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In the early days of Bay area Bellydance, vintage silk, silver, cool ethnic coins & mirrored ornaments were cheap and easy to come by. Dancers would creatively & lovingly combine these beautiful things into wearable works of art. These costumes were not only an expression of the dancers taste, but gave a completely sensual experience to her and her audience as she danced. Sound, texture, weight, and movement were the embodiment of sensuality, every step revealing the dancers ability to weave gravity's call into a tapestry of delight.
Below you will find women I have had the pleasure of learning Middle Eastern dance from. They have all shaped me as much in life as in dance. All are amazing powerful women.Sat, April 23, 2011 - 11:08 AM permalink - 0 comments
Not a dance teacher, but an inspired musical one. She is a ‘Nationally acclaimed author, instructor, and performer in Middle Eastern Percussion’. Mary Ellen taught me rhythm for zills, and taught my son to drum. This amazing woman has been teaching middle eastern rhythm, zills and drumming for over 40 years. She is the heartbeat of belly dance for many musicians and dancers. She has written and published many instructional books on drums and zills for dancers and has many music CD’s of incredible music to dance to. She also throws a great party.Sat, April 23, 2011 - 11:04 AM permalink - 0 comments
She teaches drum and zills from her home in Oakland.
Luna is my most recent teacher. Her holistic approach to dance helped me connect the dots. She taught me how to execute clean movements, change levels, mindfully layer, and mix it up. She gave me valuable info on performance, and expression. She taught me intention. Luna is a great belly dancer and choreographer.Sat, April 23, 2011 - 11:03 AM permalink - 0 comments
My favorite teacher, because she was so spirited and playful. Sharlyn taught me; veil, solo improvisation, Persian hands and spinning without getting dizzy. She said “the hands of a Persian dancer are like little birds. A Persian dancer can do an entire dance just with her hands”. Sharlyn founded the ‘Afsaneh Art & Culture Society’ and performs Persian dance with ‘Ballet Afsenah’ of San Francisco. they have produced critically acclaimed programs for San Francisco's M.H. De Young Museum and the Cabrillo Music Festival. They have been featured regularly in San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, and have collaborated with Cal Performances presenting 'Dances of the Silk Road' at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall and ‘Festival of the silk road’ in San Jose. Ballet Afsaneh now has a dance university, and a world dance kids program.Sat, April 23, 2011 - 10:56 AM permalink - 0 comments
Afsaneh Art & Culture Society (415)488-0944
Katarina was/is authentic, and disciplined. I identify more now with her steady dedication to the origin dances. Although she was strict with me, I could see how amazingly good she was. She gifted me advanced classes, pulling me into troupe Inanna, and performance. She taught dances, songs and rituals of the middle east. She made me aware of the roots of belly dance. Sharing her love of dance made her light up. She is an incredibly well respected teacher in the dance community. "Katarina performed throughout the US and Europe. She studied/taught Moroccan social and trance dances, Near Eastern, Balkan music and dance. She formed the dance companies Inanna and Aywah!"Sat, April 23, 2011 - 10:54 AM permalink - 0 comments
Aywah! was influential, turning out some of the best dancers in the Bay Area, including Mira Betz, Elizabeth Strong, and several members of Ballet Afsaneh. She still teaches dance in Northern CA.
Najia was a passionate and energetic dancer. She demanded a lot from her students. I was14 when I took her class. She taught me basic choreography, transitions, and my left foot from my right. She had custom zills manufactured for her and her students. Katarina got my extra pair off me with great excitement. I still have my originals. Najia is a well known and respected dancer from the 60's & 70‘s. Now and ever the diva, She writes for Gilded Serpent Magazine, and teaches privately.Sat, April 23, 2011 - 10:50 AM permalink - 0 comments
~photo by Jules Kliot of Berkeley
Dianne was my first good dance teacher.Sat, April 23, 2011 - 10:49 AM permalink - 0 comments
She taught me drum solo, floor work and veil. I bought my first dance skirt from her, she’d made it herself and taught me the pattern. I was 11 and the class was free for me. Shortly after teaching this class, she left to tour Europe as a belly dance performer. She was a well known dancer and although she died sometime ago, in some dance circles she is still well remembered and loved. I still have the skirt.