Curriculum Vitae

To Be Updated

Training

2006 Hip Hop with Shelley in Toronto
2006 Aida Nour from Cairo
2005 Tannoura with Riad in Cairo
2005 Momo Kadous from Germany
2004 Aziza from Montreal
2003 Egyptian dance with Magdy El Leisy from Germany
2001 Aikido with Takeshi Kimeda Sensei of Aikido Yoshinkai Canada
2000 Voice with Paul Cooper in Toronto
2000 Capoeira with “Master Bola” Marinaldo daSilva in Toronto
1999 Azerbaijani dance with Sashar Zarif in Toronto
1999 Abinaya of Indian Classical dance with Gunushaleen in Toronto
1998 Arabic drumming and singing with Dr. George Sawa in Toronto
1998 Pilates with Anne-Marie Hood in Toronto
1997 Amani from Lebanon
1997 Patrick Parsons of Ballet Creole in Toronto
1992 Mohamed Khalil & National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt from Cairo
1989 Mayada, Middle Eastern dance in Damascus
1988 Middle Eastern dance with Ibrahim Farrah from New York
1987 Mohamed Khalil & National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt in Cairo
1981 Aida Nour, Middle Eastern dance from Cairo
1980 Star Bell, Middle Eastern dance in Toronto
1971-1974 National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto

display-arrow Performer/Choreographer, Soloist, Middle Eastern dance

May 2013 Cassandra Shore Gala, Toronto
March 2013 Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 2012 Zagbreb, Croatia
October 2012 Cleveland, Ohio
September 2012 Boston, Massachusetts
March 2012 Thunder Bay, ON
February 2012 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Janaury 2012 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
September 2011 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
March 2011 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
January 2011 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
October 2010 Robert Gill Theatre
April 2010 Ryerson Theatre
March 2010 Yukon, Whitehorse
March 2010 Vancouver, BC
February 2010 Fleck Dance Theatre
January 2010 Fleck Dance Theatre
June 2009 Austin, Texas
January 2009 Fleck Dance Theatre
September 2008 Mexico
August 2008 Atlantic Dance Festival, Moncton, New Brunswick
August 2008 Fleming College, Haliburton, Atrium Stage
May 2008 York University Theatre, Pulse Youth Dance Conference
April 2008 Ryerson Theatre, IBCC Gala Stage
April 2008 Museum of Textiles
January 2008 Fleck Dance Theatre
April 2007 Ryerson Theatre, IBCC Gala Stage
January 2007 Premiere Dance Theatre
November 2006 Premiere Dance Theatre
May 2006 Grand Rapids, MI
March 2006 Edmonton, AB
April 2006 Vancouver, BC
September 2005 Artsweek, TD Centre Outdoor Stage, Toronto, ON
May 2005 Bristol, England
March 2005 Ottawa, ON
June 2005 Omni Ethnic Awards Show, Omni T.V., Toronto, ON
June 2005 Chicago, IL
February 2005 Atlanta, GA
August 2005 fFIDA, Outdoor Stage, Toronto, ON
April 2005 Thunder Bay, ON
April 2005 Vienna, Austria
April 2005 Budapest, Hungary
April 2005 Barcelona, Spain
September 2004 Windsor, ON
September 2004 Montreal, QC
October 2004 Edmonton, AB
October 2004 Grand Rapids, MI
November 2004 Performance in Stratford, ON
November 2004 Performance in Sarnia, ON
May 2004 Virginia Beach, VA
May 2004 Thunder Bay, ON
March 2004 Smith College, MA
June 2004 Victoria, BC
June 2004 Hong Kong, China
July 2004 Toronto Street Festival, Toronto, ON
January 2004 Bristol, England
January 2004 Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
August 2004 San Juan, Puerto Rico
August 2004 Guelph, ON
September 2003 Grand Rapids, MI
October 2003 Winnipeg, MB
October 2003 Frankfurt, Germany
October 2003 Austin, TX
November 2003 Edinborough, Scotland
November 2003 Glasgow, Scotland
June 2003 Sarnia, ON
June 2003 Atlanta, GA
February 2003 Red Top Inn, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
December 2003 Vienna, Austria
October 2002 Winnipeg Casino, Winnipeg, MB
October 2002 Rakassah East, NJ
November 2002 Dancers for Peace, Circle of the Sacred, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
June 2002 Sarnia, ON
July 2002 Silk Road Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
January 2002 Television Interviews: CBC Culture Shock, Sex TV
April 2002 Atlanta, GA
March 2002 Radio Interviews: CIUT, CKLN, CBC (twice)
October 2001 St. John, NB
November 2001 Miami, FL
June 2001 Sarnia, ON
January 2001 Arab Heritage Awards Gala, Toronto, ON
December 2001 Dancers for Peace, Circle of the Sacred, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
1997 – present Performances with Arabesque Dance Company including solo performances. Also various performances at Arabic community events of approximately one per month.
1981 – 1996 Three to ten performances a week of approximately 30 to 40 minutes each, usually to a live orchestra. Venues included nightclubs, theatres, banquet and convention halls across Canada and the United States, England, Mexico, Syria, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon and Jordan. Special engagements and weddings for royalty and heads of state in Jordan, Mexico and Syria including large public events on behalf of the Syrian government.
August 1995 Interview and performance in the Bellydance Documentary, Belly You Say?, produced by Marie Ashworth
June 1993 Das Rheingold, Theatre Centre, Toronto, directed by Steven Seabrook
1992 Solo dance performance in Punjabi movie, Dupke Samundron

