Carol Tandava Henning (Writer, Choreographer, Monologuist) has worked on and around New York stages as an actor, director, writer, producer, bellydancer, theatrical improviser and stand-up comic. Theater: T. Schreiber, Peter Jensen, the RSC’s Lisa Harrow, Sande Shruin, Workshop Theater, New Directions. Stand-Up: Comedy Cellar, NY & Bwy Comedy Clubs, Comic Strip. Improv: PIT, Magnet, the Groundlings’ founder Gary Austin, and Second City’s Michael J. Gellman. Voice: Paula Liscio, Page Clements, Lilias White. She has been devoted to bellydance since 2004 and has studied with many teachers in the US and abroad. She has obtained certifications in: AFAA, ACE, SharQui, Suhaila Salimpour L1. She studies meditative dance with Sufi teachers Dunya, Nahari, and Adnan Sarhan, stage combat with Fights4, Galhalla, Combat Inc., Bollywood with BollywoodFunkNYC, contact improve with Jesse Johnson, and mime with Richmond Shepard. Her work is strongly influenced by Joseph Campbell, Jungian psychology, and archetypal principals. As a longtime member of the Jung Foundation’s Analytical Psychology Club, she actively applies archetypal principles to her work. She teaches sailing and scuba dives in all that spare time she has. Special thanks to Mom & Dad – words aren’t enough! – to Liz Free, Jean Hess Green, Sharon Zaslaw, Alex Harper, Alex Chmaj, Megan Horan, Richmond Shepard, and Tim Ranney for their faith in me and this work, to Jerry Bezdikian and Leonidas Lecter for their stunning artwork and design, and the phenomenal dancers who have joined this production!
Jeffrey Fiske (Director) adapted and directed the recent acclaimed production of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, directed Mark’s Gospel for FPA. His original play Boudica, about the woman who commanded the largest rebellion against the Roman Empire, was performed at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre. Britomart, about the female knight of The Round Table, was included in the Spoleto Festival. His experimental play Clytaemnestra earned him a playwriting fellowship with the New Jersey Council on the Arts. A former NASA consultant and Drew University professor.
Aakriti (NYC 9/29/2013 Pre-Show) recently graduated from NYU with a degree in Applied Psychology. After discovering belly dance her Freshman year, Aakriti went on to found the Belly Dance Club at NYU, and now works as a Studio Manager at Bellyqueen. Her other interests include volunteering, skiing, youth empowerment and dresses.
Adrianne (Phoenix 4/8/2016 Pre-Show Cabaret, Raks Assaya) Professional belly dancer Adrianne of Los Angeles is known for her electric performances and vibrant shaabi shows. Her passion and expression while dancing to contemporary Middle Eastern music has made her the dancer of choice at many Arabic Nightclubs in Southern California.
Alashiya (Boston 12/18/2015 Raks Assaya) has studied the art of belly dance since 2005, beginning at Serena Studios in NYC. Alashiya was a primary dancer for Snake Dance Theater Company from 2011-2015 and co-directed the Company as well. She is passionate about sharing her artistic vision and sharing her love of dance.
Alex Harper (NYC 2/21m, 2/28m, 3/1/2015 MC) has per-formed too many years to count, but has been most successful on stage. He has performed Shakespeare, to modern plays. His most recent performance was scaring the hell out of people at Blood Manor. Now, he's the emcee of this show! BEWARE!
Alexander Bartenieff (NYC Feb 2015 Lighting Designer) is delighted to be lighting his first Tandava Arts production! Recent credits include: The premieres of Pulitzer winner Nilo Cruz's Sotto Voce (MDCA). Wendy Osserman dance Concert "Appetite" and TFNC's LES and Dream UP Festivals. A Streetcar Named Desire (Cherry Pit), The Painters Project (Cherry Lane), Lillian Euralia (La Mama) directed by Austin Pendelton, Orson's Shadow, written by Austin Pendelton (Theater Row).
Alia Berezovskaya (NYC 9/29/2013 Pre-Show, 3/1/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya, Stage Manager 2/2015) has loved theater for most of her life, and has done wardrobe for Neville Dance Theater’s Nutcracker, CBT’s Ondine and 3 Bites From the Underworld, as well as stage management for BOTV. A graduate of SUNY Purchase and a passionate dancer, she is proud to make her return to BOTV for it latest NYC run!
