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Yasmina Ramzy Arts

The Path back to the Soul is in the Healing Powers of Raqs Sharqi
"has taken Bellydance to another level" Bravo TV

YASMINA RAMZY ARTS

Mentorship Programs

Elevating Body, Heart & Soul

Yasmina Ramzy Arts Mentoring Program provides the Arabesque Experience to dance artists, directors and instructors. The mission of YRA is to unlock creative potential and the power to move and motivate.

Do you wish to deepen your artistry as a memorable and engaging soloist?

Do you want to be a dance artist in a production created by Yasmina Ramzy?

Do you want your dance company, school and community inspired by passion?

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Yasmina's artform is Arabesque. It is Arab music, movement, and the channeling of love interwoven into one authentic art.

The work of Arabesque has broken through barriers and established Raqs Sharqi as relevant art on the world stage. Because of this foundation, Yasmina Ramzy Arts is empowered to explore and express the essence of a profound Raqs Sharqi.

As a voice of an art form that has endured 2000 years of persecution, Yasmina aspires to cultivate a world that celebrates the feminine archetype. By sharing your art with meaning and purpose, you will open hearts, free minds and heal spirits.

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"her choreography proves Bellydance is Art" Randa Kamel

Yasmina Ramzy

Yasmina Ramzy is a prolific choreographer. Her work is best known for its originality, elaborate staging and full range of emotional expression. Yasmina has mentored countless Raqs Sharqi dance artists nurturing their individuality and their path to artistic self expression. Her passion to represent an authentic artform compelled her to create 7 large international dance festivals featuring discussion and debate.

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Yasmina Ramzy is often referred to as a "Dance Whisperer" because of her ability to fascilitate a spiritual awakening and reveal an artist’s true voice and potential.

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"hypnotic ... artistry and passion" Dance International

YR Arts Programs

Program A

  • Technique Inside Out
  • Lineage of the Legends
  • Folklore Characters
  • Musical Nuances
  • Cream & Honey Movement
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Program B

  • Purposeful Improvisation
  • Creating Impactful Choreography
  • Channeling Authenticity
  • Workshop X
  • Art Between Steps
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Program C

  • Artistic Vision
  • Creating Audiences
  • Directing Dance Companies
  • Live Music
  • Being an Inspiring Teacher
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"Most unique and beautiful choreography" Nagua Fouad

YR Arts Intensive Pro Course

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"ability to choreograph this visual and aural integration" Barbara Sellers-Young, Author, Scholar

Online Classes

Now you can have full access, at your convenience, to extensive new learning material from Yasmina Ramzy.

"therapeutic, inspirational, motivating" Amity Alize

Be a Participant

Find out when Yasmina Ramzy will be in your city or visit Toronto, Canada to participate in one of Yasmina’s transformative and inspiring activities.

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"...keen sense of delivering her art ... a special dance choreographer..." Momo Kadous

Be a Host

If you are interested in hosting Yasmina Ramzy for one of her intensive courses and/or participate in a creative process and/or help facilitate the company to perform in your city then please

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"Unstinting drive for artistic excellence ... hugely inspiring" The Evening Star

Your Solo Performance

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"Brilliant, creative and forward thinking. Yasmina has the capacity to engage, empower and inspire everyone around her." Jerry Pergolesi

Perform with Yasmina

Bring your passion to a Yasmina Ramzy Arts / Arabesque production in Toronto or when the company is on tour. Be part of the inspiring rehearsal and performance experience in one of Yasmina’s next theatre productions. You can also join the Arabesque Dream Company which rehearses online for the most part and meets in different cities to perform at special events. Let Yasmina witness your dance artistry through one of her many learning opportunities when she visits your city or send an audition video and C.V. or come to Toronto, Canada.

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"consummate professionalism ... hypnotic to the eye and ear ... artistry and passion" Dance International

Your Company

Ignite fires of aspiration in your dancers while taking your dance company to the next level by engaging in one or more of the following options with Yasmina Ramzy:

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"arresting imagery...seduces completely...intelligent and inventive" The Globe & Mail

Planet Egypt

Discover a behind the scenes Egypt with Yasmina and her Egyptian artist friends. For 2 weeks, explore Cairo and Luxor to Aswan on the Nile Cruise. Yasmina's tour is unique and rich with magical adventures in dance, music, antiquities and culture. People return with Yasmina even as many as 4 times.

Be the next to have an adventure of a lifetime.

"better than I dreamed" Cynthia Truax

Testimonials

Barbara Sellers-Young

"Mahmoud Reda and Yasmina Ramzy have presented a counter-discourse that has had an impact on the global dance form's reception ... What makes Arabesque distinctive is the sophistication of the choreography, in which the dances are an intricate visual revelation of the music ... ability to choreograph this visual and aural integration is the result of her discovery of Tarab."

Barbara Sellers-Young, USA

Author, Belly Dance, Pilgrimage and Identidy

 

Randa Kamel

"Her choreography proves that Bellydance is Art...always trying to do something good for Oriental dance all her life...I saw her show in Toronto, it was great, I was shocked since Canada is so far from Egypt but Yasmina took the teachings from Egypt to Canada."

Randa Kamel, Egypt

Dance Artist

 

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Jeff Dimitriou

"Yasmina is one of a kind. A warm, loving, supportive and creative human and artist. She reaches people in ways that most cannot with her humility and grace. This serves her students, colleagues and audience in a way that escapes words. A brilliant creator with cultured artistry and honourable intentions."

Jeff Dimitriou, Toronto, ON.

Choreographer, JDX Entertainment, Dimitriou Dance Co.

