Aziza

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Aziza has taught and perfomed Egyptian Classic Middle Eastern Belly Dance for more than 40 years in and around the Birmingham, Alabama USA area. During this time, she traveled to Egypt to study under the legendary Nagwa Fouad. While in Cairo, Egypt, Aziza participated in the first belly dance contest held for non-Egyptian dancers which was judged by Ms. Fouad as well as her fellow Egyptian dance superstar, Sohair Zaki, and Aziza won first place. The tour of Egypt and contest which featured performers from the United States was featured in a segment of ABC’s “20/20″.

She also performed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL for Prince Fahad of Saudi Arabia at a banquet he held for dignitaries at the base before his return to Saudi Arabia.

She also traveled and performed with the Birmingham-based Greek band, The Spartans, who entertained Greek audiences in the Southeast.

Aziza has also studied with American dance legends Dahlena, Cassandra, Dalilah, and Ibrahim Farrah as well as Egyptian masters Mahmoud Reda, Raqia Hassan and Mohamad Khalil. She has performed throughout the southeast for both American, Greek and Middle Eastern sponsored events.

Aziza has been featured many times in Dance Publications around the U.S. Read the History as told by Aziza, Middle East in the South East from Caravan Dance Magazine, and Dancer Spotlight from “Joy of Belly Dancing.”

Arianna

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With her unique style and incredible talent, Arianna's performances are mesmerizing. Her fluid movement and precise technique stems from over a decade of study of numerous belly dance styles. Arianna is an instructor and performer is the founder and director of Village Plains Tribal Fusion in Auburn, AL. As one of the first instructors and performers in the Auburn area, she is a trailblazer for the dance in her community. Arianna strives to share this art form with everyone and continues to learn every day. Her dance is an expression of her passion of her art and her own spiritual journey.

Oreet

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Oreet, a native New Yorker, is the founder of SharQui – The bellydance workout®. She is a dance and fitness presenter as well as an award-winning performer. Her dance specialty is Modern Egyptian, which is a contemporary and innovative twist on the traditional Egyptian style. It fuses modern dance, ballet and her Yemenite/Israeli roots to create her high energy bellydance style. As a performer and teacher Oreet combines passion, grace, athleticism and hip precision in order to give a refined performance.

Along with teaching, Oreet certifies dancers and fitness professionals in the SharQui format nationally and internationally. She holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year 2007, Entertainer of the Year 2006, Jewel of the Nile 2006, Bellydance Diva 2005 and is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America. For more info on where Oreet is teaching, please go to www.sharqui.com. Oreet now resides in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Sherrilyn

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Sherrilyn's lengthy history of dance training and performance began with jazz, tap, and modern. Then she added fusion bellydance to the mix, melding her background in other dance styles with her newer training in American, Egyptian, and Turkish bellydance technique. This was followed by training in west African and hip-hop, all while maintaining her interest in jazz, tap, modern, and bellydance.

Now Sherrilyn is a true fusion dancer, performing and teaching a mix of bellydance, tap, jazz, modern, west African, and hip-hop. In additional to solo and duet work with Krista Sassani, she is a Core Facilitation Team member in PURE Philadelphia.

Jeni

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My obsession with belly dance began at seven years old when I was taken to a Moroccan restaurant and adoringly glared at the “sparkly” dancer. I was gifted with a private lesson and the love affair with the dance genre was born. I then made my own costumes, putting on shows for family, and promised myself I would someday become a belly dancer. After only several classes with a belly dance instructor while in college, I was asked to train professionally. After studying traditional styles of the Middle East, I have now adapted my own personal style to reflect the tradition juxtaposed with many years of formal Western dance training. I teach many classes within the Philadelphia area and perform as much as possible. Enjoy my unique fusion of belly dance!

Kat

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The talented Kat is a belly dance professional of many talents. She dances, teaches, and produces belly dance shows in Tacoma, WA. She is known for her lovely stage presence, where she dances with humor, style, and grace. Audiences are especially delighted when she dances with her very talented dance partner Antonio, the famous belly dancing boa.

Kat has trained intensively for over 6 years with Washington State’s finest dancers. She strives for excellence in technique and precision, and is well known for her dramatic showmanship. Kat’s dedication has been recognized by many in her audiences as well as judges at regional belly dance competition. She is honored to have accumulated a remarkable list of titles at competitions such as Belly Dancer USA, La Danse Orientale’, and International Ambassador of Belly Dance Competition.

Kat also produces multiple belly dance shows. Her monthly hafla, the Tacoma Belly Dance Revue, showcases dancers from the Pacific Northwest and is now into a successful 2nd year. She has also hosted “Homes for the Holiday’s” an animal rescue benefit and “Fables”, an extraordinary collection of fairytales represented by belly dancers.

In addition to dance, Kat hosts a podcast called, “Shut Up! and Shimmy!” It is a free interview show dedicated to belly dance education and advice. Through this effort Kat is able to honor and memorialize the dancing careers of local dancers each week. And you can listen to the podcast at http://www.suaspodcast.com

Vikki Gale

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Vikki Gale has been a professional tribal style belly dancer since 2000. She is drawn to tribal style because she enjoys the spontaneity of the dance along with the camaraderie that is shared between dancers. She is currently co-director of Hipnosis, director of student troupe Daughters of the Hip, owner of Tribal Bellies Dance Studio where she teaches improv tribal and tribal fusion classes, and can be seen dancing regularly at Samarkand Restaurant in Feasterville, PA.

Paula Phillips

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Paula has a background in modern dance and ballet. She also taught Zumba for many years. She trained in Raqs Sharqui with several local instructors as well as international superstars, Suhaila Salimpour and Sahra Saeeda. Paula was enamored with American Tribal Style® (ATS®), but was unable to find anyone practicing this dance style in the Philadelphia area. She trained in Improvisational Tribal Style for several years, but finally realized that it was time for ATS® to bloom in Philadelphia. Paula trained with Mimi Fontana of Manhattan Tribal and Kae Montgomery of FatChanceBellyDance® to prepare for official training with Megha Gavin and Carolena Nerrichio-Bohlman. She received General Skills Classic and Modern Certifications and Teacher Training Certification. Paula was officially accepted as a FCBD® Sister Studio and she is a founding member of State Street Tribal and Tribe Ma'ats (Middle Atlantic ATS).