About the Troupe

A capture from video, three Shahrazad dancers teach khalegy (Gulf) dance during a performance at Shoreline College.

For our next performance on Sunday,  April 29th, three of our dancers will be at the King County Library Burien for World Dance Party from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. We will be one of four groups demonstrating and teaching. Our dancers will demonstrate a khalegy dance from the Gulf region of the Arab world, and then teach movements to get people dancing.

We enjoyed doing this activity at a performance at Shoreline College a couple of years ago and look forward to sharing information about the dances we do.

To see video of our performances, click the link above to go to our Video page. We recently posted highlights from our 2017 performances.

Look for us at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. We’re on Sunday, May 27, in the Middle Eastern Folkloric Showcase from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Exhibition Hall.

Your event can be enlivened by a performance of lively folkloric dances from cultures of the Middle East, American belly dance, or innovative fusion dances. Shahrazad Ensemble’s grace, skill and sheer joy in the dance never fails to charm an audience.

Shahrazad Dance Ensemble performs folkloric dances from countries of the Middle Eastern, based on dance of the Levant, Egypt, North Africa, Turkey and the Persian Gulf. We also perform modern Egyptian and American Belly Dance, and imaginative and entertaining choreography to fusion music.

Performing Gulf dance at the Northwest Folklife Festival 2017; a choreography we learned from dance ethnologist Kay Hardy Campbell. Photo: Tatsuki Kobayashi

Shahrazad Dance Ensemble is one of Seattle’s premier performing troupes. The troupe has appeared at dance shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, at the Western Washington Fair, the Northwest Folklife Festival, Arab Festival and TurkFest for Festal at Seattle Center; the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and Rustycon, Norwescon and Westercon science fiction conventions.