 

Bozenka

Yasmina is an artist who sets herself apart particularly in her brilliant and moving choreography. Her attention to detail encompasses movement' adds colour, texture, evokes feelings and educates. In Oriental Dance, she is one of today's most experienced and creative choreographers.

Bozenka, Crete/USA

Dance Artist

 

Deidre Kelly

"...a Jungian wonder, studded with arresting archetypal imagery and symbolic power...intelligent and inventive choreography...seduces completely"

Deidre Kelly, Toronto, ON.

The Globe and Mail

 

Sonia Ochoa

“Oh wow! Yasmina! It was a great pleasure to work with her! When she choreographed ‘Keef Trouhi’ by Issa Ghandour, I was so impressed with the richness and texture she created with all the layers of movements. It was beautifully interpreted music using a body of 8 dancers. She made intelligent and innovative use of the stage while creating a hypnotizing flow of patterns. I am so honored to have been a part of her inspirational work of art as it was presented by Miles Copelands Bellydance Superstars world touring company!”

Sonia Ochoa, USA

Dance Artist

 

Peter M. Ryan

"Yasmina is a force of energy, determination, integrity and passion. She pushes the envelope, but with grace and elegance. She's the genuine article."

Peter M. Ryan, Canada

Chair, Dance Ontario

 

Rahel Claman

"Yasmina is an intuitive and creative teacher. She sees each dancer’s strengths and weaknesses and uses multiple effective approaches to bringing out their best. She demands the most from her students while remaining patient and generous."

Rahel Claman, Vancouver

Dance Artist

 

Robert Desrosiers

“Yasmina has created a powerful centre for Women to express their femininity using the ancient Art of Belly Dancing. She has a deep understanding of the history & technique of Belly Dancing.“

Robert Desrosiers, Ontario

Choreographer

 

Jerry Pergolesi

"Brilliant, creative and forward thinking. Yasmina has the capacity to engage, empower and inspire everyone around her."

Jerry Pergolesi, Palm Springs

Director, Contact Contemporary Music

 

Angelica Jordan

"Truly memorable, thought-provoking and life-changing experience...although the course is finished, I think it is just the beginning....there are some moments that will forever mark you and I just lived one of them in this course. I feel challenged and supported at the same time. Thank you Yasmina Ramzy and Arabesque for everything that you are and everything you stand for."

Angelica Jordan, Montreal / LA

Dance Artist

 

Momo Kadous

No two differ from those who know her as a good artist with a keen sense of delivering her art to the viewer in a three way accompanied by the imagination needed by the viewer after the daily effort of normal work, yes she is a special dance choreographer.

Momo Kadous, Frankfurt, Germany

Choreographer, Director, Dance Artist

 

Maryfer Cardenas

This is the best experience ever because of Yasmina, and not just because all her knowledge but also because of her great "giving" heart! *****ALSO**** "YASMINA ROCKS!!!!!!! Best experience ever! You'll take information to assimilate for years and years to come. Don't hesitate, TAKE IT!!!"

Maryfer Cardenas, Mexico

Dance Artist

 

Nagua Fouad

Most unique and beautiful choreography

Nagua Fouad, Egypt

Dance Artist

 

Meyranie Rodriguez

"At first, I was connected to the magic of this art in a superficial way. Then I got deeper into the spiritual awakening it can create, major thank you Yasmina Ramzy for all the widsom and knowladge that changed my dance life and my whole self as well. Your mentorship is precious sunlight."

Meyranie Rodriguez, Montreal, Quebec

Dance Artist

 

Ana Chora (PhD)

"I couldn't find a course such as this anywhere in Europe. It was was much more than I expected. The quality of information, the precision of what "professional" means and the authenticity of Yasmina's style made me feel and think in a completely different way about Bellydancing. I am very proud of having the opportunity to study with Yasmina."

Ana Chora (PhD), Portugal

Dance Artist/Scholar

 

Paula Citron

"...consummate professionalism...hypnotic to the eye and ear...well-appreciated by the audience for its artistry and passion..."

Paula Citron

Dance International

 

Amity Alize

"Therapeutic, inspirational and motivating. Ready to cast my light. I learned many new things to go home and work on not just from Yasmina Ramzy but from my fellow dance artists as well."

Amity Alize, New Hampshire, USA

Dance Artist

 

Dr George Sawa

Yasmiina is a very creative dancer and choreographer, and as you know she is conversant in so many types of dances (oriental, folkloric, sacred, sufi, gulf, etc). I am not a dancer myself but heard many dancers saying that she is a choreography genius! Randa Kamel apparently sobbed intensely when she saw yasmina's show and choreography of Enta Omri, this is quite a testimonial! Yasmina takes the music and choreographs not only solos but also group dancers and ends up with beautiful shows.

Dr George Sawa, Canada

Scholar, Musician

 

Laura Selenzi

"I consider Yasmina Ramzy to be the catalyst that took me from a recreational dancer to a professional. After taking this course, I moved from Halifax to Toronto with the intention if studying intensely at Arabesque Academy. Over my 5 years there my dancing completely changed, gaining an understanding of Egyptian folklore, music, culture, dance technique, and many other intricate details of bellydance. Her focus on the true art of bellydance - it's connection to the music, feeling, and even spirituality of Egypt, deepened my appreciation and understanding of the art form in a way that no other instructor has been able to do. Yasmina has always encouraged a well-rounded dance education, generously bringing in other amazing artists such as Sashar Zarif, Robert Derosiers and Hany Morgan to share their insight with her students - which tells me that her commitment to this art form is entirely unselfish and comes from a place of deep love. I have brought Yasmina to Halifax twice to offer workshops to our local community, and the response has always been enthusiastic delight. I would not hesitate to recommend Yasmina to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the beautiful art of bellydance.

