“Inspiring, empowering & generous … instrumental in elevating M.E. dance”
— SAHDA Magazine, Vancouver
“Unstinting drive for artistic excellence … hugely inspiring”
–The Evening Star
Yasmina Ramzy is a visionary and pioneer. Her prolific and highly sought after choreography is best known for its originality, elaborate staging and full range of emotional expression. She has created over 200 ensemble choreographies for 25 dance companies in USA and Canada including Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra, Earthshakers and Bellydance Superstars. Yasmina has created ten very different full length theatrical productions with as many as 45 dancers and musicians usually in a six day run. Some of her productions have toured in USA, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and across Canada.
As mentor to countless professional Raqs Sharqi dance artists, Yasmina is known as a “Dance Whisperer” inspiring individuality and a path to artistic self expression. Her passion to represent an authentic art form compelled her to create 7 large international dance festivals (including Internation Bellydance Conference of Canada and Bellydance Blossom Festival) featuring discussion and debate while staging as many as 150 international artists in each festival and presenting over 50 master teachers such as Dina Talaat, Mahmoud Reda, Mohamed Khalil, Randa Kamel, Camelia Masreya and Aida Nour.
Yasmina received her key training from various teachers in Egypt and Syria including Aida Nour of the the Reda Troupe and Mohamed Khalil of the National folklore Troupe of Egypt. Since 1981, she has taught in more than 65 cities around the world. Students from around the globe come to study at her school Arabesque Academy since 1987. Yasmina has performed extensively in the Middle East often for royalty and heads of state, primarily with the master Muwashahaat trained musicians of Aleppo, Syria.
Yasmina has been awarded several arts grants from all three levels of government for her ground breaking and authentic choreography as well receiving awards from Arab communities for helping to nurture and uplift Arab dance and live music. She has produced 7 CDs and 15 DVDs. Currently, Yasmina teaches daily in Toronto as well as online, directs four dance companies (one online), offers the “Be The Canvas” programs in various cities, writing a book and in Spring 2020 will stage a new vision in presenting Raqs Sharqi dance and music with the production entitled “Al Qamar”.