display-arrow Performer/Choreographer, Producer Arabesque Dance Company

May 2006 York University
April 2006 Neena & Veena Gala, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto, ON
March 2006 Aida Nour Gala Performance, Toronto, ON
March 2006 Lula Lounge – Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Toronto, ON
January 2006 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, PDT, Toronto, ON
November 2005 Sharara Festival, Ottawa, ON
November 2005 M-Do Studios, Toronto
December 2005 Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
July 2005 Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
June 2005 Stone Church Museum, Belleville, ON
August 2005 fFIDA, Grand Scale Event, Toronto, ON
April 2005 Momo Kadous Gala Performance, Toronto, ON
January 2005 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
October 2004 Aziza Gala Performance, Toronto, ON
September 2004 Junction Arts Festival, Toronto, ON
August 2004 fFIDA, Grand Scale Event, Toronto, ON
Aug – Sept 2004 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, ON
July 2004 Toronto Street Festival, Toronto, ON
May 2004 Magdy el Leisy Gala Performance, Toronto, ON
August 2004 River Run Theatre, Guelph, ON
July 2004 African Dance Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
March 2004 Smith College, Massachusetts
January 2004 Dance Ontario 3X3, Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
January 2004 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
September 2003 Toronto Show, OMNI T.V.
August 2003 Emerald A Go-Go event, Bambu By The Lake, Toronto, ON
August 2003 Caribana, Toronto
July 2003 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Toronto, ON
July 2003 Afrofest, Toronto, ON
May 2003 Descent of Ishtar and other traditional repertoire with full orchestra performed on tour:

3rd Sudbury, Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University
10th Windsor, Capitol Theatre
24th Ottawa, Museum of Civilization
31st St. Catharines, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University
March 2003 Performance in Guelph, ON
January 2003 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
November 2002 Dancers for Peace, Circle of the Sacred, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
October 2002 Arab Heritage Weekend, Toronto
August 2002 Kick Up Your Heels Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
August 2002 Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists, Toronto, ON
July 2002 Silk Road Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
March 2002 Isis, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
January 2002 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
December 2001 Dancers for Peace, Circle of the Sacred, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
October 2001 The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
August 2001 fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA), Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON
July 2001 Aisha Ali and Morocco Concert – Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto, ON
July 2001 Discover Dance Documentary USA, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto, ON
July 2001 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Toronto, ON
May 2001 2nd International Middle Eastern Dance Conference, Los Angeles, CA
February 2001 Dance Immersion, DuMaurier Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
January 2001 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
January 2001 Arab Heritage Awards Gala, Toronto, ON
November 2000 Egyptian Canadian Club, Toronto, ON
November 2000 Silk Road Festival, Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough, ON
October 2000 The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
September 2000 Madison Square Garden Theatre, New York, NY
August 2000 Canadian National Exhibition, International Pavilion, Toronto, ON
August 2000 Rhythms of the World Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
August 2000 fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists, Toronto, ON
July 2000 Kick Up Your Heels Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
July 2000 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Toronto, ON
June 2000 Niagara Folk Arts Festival, St. Catharines, ON
January 2000 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
November 1999 Ontario Contact, John Basset Theatre, Toronto, ON
October 1999 The Legend of Ibrahim Farrah, Hart House Theatre, Toronto, ON
October 1999 James Cowan Theatre, Vancouver, BC
October 1999 Orpheus Theatre, Calgary, AB
September 1999 International Stage, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, ON
August 1999 Anne Tindall Stage, Hot & Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
August 1999 fFIDA – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON
July 1999 Toronto Street Festival
July 1999 Dusk Dances, Toronto, ON
April 1999 In Search of the Almeh, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
February 1999 Dancemakers, Toronto, ON
January 1999 Series 8:08, YMCA, Toronto, ON
January 1999 Residance, Toronto, ON
January 1999 Dance Ontario, Dance Weekend, Premiere Dance Theatre
August 1998 Alabina and Bijan Mortazavi in Concert, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, ON
August 1998 fFIDA – Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON
August 1998 Anne Tindall Stage, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON/td>
June 1998 Caravan – Cairo Pavilion
May 1998 St. Anne’s Theatre, Victoria, BC
May 1998 Casa Loma, corporate show for Air France, Toronto, ON
April 1998 Descent of Ishtar, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto; Six 90-minute performances with 15 dancers, 9 musicians and originally composed music
March 1998 Series 8:08, YMCA Toronto, ON
August 1997 fFIDA, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON
July 1997 Theatre Fringe Festival, Toronto, ON
June 1997 Caravan – Cairo Pavilion
March 1997 Series 8:08, YMCA, Toronto, ON
November 1996 Call of the Nile, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto; four 90-minute performances with 17 dancers and 10 musicians
October 1996 Shaharazad Gala Show, George Ignatieff Theatre, Toronto, ON
August 1996 fFIDA, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON
August 1996 Lester B. Pearson Theatre, Toronto, ON
July 1996 Theatre Fringe Festival, Toronto, ON
May 1996 The Field /Series 8:08, Toronto, ON
January 1996 Homeworks, Toronto, ON
November 1995 Evening of Enchantment, Easter Seals Benefit, Toronto, ON
September 1995 Yousri Sherriff Gala Show, St. Michael’s Theatre, University of Toronto
July 1995 GYPSY, Estonian House, Toronto, ON
May 1995 Language of Dance, YMCA, Toronto, ON
Sept 1994 – Feb 1995 Ali-Baba Night Club, Athens, Greece and many special engagements in Lebanon with Walid Tawfik
August 1994 Feature Country, Egypt, Pyramid Stage, C.N.E., Toronto, ON
August 1993 fFIDA, Winchester Theatre, Toronto, ON
June 1993 Caravan, Istanbul Pavillion, nine shows
November 1992 Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto; four 90-minute performances with 12 dancers
Jan & Mar 1992 GYPSY, Toronto, ON
Oct & Nov 1989 Marriott Hotel, Amman, Jordan and Vendome Hotel, Damascus, Syria
November 1988 Robert Gill and George Ignatieff Theatres, Toronto; four 90-minute performances with 14 dancers