Laura Selenzi, Halifax, NS

Dance Artist

 

Shira

"I can always count on Yasmina Ramzy to bring high standards of quality to everything she presents, both artistic creations and event productions."

Shira, USA

 

Jennifer Drummond

I have been lucky to witness to Yasmina develop choreography on many occasions. She finds music that suits those she is working with and then lets the music and the dancer(s) inspire her in her creation. Her extensive experience and study in Arabic music is evident as she finds its wonderful nuances and the movements that expresses both the music and emotion behind it. Its a wonderful challenge for the dancers and a moving experience for the audience. Truly a magical piece is created and you feel blessed to witness the process.

Jennifer Drummond, Toronto, Ontario

Dance Artist

 

Alia Thabit

"Thought-provoking, much to consider. Gave me direction where to go with my pracrice into the future. Total respect for Yasmina Ramzy."

Alia Thabit, New York, USA

Dance Artist

 

Ozgen Ozgec

"I was stunned when I saw Yasmina Ramzy' s dance production. All outstanding. Everything finds embodiment in her story telling, colourful, magnificent show. Truly inspiring."

Ozgen Ozgec, England / Turkey

Dance Artist

 

Aurora Ongaro

Yasmina is obviously very knowledgeable and talented in Middle Eastern dance. Beyond that, she genuinely cares for the people she works with, the culture, and art. While it has been some time since I have been a student of hers, I still use the her lessons and remember the words of wisdom. Just the other day, I told my students that being nervous before a performance is okay, it means that it is important to them. If they ever stop getting nervous, then they know it's time to stop performing because they are no longer emotionally engaged and wanting to do well.

Aurora Ongaro, Edmonton, AB

Dance Artist

 

Chellcy Reitsma

"Unrivalled! Yasmina and her staff of instructors are a wealth of knowledge... the most supportive, giving and open learning environment I have experienced. I highly recommend this course for the serious advanced dancer"

Chellcy Reitsma, Chicago, U.S.A.

Dance Artist

 

"...an exciting choreographer, who understands the importance of theatrics in her presentations, gets better & better with each work..."

Paula Citron

Toronto Life

 

Mylene Cayer (Zahira)

"I come out of this experience with a bubbling heart and a full head of concepts and ideas to work with and implement. Two weeks goes by fast."

Mylene Cayer (Zahira), Sainte-Foy, Quebec

Dance Artist

 

Neyka (Zahra) Ramos

"Feel inspired and motivated. Before I came took this course, I knew something was missing in my dance. Now I know what it is and I now have the tools to work on it."

Neyka (Zahra) Ramos, USA

Dance Artist

 

Dina

"Yasmina has really created something wonderful in Toronto!!! At one point I really thought about moving to Toronto... was very intense, challenging and fun! I think Yasmina has a very special talent; being a wonderful dancer, gathering the most talented dancers and teachers, the best musicians. Yasmina is one of the best teachers I've ever had because she analyses so well and because she is so open hearted and willing to give everything in dance and not holding anything back. I think what is done here to take oriental music, arts and dance to a higher level should be happening everywhere around the world- THANK YOU SO MUCH!"

Dina, Austria

Dance Artist

 

Eva Hu

You cannot imagine how much I enjoyed and valued this course with Yasmina!!! It was such an eye opener to show me how much more I need to know about belly dancing. It touched on so many important issues that everyone should know about! It would have been very difficult to go even more in depth and keep everyone's focus since not everyone is looking to learn the exact same aspects of belly dance. One of my favourite parts was the incredibly 'safe' and supportive and positive environment which allowed me to feel free of judgment and to help me explore the possibilities of movement and myself. I'm not sure if Yasmina is aware of this but everything I have learned I will also incorporate in my classroom as a day school teacher. The course did more than help me grow as a dancer. It has changed me as a person and I'm eternally grateful for it!

Eva Hu, Toronto, Ontario

Dance Artist

 

Hala Jamal

"This course filled in all the holes and gaps encompassing beyond the dance, including culture, artistry and the entire professionalism. The group was so diverse but became very cohesive."

Hala Jamal, Canmore, Alberta

Dance Artist

 

Ivanka Espinosa

"The course changed my bellydance vision! I'm so happy - I've learned so much! I loved everything. I think I really enjoyed learning more about the Egyptian culture the best. The videos and all the things we share, I really enjoy all the knowledge that Yasmina gave us. I think the live band performance was a great experience because a lot of us have never dance in front of an audience with live band, and it was fun ! = ) .The feedback after we dance. I wish it could have been longer!"

Ivanka Espinosa, Panama

Dance Artist

 

Kali Zahira

"Inspired, exhausted, this really filled in the gaps and rounded out my experience of the dance."

Kali Zahira, Aukland, New Zealand

Dance Artist

 

Kelvia

"Feel so fortunate...once in a lifetime experience...a challenge to really re-look at myself as a dancer and what I thought I knew and finding new ways to be a dancer...really grew as a professional."

Kelvia, Puerto Rico/Conneticut, U.S.A.

Dance Artist

 

Kristin Panylyk

"Each day brought new experiences, new ideas and took me to a deeper understanding of my art form. As a dance artist, my understanding and appreciation of the music and roots of the dance form have been magnified. As a performer my presence has expanded and transformed. As a dance teacher my knowledge has grown and will be passed down to others. The course was intensive and complete immersion heightened the experience. It is the kind of course that could be experienced at various times during ones dance career and would take on new meaning each time. I would recommend this course for any serious, advanced dancer to take their art to a higher level."

