In 1975, Jasmine Gamal formed the Al As Har Belly Dancers. We have toured Egypt and Europe three times since we have begun. We have also, entered National Competitions in Dance. For example, at a competition held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, our dancers took First Place in costumeing (out of 900 groups performing from all over the World, from Australia to Japan). We also took first place in that particular dance. Our goal was to uplift Middle Eastern Dance to a "legitimate" dance form, competing with jazz, ballet, tap, modern, etc. We have been very successful and I am very proud of our dancers. We perform for conventions and convalescent homes alike. What we do, is share who we are and the great potential we have to enlighten the lives of others.
"...[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.