Yasmina Ramzy Arts Performance

“Hypnotic Artistry and Passion” Dance International

“Arresting … Seduces Completely” The Globe & Mail

Music and movement, ancient and modern, East and West all unite. Yasmina Ramzy Arts (formerly known as Arabesque Dance Company & Orchetra) is a dance and music ensemble that embodies creative contemporary sensibilities steeped in a rich and ancient Arabian tradition. Middle Eastern dance and live acoustic Arab music weave together seamlessly the infinite and ornate intricacies of refined and redefined Arab art.

“Intelligent and Inventive choreography” The Globe & Mail

The artistic vision of Yasmina Ramzy Arts is to create dance and music works that embody contemporary and often Western sensibilities steeped in ancient Arabian tradition. The purpose is to promote awareness of and further the artistry of Middle Eastern dance and music arts while often exploring their connection to spirituality and emotional healing. Yasmina Ramzy Arts also hopes to offer Western audiences a more intimate and personal understanding of Middle Eastern culture which is welcome in today’s political climate.

Since 1980, while performing and studying dance in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, Yasmina became mesmerized by the beauty, spirituality and profound emotion of Arab art. She found it difficult to comprehend why it wasn’t sharing the stage with ballet and the symphony. For over 30 years it has been her foremost goal to recreate for Western audiences, the joy and inspiration she found in the Middle East and in particular, its dance forms which inspired Ruth St. Denis and Isadora Duncan to reinvent the movement expression of their day.

Although many believe the Middle East’s most famous dance dubbed “Bellydance” is the oldest dance form, it has had to confront almost constant persecution for the last 2,000 years which still lingers today. By steering away from stereotypes and commercialism, as well as maintaining high artistic standards and integrity, Yasmina Ramzy Arts has done much to lift this stigma and continues to do so. This aspiration is of the utmost importance because Yasmina Ramzy Arts believes that when the stigma is diminished, these ancient art forms will then be accessible to a wider audience who will then benefit from its healing and spiritual inspiration.

“has taken Bellydance to another level” BRAVO TV

“will go down in history as having redeemed Bellydance” Toronto Star

Recently the name of the company was changed from Arabesque Dance Company to Yasmina Ramzy Arts. This was due to two factors. Since Middle Eastern dance has recently grown in popularity globally, many dance companies with a more commercial slant have taken the same name. Arabesque does not wish to be confused with these companies as it hopes to tour more in the future. Also, the artistic director wanted to start a fresh chapter that emphasizes a new aesthetic and vision she has as the choreographer which draws its inspiration from tradition but expresses a more honest and inner expression of Yasmina Ramzy herself.

Founded in 1992 by Yasmina Ramzy, Arabesque Canada, home to Yasmina Ramzy Arts (formerly Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra) is Canada’s leading Middle Eastern dance and music ensemble and unique in the world. Its artistic vision embodies contemporary sensibilities steeped in ancient Arabian tradition. The purpose of creating the company is to promote awareness of and further the artistry of Middle Eastern dance as well as sometimes explore its connection to spiritual teachings. Through this endeavour, it also hopes to shed light and understanding on a culture often misrepresented.

Yasmina Ramzy Arts (Arabesque Dance Company) began creating full length productions in 1996, ten of which were presented in installments of seven performances at Fleck Dance Theatre. The only Canadian Middle Eastern dance company who tours, it has presented full length presentations in Vancouver, Calgary, Whitehorse, Ottawa, Kingston, Sudbury, Montreal, Windsor, St. Catharines, Los Angeles and New York. YRA / Arabesque is the only Mid East dance company to be presented at Dance Ontario Dance Weekend until 2013. It has done so every year since 1999, usually attracting the largest audiences of the event. YRA / Arabesque were the only Canadian artists invited to perform at the Int’l Conference on Middle Eastern Dance in Los Angeles in 2001.

Live acoustic music has come to play an important role in the productions which until recently, no other Middle East dance company has outside of the Middle East. One of the company’s highlights was to perform with Alabina and Bijan Mortazavi at the Sony Centre for the Arts in Toronto and at the International Conference on Middle Eastern Dance in California. Arabesque YouTube video clips have been watched over 1,700,000 times.

The company’s international reputation for artistic excellence and integrity has attracted highly talented dance artists from England, France, Brazil, Mexico and across United States and Canada to move to Toronto in order to join the company. Because YRA / Arabesque is unique in the world, audience members travel every year to attend its newest production at Fleck Dance Theatre from as far away as Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Windsor, Kingston, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and much more.

Arabesque has produced 9 performance DVDs, 7 instructional DVDs and 7 CDs. The company has garnered rave reviews for its high standard of art in all mainstream media.

Director Yasmina Ramzy is a highly sought after Middle East dance instructor, teaching in 65 cities on five continents and referenced by the Arab and Mid East dance community as a Maalema (master). Her choreography has been commissioned by eight Canadian dance companies and five U.S. dance companies. She has received numerous awards for artistic excellence and contributions to Arab heritage.

Although many believe the Middle East’s most famous dance dubbed “Bellydance” is the oldest dance form, it has had to confront almost constant persecution for the last 2,000 years which still lingers today. By steering away from stereotypes and commercialism, as well as maintaining high artistic standards and integrity, YRA / Arabesque has done much and will continue to do more to lift this stigma. YRA / Arabesque also hopes to offer Western audiences a more intimate and personal understanding of Middle Eastern culture which is welcome in today’s political climate.

Since 1980, Yasmina has been performing and studying dance in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. She became mesmerized by the beauty, spirituality and profound emotion of Arab art. She found it difficult to comprehend why it wasn’t sharing the stage with ballet and the symphony. For over 30 years it has been her foremost goal to recreate for Western audiences, the joy and inspiration she found in the Middle East and in particular, its dance forms which inspired Ruth St. Denis and Isadora Duncan to reinvent the movement expression of their day.