Kristin Panylyk, Edmonton, Alberta

Dance Artist

 

Amulara

"Yasmina Ramzy managed to create a very unique course which has no analogue in other countries to my knowledge. The subjects which were tough in the course would unlikely be formally tough even in Egypt, The countru of belly dance. Personally, the course gave me a great sense of information about the Middle Eastern dance in general, culture and its music. Again, to my knowledge such subjects are not tough anywhere else. To sum up, I found the course extremely informative and inspiring and it gave me a good push to proceed with my career as a professional Bellydancer."

Amulara, U.K.

Dance Artist

 

Lindsay Cottin

"Has helped me immensely in my confidence as a belly dancer and understanding in belly dancing. If it was not for this experience I would not have got the boost I needed to go back to my home town and be a better teacher and performer. It gave me the opportunity to dance and learn about working with live Egyptian musicians; something I would have never experienced where I am from. Learning from the musicians has given me a much better understanding of how Middle Eastern music works, and how to feel belly dance music. The course also gave the chance to work with other dance/ improv instructors which helped put connections between belly dance, modern dance, and emotions together. This has improved my dance posture and passion. I am so grateful for this course!"

Lindsay Cottin, Regina, Saskatchewan

Dance Artist

 

Loaya Quesada

"It has been an incredible 2 week journey. I have learned so much about dance, history, people, movement, purpose, commitment, dedication, passion...love. I have learned there is space for everyone in art. During these 2 weeks, so many ideas and things came up that I look forward to going home and working on."

Loaya Quesada, Puerto Rico

Dance Artist

 

Rachel Brookmire

Yasmina is a wonderful teacher and I hope you have the chance to learn from her.

Rachel Brookmire, Washington DC

Dance Artist

 

Rivka Lopes (1)

Arabesque Advanced Artistry: I was taking belly dance classes with Yasmina for a few months when I decided to take Advanced Artistry's workshop. Lucky me. During four days of workshops with different artists with different styles of dance. The workshop shows the beautiful connection between soul and movement. We explored our body movements through a different dance style each day. Hip Hop, Ballet, Comtemporary dance, showing that every movement that comes from the heart makes the best piece of art.

Rivka Lopes (1), Winnipeg, MN

Dance Artist

 

Rivka Lopes (2)

Revelations and Transformations: It was definitely a transformation in my life. After taking revelations and transformations course in 2017, I’ve changed as a dancer and as an artist. During a week, we dancers went through an enlightening journey. Emotional, artistic, powerful. Yasmina’s choice on the artists to teach couldn’t be better. Besides daily discussions on the art form, improvisation, technique and how to work our own style, we had a chance to work on the marketing aspect to teach and promote ourselves as artists. Revelations and Transformations has opened my mind in so many aspects and I’m so grateful for having taken this journey with beautiful souls and talented dancers!

Rivka Lopes (2), Winnipeg

Dance Artist

 

Rivka Lopes (3)

Immersion: “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.” I've thought of Yasmina at the moment I've read this sentence, and it was exactly when I was taking Arabesque Immersion workshop. Besides techinique that goes from beginner to advanced, Yasmina touches in a super important part: the roots of this art form as well as its various styles. All levels students fall in love with rhythms and the history involved in a super cozy, friendly and free of judgment environment.

Rivka Lopes (3), Winnipeg

Dance Artist

 

Serena Kerbes

"A wealth of information that will last a lifetime. Yasmina has such an impressive knowledge of this art form and was so open in sharing with us. She provided us with a memorable, challenging yet positive working environment. Personally, I feel I have evolved from taking this course and have been left with a more refined sense of direction when it comes to maximizing my potential as a Middle Eastern dancer."

Serena Kerbes, Alberta, Canada

Dance Artist

 

Sharleen Rivero

"Motivated to want to fully grasp the dance and to fully give my soul to become a better dancer and artist...touched and inspired by so many teachers and other students, I never want it to stop."

Sharleen Rivero, Toronto, Ontario

Dance Artist

 

Tamami Shirai

"I really appreciate all the quality of the course. It was informative and academic. Most of the teachers told us 'choreography is not bellydance' and asked us 'why we dance?' - which made me think about it seriously as it was easy to fall into the trap to stick to choreography and copying it. Especially our improvisation sessions were practical lessons. My expression (face, body movement) is not shy anymore. Japan's society is a 'shy' society and people tend to avoid doing something extreme, especially in front of others, which sometimes prevents creativity. I feel comfortable that I am a person who expresses something to others. - I know it is something I will have to improve more. I have a confidence for the improvised performance now because of my practice with live music in Toronto. I pay more attention to translate music to movement than before."

Tamami Shirai, Japan

Dance Artist

 

Rebecca Todd

"... will go down in history as having redeemed Bellydancing... scorching solo of virtuoso body isolations..."

Rebecca Todd

The Globe and Mail

 

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"creates dramatic impact" Toronto Star