display-arrowInstructor

March 2012 Thunder Bay
February 2012 Workshop X
November 2011 Al Khaima – dancing with Live Musicians Workshop
October 2011 Oum Kalthoum Workshop
August 2011 INt/ADV Bellydance Crash Course
July 2011 BG I/II Bellydance Crash Course
July 2011 Two-Week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course
May 2011 Al Khaima – dancing with Live Musicians Workshop
May 2011 BELLYDANCE: SPIRITUALITY, SEXUALITY, FEMINISM & SELF-ESTEEM Lecture
April 2011 Yearnings Choreography Workshop
April 2011 Drum Solo Choreography Workshop
April 2011 Kick Ass Technique Workshops
March 2011 Khatarna Alla Ballak Choreography Workshop
March 2011 West Meets East Lecture
November 2010 Al Khaima – Dancing With Musicans Workshop
November 2010 Edmonton, AB
October 2010 Oum Kalthoum Workshop
October 2010 Yearnins Choreography Workshop
October 2010 Kick Ass Technique Workshops
September 2010 Drum Solos & Taxims
September 2010 I Dream In Drag Workshop
July 2010 Two-Week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course
May 2010 Saiidi Workshop
April 2010 Folklore Workshop
April 2010 Kick Ass technique Workshop
March 2010 Workshop, Yukon, Whitehorse
March 2010 Workshop, Vancouver, BC
March 2010 Oum Kalthoum Workshop
March 2010 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
October 2009 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
July 2009 Bellydance Video Night
July 2009 One-WeekIntensive Summer Camp at Haliburton School of the Arts
July 2009 Two-Week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course
June 2009 Austin, texas
June 2009 Two-weekTechnique Master Classes
March 2009 Folklore Weekend Workshop
February 2009 Four-week Technique Master Classes
February 2009 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
October 2008 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
September 2008 Intensive Folklore Weekend
September 2008 Two-Day workshop, Mexico
August 2008 Atlantic Dance Festival, Moncton Bellet School
August 2008 Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts, Level Two
July/August 2008 Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts, Level One
July 2008 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
July 2008 Arabesque Intensive Professional Course
May 2008 AuSet Studio , Winnipeg
May 2008 York University, Pulse Youth Dance Conference
April 2007 Museum of Textiles, Ontario
February 2007 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music, Ontario
February 2008 On The Move, National Ballet of Canada School, Ontario
August 2007 One-dayworkshop, Kingston, Ontario
August 2007 Four-day workshop, Thunder Bay, Ontario
July 2007 Two-week Professional Middle Eastern Dance Course, Ontario
July 2007 Two-day workshop, Boston, Massachewsetts
July 2007 Five-day workshp, Haliburton School of the Arts
July 2007 One-day workshop, Kingston, Ontario
June 2007 One-day workshop, Brockville, Ontario
June 2007 Three-day workshop, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 2007 Three-day workshop, Calgary, Alberta
April 2007 International Bellydance Conference of Canada, ON
May 2006 Three-day workshop, Grand Rapids, MI
April 2006 Three-day workshop, Vancouver, BC
March 2006 Three-day workshop, Edmonton, AB
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Chicago, IL
May 2005 Two-day workshop, Bristol, England
April 2005 Two-day workshop, Thunder Bay, ON
April 2005 Three-day workshop, Budapest, Hungary
April 2005 Two-day workshop, Vienna, Austria
April 2005 Three-day workshop, Barcelona, Spain
March 2005 Two-day workshop, Ottawa, ON
February 2005 Two-day workshop, Atlanta, Georgia
May 2004 Two-day workshop, Virginia Beach, Virginia
October 2004 Two-day workshop, Grand Rapids, MI
October 2004 Two-day workshop, Edmonton, AB
September 2004 Two-day workshop, Windsor, ON
September 2004 Two-day workshop, Montreal, QC
Aug 2004 Three-day workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Aug 2004 Four-day workshop, Guelph, ON