Arabesque has staged 10 full length productions approximately every 2 years mostly in the Fleck Dance Theatre, all with live music offering insight for Toronto audiences and those drawn from further away into Middle Eastern dance traditions and inspiration. YRA / Arabesque is a vital component in Toronto’s multi-cultural artistic mosaic.

“Arresting…intelligent and innovative…seduces completely” The Globe and Mail

“Arresting imagery…Seduces Completely” The Globe and Mail

“Hypnotic… Artistry and Passion” Dance International

“Scorching…Virtuoso” The Globe and Mail

“Creates dramatic impact” Toronto Star

“Fascinating … mysterious” The Globe and Mail

“Has taken Bellydance to another level” Bravo TV

“Intelligent and Inventive choreography” The Globe and Mail

“Consistently high level… fires up the dance” CBC Radio

“Extraordinary…Evocative tapestry” CBC Radio

“Excellent ensemble…authentic” Classical 96.3 Radio

“Will go down in history as having redeemed Bellydancing” The Globe and Mail

Upcoming Production

Al Qamar

9 dance artists, 7 musicians

Internal, Visceral, Revealing

Egyptian Dance & Live Music

 

Past Productions

SAWAH

April 10-13, 2014, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada.

Choreographer/ Artistic Director: Yasmina Ramzy
Composer / Musical Director / Oud / Lead Vocals: Bassam Bishara
Composer/Percussion Director / Lead Dumbek: Suleiman Warwar
Choreography Consultants: Robert Desrosiers, Jeff Dimitriou
Guest Choreographer: Kranti (Ya Seif Al Aada Tayel – Sword Dabki)
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design & Manager: Deborah Shaw
Stage & Production Manager: Kalina Janik
Dance Artists: Yasmina Ramzy, Kranti, Tim Spronk, Melissa Gamal, Sarita, Claudia Rios, Katrina, Tatiana Kaptchinskaia, Shadia Saad, Shari, Amy Leung, Ian Huggins, Camelia, Catherine Mais, Leanna Mendolia, Danielle Davies, Meyranie Rinfret-Rodriguez, Angelica Jordan, Florence LeClerc, Andrea Fryett, Miryam Nunez,
Razi Shawahdeh, Mohamad Khalil; Understudy: Letitia Falk
Musicians:
Bassam Bishara: Oude, Lead Vocals
James Freeman: Trumpet, Riqq
Kousha Nakhaei: Violin
Arya Saaber: Violin

Haytham Farah: Guitar, Oud
Sonya Meskini: Violin
Joseph Himo: Oud
Jamal El-Ali: Oud
Demetry Petsalakis: Oud
Steve Hanson: Oud
Shabnam: Oud
Percussionists:
Suleiman Warwar: Lead Dumbek
Mohamed Srouji: Qatim, Tabal
Pedro Bonatto de Castro: Daholla
Salah Allaham: Dumbek, Tabal
Jade Atallah: Dumbek
Samira Hafezi: Dumbek
Paul Georgiou: Dumbek
Paul Tabar: Dumbek
Actors: Razi Shawahdeh, Mohamad Khalil

Costume Construction: Deborah Shaw, Jane Graydon, Christina Bartholome, Marika Lortacai, Rachelle Allen, Linda Crites, Christina Brown, Janet Pelley
Wardrobe Mistresses: Deborah Shaw, Rachelle Allen, Marika Latorcai
Props: Christina Brown, Michael Schwab
Assistant Stage Managers: Deborah Shaw, Rachelle Allen
Assistant to Director: Linda Crites
Production Staff: Yasmina Ramzy, Suleiman Warwar, Melody Bogin, Kalina Janik, Deborah Shaw, Linda Crites
Administration: Melody Bogin, Linda Crites, Tim Spronk
Publicity: Clutch PR
Graphic Design: Melody Bogin
Videography: “Who & Why Arabesque?”: Robi Hamilton; Editor: Yasmina Ramzy; Lighting: Pedro Bonatto de Castro
Videography: SAWAH- D.O.P.: Matt Phillips; Camera: Robi Hamilton
Videography: “Behind the Scenes- Montreal Dance Artists ”: Gilda Boffa
Photography: Pedro Bonatto de Castro, Samira Hafezi, Paul Devisser, Nomad, Peter Lear, Sussi Dorrell

JAMRA


February 9-12, 2012, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Harbourfront Centre and Arabesque in association with Small World Music present JAMRA, a joyful, colourful production inspired by the raw and passionate dance forms of the nomadic and gypsy (Rom) peoples of Egypt, Turkey, North Africa, Iran and Lebanon.  JAMRA premieres at the Fleck Dance Theatre on Thursday, February 9, 2012 and runs until Sunday, February 12, 2012 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 11/12 series. JAMRA, an Arabic word for “embers”, is a vibrant exploration of some of the Middle East’s rich dance forms performed by seventeen dancers, as led by Arabesque’s Artistic Director and Choreographer, Yasmina Ramzy, alongside a live 11-piece Arabian orchestra, with vocals by Arabesque’s Musical Director, Bassam Bishara. Alongside Choreographers Ferda Bayazit (Turkey), Sashar Zarif (Canadian, Iranian/Azerbaijian), and Khairiiyya Mazen (Luxor, Egypt) – the last remaining practicing Ghawazi dancer – Ramzy and Bishara have collaborated to distill the force of spirit and honest heart they discovered in the unrefined and unembellished dance and music styles of the Middle East. With Ramzy, a pioneer in the interpretive expression of authentic Middle Eastern dance, at the helm, JAMRA is brought to life with the artistry of celebrated Composer, Vocalist, and Oudist, Bassam Bishara; Costume Designer Deborah Shaw; and Lighting Designer Arun Srinivasan.