Calendar

"sets herself apart in her brilliant and moving choreography" Bozenka

Workshop History

Workshops International
2018
Miami, USA
Musical Nuances
Miami, USA
Folklore and Charaters
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Miami, USA
Music Inside and Out
Grand Rapids, USA
Arms & Hands Technique
Grand Rapids, USA
Meaning in Movement
Grand Rapids, USA
Cream & Honey
Grand Rapids, USA
Immersion
Grand Rapids, USA
Techinque Turned Inside Out
Grand Rapids, USA
The Improv Choreo Connection
Grand Rapids, USA
Sufi Dance
Grand Rapids, USA
Art Between the Steps
Grand Rapids, USA
Saiidi (Assaya)
Halifax, Canada
Specific Learning
Thunder Bay, Canada
Specific Learning
2016
Boston, USA
Arabesque Immersion
Columbus, USA
Cairo of Columbus Festival
Grand Rapids, USA
Arabesque Immersion
Washionton D.C., USA
Arabesque Immersion & Mahragan
2015
New York City, USA
Impactful Performances
New York City, USA
Channeling the Legends
Hamilton, Canada
Heavy Hitting Hips
Jersey City, USA
Specific Learning
New York City, USA
Specific Learning
New York City, USA
Tamalyn Dallal Intensive
Columbus, USA
Cairo of Columbus Festival
Penticton, Canada
Specific Learning
Washionton D.C., USA
Specific Learning
2014
Grand Rapids, USA
Specific Learning
Minneapolis, USA
Specific Learning
Vancouver, USA
Specific Learning
New York City, USA
Specific Learning
Cairo, Egypt
Raqs of Course
Delaware, USA
Specific Learning
Chicago, USA
Specific Learning
2013
Montreal, Canada
Arabesque Immersion
Cairo, Egypt
Raqs of Course
2012
Thunder Bay, Canada
Specific Learning
2010
Edmonton, Canada
Specific Learning
Yukon, Canada
Workshop
Vancouver, Canada
Workshop
2009
Haliburton, Canada
One-Week Intensive Summer Camp at Haliburton School of the Arts
Austin, USA
Specific Learning
2008
Mexico City, Mexico
Two-Day Workshop
Moncton, Canada
Atlantic Dance Festival, Moncton Ballet School
Haliburton, Canada
Level Two - Flemming College, Haliburton School of the Arts
Haliburton, Canada
Level One - Flemming College, Haliburton School of the Arts
Winnipeg, Canada
AuSet Studio
Kingston, Canada
One Day Workshop
2007
Thunder Bay, Canada
Four-Day Workshop
Boston, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Haliburton, Canada
Five-Day Workshop
Kingston, Canada
One Day Workshop
Brockville, Canada
One Day Workshop
Milwaukee, USA
Three-Day Workshop
Calgary, Canada
Three-Day Workshop
2006
Grand Rapids, USA
Three-Day Workshop
Edmonton, Canada
Three-Day Workshop
2005
Chicago, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Bristol, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Thunder Bay, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Budapest, Hungary
Three-Day Workshop
Vienna, Austria
Two-Day Workshop
Barcelona, Spain
Three-Day Workshop
Ottawa, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Atlanta, USA
Two-Day Workshop
2004
Virginia Beach, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Grand Rapids, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Edmonton, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Windsor, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Montreal, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
San Juan, Puerto RIco
Three-Day Workshop
Guelph, Canada
Four-Day Workshop
Belleville, Canada
Five-Day Workshop
Hong Kong, China
Four-Day Workshop
Victoria, Canada
Three-Day Workshop
Sarnia, Canada
Workshop
Thunder Bay, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Stratford, Canada
Workshop
Kingston, Canada
Dance Ontario 3 x3
Bristol, England
Workshop
2003
Edinborough, Scotland
Workshop
Glasgow, Scotland
Workshop
Vienna, Austria
Four-Day Workshop
Frankfurt, Germany
One-Week Workshop
Houston, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Winnipeg, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Orangeville, Canada
One-Day Workshop
Barcelona, Spain
Three-Day Workshop
Austin, Canada
Three-Day Workshop
Ingersoll, Canada
Six-Day Summer Camp
Grand Rapids, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Atlanta, USA
Workshop during "Descent of Ishtar Tour
Sarnia, Canada
Workshop during "Descent of Ishtar Tour
Sudbury, Canada
Workshop during "Descent of Ishtar Tour
Windsor, Canada
Workshop during "Descent of Ishtar Tour
Ottawa, Canada
Workshop during "Descent of Ishtar Tour
St. Catherines, Canada
Workshop during "Descent of Ishtar Tour
2002
Barcelona, Spain
Two-Day Workshop
Winnipeg, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Atlanta, USA
Two-Day Workshop
Sarnia, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
2001
Miami, USA
Two-Day Workshop
St. John, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
Barrie, Canada
Workshop
Guelph, Canada
Workshop at University of Guelph
2000
Kingston, Canada
Workshop
Windsor, Canada
Workshop at Womyn's Forum
Sarnia, Canada
Present monthly workshops
1999
Barrie, Canada
Workshop
Vancouver, Canada
Two-Day Workshop for MEDA
Calgary, Canada
Two-Day Workshop
London, Canada
Workshop
1998
Guelph, Canada
Workshop
Victoria, Canada
Three-Day Workshop
1997
Hamilton, Canada
A month of weekly classes for Donna's Friends in Fitness