Altagracia (NYC 9/29/2013 Master Teacher) followed the dance steps of her mother a dancer and singer from Puerto Rico. Those steps have taken her to the stages of Lincoln Center, Harkness Dance Center, American Theater for Actors to name a few. As a teacher and choreographer for 28 years she has taken all her dance experience and training in Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco, Hispanic Folkloric and Middle Eastern Dance to develop a unique fusion style called Spanish Arabic Fusion. caribbeanrose.com
Amalia (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Pre-Show Fusion) hails from SF’s vibrant and creative belly dance scene, and is known for her improvisational and emotive performances, and her unique teaching style focused on both performance technique and improvisation. Catch her at the Haverford Heritage Festival on Sun 6/7 1pm dancing with the Turkish Folk Rock band Barakka. amaliadance.com
Amy E Smith (Boston 12/18/2015 Local Producer) has been studying and performing Middle Eastern dance for over 20 years. She is a member of Origins Folkloric Dance Company, and publishes Belly Dance New England, an online resource for all things belly dance throughout New England and upstate New York. bellydancenewengland.com
Anahid Sofian (NYC 2/25/2015 Master Teacher) is internationally recognized as a versatile and innovative Middle Eastern dance artist. She was the first oriental dancer accepted into the NY Dance Festival and has performed in mainstream venues including MoMA, the UN, Broadway’s Uris Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. She established her studio in 1972, and her company in 1979. She has received awards from NYS and a residency at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. anahidsofianstudio.com
Aria Michaels Paradise (Boston 12/18/2015 Pre-Show Cabaret) MA, MSW, is a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of ABRAXAS Dance Theatre. A Jung-oriented psychotherapist, art historian, Reiki Master, and Gemini, she exists in the ethereal, liminal, and indefinable realm of air; mercurial, shapeshifting, ever inspired, ever evolving.
Aszmara (NYC 8/11/2013 Master Teacher) A Dancer’s Dancer & A Teacher of Teachers, she inspires every level of student with clear information and earnest intent, all presented in a light- hearted manner. For over 30 years, Aszmara has been inspiring dancers as a teacher & performer with International Tours, Workshops and Seminars across USA & Europe. In the 80's and 90's she co-directed two dance companies: the award-winning Oriental Images and the ground-breaking SaZ Dance Theater, creating themed concert events, folkloric and innovative dances. Aszmara's articles have appeared in The Gilded Serpent, Bhuz and Bennu magazines and her instructional DVD, Belly Dance... The Secret Desire, has received high accolades. Her motto, “Dance is Emotion in Motion” aptly describes Aszmara. aszmara.com
Brenna (NYC 8/25/2013, 11/24/2013 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) Rooted in American cabaret bellydance and later discovering and immersing herself in tribal fusion, Brenna is an active performer, teacher and choreographer in NYC, performing in many theatrical shows, bellydance festivals, and other venues each year. brennadance.com
Bryce Zaslaw-Altamirano (NYC 2/2015 Stage Manager, Boston 12/18/2015 MC) is a Musical Theatre major at NYU and graduate of Talent Unlimited HS who staged managed BOTV in February. He has appeared in NINE: The Musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Godspell. He is one half of the YouTube phenomenon “TakeTwoMusic” and invites you to check out their videos and subscribe!
Calixta Starr (NYC 9/22, 11/9/2013, 2/21m/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) has danced since she could walk, and has a varied background in ballet, modern, Irish step, and theatrical fusion bellydance which aids her in creating a unique and inventive style pushing the boundaries of contemporary bellydance. In August 2012, Calixta won the Fantasy fusion category at Boston’s Viva La Diva Bellydance competition.
Celeste Lannen (NYC 2/2015 Stage Manager, Boston 12/2015 Lighting) is a Musical Theatre senior at Talent Unlimited High School. She was most recently seen in TU’s Into the Woods, Godspell and NINE: The Musical. She has stage managed multiple TU productions and has worked in the technical crew for Piper Theatre and interned for The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Drilling Company.
