationally renowned performer and teacher at various Bay Area venues, including the Salimpur School of Danse Orientale (see below), as well as a frequent instructor at seminars and workshops throughout the USA and abroad. See her interactive website for nice images, more information about classes, workshops, her troupe, her videos (instructional and performance), as well as live chat lines, bulletin boards and on-line shopping.

Suhaila Salimpour School of Danse Orientale in the San Francisco/East Bay Area, CA area. She has a certification program in the Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance. Suhaila is currently (Fall 1997) teaching: Mon - Level I, 7:30-8:45pm; Tues - Choreography Class (all levels), 8-9pm; Wed - Level III, 7:30-8:45pm; Thurs - Level I, 8-9pm; Fri - Level III, 11am-Noon; Sat - Level II, 12:30-1:45pm. For more info phone: 510-526-4344, or see the website.

Salome - Raks Shadan Troupe
3435 Scottwood Dr.
Columbus, OH 43227 USA
phone: 614-239-0580
Teacher, performer, seminar sponsor.

New York City, NY
Mentioned on the medance list: "She is very straightforward; no politics, no b.s., no posturing, just a serious attempt to convey material, including meta-material, such as being present even when being still. As well as steps and choreography. I like her honesty and recommend her as teacher." "I think her technique teaching is a strong point..."

Marita Fahlen
1 Gezira El Wosta St., Block B
10th Floor, Apt. 4
Cairo, Egypt
phone: (202) 3417743
fax: 340038
Instructor and performer.

PO Box 18326
S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 USA
phone: 415-459-1892
Email: sapphira@ancient-future.com
Website: http://www.ancient-future.com/sapphira.html
Winner of "Miss America of the Bellydance" '85 "Bellydancer of the Year" '85, and the "National Bellydance Competition" in Las Vegas '86. Also, featured on "Cheers" episode of "Money Dearest", as well as on the 1993 65th Annual Academy Awards, Oscars in "A Whole New World", and helped Debbie Allen with choreography for same. She is available for performances in concert with the world fusion ensemble Ancient Future. For more info, pictures, resume, see her website.

Lisa Saravis
See under "Sheherazat" below.

Tina Sargent
2608 2nd Ave., Suite 115
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
email: tinas@swog.fhcrc.org
Tina has studied with Kathryn Ferguson, among others. She teaches Wednesdays at the BBC Studio. Beginners: 7:30-8:30, Intermediates: 8:30-9:30. Contact her at the above phone number.

4654 Fountainhead Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083 USA
phone: 404-297-8550
Atlanta-area instructor & performer. Currently teaching group classes in all levels from beginner through advanced, as well as private and semi-private lessons.

The Seattle Belly Dance Page
Seattle, WA
Web Site
Seattle WA/Pacific Northwest based belly dance info.

Schehera (Ellen Deaton)
Schehera Workshops
PO Box 2406
Dayton, OH 45401-2406
phone: 937-277-3119
Email: schehera@commkey.net or schehera.ohio@juno.com
Teacher, performer, seminar sponsor.

2420 Hampden Row
Rockville, VA 23146 USA
phone: 804-749-3059
fax: 804-749-3480
Email: sherzade@mnsinc.com
Perfomer, instructor, vendor.

School for Oriental Dance
Susanne Potempa
Århusgade 108 E, 5
2100 København Ø
phone: (0045) 35 43 73 83
Email: sfod@vip.cybercity.dk
Website: http://users.cybercity.dk/~dko5826/home.htm
Website has both English and Danish language versions. Susanne Potempa is the manager of the school; she works as a teacher, choreographer and performer in Oriental Dance, as well as lecturing and organizing festivals in Denmark like the Oriental Festival 1992 & 1993 and the World Music & Dance festival, 1994 & 1995. She brings an extra dimension to her work in the world of dance, via her background in nursing and physiological body massage. Her website contains a calendar, info on workshops and shows, her newsletter, listings of her favorite restaurants, info on where to buy Oriental music and more.

