Basma

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Blessed with an energetic spirit and inviting presence, Basma has been dancing for most of her life. As a child, she studied ballet, tap and jazz dance before shifting to various forms of underground dance during her teen years. While pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies, Basma discovered a love for teaching and performing as well as a fervor for improving women's lives through female empowerment. Combining these passions brought her to the world of Middle Eastern dance. Basma studied with some of the best instructors in her area and built upon this training by studying with international bellydance stars such as Amar Gamal, Ansuya, Aziza of Montreal, Jill Parker, Mira Betz, Petite Jamilla, Ruby Beh, Sadie and Sedona. Most recently, Basma completed a weeklong dance intensive with international superstar Aziza of Montreal in Asheville, NC. Middle Eastern dance is a rare art form that is not only mesmerizingly beautiful to watch; it also has the power to heal and nourish a woman's mind, body and soul. Basma invites you to experience the splendor of Middle Eastern dance!

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.”

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

Deborah Colley

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Deborah teaches weekly classes, private lessons and specialty workshops in her studio in Shippensburg. She is available to teach workshops at your location. Deborah continues her own education through intensive study programs, preferably ones that involve travel! Learn the art of belly dance in a friendly and supportive environment.

Need help putting together a flirty Arabic pop number or a knock 'em dead drum solo? Need a few ideas to finish a choreography? Want to add to your combination "recipe book"? Are you wondering what should I do with this cane? Deborah is available for choreography, combinations and inspiration. Deborah has experience with veils, fan veils, canes and swords.

www.bellydancebydeborah.com