Chadia (NYC 2/28/2015 Master Teacher) is an instructor, performer and choreographer from NJ and shares her love of belly dance through teaching and teaches in Belleville and Bloomfield, NJ. Her technique is based on the classical Egyptian style into which she incorporates her own interpretive style. She is also the Director of "Chadia & The Caravan Dancers" dance troupe. gypsycaravanenterprises.com
Cherrelle (NYC 6/10, 8/18, 9/15/2013, 2/24, 2/28/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) love of Raqs Sharqi began in at her local gym over 6 years ago. Cherrelle continues to share her love of this dance while exploring other styles such as Afro-Brazilian, Salsa and Dancehall. She is excited to return to BOTV to inspire self-love and discovery through dancing. She hopes to continue growing as a dance artist in hopes of sharing her passion with the next generation of young women.
Cienna (Long Island 12/4/2015 Local Producer/Pre-Show/Raks Assaya) has been dancing for 37 years, first Ballet, Tap and Jazz, then at 18 she followed her Mediterranean heritage into bellydance. An award-winning performer, Cienna strives to impart the beauty of all women, at every size, shape, and age. With a Master’s Degree in Education, teaching is the heart of Cienna’s practice.
Claire & Shannon (Phoenix 4/8/2016 Pre-Show) Divine Chaos Tribal® Fusion, LLC is well known for their
colorful flaring skirts, high-energy performances, and unique and innovative style. Divine Chaos is a troupe of women from various backgrounds of life and dance, dedicated to working and playing hard, pushing boundaries, and sharing their love of Tribal Fusion belly dance with audiences around the world. Their unique and signature style of belly dance is a fusion of their favorite dance styles, from Hip-hop to Bollywood.
Dalia Carella (NYC 6/24/2013 Master Teacher) is a renowned world fusion artist, choreographer, master teacher, and Founder/Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective. Her rich background in ethnic and contemporary movement informs work ingrained with a deep spiritual and mystical essence, blending traditional and modern dance with seamless precision, in theatrical presentations and dark and sultry cabaret stylings, evocative of the 20s-30s European underground. daliacarella.com
Dayna (Phoenix 4/8/2016 MC) was the director and editor of the Arizona Middle Eastern Dance Association. She performed at Byblos Restaurant in Tempe weekly, and sponsored festivals and workshops throughout the state. Dayna taught bellydance at two Community Colleges in Maricopa County, athletic clubs, and recreation centers in the Valley. Currently she teaches workshops and private lessons.
Eshtar-Lucretia [Liz Free] (NYC 6/24/2013, 3/1/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is an avocational Belly Dancer, with roots in Cabaret-style and Tribal Fusion/Gothic-dark-fusion, who has performed at Je’Bon and Spring Caravan. She is thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing production. Thank you, Carol Tandava, for this opportunity.
Fiona Slattery (Boston 12/18/2015 Pre-Show Tribal) is an award-winning fusion belly dancer based in Albany, NY. She has been studying and performing dance for 12 years, and is the proud winner of the 2014 Viva La Diva Belly Dance Competition.
Gabriel (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Pre-Show Cabaret) is the man (of this show). He feels honored to be a part of this won-derful event and to be embraced by the sisterhood of bellydance. He has been studying oriental dance for 5 years but his love and appreciation for the art form is even older. Let's have some fun!
Giselle (NYC 6/3, 8/11, 11/17/2013 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) began her studies in cabaret bellydance with the late Serena Wilson in 2004. Her undying thirst for knowledge and passion for dance brought her to tribal, Latin fusion, theatrical, African, and ballet. Extremely grateful to the dance community, Giselle is giving back by conducting a monthly bellydancer's deep stretch class. facebook.com/GiselleBellydanceNYC
Hope Gerban (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Raks Assaya) is a student of belly dance and has developed a passion for it. “Much gratitude to my teachers Ewelina and Oreet who have convinced me that it is truly possible!”
Isis (Orlando, FL 8/8/2014 Pre-Show Cabaret) started her career in 1977 in Chicago nightclubs and private events. She has since delighted audiences across the country. She specializes in sword techniques, poi and is teaching an American Cabaret workshop in Palm coast October 11.