Seher Dance Company (aka Troupe Seher)
Alexandra King, director
PO Box 868
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
phone: 805-965-8583
email: Susanne at kyre@charm.physics.ucsb.edu or Shelby Lyn at 102347.571@compuserve.com
"Alexandra teaches a variety of Middle Eastern styles, including Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan, Gypsy, and Persian, for adaptation to and inclusion in American-style belly dance. She also teaches both classical and folk dancing from throughout the Middle East and Greece in her capacity as Dance Director for the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble."

from the troupe flyer: "Seher Dance Company presents dances from North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Their repetoire includes folkoric line dances, mysterious candle dances, dramatic tribal dances, wild gypsy dances, and the ancient, beautiful art of belly dance....Seher Dance Company appears regularly at restaurants and festivals throughout Santa Barbara and with the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble." Available for both individual and group performances.

Cathy Selford (Vashti)
56 Wymering Rd.
London W92ND, England

Irena Nickels
Wailua, Princeville, Poipu (Kauai) HI

Samantha Serquet
Chicago, IL
"..an up anc coming young dancer and teacher, outgoing, ethical, and receptive to special requests--like mother/daughter classes..." (From medance list.)

SESE Productions
540 Ocean View #2
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 USA
phone: 408-476-0830

Deborah Sevy
see under Dvora.

Shadia Dahlal
Tulsa, OK USA
email: Shadia@aol.com
Website: http://members.aol.com/shadia
An instructor; you can also contact her for info on Middle Eastern dance in the Tulsa, OK area. Her website contains information about her classes and troupe, The Purple Roses of Cairo, among other things. Note that her website is optimized for both IE4 and Netscape 4.

Shahrezad (Heidi Javaheri)
Paradise Valley/Scottsdale AZ
Persian and Middle Eastern dance.

Shahrzad Dance Academy
Shahrzad Khorsandi
1195 McConald Dr.
Pinole, CA 94564 USA
phone: 510-724-2425
email: Shahrzad@pacbell.net
Website: http://www.xdot25.com/shahrzad
"Shahrzad Khorsandi, born in Iran, is the founder and Artistic Director of Shahrzad Dance Academy in Berkeley, California. She has studied Modern dance and choreography at CalArts in Los Angeles, and holds a BA in dance and an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She has studied and performed Persian dance with Avaz, an international dance and theater company in Los Angeles.

"Shahrzad Dance Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public (adults as well as children)in various dance forms. At the moment we are focussing on Persian dance (classical and folk). We have classes in Berkeley, Concord, Davis, and San Jose for both children and adults. We will also have our first dance concert on December 14, 1996, in Berkeley at The Hillside Club on Cedar. Shahrzad Dance Ensemble, the performance troupe sponsored by Shahrzad Dance Academy, is available for performances at cultural/educational events and tours (no parties or weddings...sorry). For more information about classes or performances, please [call, write or email the addresses/numbers above]."

Shakila Shahzadee
Nancy A. Smith
3592 Millers Creek
Pikeville, KY 41501 USA
phone: 606-437-9511
Teacher, performer.

1226 Highland St.
Columbus, OH 43201 USA
"Top Flight Quality; Down-to-Earth Attitude. 'She delivers quality instruction and exceptional performance skill.' Several cities have her back to teach every year. Find out why. Ask any of her sponsors." She does indeed come across as highly knowledgeable, ethical and supportive on the medance mailinglist. Many people there have strongly recommended her workshops (which have included international ones as well), most recently her sword, "dancing with emotion", and 9/8-Gypsy-Karshilama ones.

Susan Peel
3618 Tyler
Berkley, MI 48072-3442
phone: 810-541-3193
Co-director of The Daughters of Peace Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble.

Nourhan Sharif
303 Angell Street
Providence RI 02906 USA
phone: 401 351-0525
fax: 401-351-0422
Email: Nourhan@aol.com
Ongoing classes in providence RI at Groundwerx Dance Studio, and Studio One. Producer of annual events such as: Arts in The Park (3 day event), Haffla's, mini-workshops, and for the first time this year [1998] Yousry Sharif's one week intensive in NYC June 15-20th!

Lisa Saravis, V.M.D.
11 Barnett St.
New Haven, CT 06515 USA
phone: 203-389-9614
Dancing since the age of 7, she's a performer, available for shows. Willing to travel anywhere throughout Connecticut for performances. References include the Turkish American Cultural Society and the Lebanese Clubs in Connecticut (contact for more info).

Sheikhani Middle Eastern Dance Troupe
PO Box 3065
Colorado Springs, CO 80934 USA
Website: http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/tokepcal
Performers. They also have basic costume patterns at their site. "We worked hard on them and want them to get to as many people as could use them - - (there are no charges attached or solicited for the patterns)."