NOOR(light)


March 3-6, 2011, Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto

World Premiere: March 3-6, 2011
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by: NextSteps, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy
Musical Composition/Arrangement: Bassam Bishara, Suleiman Warwar, Walid Najjar
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Deborah Shaw, Madame Noussa, Hakim
Running Time: 120 minutes
Cast: 17 dance artists (female and male),11 musicians/vocalists
Special Guest Artists: Fathi Aljarrah, Roger Scannura, Valeria Scannura, Kranti

Clips:
NOOR Preview

OUM (mother)


February 11-14, 2010, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto

The swirling, undulating passion of Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra celebrates two great mothers; the Mother of Arab Music Oum Kalthoum and the Mother of the Universe, ancient Inanna of Babylon.

The only performing arts company of its kind in the world, Arabesque features live acoustic Arabic music and vocals accompanying 18 dancers expressing Bellydance, Whirling Dervish and the ritual arts of the Middle East.

World Premiere: February 11-14, 2010
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by: NextSteps, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Now Magazine, Media Profile
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy
Musical Composition/Arrangement: Bassam Bishara, Suleiman Warwar, Walid Najjar
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Deborah Shaw, Madame Noussa, Yasser Abd El Rahmon
Running Time: 120 minutes
Cast: 17 dance artists (female and male),7 musicians/vocalists

Clips:
OUM Commercial

EGYPT


March 5-8, 2009, Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto
Egypt explores the subtle nuances and profound spiritual poetry in classical Middle Eastern music. The production features the ground-breaking choreography Kariat El Fingan, inspired by Yasmina’s mentor and one of Canada’s most imaginative ballet and modern dance choreographers, Robert Desrosiers. Mr. Desrosiers served as choreographic advisor for the entire production.
“Through this collection of six new works and three remounted classics, audiences will be able to reflect on the twenty-year history of the company and our exploration of more than 14 classical and folkloric styles like whirling dervish and bellydance,” expressed Yasmina Ramzy, Artistic Director of the company. “It will also give new audiences a chance to experience and understand the increasingly rare and extraordinary interaction between Middle Eastern dance artists and a traditional Middle Eastern orchestra.” Yasmina Ramzy remains active in the promotion of Middle Eastern art. In addition to teaching and performing in the Middle East and worldwide, she is the founder of the International Bellydance Conference of Canada. Ms. Ramzy has recently been commissioned to create choreography for the internationally renowned Bellydance Superstars (US). The Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra plans to remount the production Descent of Ishtar (1998) in 2010.

World Premiere: March 5-8, 2009
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by NextSteps, Toronto Arts Council, Now Magazine
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy with Choreography Advision by Robert Desrosiers
Musical Composition/Arrangement: Bassam Bishara, Suleiman Warwar
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Deborah Shaw, Denise Mireau, Jane Graydon
Running Time: 120 minutes
Cast: 17 dance artists,9 musicians/vocalists

Clips:
Kariat El Fingan

ASALA


Classical & Contemporary – The Ultimate Middle East Dance & Music Performance
Steeped in Rich History
Tears & Laughter – Explosive passion jumps off the stage and into your heart
Two hours, 25 Performers, Exquisite Lighting Design, over 140 costumes
Sixteen colourful choreographies including Inta Omri (25 min.)
Bellydance, Hagallah, Whirling Dervish (Tannoura), Saiidi, Port Said, Double Stick, Khaleegy, Tahtiib Combat, Milaya, Mohamed Ali Street

World Premiere: November 28 – December 3, 2006
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by NextSteps, Toronto Arts Council, Now Magazine
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy
Musical Composition/Arrangement: Bassam Bishara
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Denise Mireau, Jane Graydon, Laura Huggland, Parvis Zarif, Hakim, Mdme Abla, Yetunde Sopeju
Running Time: 120 minutes
Cast: 13 female and 4 male dance artists, 8 musicians/vocalists
Clips:
Inta Omri
Tannoura
Binti Behari (Milaya)
Hagallah
Nawaem
Walauu – Drum Solo
Percussion Mania
Tahtiib
Beni Ou Beinak (Mohammed Ali Street Style)
Khaleegy

Arabesque Dance Company - Canada's leading Middle Eastern dance and music ensemble

ISIS


Spellbinding, evocative scenes that take you to an ancient place so real you can almost smell the incense and feel the hot, dry desert sun or the shade of the looming pillars.
A journey through the 4 chambers of the temple of Isis – a procession ritual to the River Nile, a Feast in the Inner Court, discovering the pantheon of ancient Egyptian Gods in the Hall of Pillars and finally enter the the Inner Sanctum to meet Isis herself.
Thirty five performers, extravagant sets and costumes, ancient Egyptian musical instruments.

World Premiere: March 14-17, 2002
Presented with Malika, Fii Youm Wa Leila, Ikaa, Taht El Shebak, Ghana El Hawa
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by Toronto Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy
Original Music Composition/Recording: Richard Feren
Live Music Composition/Arrangement: Dr. George Sawa
Lighting Design: Penny Olorenshaw
Costume Design: Jenny Wannacott
Set Design: Denise Mireau, Anisa Misaljevic, Bob Maxine
Running Time: Isis – 40 minutes, other traditional choreographies 75 minutes
Cast: 4 actors, 16 female dance artists, 6 male dance artists, 9 musicians
Clip:
Isis

IN SEARCH OF THE ALMEH

 

Who are these infamous and elusive women; esteemed scholar, prostitute, concubine or teacher? Choreography, sets and costumes depict the possible history from Temple Priestess to modern day inhabitant of Mohamed Ali Street in Cairo. From the reverent to the regal to sassy and playful. Beautiful sets, historic costumes, and raw, evocative live music.