Jaklina (NYC 6/17/2013 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) began as a runway model, but when she first shimmied in 2004 she fell in love. Since then she has performed with various NYC companies, on television, runways, and continues to dance solo and with other artists. She is grateful for the intense release and joy dance brings her. jaklinadance.com
Jazmine Ryan (Phoenix 4/8/2016 Master Teacher) began performing in San Jose, CA, where the candle tray became her favorite "gimmick". She moved to Phoenix in 1993 performing for another 15 years before semi-retiring. Jazmine began teaching bellydance in the back room of an Egyptian imports store, and now teaches bellydance at Paradise Valley Community College. Many of her early students have become respected performers and teachers themselves, including our own Mahin!
Jean Musacchio (NYC 2/19, 2/25m, 2/26/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is thrilled to be part of BOTV 2015! She is a proud veteran mem-ber of the Anahid Sofian Middle Eastern Dance Company; Jean continues to believe in the healing power of dance and movement as well as the Divine Feminine.
Jeff Webb (Long Island 12/4/2015 Drummer) has been a professional drummer since 1969, first studying and performing jazz, rock & roll, and West African djembe. He has studied “derbakki” with Billy Woods, Daveed Korup, Karim Nagi, Raquy Danziger, and his mentor, the famed Syrian drummer Amir Naoum. For over two decades, Jeff has played for bellydancers in NY.
Jehan (NYC 6/3/2013, 2/17, 2/18/2015) Master Teacher) is a passionate artist, composer, singer, writer, choreographer—an internationally acclaimed performer rooted in Middle Eastern dance and culture who evolved innovative vocabulary employing sacred geometry, props, choreographic concepts, fantasy, and myth, which shine through her acclaimed Temple of Jehan school of dance, and numerous large scale productions including Goddessdance and Cirque Arabesque. bellydanceamerica.com
Jenny RaQs (NYC 2/25/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) started her professional belly-dance career after receiving her certification from the Egyptian Academy of Oriental Dance (NYC). She has also studied Qawleeyah, West/ Central African and Latin dance. Jenny also teaches private/ group classes throughout NYC. By day she assists the less fortunate in NYC- by night she is a Bellydancer and moonlights as a birth doula. jennyraQs.com
Johari (Long Island 12/4/2015 Raks Assaya) has been dancing with TDLI since 2012. She is a stay-at-home mother of three and happily married to the love of her life.
Joseph Zaslaw-Altamarino (NYC 2013, 2015 Stage Manager, Boston 12/2015 MC) is a Drama major at NYU and graduate of Talent Unlimited HS who staged managed BOTV in 2013 & 2015 and has performed in many shows, including the lead in NINE: The Musical. He is one half of the YouTube phenomenon "Take-TwoMusic" and invites you to check out their videos and subscribe!
Julia Kulakova (NYC 2/18m, 2/24, 2/25/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) studied theater and dance in Russia. Her performances and choreography were featured on PBS and NBC; at NY Persian Parade, Fashion Week, Gypsy Fest, United Nations’ Indian Club and Jacob’s Pillow. The Observer says, "…with Ms. Kulakova swirling and simultaneously tugging at the emotions of the audience, the night was one to be remembered." nygypsydance.com
Kaitlin (NYC 6/3, 8/18, 9/8, 9/29, 11/9/2013, 2/17, 2/25m, 2/28/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya, MC) performs throughout the city as a soloist, and with many acclaimed belly dance and modern dance groups. She is eagerly creating fusion choreography in her pickup company RaqsUncommon, and recently presented her own dance fusion work at the Lower East Side Festival for the Arts. and Triskelion Arts. katraqs.weebly.com
Kay Kaziyah (NYC 6, 8, 9, 11/2013, 2/20, 2/21, 2/24, 2/27/2015 MC) is an award-winning bellydancer from NYC who has traveled to study and perform in Egypt. Her unique style blends American Cabaret, Ballet and Modern Egyptian. Holding a Masters in Special Education, she teaches high school and college in the Psychology and in the Dance Department. Kay is honored to return to BOTV.
Kerry (Long Island 12/4/2015 Raks Assaya/Pre-Show) one of the newest members of TDLI, began her dance journey in the mid 1990s, studying with Aviva! and Mystique. After taking several years off to focus on family, Kerry found a new home at TDLI. She is very excited to be performing with the troupe tonight.