July 2004 Two-week intensive professional course, Toronto, ON
July 2004 Five-day summer course, Belleville, ON
June 2004 Four-day workshop, Hong Kong, China
June 2004 Three-day workshop, Victoria, BC
June 2004 Workshop in Sarnia, ON
May 2004 Two-day workshop, Thunder Bay, ON
March 2004 Workshop in Stratford, ON
January 2004 Workshop at Dance Ontario, Kingston, ON
January 2004 Workshop in Bristol, England
2001-2003 Taught average of 5 classes a week at Arabesque Academy
November 2003 Workshop in Edinborough, Scotland
November 2003 Workshop in Glasgow, Scotland
November 2003 Four-day workshop, Vienna, Austria
October 2003 One-week workshop, Frankfurt, Germany
October 2003 Two-day workshop, Houston, TX
October 2003 Two-day workshop, Winnipeg, MB
September 2003 Two-day workshop, Grand Rapids, MI
June 2003 Workshop in Sarnia, ON
May 2003 Workshops during Descent of Ishtar tour in cities across Ontario: Sudbury, Windsor, Ottawa, and St. Catharines
November 2002 Workshop at Branksome Hall, Toronto, ON
October 2002 Two-day workshop and performance, Winnipeg, MB
April 2002 Two-day workshop and performance, Atlanta, GA
February 2002 Two-day workshop and performance, Sarnia, ON
November 2001 Two-day worksho, Miami, FL
October 2001 Two-day workshop, St. John, NB
May 2001 Re-organized Arabesque Academy to an exclusively Middle Eastern dance, music and history school, offering up to 30 classes a week
March 2001 Workshop in Barrie, ON
February 2001 Workshop at University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
February 2001 Workshop at Branksome Hall, Toronto, ON
1995 – 2000 Reopened Arabesque Academy, a multi-ethnic dance school specializing in Middle Eastern, Latin and Brazilian dance; owner, manager, teacher, agent, teaching sixteen Middle Eastern dance classes weekly
December 2000 Workshop at Earl Haig Secondary School for the Arts, Toronto, ON
December 2000 Workshop at Womyn’s Forum, Windsor, ON
October 2000 Workshop in Kingston, ON
July 2000 Workshop at Kick Up Your Heels Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
June 2000 Present monthly workshops in Sarnia, ON
January 2000 Women’s Self Esteem workshop at Oakwood Public Library, Toronto, ON
January 2000 Women’s Self Esteem workshop for Women’s Health Issues, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
November 1999 Drum Solo workshop with percussionist Amer Matri, Toronto, ON
November 1999 Workshop in Barrie, ON
October 1999 Two-day workshop for MEDA, Vancouver, BC
October 1999 Two-day workshop in Calgary, AB
August 1999 Workshop at Water’s Edge Cafe, Hot n’ Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
July 1999 Workshop with Dr. George Sawa at Centauri Summer Arts Camp
May 1999 Workshop in London, ON
January 1999 Workshop to the East York Woman’s Group, Toronto, ON
August 1998 Workshop at Water’s Edge Cafe, Hot n’ Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
October 1998 Workshop in Guelph, ON
July 1998 Workshop – Drum & Dance Marathon for COBA and OMO
May 1998 Three-day workshop, Victoria, B.C
March 1998 Workshop for Harbourfront Community Centre, Toronto, ON
February 1998 Workshop for the Centre For Well-Being
January 1998 Workshop for the Gay & Lesbian Committee, York University, Toronto, ON
May 1997 Workshop sponsored by Dance Umbrella of Ontario at the Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballet of Canada
September 1997 Workshop for Canadian Managers of Proctor & Gamble with Carmen Romero
February 1997 Weekly class for Donna’s Friends in Fitness, Hamilton, ON,
February 1997 Seminar for Graduate Dance Program at York University, Toronto, ON
1991 – 1994 Average of three Middle Eastern Dance classes and workshops a week in Canada, United States, Mexico, Syria and Jordan
1987 – 1990 Arabesque Academy – owner, manager, teacher, administrator, promoter
1984 – 1986 Average of two Middle Eastern Dance classes a week out of the home