Delray Beach, FL USA
Email: p041336b@pb.seflin.org
Website: http://www.seflin.org/phoenix/sherry.htm
Teacher, performer, director of Rising Phoenix Dancers troupe.

Suzanne Shields
see under Suzanne

Julie Elliot
Troupe Wasila, Veiled Threats
Santa Clara, CA
Website: http://www.shira.net
Shira's Middle Eastern Dance Site is a general ME dance website which includes information about bellydance and its history; advice and tips; glossary of terms; Middle Eastern culture; lyrics to music and more. Also info on Troupe Wasila (ME dance performance troupe) and the Veiled Threats (ME dance comedy troupe).

Pacific Islanders - Mystic Dancers
5405 flynn Pkwy
Corpus Christi, TX 78411 USA
phone: 512-853-6810
Performer, seminar instructor. Sponsor of the annual Shimmy By the Sea workshop/festival which is usually held around May.

Shireen Holli
Director of Memphis Caravan
5036 Rabbit Chase Ln.
Arlington, TN 38002 USA

Sibel Nefa
Braunschweig, Germany
Website: http://www.bs-online.de/bauchtanz
Website in German.

P.O. Box 5137
Sparks, NV 89432
(Reno Area)
phone: (702) 358-5325
Director, Ali Baba's Belly Dance Productions, based in the Reno, Nevada Area. Instructor and Choreographer. Private, Group, Seminar Classes, Beginning through Advanced.

Simone 7th Veil Dance Co.
483 South Kirkwood Rd. #30
St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
phone: 314-984-8008
Performers, instruction, seminar sponsor.

Donnalee Singer
Maui, HI USA
phone: 808-244-9787
Waikapu Community Center, Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm.

Sirrom School of Dance
Thalia/Pat, Director
2306 Genesee
Houston, TX 77006
phone: 713-524-7702
Website: http://www.flash.net/~kings/sirrom.htm
Sirrom has classes five days a week (Mon-Thurs & Sat), with quarterly workshops - we've hosted Bobby Farrah, Raqia Hassan, Cassandra, Leila Gamal, Amaya, Vashti (Dallas), Zahra Zuhair (a new addition to the list) and more. Rumours of Aida Noor in October/November abound. (Sirrom also boasts a Polynesian Troupe, which meets on Mondays, and performs as a troupe at most of our shows.) Student Nights are held monthly at the Athens Bar & Grill, where new dancers (and seasoned ones) can dance to live music. Thalia (Pat Wright) is the featured dancer at the Athens on Saturday evenings.

Recommended on the medance list as being "ethical, friendly, talented dancers who put on several seminars a year as well as other events....They have a mailing list you can get on, usually one mailing a year. They used to bring Bobby regularly; they also usually have Cassandra or Leila Gamal about once a year."

Sisters of the Moon Bellydance Troupe and Seventh Veil Ensemble
North Bay area CA, USA
Email: crowzar@metro.net
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/sistersofthemoon/sistersveil.html
The Sisters are the youngest self-managed, produced and directed bellydance troupe in California. Our purpose is to reclaim our dance as sacred and put an end to misconceptions and negative stereotypes. We educate the public on what bellydance REALLY is. We are collectively organized; there is no hierarchy. We are a feminist bellydance troupe. We do not support the exploitation of women (or anyone) in any way. We are dedicated to providing professional, exciting, ethical performances. Our unique style is gypsy/tribal centered. The Seventh Veil Ensemble is the Middle Eastern band that works with the Sisters of the Moon troupe, providing them with live music. Angelena teaches bellydance and music at her studio.

Allison Chun Smith
phone: 808-538-7061
Teaches Monday 6:30-7:30pm at the YWCA.

Mark Smith
Hilo, Big Island HI USA
phone: 808-982-6042
Thursdays 1 and 5 pm.

Rebecca Sobol
See under Rebecca of the Rose.

Society for the Preservation of Oriental Folkloric Dance & Culture, Inc.
PO Box 1003
Gainesville, FL 32602-1003 USA
phone: 352-371-8386
Email: NinaVK@worldnet.att.net
Website: http://hammock.ifas.ufl.edu/arts_culture/SPOFDC.HTML
Founded in 1992, SPOFDC was created for the purpose of fostering an appreciation of Oriental folkloric dance forms, its historical development and associated cultures. A non-profit arts group, its main interest is the influence of the Gypsies on ethnic dance of the Mediterranean region: Middle East, Spain, Turkey, etc. Currently SPOFDC is creating a dance resource library, containing books, magazines, journals, videos and costumes. These resources will be made available to patrons wishing to do research. Their website is sponsored by the City of Gainesville, FL.