Kirah (NYC 2/21m/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is a Long Island-based American Cabaret Bellydancer who is known for being fun, playful, and expressive. She is excited and honored to be a part of this special show. To learn more about her please visit Intrinsicbellydance.com
Kisha (NYC 6/10, 8/4, 9/15/2013 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) began studying Bellydance in 2005, and has performed throughout NYC and internationally as a solo artist and member of several notable dance companies. She thanks Tandava for her encouragement and inspiration. This is her first performance since 2010 and it is dedicated to her beautiful, adoring family.
Kris Amez (NYC 2/18, 3/1/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) A young driven bellydancer with roots based in flamenco, cabaret, and gothic fusion, she has been dancing since she could walk and has loved every form of dance. She most recently played Aziza in 1001 Nights: A Rock Opera.
Krissy Bruno (Long Island 12/4/2015 Raks Assaya, Pre-Show) is a music teacher who fell in love with bellydance at 26. She enjoys many styles and loves the unity and spirit of being a member of TDLI.
LaUra (NYC 2/28m/2015 Master Teacher) was born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), granddaughter of the great Uzbeki poet Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi. She began her professional career as a bellydancer in Lebanon where she met Toros Siranossian, a major entertainment agent, who offered her the opportunity to tour the Middle East, Switzerland, and India. LaUra is the founder, choreographer, and director of dance of the entertainment company “Belly Trance” and Brooklyn’s “iDance” studio. idance nyc.com
Layla Mary (NYC 6/17, 9/22/2013 Master Teacher) (In Loving Memory of Serena Wilson) An alumna of Serena Studios/Serena Dance Theater, she has performed at Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Queens Central Library Concert Series, United Nations, 92nd Street Y Harkness Center. She is known for her precision in technique, expert finger cymbals, and enthusiastic—and even comedic—audience interaction. bellydancingbylayla.com | facebook.com/layla.mary.7
Lilirosa (Long Island 12/4/2015 Master Teacher) is the founder and director of Island RaQs Studios, and has produced numerous bellydance events. She enjoys the health, social, and emotional benefits associated with the arts, and is devoted to expanding such an awareness. She attended MCLA’s School for Arts and Social Justice, and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Administrative Leadership.
Lisa (Orlando, FL 8/8/2014 Pre-Show Fusion) began dancing in 2009 after a very difficult time in her life. She is a horse trainer, itworks distributor, photographer and salsa dancer. She is honored to be a part of the show and hopes you enjoy her dance.
Maat Kare (Orlando, FL 8/8/2014 Raks Assaya), is proud to perform in her very first cane dance! She is a producer, dancer, and cancer survivor who has created charity events throughout the Orlando area for nearly a decade. Her latest project is called Sadaqah, which is an Arabic word which means Voluntary Charity. Learn more at facebook.com/groups/orlandosadaqah.
Mahin Sciacca (Phoenix 4/8/2016 Local Producer, Raks Assaya) is a professional performer, touring instructor and author of the internationally-acclaimed "Bellydance Quickies" publication. She has been performing,
teaching and producing events in the Valley since 2000. shes-got-hips.com
Marc B Lee (Orlando, FL 7/5/2012 | 8/8/2014 MC) is a renowned Talk Show Host at NDB MEDIA, CEO & Founder at MBL Entertainment, LLC. and CEO & Founder at Design Developement Associates, LLC. He has hosted many events and shared the stage with everyone from international dignitaries to the cast of Star Trek! He has hosted Blood on the Veil in Orlando twice.
Marc Mills (NYC 2/17, 2/18m, 2/18, 2/19/2015 MC) is an actor and singer with a background in musicals, comtemporary drama and improv comedy and is very excited to be a part of this production. marcmills.com
Mariposa (Orlando, FL 8/8/2014 Raks Assaya) originally trained in Flamenco and later found the beautiful art of belly dance, which she has performed internationally as a soloist and troupe member for over five years, with groups including PURE New York and PURE Sarasota.
Mark Balahadia (NYC 2/18m, 2/18/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is a dancer and singer primarily focused on the folkloric traditions of the Arab World. Mark is happy to be offering his talents to Tandava for this very special show. To learn more, check out Mark via Instagram: balahadiamark.