World Premiere:April 8-11, 1999
Presented with Descent of Ishtar & Azerbaijani dance choreographed by Sashar Zarif
Premiere Dance Theatre, Habourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by Toronto Arts Council, Laidlaw foundation, HRDC
Choroegraphy: Yasmina Ramzy
Music arrangement: Dr. George Sawa
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Denise Mireau
Set Design: Yasmina Ramzy
Running Time: Almeh – 40 minutes, other pieces 60 minutes
Cast: 9 female dance artists, 7 musicians

Clips:
Ali Los
Leilet Hob

DESCENT OF ISHTAR

 

Dance of the Seven Veils. Groundbreaking choreography – Middle Eastern movement in Western Contemporary dance format tells the story of the Goddess or Mother of the Universe who travels through seven gates to reach the Lord of Death in the Underworld. She embarks on this journey through seven dreamlike worlds in search of the answer as to why her children must suffer sickness and death. Highly emotional and soul stirring, this choreography has been presented 22 times with some audience members returning for the 5th and 6th time. All who witness this choreography must return.

World Premiere: April 2-5, 1998.
Presented with Oyoun, Walla Zeman, Bambi Saiidi accompanied by live music directed by Dr. George Sawa
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, HRDC
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy
Music Composition/Recording: Richard Feren
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Jane Graydon
Set Design: Yasmina Ramzy
Running Time: 45 minutes
Cast: 14 female dance artists, one male dance artist, one male actor
Clips:
Descent of Ishtar Overview
Venus

NEDAA EL NIL

Arabesque Dance Company’s first professional theatre production. With some small live music components, most of the presentation was to pre-recorded music. Nedaa El Nil means Call of the Nile. This presentation included an Oriental routine, Folklore including Assaya, Milaya and Shamadan and the first incarnation of the choreography entitled A Prayer to Nuit. The innovative and experimental fusion piece co-choreographed with Lisa Sandlos entitled Didi was presented as the finale.

World Premiere: November 7-10, 1996.
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by Municipality of Metro Toronto, Laidlaw Foundation, HRDC, Eye Magazine
Choreography: Yasmina Ramzy
Music: live music directed by Dr. George Sawa and various prerecorded sources
Lighting Design: Jean-Ives Tessier
Costume Design: Jenny Yen
Set Design: Kara Culp
Running Time: 85 minutes
Cast: 12 female dance artists, 3 male dance artists, 2 musicians, one Vocalist

To Be Updated

2012

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

Jamra

12 minutes 17 dancers, live Orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Fajr

2 minutes 3 dancers, live orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

A Ya Lalali

6 minutes 4 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Dabki

10 minutes by Kranti, adapted by yasmina Ramzy: 17 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Ali Loz

10 minutes 7 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Bandari

6 minutes inspired by Sashar Zarif, 16 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Ghawazi

6 minutes 3 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Turkish Roma

8 minutes partial choreography by Ferda Bayazit, 8 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Walaaha

8 minutes solo, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

 

2011

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

NOOR

32 minutes 17 dancers, live Orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Hiyee

6 minutes 12 dancers, live orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Yearnings

6 minutes solo, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Noor – montage

10 minutes 12 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Coffee Shop

10 minutes 15 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Dabki

6 minutes 16 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Hafleh

6 minutes solo, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Ikaa

8 minutes 8 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Ya Msafer Wahdak

8 minutes 2 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Raqs Sharqi Finale

8 minutes 12 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

 

2010

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

OUM

32 minutes 13 dancers, live Orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Haysa

6 minutes 13 dancers, live orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Sanatein Wana Hayel Fiik

6 minutes solo, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Coffee Shop

10 minutes 10 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Sahra

6 minutes 7 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Luxor Baladna

8 minutes 4 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

 

2009

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

Priestess Walk

6 minutes 4 dancers, recorded music Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

Haba Fok Haba Taht

6 minutes dancers, live orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

Hayee

7 minutes 13 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

Kariat El Fingan

23minutes 15 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

Shat Eskandaria

6 minutes 15 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

Aiewa

8 minutes 13 dancers, live musicians Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

 

2008

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

Bint El Hitta

7 minutes 12 dancers, live Orchestra Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfronnt Centre

 

2007

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

Layali Nour

6 minutes 8 dancers, CD Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Premiere Dance Theatre

Maitri Sagara

5 minutes solo, CD Premiere Dance Theatre

Nuit (rework)

6 minutes 7 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

 

2006

TITLE

LENGTH

PERFORMERS

VENUE OF PREMIERE

Inta Omri

25 minutes 12 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre, IBCC

El Binta Beida

6 minutes 8 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Arab Habibi

6 minutes 8 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Tannoura

3 minutes 2 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Binti Bahari (rework)

7 minutes 5 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Mashkelni

6 minutes 8 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre, Estonian House

House Hagallah

12 minutes 8 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre, Lithuanian Centre

Walauu

10 minutes 8 dancers, live drums Premiere Dance Theatre, Estonian House

Tahtiib Fight

6 minutes 4 dancers, live drums Premiere Dance Theatre, IBCC

Courting Hagallah

3 minutes 5 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Beini Ou Beinak

7 minutes 17 dancers, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Nibtidi Menein Il Hikaya

5 minutes Solo, live musicians Premiere Dance Theatre

Hezzie

7 minutes Solo, live Musicians Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto

Kalaatny Ya Booy – (wip)

4 minutes 5 Dancers, live Musicians Premier Dance Theatre, Toronto

Bassam Bishara

  • Nawaem 5:25
  • Bint El Hitta 6:15
  • Darwish 6:43
  • Hiyee, Egypt
  • Shorouq, Jamra

Suleiman Warwar

  • Majnun Yasmina 5:41
  • Hiyee 5:38
  • Hezzie 6:16
  • Walauu 9:42
  • Tahtiib Fight 2:03
  • Courting Hagallah 2:41
  • Aiewa, Egypt
  • Haysa, Oum
  • Hafleh, Noor
  • Walaahah, Jamra

