About the Troupe

We were so happy to be back in the studio to rehearse in May and June 2021.

In June 2021 we shot a video of our legacy choreography Fan Dance, to the music of Raja Zahr, and Zorina’s choreography of a shimmy dance. The video was shown at Hasani’s Raq the Harbor Hafla virtual show on July 17, and it’s available on our Video page.

Shahrazad Dance Ensemble is a dance troupe that has been in existence for a long time. The troupe was founded in 1978, and one of the founding troupe members, Inzar, is our artistic director. This troupe has been active for 43 years. That means our troupe has a lot of history and we’re going to share our History Project. The troupe has been in numereous shows, workshop recitals, neighborhood festivals, folklife festivals, haflas, and club performances in the greater Seattle area in the past 43 years.

View our History Project Compilation Videos, visit the Video page.

To see some history in still photos, visit our Gallery. We’ll be adding photos to that collection.

We perform lively folkloric dances from cultures of the Middle East, American belly dance, and innovative fusion dances. Shahrazad Ensemble’s grace, skill and sheer joy in the dance never fails to charm an audience.

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