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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


The Many Faces Of Egyptian Dance


All Levels 


This class has something for everyone!!!


Vanessa will outline the different "faces" and styles of Egyptian Raqs Sharqi as well as

delve into Baladi, Shaabi and Folkloric compositions explaining why certain steps are

appropriate for certain pieces of music; includes vocabulary of movement, the

differences and similarities between genres as well as costuming choices. 


Students participating in this special workshop are encouraged to come with

questions regarding these topics, and Vanessa will be happy to share her

knowledge and experience with you every step of the way!


Come and see which "Face" is your favorite!



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