display-arrowWorkshop Instructor

October 2008 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
September 2008 Intensive Folklore Weekend
September 2008 Two-Day workshop, Mexico
August 2008 Atlantic Dance Festival, Moncton Bellet School
August 2008 Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts, Level Two
July / August 2008 Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts, Level One
July 2008 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
July 2008 Arabesque Intensive Professional Course
May 2008 AuSet Studio , Winnipeg
May 2008 York University, Pulse Youth Dance Conference
April 2008 Museum of Textiles
February 2008 Al Khaima – Dance Relation w/ Music
February 2008 On The Move, National Ballet of Canada School
June 2007 One-dayworkshop, Kingston, Ontario
June 2007 Four-day workshop, Thunder Bay, Ontario
June 2007 Two-day workshop, Boston, Massachewsetts
June 2007 Five-day workshp, Haliburton School of the Arts
June 2007 One-day workshop, Kingston, Ontario
June 2007 One-day workshop, Brockville, Ontario
June 2007 Three-day workshop, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 2007 Three-day workshop, Calgary, Alberta
June 2006 Three-day workshop, Grand Rapids, MI
June 2006 Three-day workshop, Edmonton, Alberta
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Chicago, IL
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Bristol, England
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Thunder Bay, ON
June 2005 Three-day workshop, Budapest, Hungary
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Vienna, Austria
June 2005 Three-day workshop, Barcelona, Spain
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Ottawa
June 2005 Two-day workshop, Atlanta, Georgia
June 2004 Two-day workshop, Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 2004 Two-day workshop, Grand Rapids, MI
June 2004 Two-day workshop, Edmonton
June 2004 Two-day workshop, Windsor
June 2004 Two-day workshop, Montreal
August 2004 Three-day workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico
August 2004 Four-day workshop, Guelph, ON
June 2004 Two-week intensive professional course, Toronto, ON
June 2004 Five-day summer course, Belleville, ON
June 2004 Four-day workshop in Hong Kong, China
June 2004 Three-day workshop in Victoria, BC
June 2004 Workshop in Sarnia, ON
June 2004 Two-day workshop in Thunder Bay, ON
June 2004 Workshop in Stratford, ON
January 2004 Workshop at Dance Ontario 3X3 in Kingston, ON
January 2004 Workshop in Bristol, England
August 2001-2003 Average 8 classes a week at Arabesque Academy
June 2003 Workshop in Edinborough, Scotland
June 2003 Workshop in Glasgow, Scotland
June 2003 Four-day workshop in Vienna, Austria
June 2003 One-week workshop in Frankfurt, Germany
June 2003 Two-day workshop in Houston, TX
June 2003 Two-day workshop in Winnipeg, MB
June 2003 Two-day workshop in Grand Rapids, MI
June 2003 Workshop in Sarnia, ON
June 2003 Workshops during Descent of Ishtar tour in cities across Ontario: Sudbury, Windsor, Ottawa, and St. Catherines
June 2002 Workshop at Branksome Hall, Toronto
June 2002 Two-day workshop and performance in Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 2002 Two-day workshop and performance in Atlanta, GA
June 2002 Two-day workshop and performance in Sarnia, ON
June 2001 Two-day workshop Miami, FL
June 2001 Two-day workshop in St. John, NB
June 2001 Re-organized Arabesque Academy to an exclusively Middle Eastern dance, music and history school, offering up to 30 classes week
June 2001 Workshop in Barrie, ON
June 2001 Workshop at University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
June 2001 Workshop at Branksome Hall, Toronto, ON
1995 – 2000 Reopened Arabesque Academy, a multi-ethnic dance school specializing in Middle Eastern, Latin and Brazilian dance; owner, manager, teacher, agent, teaching sixteen Middle Eastern dance classes weekly.
June 2000 Workshop at Earl Haig Secondary School for the Arts, Toronto, ON
June 2000 Workshop at Womyn’s Forum in Windsor, ON
June 2000 Workshop in Kingston, ON
June 2000 Workshop at Kick Up Your Heels Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
June 2000 Present monthly workshops in Sarnia, ON
January 2000 Women’s Self Esteem workshop at Oakwood Public Library, Toronto, ON
January 2000 Women’s Self Esteem workshop for Women’s Health Issues, Toronto Convention Centre
June 1999 Drum Solo workshop with percussionist Amer Matri in Toronto, ON
June 1999 Workshop in Barrie, ON
June 1999 Two day workshop for MEDA in Vancouver, BC
June 1999 Two day workshop in Calgary, AB
June 1999 Workshop at Water’s Edge Cafe, Hot n’ Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre
June 1999 Workshop with Dr. George Sawa at Centauri Summer Arts Camp
June 1999 Workshop in London, ON
January 1999 Workshop to the East York Woman’s Group
June 1998 Workshop at Water’s Edge Cafe, Hot n’ Spicy Festival, Harbourfront Centre
June 1998 Workshop in Guelph, ON
June 1998 Workshop – Drum & Dance Marathon for COBA and OMO
June 1998 Three-day workshop in Victoria, B.C
June 1998 Workshop for Harbourfront Community Centre
June 1998 Workshop for the Centre For well-being
January 1998 Workshop for the Gay & Lesbian Committee, York University
June 1997 Workshop sponsored by Dance Umbrella of Ontario at the Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballet of Canada
June 1997 workshop for Canadian Managers of Proctor & Gamble with Carmen Romero
June 1997 Weekly class in Hamilton, Ontario, Donna’s Friends in Fitness
1991 – 1994 Average of three Middle Eastern Dance classes and workshops a week in Canada, United States, Mexico, Syria and Jordan
1987 – 1990 Arabesque Academy – owner, manager, teacher, administrator, promoter
1984 – 1986 Average two Middle Eastern Dance classes a week out of the home

