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I am very passionate about Egyptian Raqs Sharqi and Egyptian Folklore.  So many great dancers came out of Egypt between the 1930's-1980's; casting an everlasting impression on those of us who have been fortunate enough to see even a glimpse of their artistry.  My personal aspiration is to take all the fascinating and wonderful elements of their dance, make it my own, and continue to be a part of keeping their legacy alive.


As dancers, and especially as teachers, we have a great responsibility to preserve the integrity of our art form. I strive to concentrate on the elegance, authenticity, technique and inherent fun of Egyptian cultural dances.  I choose to focus on quality of movement -- understanding the music, knowing what to do when and why -- and sharing that knowledge with students who are interested in taking their dance to the next level.

Current Workshop / Class Topics include:



*Oriental Entrance  Piece:  Set Choreography OR Choreography Improv Lab


*Tabla Solo


*Saiidi (with or without assaya /cane)


*Eskanderani (with or without meleya)




*Orientale Classique 


*Turns, Transitions & Combos


*How to Choreograph to Music--Listening to the Musical Cues 




*Pop or Shaabi 


*Folklore Cocktail


*Ballet For Belly Dancers Series



Saiidi Orientale


Intermediate-Professional Material Suitable for All Levels 

Cane / Assaya recommended but not nescessary


Saiidi is one of Vanessa's favorite folkloric dances!

In this class, she will share a variety of saiidi combinations as well as

offer options for saiidi with no cane, simple cane option, and advanced cane options.


The steps and combos will be put into a choreography which can be performed either with or without a cane.  Either way, Vanessa's students will walk away with many fun and

useful steps, combos, and a variety of options to use or share with others!

Don't miss this opportunity!


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