1991-1994
USA
Average of three Middle Eastern Dance classes a week
Mexico
Average of three Middle Eastern Dance classes a week
Syria
Average of three Middle Eastern Dance classes a week
Jordan
Average of three Middle Eastern Dance classes a week
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Workshops Toronto
2017
How to Make Creative Ensemble Choreography
Technique Comprehension, Beginners and Intermediate
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Revelations and Transformations: Professional Intensive Course
Arabesque Immersion (2 and 4 Days)
2015
Daredevil Dance Workshop
Advanced Artistry (one Week)
Mastering Arab Music for Dance Artists
Advanced Artistry (one Week)
Comprehensive Workshop with Live Drummers
Arabesque Immersion (2 and 4 Days)
Inprove Intensive
Master Pro Course
Advanced Artistry (four 4 hour workshops)
Advanced Artistry (five 3 hour workshops)
Arabesque Dance Company two part workshop
Advanced Artistry (six - 2 hour workshops)
2014
Fearless Femininity in Folklore
Dance Like a Legend
Arabesque Immersion (2 and 4 Days)
Al Khaima (The Tent)
Arabesque Pro Course
Yasi Clinic
Pulse Dance Conference
Bellydance: Social Impact Lecture
Beyond Heavy Hitting Hips
Heavy Hitting Hips: Applications
Technique-a-thone (Intermeditate and Advanced)
Heavy Hitting Hips: Applications
Majilis (Dragonfly Studios)
Al Khaima (The Tent)
Kick Ass Technique
Bellydance & Folklore
Bellydance & Folklore
2013
Al Khaima (The Tent)
Arabesque Pro Course
Pro Series: Saiidi & Khaleegy
Saiidi & Saudi
Between the Notes
Beyond Heavy Hitting Hips
Heavy Hitting Hips: Basics
Al Khaima (The Tent)
Bellydance Dumbek Brigade
Bellydance & Folklore
Bellydance Crash Course (Intermidiate and Advance Course)
Bellydance Dumbek Brigade
Al Khaima (The Tent)
Arabesque Pro Course
Al Khaima (The Tent)
Bellydance Dumbek Brigade
2012
Workshop X
2011
Al Khaima (The Tent) - dancing with Live Musicians Workshop
Oum Kalthoum Workshop
Intermediate & Advance Bellydance Crash Course
Beginner 1 & 2 Bellydance Crash Course
Two-week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course
Al Khaima - Dancing with Live Musicians Workshop
Bellydance: Spirituality, Sexuality, Feminism & Self-Esteem Lecture
Yearnings Choreography Workshop
Drum Solo Choreography Workshop
Kick Ass Technique
Khatarna Alla Ballak Choreography Workshop
West Meets East Lecture
2010
Al Khaima - Dancing with Live Musicians Workshop
Oum Kalthoum Workshop
Yearnings Choreography Workshop
Kick Ass Technique
Drum Solos & Taxims
I Dream in Drag Workshop
Two-week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course
Saiidi Workshop
Folklore Workshop
Kick Ass Technique
Oum Kalthoum Workshop
Al Khaima - Dance Relation with Music
2009
Al Khaima - Dance Relation with Music
Bellydance Video Night
Two-week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course
Two-week Technique Master Class
Folklore Weekend Workshop
Al Khaima - Dance Relation with Music
2008
Al Khaima (The Tent) - Dance Relation with Music
Intensive Folklore Weekend
Al Khaima (The Tent) - Dance Relation with Music
Arabesque Intensive Professional Course
York University, Pulse Youth Dance Conference
Museum of Textiles
Al Khaima (The Tent) - Dance Relation with Music
On The Move, National Ballet of Canada School
2005
Arabesque Intensive Pro Course
Raks Al Assaya (Egyptian Cane Dance)
2004
Two-Week Intensive Professional Course
2001-2003
Average 8 Classess a week at Arabesque Academy
2002
Branksome Hall
2001
Re-organized Arabesque Academy to an exclusively Middle Eastern Dance, Music and history school, offering up to 30 classes a week
Branksome Hall
1995-2000
Re-opened Arabesque Academy, a multi-ethnic dance school specializing in Middle Eastern, Latin and Brazillian dance; owener, manager, teacher, agent, teching 16 Middle Eastern Dance classes weekly.
2000
Workshop at Earl Haig Secondary School for the Arts
Workshop at Kick Up Your Heels Festival, Harbourfront Centre
Women's Self Esteem Workshop At Oakwood Public Library
1999
Drum Solo Workshop with Percussionist Amer Matri
Workshop at Water's Edge Cafe, Hot n' Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre
Workshop with Dr. George Sawa at Centauri Summer Arts Camp
Workshop to the East York Woman's Group
1998
Workshop at Water's Edge Cafe, Hot n' Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre
Workshop - Drum & Dance Marathon for COBA and OMO
Workshop for Harbourfront Community Centre
Workshop for the Gay & Lesbian Committee, York University
1997
Workshop Sponsored by Dance Unbrella of the Ontario at the Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballett of Canada
Workshop for Canadian Managers of Proctor & Gamble with Carmen Romero
Seminar for Graduate Dance Program at York University
1991-1994
Average of three Middle Eastern Classes and Workshops
1987-1990
Arabesque Academy - Owner, Manager, Teacher, Administrator, promoter
1984-1986
Average two Middle Eastern Dance classes a week out of the home
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Choreography History