Anahid Sofian
New York, USA
Her studio celebrated it's 25th anniversary, July 1997. "...a New York belly dance icon!" --Nancy Wasserman

2405 NW 120
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
phone: 405-755-0217
Director of Jewels of the Nile, teacher, performer, seminar sponsor.

Soraya Al Musri
9100 Red Oak Lane
Edmond, OK 73034 USA
phone: 405-844-0300
email: SorayaOKC@aol.com
Founder of the Aalim Bellydance Academy in Wichita, Aalim Bellydance Academy II, in St. Louis, and Aalim Bellydance Academy III in Memphis, Tennessee. Studios in Wichita and St. Louis still in operation under new Directorship. Teacher, Performer, Choreographer, costumer. Sponser of the "Starfest" annual workshops. Starfest VIII was held in Tulsa, August 1997 - Teacher for two-day workshop was Sahra (Direct from her engagement in Cairo).

Soroya School of Belly Dance
The Zeba Dancers
6800 Iron Stove Court
Springfield, VA 22150 USA
(From their ad) "Soroya School of Belly Dance .... the Creative School... JOIN THE BELLY DANCE EXPERIENCE!!!! Learn this fun way to exercise, feel relaxed and expand your creativity! Discover the exciting approach to new health and fitness! A more exotic, slimmer YOU is just lessons a way! Classes are taught to authentic music by a professional dancer! Classes are 1 hour in duration and consist of 8 weeks of instruction! Expert instruction in playing the finger cymbals (zills) to all the fabulous Middle Eastern rhythms to include 4/4 Chiftetelli, 2/4, 8/4, 6/8, and 9/8 Kashlimar!! Choreographed group and individual dance routines. Learn the excitment of veil and multiple veil routines, cane, sword and Soroya's beautiful Temple Candle dance. Classes also held in costume making, stage presentation and theatrical makeup. Soroya is director, choreographer of her professional troupe, the Zeba Dancers. Annual concerts held and performed by Soroya and the Zeba Dancers. HAVING A PARTY?? OFFICE OR HOME!!! Provide Belly Dance entertainment with a Soroya-Gram!!! Please indicate preference of day, evening or weekend classes.

Soraya's Middle Eastern Dance and Music Productions
PO Box 3284
Margate City, NJ 08402 USA
Email: SorayaEnt@aol.com
Hello! Keifak!! I am an INTERNTIONALLY RENOWN belly dancer/musical contractor/booking agent/entreprenuer in the field of Arabic dance, heritage, history and culture. I am also an Anthropologist/Sociologist with an emphasis in Middle Eastern studies. I perform all over the US and recently had the HONOR and the great privelege of being invited to CASABLANCA, MOROCCO to dance for the royal family and the wonderful KING HASSAN!!! I also own an entertianment agency that provides most casinos and other TOP VENUES with an ECLECTIC ARRAY OF fabulous ethnic talent from belly dancers to authentic EGYPTIAN ORCHESTRAS. I am always looking for new talent for ARABIC THEME PARTIES, PROFESSIONAL TROUPE WORK, etc. All interested performers, dancers to muscians, from CABERET TO FOLKLORIC, should send "press kits" and video resumes to my AGENCY.

Studio Al Ahram
Palmgasse 8
A-1150 Vienna/Austria
web site: http://www.tbi.univie.ac.at/~ronke/Bauchtanz/bauchtanz.html
The original web site is in German, an English version should be available soon.

Studio Maestro
48 W 68th St.
New York, NY USA
Hosted a Ragia Hassan workshop when she was touring the US in 1996.

Studio Topkapi
See under Nesrin Topkapi.

Suhaila Salimpour
Suhaila Salimpour School of Danse Orientale
PO Box 8612
Berkeley, CA 94707 USA
phone: 510-526-4344
Suhaila's Website
An internationally renowned performer and teacher at various Bay Area venues, including the Salimpur School of Danse Orientale (see below), as well as a frequent instructor at seminars and workshops throughout the USA and abroad. See her interactive website for nice images, more information about classes, workshops, her troupe, her videos (instructional and performance), as well as live chat lines, bulletin boards and on-line shopping.