Dr. George Sawa

  • Isis (Inner Court Feast) 7:00

Amer Matri

  • Amer’s Drum Solo 4:05
  • Zaar 4:00
  • El Dom Fein 4:10

Nabeel Shehadeh

  • Yasmina 4:03

Richard Feren

  • Descent of Ishtar 32:00
  • Isis (Procession, Hall of Pillars, Inner Sanctum) 22:00
  • Das Rheingold 2:55
  • Thunderworld 3:10

Daff
A shallow hand drum used for back up rhythm

Daholla
Large bass sounding dumbek used for the back up rhythm

Dumbek
Also known as Durbeki and Tabla, the main percussion instrument found throughout the Arab world

Kemanga
Violin, all classic Arabic music uses the violin

Mizmar
Wooden trumpet like instrument which has a very loud, nasal and piercing sound, folkloric

Naye
Bamboo flute, classical and folkloric instrument, a set of nayes includes one for each octave

Oude
String instrument like a mandolin or lute with no frets, classical instrument found throughout the Arab world – both the six string and the 8 string versions

Qanoon
78 string instrument with holes covered in fish skin played with picks on both hands, a classical Arabic instrument played on the lap of the musician

Qatim
Large hand drum

Rababa
2 string instrument, a stick attached to a small drum with a fish skin, the predecessor of the violin from Upper Egypt

Riqq
Tambourine used for main percussion in classical Arabic music as well as back up

Saxophone
Western instrument to be played for more contemporary music

Saz
Turkish string instument, cross between an Oude and a Bozouki

Segat
Finger cymbals made of bell metal

Semsemeya
From Port Said in Egypt, a harp type instrument shaped like a lyre

Sumbati
A slightly larger Dumbek, the new instrument of choice for professional Arab drummers

Tabal
Large drum hung over shoulder and played from both sides with two sticks, folkloric instrument found in many parts of the Middle East

Cynthia Ainslie – Dance Artist
Akimi – Dance Artist
Yzza Akhatar – Dance Artist
Saba Alemayehu Asfaw – Dance Artist
Khaldoun Al-Romaih – Dance Artist
Maya Al Samry (Cynthia Loyst) – Dance Artist
Jalilah Ali Akbar (Jane Graydon) – Co-Founder, Dance Artist, Costumier, Prop Designer
Rachelle Allen – Stage Manager
Bashir Almoui – Musician
Amara (Avital Gazit) – Dance Artist
Emily Ampofo – Dance Artist

Karina B. – Dance Artist
Sheldon Bacsek – Musician
George Barbas – Percussionist
Angie Bayouk – Dance Artist
Angie Berkes – Musician
Ishra Blanco – Dance Artist
Sioban Blanco – Actress
Khrista Boon – Dance Artist
Anne Boudreau – Dance Artist
Sarita Brawley – Dance Artist
Andrea Budgey – Musician

Marcelo Caldeiro – Dance Artist
Audrey Campbell – Dance Artist
Adriana Candeloro – Dance Artist
Maryfer Cardenas – Dance Artist
Leigh Clarke – Dance Artist
Jean Francois Corbet – Actor
Lindsay Cottin – Dance Artist
Kara Culp – Dance Artist, Prop Designer

Radi Daradzhanska (Reda) – Dance Artist
Maya Da Silva – Dance Artist
Shams Dahabi – Stage Assistant
Milad Daher – Percussionist
Danielle Davies – Dance Artist
Daphne Delefes – Dance Artist
Camelia Djokoto – Dance Artist
Christina Djokoto – Dance Artist
Emese Dosa – Dance Artist
Melanie Duhamel – Dance Artist, Assitant Stage Manager

Uni Esso – Musician

Farissa – Dance Artist
Loretta Faveri – Dance Artist
Eden Fieldstone – Dance Artist
Jennifer Francisco – Musician
Kathleen Fraser – Musician
James Freem – Musician
Andrea Fryett – Dance Artist

Anaz Gamadia – Dance Artist
Melissa Gamal – Dance Artist
Sebastian Gatto – Percussionist
Nikki Gentles – Dance Artist
Lynn Glover – Musician
Madison Graydon – Actress
Veronica Gutierez – Dance Artist

Haifa – Dance Artist
Robert Halley – Dance Artist
Akl Hashem – Musician
Maryem Hassan – Musician
Dionne Hemsley – Dance Artist
Walaa Hesham – Dance Artist, Musician
Kathy Hill – Dance Artist
Anne-Marie Hood – Dance Artist
Oday Hosain – Actor, Dance Artist
Ian Huggins – Dance Artist

Mazen Jaffar – Dance Artist, Actor
Angelica Jordan – Dance Artist

Garo Kababjian – Musician
Kathleen Kajioka – Violin
Mohamed Khalil – Dance Artiast, Actor
Tatiana Kaptchinskaia – Dance Artist
Karima – Dance Artist
Kassia (Kathleen Boldt) – Dance Artist
Ainsley Kendrick – Production Manager
Suzanne Kimball – Dance Artist
Iana Komarnytska – Dance Artist
Katrina Kukurs – Dance Artist
Ali Kurdi – Musician

Anastassia Lachina – Dance Artist
Janice Law – Dance Artist
Amy LeBlac – Dance Artist
Florence Leclerc – Dance Artist
Gillian Leitch – Musician
Leila (Joanne Talar) – Dance Artist
Amy Leung – Dance Artist
Charlotte Lin – Dance Artist
Charlene Lokey – Dance Artist
Loulou – Dance Artist