Choreography Commissions
2018
Delkash Dancers
Grand Rapids, USA
El Ness Ya Ray'a
Pre-Recorded - 4 Minutes
3 Dancers
2015
Jawahiir Dance Company
Minneapolis, USA
Ala Babi Waef Amar Ein
Pre-Recorded - 12 Minutes
14 Dancers
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2012
Ancient Arts Studio
Berkley, USA
Shamadan
Pre-Recorded - 5 Minutes
8 Dancers
2011
RakSultana
Grand Rapids, USA
Sanatein Wana Hayel Fiik
Pre-Recorded - 5 Minutes
6 Dancers
2005
Company Messa
Atlanta, USA
Venus (remount)
Pre-Recorded - 5 Minutes
7 Dancers
2008
Edmonton Bellydance Ensemble
Edmonton, Canada
Ghana El Hawa (remount)
Pre-Recorded - 11 Minutes
8 Dancers
2010
Bellydance Superstars
Los Angelos, USA
Keef Trouhi
Pre-Recorded - 4 Minutes
8 Dancers
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Choreography - Arabesque
2014
Sawah
Live Musicians
12 Mins.
15 Dancers
Wahashtiini
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
1 Dancers
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Lelah Lelah/Khaleegy
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
12 Dancers
Adaweya & Drum Solo
Live Musicians
17 Mins.
12 Dancers
Banadi Aleik
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
12 Dancers
Ana Fe Entazarak
Live Musicians
5 Mins.
1 Dancers
Habaytak Bisayf
Live Musicians
5 Mins.
9 Dancers
Drum Mania
Live Musicians
7 Mins.
12 Dancers
Jiini & Jeanie
Live Musicians
7 Mins.
8 Dancers
Finale - Classical Montage
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
17 Dancers
2012
Jamra
Live Musicians
12 Mins.
17 Dancers
Fajr
Live Musicians
2 Mins.
3 Dancers
A Ya Lalali
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
4 Dancers
Dabki with Kranti
Live Musicians
10 Mins.
17 Dancers
Ali Loz
Live Musicians
10 Mins.
7 Dancers
Bandari
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
16 Dancers
Ghawazi
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
3 Dancers
Turkish Roma with Ferda Bayazit
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
8 Dancers
Walaaha
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
1 Dancers
2011
NOOR
Live Musicians
32 Mins.
17 Dancers
Hiyee
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
12 Dancers
Yearnings
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
1 Dancers
Noor - Montage
Live Musicians
10 Mins.
12 Dancers
Coffee Shop
Live Musicians
10 Mins
15 Dancers
Dabki
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
16 Dancers
Hafleh
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
1 Dancers
Ikaa
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
8 Dancers
Ya Msafer Wahdak
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
2 Dancers
Raqs Sharqi Finale
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
12 Dancers
2010
OUM
Live Musicians
32 Mins.
13 Dancers
Haysa
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
13 Dancers
Sanatein Wana Hayel Fiik
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
6 Dancers
Coffee Shop
Live Musicians
10 Mins.
10 Dancers
Sahra
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
7 Dancers
Luxor Baladna
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
4 Dancers
2009
Priestess Walk
Pre-recorded
6 Mins.
6 Dancers
Haba Fok Haba Taht
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
6 Dancers
Hiyee
Live Musicians
13 Mins.
13 Dancers
Kariat El Fingan
Live Musicians
23 Mins.
15 Dancers
Shat Eskandaria
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
15 Dancers
Aiewa
Live Musicians
8 Mins.
13 Dancers
2008
Bint El Hitta
Live Musicians
7 Mins.
12 Dancers
2007
Layali Nour
Pre-recorded
6 Mins.
8 Dancers
Maitri Sagara
Pre-recorded
5 Mins.
1 Dancers
Nuit (rework)
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
7 Dancers
2006
Inta Omri
Live Musicians
25 Mins.
12 Dancers
El Binta Beida
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
8 Dancers
Arab Habibi
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
8 Dancers
Tannoura
Live Musicians
3 Mins.
2 Dancers
Binti Bahari (rework)
Live Musicians
7 Mins.
5 Dancers
Mashkelni
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
8 Dancers
House Hagallah
Live Musicians
12 Mins.
8 Dancers
Walauu
Live Musicians
10 Mins.
8 Dancers
Tahtiib Fight
Live Musicians
6 Mins.
4 Dancers
Courting Hagallah
Live Musicians
3 Mins.
5 Dancers
Beini Ou Beinak
Live Musicians
7 Mins.
17 Dancers
Nibtidi Menein Il Hikaya
Live Musicians
5 Mins.
1 Dancers
Hezzie
Live Musicians
7 Mins.
1 Dancers
Kalaatny Ya Booy
Live Musicians
4 Mins.
5 Dancers
2005
Al Ana Fakrah
Pre-recorded
5 mins.
6 Dancers
Bint El Hitta
Live Musicians
6 mins.
1 Dancers
El Darwish - (wip)
Live Musicians
5 mins.
5 Dancers
Nawaem
Live Musicians
6 mins.
6 Dancers
2004
Majnun
Live Musicians
6 mins.
7 Dancers
2003
Ashimtini
pre-recorded
5 mins.
