My performing and teaching
career began in 1988. I've become a leading instructor; well
known because of my booklets, articles, and videos as well
as the high quality of my teaching. And I still enjoy
teaching new students! Newcomers always feel
comfortable and welcome in my class.
All of my classes follow a typical dance studio format, including warmup, drills, combinations and/or choreography.
If you're just starting,
I think you'll enjoy trying belly dance with me - I have thousands
of hours experience in teaching beginners, and
I really enjoy introducing people to the wonderful world of
With advanced students, I'm well known for my ability to teach the "hidden secrets" of improvising, as well as how to create your own choreographed dances, and polish your dancing until it shines! Choreography is like a visual poem set to music, try it yourself, you may discover a hidden talent!
In each of my classes I
teach two styles: RAKS SHARKI (classic and modern
belly dance), and TRIBAL ODYSSEY (follow-the-leader). They
share the same foundation of belly dance moves, but are used
in very different ways; each styles offers unique benefits.
My student-centered instruction
presents a wealth of material on this beautiful art form.
You get more than just steps and combinations - you see the
"big picture" of belly dance, and develop a depth of
appreciation and understanding of the finer points of our
Our foundation is
Egyptian-style Oriental Dance, including Middle Eastern
folkloric dances such as cane (Raks Assaya). We also feature
American belly dance specialties with props, such as Veil,
Sword, Candles, Fan Veils, and more. My skill with finger
cymbals or zills is well-known: see my famous Finger
Cymbal Solo video (courtesy of Serpentine
Communications channel) or my "how to play zills" videos and
more on YouTube: Dance
Eternal. I've taught this skill to many students
in classes and workshops and my Intermediate students all
learn how to play zills (or finger cymbals) as well.
Our "follow the leader"
group belly dancing is called Tribal Odyssey.
Students benefit by developing focus, awareness, and
graceful transitions while dancing. This structured format
will help you easily learn to play finger cymbals while
I also offer private and
semi-private lessons, workshops, and professional coaching
for individuals and groups at my lovely home dance studio. I
can help you become a professional if that's your goal. My
background as a featured performer in DC area restaurants
for 20 years helps me prepare students for the professional
My unique and effective
teaching method was reviewed and certified by the National
Association for Teacher Certification in Middle Eastern
Dance in 2008. Click
here to read comments
from the review board. My holistic approach will help you
explore your abilities to the fullest, and develop an inner
strength that enriches your life even outside the classroom.
I believe my 25 years as a full-time professional dancer and instructor reflects my serious commitment to the dance. I love helping dancers reach their dreams in dance! Come join us - we welcome new students from all walks of life!
Egyptian Folkloric Dance
photo by S. Dodd
Raks Sharki modern Egyptian Pop
photo by Anne Savedge
Tribal Veil Improvisation
American ITS Belly Dance
Tribal Fusion Belly dance