Matt Elliott (NYC 9/29/2013 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya)has been dancing since a boy. He began dancing Flamenco in Kentucky and continued to study there at Mecca Dance Studio with his primary teacher and friend Teresa Tomb in world-fusion tribal belly dance. Matt spent the summer of 2010 dancing in NYC and is happy to return! facebook.com/matt.elliott.35728
Melisula (Phoenix 4/8/2016Raks Assaya) began her love affair with bellydance and all things Middle Eastern while working at a Greek restaurant in Northern CA in 1998, and over the years has performed in several states and the Bahamas, showing her passion for the dance and culture in her performances and events she supports and produces. Melisula has also become an accomplished costume designer.
Midnight (NYC 6/24/2013 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) This NY native was inspired by Shakira’s veiled dancers in 2001, and began studying with Bellyqueen and Serena, but was captivated by Rayhana and Jehan. She has studied with Jehan for many years, and is honored to dance with her Bellydance Raks Stars. She loves theatrical bellydance and plans to take up acting.
Monica "Mimi" Fontana (NYC 2/25m, 3/1/2015 Master Teacher) is a driving force in the rapid growth of NYC’s Tribal Belly-dance community. In 2006, she founded Manhattan Tribal, NYC's first American Tribal Style® bellydance company. In addition to teaching weekly classes and the workshops she is invited to conduct nationally and overseas, Mimi, along with Carmine Guida, produces N.E.A.T.S. Camp, an annual dance and music retreat in upstate NY. manhattantribal.com
Moriah Spector Gornstein (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Stage Manager) has worked as an actor, stage manager, and crew in local community theatres, particularly Stage Crafters in Chestnut Hill. She works as a social worker, has two young children, Rachel and Gabriel, enjoys dancing Tribal and African, and is very happy to be helping out with this show!
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu) (NYC 8/25, 11/17/2013, 2/25/2015 Master Teacher) is a world renowned dancer and dance historian whose most recent, authoritative, and highly comprehensive book, You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice about Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi, is cited in this show. She is considered the leading performer & authority in her field in the U.S., Canada and abroad, evidenced by frequent invitations to teach master seminars and perform in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Holland, Luxembourg, Australia, Israel, Malaysia, Brazil, the UK, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Panama, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Turkey, China & Egypt. casbahdance.org
Naomi Takahashi (NYC 2/19, 2/26/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) began studying Oriental Dance when she moved to NYC with a background in other dance forms. In 2007 she began studying with Tarik Sultan and fell in love with Egyptian Raks Sharki and folkloric styles. She continues to increase her knowledge by studying with top masters in the dance including Tito Seif, Mercedes Nieto, and Luna of Cairo, just to name a few.
Nepenthe Ahlam (Boston 12/18/2015 Raks Assaya) studies and performs Egyptian and folkloric dance around Boston MA. She produced and directed Raks Nativity in 2010 and 2011. She was a member of Snake Dance Theater for 2014-2015, performing in Egyptomania and Dances For the Dead. Her most influential teachers were Amira Jamal, Najmat, and Seyyide Sultan.
Niketah (Long Island 12/4/2015 Raks Assaya,Pre-Show) Whether acting, singing, cosplay, or dancing, Nikki has loved performing since she was very young. She has a background in ballroom, but started bellydancing in May and quickly fell in love. She is the newest member of TDLI’s Mystic Sisters Belly Dance Troupe, and is excited to perform tonight.
Nourhan Sharif (NYC 11/24/2013 Master Teacher) is a second-generation dancer who has performed Egyptian style Middle Eastern dance for over 40 years. She has taught throughout the world, combining comprehensive instruction including: technique, musicality, cultural awareness, context, costuming, & stage presence, and she produces popular and artistically acclaimed events. Nourhan also designs a gorgeous, versatile hip-hugging line of clothing, Sharifwear—for Divas that Dance! nourhansharif.com
Oreet (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Local Producer), a native New Yorker who now resides in Greater Philly, has had the pleasure of being the local producer of BOTV in San Francisco and now Philly. She is the creator of SharQui–The bellydance workout®, a format that fuses fitness and bellydance, and certifies men and women across the U.S. sharqui.com
Paméla Miel (NYC 2/20, 2/27/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is a passionate NYC belly dancer with a dance background primarily focused on Egyptian raqs sharqi. When she is not dancing, you can find her designing belly dance costumes with her sister Petite JoJo. She is excited and honored to be part of BOTV.