1 Dancers
Bitgannin Kidaho
Pre-recorded
5 mins.
1 Dancers
I Put a Spell on You
Pre-recorded
5 mins.
7 Dancers
2002
Ghana El Hawa
Live Musicians
13 mins.
8 Dancers
Isis
Live Musicians
35 mins.
22 Dancers
Tahtil Shebak (Assaya)
Live Musicians
5 mins.
7 Dancers
2001
Fii Youm Wa Leila
Live Musicians
7 mins.
10 Dancers
Ikaa
Live Musicians
6 mins.
7 Dancers
Khod Elbi
Pre-recorded
5 mins.
1 Dancers
Lisa Fark
Live Musicians
5 mins.
1 Dancers
Ma Eli We El Telu
Live Musicians
6 mins.
1 Dancers
Malika
Live Musicians
8 mins.
7 Dancers
2000
Creation Myth of Ancient Egypt
Pre-recorded
30 mins.
2 Dancers
Layli Zeman
Pre-recorded
10 mins.
1 Dancers
1999
Alilos
Live Musicians
15 mins.
5 Dancers
Leilet Hob
Live Musicians
16 mins.
9 Dancers
Amer's Drum Solo
Live Musicians
4 mins.
1 Dancers
Daklet El Awalim
Live Musicians
6 mins.
9 Dancers
Hejran
pre-recorded
15 mins.
6 Dancers
Nakarat El' Tabla
Live Musicians
8 mins.
10 Dancers
Tahtil Shebak (Miaya))
Live Musicians
5 mins.
1 Dancers
Wahashtiini
Live Musicians
8 mins.
1 Dancers
1998
Descent of Ishtar
Pre-recorded-music commissioned music by Richard Feren
45 mins.
15 Dancers
Five
Pre-recorded - Original music composed by Ron Allen
9 mins.
2 Dancers
Habibi Ya Nur El Ain
Live Musicians
5 mins.
6 Dancers
Huwwa Sahih
Live Musicians
4 mins.
1 Dancers
Nuit
1 Vocalist
6 mins.
5 Dancers
Oyoun
Live Musicians
15 mins.
7 Dancers
Tannoura
Live Musicians
5 mins.
5 Dancers
1997
Aswan
Live Musicians
20 mins.
5 Dancers
Zaffah
Live Musicians
4 mins.
4 Dancers
1996
Call of the Nile
Live Musicians
90 Mins.
17 Dancers
Batwa Niis Biik
Pre-recorded
10 mins.
1 Dancers
Didi
Pre-recorded
5 mins.
8 Dancers
Milaya
Live Musicians
12 mins.
5 Dancers
Prayer to Nuit
Vocalist
4 mins.
1 Dancers
Raks Sharqi
Pre-recorded
8 mins.
4 Dancers
Shamadan
Live Musicians
10 mins.
7 Dancers
Tahtib
3 mins.
3 Dancers
Zaar
Live Musicians
8 mins.
7 Dancers
1994
Eshta Ya Amar
Pre-recorded
12 mins.
1 Dancers
1992
Ana Fe Entazarak
Pre-recorded
4 mins.
1 Dancers
Ayeela Tayha
pre-recorded
10 mins.
5 Dancers
Bedouin Sword
pre-recorded
3 mins.
3 Dancers
Contemporary Egyptian
Pre-recorded
8 mins.
10 Dancers
Ghawazi
Pre-recorded
8 mins.
8 Dancers
Kuwaiti
Pre-recorded
3 mins.
3 Dancers
Sahr El Assal
Pre-recorded
15 mins.
9 Dancers
Saiidi
Pre-recorded
4 mins.
1 Dancers
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Choreography - Troupes
2017
Intermediate
Ayertny El Ayam
7 Dancers
Beginners
Amya Sayad
5 Dancers
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Folklore
Khaleegy
4 Dancers
Intermediate
Chouf Halak
9 Dancers
Earthshakers
Ma Badi Shi
3 Dancers
Int/Advance
Sufi Dancing with Hany Morgan w/ live music
5 Dancers
Earthshakers
Si Abdo
5 Dancers
Beginners
Ya Mnaanaa
4 Dancers
Intermediate
Ya Reytni Ana Wali Inti
6 Dancers
Advance
Ah Law Lezbt Ya Zahr
10 Dancers
Joy
Hawa Ya Hawa
4 Dancers
Folklore
Raqs Ballas (Falahi)
4 Dancers
Arabesque Student Troup
Ya'nawain (Assaya)
3 Dancers
2016
Intermediate
Khatarna Alla Ballak (rework)
8 Dancers
Folklore
Ghawazi
4 Dancers
Beginners
Elsokkar Barra
8 Dancers
Arabesque Student Troup
Shereen
8 Dancers
Earthshakers
I Put a Spell on You
4 Dancers
Joy
Maharagan
3 Dancers
Earthshakers
Phenomenal Woman
5 Dancers
Earthshakers
Si Abdo
5 Dancers
Intermediate
Ehdono El Ayam
12 Dancers
Folklore
Saiidi/Assaya
4 Dancers
Advanced
Ya Nawaem
5 Dancers
Beginners
Ya Aly/Dom Oh Nos
4 Dancers
Joy
Boshra Kheir (rework)
4 Dancers
Student Troupe
Ni Tanem (Veil)
7 Dancers
2015
Earthshakers
Leilit Eid
5 Dancers
Beginners
Ayel
8 Dancers
Intermediate
Ya'Msafer Wahdak
12 Dancers
Advanced
Ya Lailou
6 Dancers
Folklore
Mahragan Techno Shaabi
6 Dancers
Beginners
El Shahn Fassal
3 Dancers
Int/Advance
Habaytak Bisayf
10 Dancers
Performance
Walauu
10 Dancers
Intermediate
Boshra Kheir
10 Dancers
Earthshakers
Da Aino Meny
5 Dancers
Advance
Habibi Ya Eini
5 Dancers
2014
Allspice
Al Alem Allah
4 Dancers
Intermediate
Oyoun
8 Dancers
Advanced
Extreme Magenci
6 Dancers
Student Troupe
Ala Ana Fakrah
8 Dancers
Nuance Class
Basbousa
8 Dancers
Intermediate
Ghana El Hawa
5 Dancers
Allspice
Abou Ali
6 Dancers
Student Troupe
Al Ana Fakrah
11 Dancers
Earthshakers
Ya Gamid
5 Dancers
Allspice
Walla Zeman (Assaya)
7 Dancers
Student Troupe
El Hantour
11 Dancers
Earthshakers
Khatarna Alla Ballak
5 Dancers
2013
Bellydance Dumbek Brigade
w/ live music
8 Dancers
Earthshakers
Asas
6 Dancers
Earthshakers
The Shisha Song
6 Dancers
Allspice
Howlek Eh
6 Dancers
2012
Allspice
Youm Wara Youm
6 Dancers
Intermediate
Amer's Drum Solo
4 Dancers
Bellydance Dumbek Brigade
w/ live music
8 Dancers
Folklore
Folklore Montage
6 Dancers
Earthshakers
Si Abdo
7 Dancers
2011
Earthshakers
Ya Gamid w/ live music
6 Dancers
Allspice
Abou Ali
8 Dancers
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