display-arrowProducer/Presenter

International Bellydance Conference of Canada April 18-22, 2007 and April 23-27, 2008.
Layali Arabesque December 2004 to present
Every Friday – different solo dance artist and live band.
Al Khaima Feb. 23, 2008, July 12, 2008
Hezz Ya Wezz 10 soloists and live band, 4 times a year from
Hafla December 2001, August 2002, September 2002, June 2004, December 2004, December 2005
Lesson in bellydance, performance, and music in Toronto, ON
Student Soiree 15 Students of all levels perform solo to cd
October 2005 & March 2006
Student Gala 1995 – present, Toronto, ON, Student Gala twice a year (Spring and Fall) presenting 300 bellydance students performing in group format
GYPSY Multi-cultural music, dance, food and handicraft event. Each occasion included five ethnic bands and five ethnic dance groups. Attendance averaged 800 people.
February 2005 Estonia House, Toronto
July 1995 Estonia House, Toronto
January 1995 Club Lusitania, Toronto
March 1992 Club Lusitania, Toronto
Dancenet Two-hour dance-show on the last Sunday of every month that presents eight different styles of dance. The wide variety of artists changes every month. Sixty-two performances over six years. Attendance averaged 175 people. Oct. 1995 – present Arabesque Studio Theatre, Toronto
Jun. 1995 Artword Theatre Space, Toronto
Feb. 1995 Symptom Hall, Toronto
Sep. 1994 Symptom Hall, Toronto
Jul. 1994 Symptom Hall, Toronto

display-arrowWorkshop Presenter/Producer

Series A variety of dance workshops every week with guest teachers in all forms of dance. Instructors who have taught workshops and who have all performed at Dancenet at the Arabesque Academy, from October 1995 to present:

  • Jazz (Bhangra)
  • Maan Lababneh (Debke)
  • Gary Dafoe (American Swing, Tango, Latin, Hustle, Lindy Hop)
  • Faranak (Classical and Modern Persian Dance)
  • Dr. George Sawa (Understanding Arab Music for the Middle Eastern Dancer, Zar and Sufi Dance)
  • Elena Quah (Chinese Folk Dance)
  • GoGo Mahashi (Indian Film Dance)
  • Elaine Abolicao (Afro-Brazilian Dance)
  • Cheryl Findley (Afro-Caribbean Dance)
  • Max Ni-Noi (Hip Hop)
  • Loretta Faveri (Zebekiko)
  • Saeid Shanbehzadeh (Bandari and Other Dances from the Persian Gulf)
  • Tanya Bakala (Flamenco)
  • Andrew Kennedy (Country & Western)
  • Lisa Sandlos (Comparative Modern)
  • Pam Johnson (Contact Modern)
  • Bindu Shah (Odissi & Indian Folk Dance)
  • Maya DaSilva (Samba)
  • Carmen Romero (Flamenco)
  • Sandra Rocha & Ruben Bustamente (Argentinean Tango)
  • Denise Mireau (Creative Movement)
  • Bageshree Vaze (Bharatha Natyam)
  • Jahanara (Kathak)
  • Valerie Scannura (Flamenco)
  • Tom Callwell & Myra Hirschberg (Cajun)
  • Newton Moraes (Afro-Brazilian/Modern)
  • Sarah Gagnon (Latin-Jazz) etc.

display-arrowEgypt Tour

1989 & 2004 Organized educational tour of Egypt including dance classes with famous choreographers for groups of students.