Catherine Mais – Dancre Artist
Mohanned Maotassem – Vocalist, Percussionist
Amer Matri – Co-founder, Lead Dumbek, Composer
Mayada (Meagan Hesham) – Dance Artist
Rosanna McGuire – Dance Artist, Costumier
Kwasi McKnight – Dance Artist
Leanna Mendolia – Dance artist
Sonya Meskini – Musician
Julie Middleton – Dance Artist
Deborah Mills – Musician
Denise Mireau – Co-Founder, Dance Artist, Costumier, Prop Designer
Danisa Misaljevic – Dance Artist, Prop Designer
Ilona Muraca – Dance Artist

Karim A. Nagi – Percussionist
Shari Naipaul – Dance Artist
Kousha Nakhaei – Musician
Safire Naranjo – Dance Artist
Renata Nobrega – Actress
Cheryl Nomarkhan – Dance Artist
Zaki Nouri – Musician
Miriam Nunez – Dance Artist

Aurora Ongaro – Dance Artist
Nadia Oryema – Dance Artist
Alaina Osborne – Dance Artist

Dimitri Paun – Percussionist
Jerry Pergolesi – Percussionist, Manager
Julie Peters – Dance Artist
Irina Petrenciuc – Dance Artist
Mary Petsoulas – Dance Artist
Oxana Podkoryva – Actress
Jordan Prentice – Actor
Neysa Price – Dance Artist

Milenka Radic – Dance Artist
Judy Reynolds – Dance Artist
Yvonne Ribeiro – Dance Artist
Meyranie Rinfret-Rodriguez – Dance Artist
Claudia Rios – Dance Artist
Sharleen Rivero – Dance Artist
Heather Robertshaw – Dance Artist
Asli Romm – Dance Artist
Riviera Ronit – Dance Artist

Nabil Saab – Musician
Shadia Saad – Dance Artist
Arya Saaber – Musician
Michelle Safa – Dance Artist
Samara (Christina Lee) – Dance Artist, Actress
Dr. George Sawa – Co-Founder, Musical Director, Actor, Composer
Anjelica Scannura – Dance Artist
Ingrid Schossler – Dance Artist
Salem Seif – Musician
Laura Selenzi – Dance Artist
Razi Shawahdeh – Dance Artist, Actor
Nabil Shehadeh – Musician
Audra Simmons – Dance Artist
Kalini Shi – Dance Artist
Lisanne Skeoch – Dance Artist
Katy Solorzano – Dance Artist
Tim Spronk – Dance Artist
Sumayah (Lisa Genzer-Wheeler)- Dance Artist
Vanessa Sun – Dance Artist

Marun Tannus – Violinist
Najwa Tannus – Vocalist
Ernie Tollar – Musician

Sheldon Valeda – Percussionist
Valizan (Rob Galbraith) – Dance Artist
Helene Vieillot – Dance Artist

Amy Walton – Musician
Suleiman Warwar – Percussion Director, Composer
Grace Wu – Dance Artist

Karim Zaki – Dance Artist
Sashar Zarif – Dance Artist, Actor
Voula Zisis – Dance Artist
Erika Zuniga – Dance Artist

Benefactors

  • Robina & Michael Shaw
    Robina & Michael Shaw
  • Kathleen Fraser
    Kathleen Fraser
  • Salah Bachir
    Salah Bachir
  • Norbert Winklareth
    Norbert Winklareth
  • Sophia Podrozny
    Sophia Podrozny
  • Ibrahim Gad
    Ibrahim Gad
  • Montfort Grill logo
    Montfort Grill
  • Nomad Designs logo
    Nomad Designs
  • Anonymous

Patrons

  • George Barbas
  • Najwa Tannus
  • Maureen & Hank Levelt
  • Dean & Heather Walker
  • Vian Stetch
  • Arabesque Allspice
  • Arabella (Toronto)
  • Beth Syrnyk
  • Donna Insley
  • Iden Ford
  • Deborah Shaw
  • Babs Designs
  • Kate Jiggins
  • Judith C. Cole
  • Lynette
  • Mendolia Family
  • Roula Said
  • Rachel Brookmire
  • Dragonfly Bellydance
  • Victoria Lammers
  • Birds and Beans
  • Aurora Ongaro
  • Anne & Billy Shaw
  • Linda Merk
  • Cynthia Truax
  • Nadia Oryema
  • Linda Riyad
  • Lorna Kot
  • Nicola Yap
  • Lisa D. Jordan
  • Ufuk Mercan
  • Jan Gale
  • Sheila Connop
  • Maureen & Gordon Bale
  • Jean Hafner
  • Tony Wade
  • Joanne Page
  • Donna Lozier
  • Pam & Jorn Iverson
  • David & Gabrielle Horsley
  • Cheryl Lafond
  • Jean & Val Mody

From time to time and according to need, Yasmina Ramzy Arts (formerly Arabesque) holds auditions in order to discover possible apprentice dance artists, both male and female. Sometimes the company will need artists with a particular skill for only one production. If a dance artist is found to be very versatile, he or she may become a lead dancer and thus needed for all productions.

If you are interested in joining Yasmina Ramzy Arts as a dance artists or musician and there is no audition scheduled for the near future, please inquire at

yasminaramzyarts@gmail.com

YASMINA RAMZY,  Artistic Director, Choreographer

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. 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 featuring discussion and debate while staging as many as 150 artists in each festival and presenting over 50 master teachers such as Dina Talaat, Mahmoud Reda, Mohamed Khalil and Aida Nour.

Yasmina received her primary training from various teachers in Egypt and Syria. Since 1981, she has taught in more than 65 cities around the world. Yasmina has performed extensively in the Middle East, primarily with the master Muwashahaat trained musicians of Aleppo, Syria. Her full length six day theatrical productions have been presented 10 times with as many as 45 dancers and musicians at a time. Some of her productions have toured in USA, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and across Canada. 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”.