Suhaila Salimpour School of Danse Orientale in the San Francisco/East Bay Area, CA area. She has a certification program in the Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance. Suhaila is currently (Fall 1997) teaching: Mon - Level I, 7:30-8:45pm; Tues - Choreography Class (all levels), 8-9pm; Wed - Level III, 7:30-8:45pm; Thurs - Level I, 8-9pm; Fri - Level III, 11am-Noon; Sat - Level II, 12:30-1:45pm. For more info phone: 510-526-4344, or see the website.

Suzanne Shields
555 S. Quentin
Wichita, KS 67218
email: randyp@southwind.net
Web site: Suzanne
Dancer, musician and composer.

542 Julia Court
Prattville, AL 36066 USA
phone: 335-365-3415
Performer, seminar instructor, director of Raks Sahara Dancers.

Svenja Studio for Oriental Dance
Nurtingen, Germany
The owner, Svenja, has trained primarily with Mahmoud Reda of Egypt.

The Swiss Bellydance Homepage
Website: http://www.centralnet.ch/userpages/baratte/front_e.htm
A really nice website (in English and, I believe, German) which lists classes, workshops and pictures of shows.

Sybel and Sahris
creators of "Raks Al Hayet"
Website: http://www.plinet.com/~demogorgan
Email: demogorgan@plinet.com
"Raks Al Hayet (Arabic for Dance of Life) is a quarterly journal of Oriental Dance, magick and more." The website also includes a boutique (fashions and jewelry; color catalog available) and pictures of Sybel and Sahris, professional belly dancers in the Denver area who are available for all occasions.

Beverly Garrard
923 River Oaks Rd.
Paducah, KY 42001 USA
phone: 502-442-2099
Basic technique and performance skills in Egyptian, Oriental, Cabaret and Folkloric.


Nuria Tahan
PO Box 2174
Dubai, UAE
phone/fax: 9714 517520
email: tara@emirates.net.ae
Gypsy tailoring. Dancer, costumer, dance tours.

Talena Dances
Website: members.aol.com/talenadanz/talena.htm
Teacher, performer, costume designer. Teachers weekly classes.

Tampa, FL USA
"She and her sister are involved in the University of South Florida Middle Eastern Dance Association and produce small workshops and shows."

Tanz Raum Claudia Heinle
Freihofstrasse 3
CH-8280 Kreuzlingen
Phone/Fax ++41-71-6729251
Weekly classes in Kreuzlingen, regular workshops in Zurich and regular workshops with senior teachers of the Suraya Hilal School at the University of Konstanz. "[She] is an enthusiastic young woman, who received her education at the Hilal School in England... She manages public performances, workshops and tours for Suraya Hilal and Liza Wedgwood." --Inge Labudda

Rakadu Gypsy Dance
Health for Life Center
630 S. Broadway
Lexington, KY USA
Email: sritarasita@juno.com
Teaches in Lexington, KY, has a gypsy-tribal group called Rakadu Gypsy Dance, and dances with the band Catawampus. Check out the Catawampus webpage for performance information and to see a picture of Tarasita. "Their website is one of the best I've seen and features some belly dance footage." --Tarasita

7619 Brook Forest Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32514 USa
phone: 904-479-1341
Performers, instructors, seminar shows.

Cleveland, OH USA area
"...a former head instructor for a Columbus studio" is also in the Cleveland area. "Please be sure to mention you were referred by Shakira. ;-) In those areas one sometimes gets some...interesting calls. ;-)" --Shakira

Pat Taylor
Austin, TX USA
phone: 512-371-7450
or phone Mila's Belly Dance Boutique at:
Performer and instructor in Europe and the United States, she teaches Modern Egyptian techniqe and cross-training for bellydancers. She teaches classes for all levels, private lessons, and is available for workshops, weddings, family celebrations and other occasions.

Tedi Thomas
309 N. Springer
Carbondale, IL 62901 USA
phone: 618-529-4317
Dept. of Anthropology
Mailcode 4502
Southern Illinois Univ.
Carbondale, IL 62901-4502
phone: 618-453-5012
fax: 618-453-5037
Email: tthomas@siu.edu
Instructor; performer; advisor, Middle Eastern Dance Enthusiasts, a registered student organization of SIU; former member of Little Egypt Dancers (now disbanded).