Petite JoJo (NYC 2/20, 2/27 MC 2/22, 2/25, 2/28/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is a New York-based Belly Dancer. Her foundation is primarily in Egyptian Belly Dance. She continues to advance her skill through workshops and classes throughout the year. When not dancing, she creates fabulous costume designs with her sister Paméla Miel Danse. “It's an honor to be part of BOTV.”
Phoenicia (Orlando, FL 8/8/2014 Master Dancer) is one of our mature dancers with more than 30 years of belly dance experience. She has performed as a soloist and a troupe member with several groups through the decades. As a teacher, she works with small and large groups as well as individuals and is invited to MegaCon and DragonCon annually as their belly dance instructor. Although most of Phoenicia’s training and experience is in Cabaret and Ballroom dance, she spent a couple of years learning Tribal Style and embraces all forms of dance and the power it has to make every woman feel graceful and alluring.
Queen Esma’s (NYC 2/24/2015, Long Island 12/4/2015 Featured Dancer) career includes performing in Las Vegas hotels, dancing down the Nile for a cruise company and dancing for the Ambassador to Morocco. Esma, who is half-Egyptian, half-Russian was formerly a model/actress in the 80's, now owns a photography agency representing world class talent, and holds a master's degree in education. Esma is thrilled to be in BOTV.
Raosa (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Raks Assaya) first studied and performed bellydance in California but, upon marrying a Middle Eastern man, was told it was considered socially unacceptable (i.e. “what prostitutes do”). While in Egypt, however, her mother-in-law took her to experience the “Zar” healing dance. After three children and a divorce, she moved to Pennsylvania and began again to dance.
Rayhana (NYC 6/10, 8/4, 8/18, 11/9/2013 Master Teacher) began studying Middle Eastern dancing at the age of 19 at Serena Studios, continuing with Ibrahim Farrah, Elena Lentini, Shoshana, Samara and Jehan Kamal. Her dramatic and sensual style is true to the feminine and spiritual essence of Middle Eastern dance, interpreting the subtleties and drama of Middle Eastern music with diverse old and new world styles. rayhana.com
Robert Frankenberg (Long Island 12/4/2015 MC) is a well-known Musician/Composer. The Owner of Grave Gear Studios, he is always writing music for world-renowned productions and performances. When not composing he is playing alongside his Doumbek mentor, Jeff Webb.
Sabbi (Boston 12/18/2015 Raks Assaya) is based in Boston and dances and performs here. She is very excited and honored to be involved in this show, with its meaningful concept and themes.
Salit (NYC 9/22, 11/17/2013, 2/28/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) has been performing, teaching, and creating dance art for the past nine years. She is currently a member of BellyTrance Group, a teacher at iDance Studio, and holds two certificates of Oriental Dance instruction. She was featured in off-Broadway shows and this is her third participation in BOTV. salitDance.com
Samara (NYC 2/21m, 2/22/2015 Master Teacher) has had a lifelong commitment to the dances of the Near East. As a soloist, Samara has been engaged in Middle Eastern nightclubs and theaters all over the globe. She is the Choreographer and Artistic Director for Dance for The Mosaic Dance Theater Company. Samara teaches internationally and weekly classes here in NYC. samaradance.com
Sarah Schmitt (Long Island 12/4/2015 Pre-Show) has been bellydancing since 2009, starting with cabaret and progressing to tribal fusion. She has found a home at TDLI as a costume mistress and dancer in the professional troupe.
Sharon Zaslaw (6/17, 8/4, 8/11, 11/24/2013, 2/17, 2/21/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya, Boston 12/18/2015 Raks Assaya) NYC actress singer dancer choreographer model originally from Boston (BFA Musical Theatre Boston Conservatory). AFAA/Les Mills Fitness Instructor, SharQui teacher Alvin Ailey (The Ailey Extension), 24-Hour, Plus One, and Unique Fitness Facilities. Sharon is thrilled to again be part of this amazing show and work with Carol. MEOW! szaslaw.com
Shoshana (NYC 9/15/2013, 2/20, 2/27/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) has been teaching bellydance for 34 years, having trained in ballet and other dance forms from age 8. At 19 she catapulted into Oriental Dance, studying with many luminaries including Serena, Yousry Sharif, lbrahim Farrah, Elena, and Velerie Camille, and became a featured dancer at top NY clubs. Her troupe has included notable dancers Ranya, Azza, Kaeshi, and Rayhana. As a massage therapist she has an expert knowledge of the muscles and their movements which enables her to help her students understand their bodies from the inside out empowering her students with the grace to feel a control and deep connection to their bodies and spirit. shoshanabellydance.com
Shushanna (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Emcee) is a professional belly-dancer, instructor, and event producer, and is Level II Certified in the Suhaila Method. She is the Backstage Coordinator for Rakkasah East and Spring Caravan, and is the author of inter¬nationally acclaimed costuming tutorials, located at shushanna.com. Classes with Shu¬shanna at Studio 1831 will resume in the fall.
