About Anthea Kawakib

My Arabic dance name, Kawakib (pronounced kah-WALK-ib), means "planets"

For details on my dance background, see my full resume

My professional career in Oriental (belly) Dance includes:

  • 19 years as a featured dancer in the DC area. A "featured dancer" means one or more performances each week. My regular venues in the DC metropolitan area were The Athenian Corner, Sahib, El Cid, Atilla's, and the Culmore during late 1980's to early '90's; and from 1992 - 2007 I was a featured dancer at the premier Moroccan restaurant, the Marrakesh DC. This 15 year run was the longest-running engagement in DC for an Oriental Dancer. Read more about my belly dancing at Marrakesh.
  • I performed monthly with the live band at Casablanca, Alexandria VA from 2002 to 2006.
  • From 1986 to 2013 I performed almost every year at "First Night Virgina", (a New Year's Eve arts event).
  • Won "Best Kept Secret",  1999 National Award.
  • Staff writer for Zaghareet! Belly dance Magazine since 2001.
  • Teaching Certification earned in 2008 through NATCMED. (Read comments from the review panel).
  • Founder and Artistic Director of the PRISM Dancers (student performing group) as well as previous performing groups Tribe Odyssey East, and the Award-winning Pearls of Rhythm troupe.
  • Former member of Topkapi Dancers (Fairfax, VA folkloric troupe) for ten years, including several as Artistic Director. 
  • Hundreds of shows through my Belly Gram Service from 1986 - 2008.
  • Coordinator of Dance Eternal productions, from 2000 - 2017 providing reliable and professional belly dance shows and events in Fredericksburg VA.
  • Co-creator of Tribal Odyssey group improvisational format of belly dance
  • Composer of Tribe O electronic belly dance music

Kawakib.com created January 1999. Content Anthea Poole 1999-2018