Terri Setterbo
PO Box 1054
Fulton, TX 78358 USA
phone: 512-729-7454

Hillary Thacker
2 Scarfoot Cottages
Mealbank, Kendal, LA8 9DJ
United Kingdom
Email: hilary@electricfrog.co.uk
Website: http://www.electricfrog.co.uk/pages/bellyd.htm
Hillary is a professional Egyptian style Belly Dancer. She performs throughout Britain as well as the Middle East, dancing at parties, weddings, balls, cabarets, folk festivals, and restaurants. She runs regular classes for women in which she gives instruction on different styles of dance--folk, classical, night-club, etc. The regular weekly classes are held in Scotland, while workshops are both national and international. Women of any age from 12 years upwards, and any size are welcome. She also has two instructional videotapes out (Beginner and Intermediate).

Tonya and Atlantis
218 Ximeno Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
Performers/teachers; do many seminars and workshops. They run the "Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition" (formerly known as the "International Belly Dance Competition") held annually in February in Southern CA.

Topkapi Dancers
Joan Johnston - phone: 703-323-0713
Barbara Carter - phone 703-471-9060

Nesrine Topkapi
Studio Topkapi
Yanarsu Sokak no: 36
Etiler - Istanbul, Turkey
phone: 163 16 33
(From medance list) "Nesrin Topkapi had been the best dancer/performer in Turkey as long as I can remember back. She studied this dance form in Egypt and also with a famous Turkish male dancer who is now a devout muslim and does not teach anymore. I forgot his name but he trained many famous and well-trained, authentic dancers in Turkey." Note: phone numbers are subject to frequent changes.

Maria Torstensson
"You can contact [her] through Pia Wetterholm, Strandgaden 49 B, DK-3000 Helsingor, Denmark. Maria...is a very good dancer and a good teacher. She used to teach at the Falun Folk Music Festival in Sweden." --Ulla

Traken Temple Dancers
Contact: Lea-anne Martin
41 Nundah St.
Kedron, Queensland 4031
email: Barbarella
Website: http://smople.thehub.com.au/~leewin/dancer.htm
"...a duo based in Brisbane, Queensland consisting of Barbarella and Mala Karim, perform a range of styles from Egyptian folk to outrageous performances at science fiction conventions, and medieval banquets. Private lessons available by negotiation, available for parties, conventions, and restaurants." Contact by writing Lea-anne Martin or email Barbarella at the addresses above.

Travis - Creative and Ethnic Oriental Dance
22 Synergia Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-438-2785
fax: 505-471-2573
email: elliot@nets.com
Classically trained in ballet and modern dance, Travis began studying Oriental dance in 1971 with Elizabeth Cogburn. After working with this form with many teachers, she expanded her studies to include Kathak, Flamenco, folk dance, clogging, tambourine and frame drum. In 1990 she was introduced to Central Asian dance by Laurel Victoria Gray of Washington, D.C. and in 1992 Travis traveled to Uzbekistan in Central Asia to study and perform there as a guest artist. Based in Santa Fe, NM, Travis performs her solo concerts around the U.S. and overseas. She teaches classes, workshops and seminars (including the annual Central Asian Dance Camp with Laurel Victoria Gray) to adults and children, and works as an Artist-in-Residence in schools throughout New Mexico. Her current solo concert is titled: "Courting the Heart: Dances from Central Asia, the Middle East and Original Works." (1997-98)

"...[one] of my favorite contacts there..." --Amaya
"Travis takes the audience to new ground in the dance universe..." --Santa Fe Reporter
"Such is Travis' virtuosity and beauty in "Courting the Heart"...audience members experience their own hearts being "courted" and joyfully opened." - Tanz Oriental (Oriental Dance Magazine), Nurnberg, Germany.

Troupe Seher
See under Seher Dance Company

Troupe Wasila, Veiled Threats
Santa Clara, CA
Website: http://www.shira.net
Troupe Wasila and Veiled Threats are two dance companies based in the Santa Clara area. Troupe Wasila's shows focus on "American Nightclub" style of belly dance, while Veiled Threats is a comedy bellydance troupe. Pictures, schedule of upcoming performances, further bio information and more can be found on the website. Shira's Middle Eastern Dance Site is a general ME dance website which also includes information about bellydance and its history; advice and tips; glossary of terms; Middle Eastern culture and lyrics to music.

Liz True

Last Modified: 1 Feb 1998
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