display-arrowSponsored Out of Town Guest Teachers

March 2006 Aida Nour, Cairo
January 2006 Lesya Starr, Barcelona, Spain
Sept or Oct 2005 Nath Keo, BC
July 2005 Linda Reed, Tennessee
July 2005 Aniko, Budapest Hungary
April 2005 Momo Kadous, Germany
October 2004 Aziza, Montreal
March 2004 Ansuya, Los Angeles, CA
March 2004 Bozenka, Miami FL
June 2004 Muhtar and Hally from Turkey
May 2004 Magdy El Leisy from Germany
September 2002 Hadia in residency at Arabesque Academy
July 2001 Aisha Ali of Los Angeles and Morocco of New York
October 1999 Near East Dance Troupe from New York. NY
February 1999 Hadia from Calgary, AB
November 1998 Dahlena from Berkley, CA
June 1998 Denise Sedmack from Milwaukee, WI
March 1998 Venus from Vancouver, BC
November 1997 Denise Sedmack from Milwaukee, WI
September 1997 Rayna from New York, NY
May 1997 Amani from Beirut, Lebanon
March 1996 Denise Sedmack from Milwaukee, WI
February 1996 Mey Jen from Hong Kong
August 1992 Mohamed Khalil from Cairo, Egypt
November 1998 Ibrahim Farrah from New York, NY

display-arrowRecording

Producer Nawaem 2005 Recording of traditional Arabic music with Arabesque Orchestra
Oyoun 1999 Recording of traditional Arabic music with Arabesque Orchestra
Descent of Ishtar 1998 Soundtrack for choreography, music by Richard Feren

display-arrowVideo/DVD

Producer Bellydance Choreography Volume One (2004) – Instructional Video/DVD

Bellydance Technique Volume One (2004) – Instructional Video/DVD

Oyoun (2002) – Filmed in July 2001, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto

Descent of Ishtar (2002) – Filmed in July 2002, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto

Bellydance Movement Foundation (2002) – Instructional Video/DVD

Malika (2005)

Choreography Volume II (2006 ) – Instructional Video/DVD

Choreography Volume III (2006 ) – Instructional Video/DVD

The Night Club Performance (2006)

display-arrowTelevision

Jan 11, 2008, Global TV

Jan. 29, 2008, Rogers TV

Feb. 11, 2008 Rogers. TV

Feb. 28, 2008 Bollywood TV, Omni

May 21, 2008 Much Music, City TV – , So You Think You Can Dance Canada Promo

display-arrowRadio

March 6, 2008, CKLN

April 20, 2008, CIUT

display-arrowPrint Media

June 23, 2008 Hello Canada

April 24, 2008 Toronto Star

display-arrowGrants

Dance Ontario 2006 1st Bellydance Conference of Canada

Canada Council for the Arts

  • For hosting teacher-in-residence, Hadia from Calgary, AB, 2002
  • For Isis, new work to premiere in 2002
  • For presentation at 2nd International Conference of Middle Eastern Dance in Los Angeles, CA

Ontario Arts Council

  • Touring grant (2003), For performances in Windsor, Kingston, Sudbury and St. Catherine’s, ON
  • For In Search of the Almeh (2000), Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Toronto Arts Council

  • For Fasifisa – production costs, new work to be presented in 2005.
  • For Isis, new work to be premiered in 2002
  • With Sashar Zarif, for Leyla and Majnun
  • For In Search of the Almeh, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
  • For Descent of Ishtar, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Laidlaw Foundation

  • For Isis, new work to be premiered in 2002
  • With Sashar Zarif, Yashar Collective, for Leyla and Majnun
  • For In Search of the Almeh, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
  • For Descent of Ishtar, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
  • For Nedaa El Nil (Call of the Nile), Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Municipality of Metro Toronto

  • For Nedaa El Nil, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Human Resources Development Canada

  • For employment of production, administrative and costume labour

Dance Umbrella of Ontario

  • Sponsorship for Women’s Self-Esteem Project

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2003 Nominated for International Middle Eastern Dance Awards – Best Egyptian-style dancer

2001 Arab Heritage Award

display-arrowOther Positions

1997 – present Serving on the Board of Directors of Dance Ontario

1997 – present Member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists

May 19, 2008, Judge for Dance Manitoba Festival