HANY MORGAN, Percussion Director, Composer

Hany Morgan began playing percussion at age five and performing Sufi drum and dance at age seven. Raised in a musical family in Cairo, Egypt, he was surrounded by musical art and taught to play the derbeki (Arab drum) by his father Sheikh Ibrahim. The Morgan family have performed Islamic traditional religious choral music in the time of King Farouk and special concerts for President Sadat and Mubarak. As well as the derbeki, Hany plays the duff, tura/segat, violin and naye. Hany has been the lead drummer for Egypt’s famous El Tanoura Dance Troupe in the Sufi tradition for 15 years. He has toured the globe with this large ensemble sponsored by the Egyptian government. In October 2017, Hany took over reigns as Percussion Director and instructor at Arabesque Canada and Yasmina Ramzy Arts in Toronto, Canada. As well as composing and teaching, he records and tours with many other musical and dance productions worldwide. In 2019, Hany was voted Best Percussionist in the World at the Shanghai International Percussion Festival.

LEANNA MENDOLIA, Dance Artist

In 2006 Leanna started studying Oriental Dance with local teachers in Hamilton and eventually in Toronto. She has also learned from many international instructors such as Mahmoud Reda, Aida Nour, Tito Seif and Randa Kamel. Leanna’s most memorable dance experiences include playing a bellydancer on the TV show Reign (2016) and performing in the Cirque du Soleil Opening Ceremony of the Pan-Am Games (2015). As a lead dancer in Arabesque Dance Company (now Yasmina Ramzy Arts) she has performed  in the production of Sawah (2014), the International Stage at the CNE (2016- 2018) and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (2014-2020). Leanna directs BellaDance who performed in Hamilton’s biggest arts festival, Supercrawl in 2019. Leanna also performs regularly as a soloist with the Arabesque Entertainment Agency and has engaged audiences for over 10 years.

SHARLEEN RIVERO, Dance Artist

Coming from a Middle-Eastern and Latin background, Sharleen Rivero has always been surrounded in dance. She started dancing at the age of five, and trained in various styles such as Ballet, Ballroom, Bellydancing, Contemporary, and Latin dances. She found her passion for Belly dancing at the tender age of seven when she was chosen to dance onstage alongside the Bellydancer at a party; it was then that she had decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional Bellydance artist. She danced and trained for various years following that night. She studied dance at York University in 2009 and 2010. After being deeply moved by the Arabesque production “OUM” in 2010, Sharleen soon joined Arabesque as a student and was instructed by Amy Leung and Melissa Gamal throughout the years. In 2014 she became a part of Arabesque Dance Company where she continues to train at an advanced level under the artistic direction of Yasmina Ramzy. She has also been featured in multiple performances across the GTA, including cultural events, shows at the Harbourfront Centre Stage with Arabesque Dance Academy, performing at private corporate events, and being an understudy for the opening ceremonies with Cirque du Soleil for the 2015 Pan/Para PanAm Games. Sharleen has completed various bellydance courses including the Master-Pro course. She has been coached and taken workshops with various artists such as Luna of Cairo, Jeff Dimitriou, Robert Desrosier, Modrite Dimza, and many more. Sharleen continues to study and practice her forms of dance.

KATY SOLORZANO, Dance Artist

Seduced by the richness of Middle Eastern Music and the beauty of the dance movements, Katy began taking Middle Eastern Dance classes in 2003 at Arabesque Academy with Yasmina Ramzy, Denise Mireau, Audra Simmons, Mary and Saba. In 2005, Katy joined the Rhythm of the Nile Dance Company, under the direction of Nada El Masriya. There, she discovered her passion for Egyptian Folkloric dance, realizing her dream to perform as a lead dancer in “Rhythm of the Nile”, “Ayyam Zaman”, and later in “Egyptian Panorama”, and “El Toreth El Masryi”,with the now named Egyptian Dance Company. A highlight of Katy’s career was having the honour to share the same stage as The Reda Troupe, when they performed in Toronto in 2012. Katy has explored and studied other dance forms such as Ballet, Hip Hop, and Flamenco. She has also taken workshops with renowned artists, Fifi Abdo, Randa Kamal, Aida Nour, Doaa Salaam, Aziza of Montreal, Hannan Sultan, Nesrin Bahaa, Ehab Hassan, Tito Seif, Roula Said, Mohamed Shahin, Mohamed Salah, and Dr. George Sawa. Passing on her love of bellydance to her students at Egyptian Dance Academy, Katy worked as an instructor from 2008 to 2016. In November of 2016, Katy joined The Arabesque Dance Company, where she continues to grow as a dancer and performs at various events in Toronto such as Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Bellydance Blossom Festival 2017, and Scrubs the City: Marrakech Fundraiser in support of SickKids Foundation.

VANESSA SUN, Dance Artist

At the age of 20, Vanessa has discovered her passion for belly dance back in China. She devoted herself to dance for 3 years before coming to Canada in 2014 where she began her dance adventure with Yasmina Ramzy. In 2016 Vanessa joined Arabesque Dance Company and Yasmina Ramzy Arts whom she performed among festivals/events with such as the CNE, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, and weddings etc. In 2018, Vanessa was a member of Mohamed Salah Ensemble, performed Hagala, Street shabby, and Nubian dance at Blossom Festival. Moreover, she had graduated from Yasmina’s famous Pro course and presented her first creation at the end of 2018. Vanessa performed several times with live music by George Sawa and Alpharabius in 2019. To enhance her experience and skills, Vanessa has studied with notable instructors such as Dina, Dr. Mohamed Geddawi, Mohamed Haiek, Esmeralda Colabone, Melissa Gamal, Sashar Zarif, Robert Desrosiers, Jeff Dimitriou, Michael Ibrahim, George Sawa, Simon Sako and Esraa Warda. With all the training, she has experienced with wide variety of dance styles such as Iraqi, Khleegy, Saidi, Mewashah, Debke, Moroccan chaabi, falahi and Algerian Dance.