Sofia Adams (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Raks Assaya) is an electrical engineer who began casually studying belly dance in the mid-2000s as a way to balance the artistic side of her brain with the technical side. She considers herself a student for life, and looks forward to continuing dancing with Philadelphia's diverse belly dance community.
Syrena Nikole (NYC 2/18m/2015 Featured Performer) is a singer, songwriter, dancer, aerialist, and actor whose Middle Eastern heritage is reflected in her arabesque fusion music and dance style. She studies piano, guitar, harp, and has performed in numerous Off-Broadway productions in lead and ensemble roles. “I will continue the lineage of fearless dancers who explore the infinite potential of this dance.”
Tarik Sultan (NYC 2/19, 2/26/2015 Master Teacher) With a career spanning 30yrs, Tarik is a dynamic performer and pioneer of male Oriental Dance who performs and teaches nationally and internationally. His articles on the role of men in the dance have been translated into several languages. In 1988, he began to study and research the dance in its native environment in Egypt and continues to work regularly in NY and NJ. tariksultan.net
Tatianna (NYC 2/22/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is a dynamic and passionate performer, trained in traditional bellydance, tribal fusion bellydance, bollywood, tahitian ori, afro-carribean/brazilian, samba, salsa and hip hop. She continues to perform with eclectic musical artists and dance companies. Inspired by the intercultural universality of dance and music, Tatianna teaches fusion dance in several public middle schools/ dance studios and performs at private and public events throughout the tri-state area.
TC (Phoenix 4/8/2016 Stage Manager) has been dancing and producing shows in the valley
since 1999. She is very happy to be a part of this production tonight.
Torkom Movsesiyan (NYC 2/21/2015 Pre-Show, Raks Assaya) is a Raqs Sharqi dance instructor, scholar, choreographer, Arabic language teacher, and the founder of a not-for-profit dance organization, TORKOMADA, which was recently awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative. His work has been featured in the Daily News, Rachel Ray, Lincoln Center, HBO, Time Out New York, The Indie Flava Magazine, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. torkom.org
Valerie Rushmere (Philadelphia 6/5/2015 Master Teacher), owner of Studio 1831, is known throughout Philadelphia for her passionate, authentic belly dance performances. She has been teach¬ing dance, yoga, and fitness for over 3 decades. Valerie’s performances reflect her extensive background in movement arts such as Yoga, Pilates, Jazz, Middle Eastern, Burlesque, and Latin Dance. studio1831.com
Victoria Alvarado (Phoenix 4/8/2016 Parade of Props) has had the privilege to be a part of an award-winning
troupe, RSMC directed by Amanda Rose. From that experience, she aspires to continue learning and growing into a well rounded passionate soloist from Phoenix.
Waleska (Long Island 12/4/2015 TDLI) is a professional Poi Spinner. Between Fire and LED Poi she is well known in the performance circuit. She has performed all over this east coast and is a proud member of Tribal Dance Long Island.
Willow (Long Island 12/4/2015 Raks Assaya) has been dancing with Tribal Dance Long Island for three years, where she plays many roles. Willow is the dance captain for both the professional and student showcase troupes with TDLI and she is an instructor there as well.
Za-Beth (Boston 12/18/2015 Master Teacher) produces shows and conducts workshops for up-and-coming and “seasoned” dancers. She is a pioneer who has been in the world of Bellydance since 1964 and still travels on her “Magic Carpet,” performing and teaching seminars. She’s known as “Boston’s Grande Dame/Diva” leading the way to inspire women of all ages to continue the Art, the Joy, and the Magic that is Bellydance. za-beth.com