ALAINA OSBORNE, Dance Artist

Alaina is an award-winning dance artist and member of Arabesque Dance Company and Yasmina Ramzy Arts. A ballet dancer for thirteen years, Alaina started training in Raqs Sharqi with Arabesque alumni Ishra Blanco and became a member of her troupe, Invoketress Dance, in 2013. She has performed at a variety of events, including the Canadian National Exhibition, the Egyptian Coptic Festival and Taste of the Middle East. Alaina has shared the stage with Reda Troupe soloist Mohamed Salah, as well as recording artists such as Sean Paul, Karl Wolf and Juno-nominated Eccodek. In 2018, Alaina visited Egypt for the first time to enhance her cultural awareness and raqs sharqi studies with her mentor and Arabesque alumni Melissa Gamal. Alaina continuously trains and performs with several instructors and companies including Ya Amar, Infuzion Artistry and Invoketress Dance, in addition to performing as a soloist for weddings, charity functions and cultural events throughout the GTA.

ASLI ROMM, Dance Artist

Asli has always been impressed with belly dancing and admired it in her home country, Turkey. In 2010, she started learning under the instruction of Joanne Camilleri at University of Toronto. These classes enhanced her passion for this art form. From 2010 to 2018, she was part of Dragonfly Belly Dance Studio, and she improved her dance skills under the tutelage of Zahira and Anuka. During this time, she was also part of the Dragonfly Student Troupe (2013-2016), performing in Luminescence (2015) and Alchemy (2017). As of 2019, she is a new member of Yasmina Ramzy Arts/Arabesque Dance Company, under the mentorship of Yasmina Ramzy. She has performed in many festivals including Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (2019), Habari Africa Festival (2019) and Canadian Arab Orchestra Multicultural Festival (2019). Alongside belly dance, she also performs Turkish Rom and she is an ardent student of Egyptian Folklore styles. In 2016, she won an award for her Turkish Rom style performance at Star Belly Dance Canada.

MARCELA CALDEIRA, Dance Artist

Born in Brazil, Marcela started dancing at the age of 7  learning various styles such as jazz, latin and ballet. At 14 she fell in love with belly dancing , starting her lifelong love of the art form. She trained and performed for many years with renowned belly dance artists in south America including Amir Thaleb and Saida.She also took workshops with Dina Talaat and Lulu Sabongi. In 2006 she moved to Argentina , where she started her acting career, and went on to appear in commercials and music videos both dancing and acting  ,that have been broadcast around the world .After moving to Canada in 2017, Marcela started classes with Yasmina Ramzy. Upon completion of her master pro-course , she was invited by Yasmina to join Arabesque Dance Company and has performed regularly in festivals and events at the CNE, Harbourfront and many others.

ANASTASSIA LACHINA, Dance Artist

Anastassia began her Egyptian dance journey at Arabesque when she was 16; taught by Melissa Gamal, Saba Alemayehu, Sarita, Amy Leung, Yasmina Ramzy herself, and many others. For her, this dance is a way to manifest more beauty into the world. Performing has been a big part of her life; she has been a devoted troupe member of diverse and dynamic groups: including the Arabesque Academy Troupe (director: Yasmina Ramzy), the Undines (director: Ioana Timariu), and Snake Bite (director: Laura McCutchan). The past few years have been transformative in her dance with the help of Yasmina Ramzy, Badia Star, Zahira, Mohamed Salah, and Nada el Masriya. She has taken workshops with renowned dancers such as Randa Kamel, Esmeralda Colabone, and Shahrzad. In 2018 she joined Arabesque Dance Company / Yasmina Ramzy Arts (a long-time dream) and is now excited to help the vision of Al Qamar come to life.

REINE D’OR RAKOTO, Dance Artist

Reine d’Or is a French-Malagasy Bellydancer, freshly arrived from Paris. Her dance embodies both grace and authenticity. She first discovered and fell in love with Bellydancing at the young age of 7 during a workshop led by Fara Kadri, algerian singer and Bellydancer, with whom she went on to study for several years covering the artform’s basics and nuances while soaking up the Arab culture. Eager to improve and evolve, Reine d’Or had the pleasure to join several workshops and group lessons in Paris with various teachers. Now based in Toronto and still carrying this love for BD, she was invited to begin an amazing artistic and human adventure at Arabesque Canada. She participates in different shows and fulfills her desire to give more depth to her dance through her lessons with the company’s founder Yasmina Ramzy.

RHYTHM VEKARIYA, Dance Artist

Rhythm Vekariya started Belly dancing in India 6 years ago under her dance teacher Joseph Stanley. Since then she won numerous dance competitions and talent shows. Belly Dance just came naturally to her. In 2016, she decided to pass on this knowledge further to other girls. She started organizing belly dance workshops all over the small city of Ahmedabad in India. She also studied belly dance with the famous Belly dancer of India – Meher Malik. Currently Rhythm is a part of a company named – Yasmina Ramzy Arts in Toronto. She looks forward to learning from different Belly dancers from all over the world and performing with them.

TONG YU, Dance Artist

Tong has practiced belly dance as a hobby since she was a child. She started systematic training on belly dance since 2011. In 2012, Tong graduated from Huatai Mingjue Institute of Belly Dance in China. In 2013, Tong attended Shenzhen International Belly Dance Festival and learned from many famous international masters. She also participated in the 2013 Changchun TV Spring Festival Gala dance program recording and been invited to Changchun TV City Express program for interviews and performances. Tong attended Beijing Belly Dance Festival and workshop of Ukrainian belly dance master Yana in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, she studied belly dance at IPI Institute of Belly Dance, courses including advanced belly dance, creative dance choreography, music rhythm and eyang yoga. Tong attended workshop of Russian belly dance master Vaagn Tadevosyan in 2017. Now studying with Yasmina Ramzy and recently joined Yasmina Ramzy Arts.