About the Troupe

Shahrazad Dance Ensemble in the late 1990s at Marymoor Heritage Festival. Photo credit: Shahrazad Ensemble

We appear in the Northwest Folklife Festival Virtual Festival May 28-31, in the Middle Eastern Dance Showcase. The show is dedicated to Sabura, an inspirational Seattle bellydancer who the dance community lost in 2020. The showcase includes five performances, and also shows Sabura’s final performance, which was at Folklife Festival in 2017. The NW Folklife Festival opens Friday, May 28th at 3 pm. To watch the showcase, go to the On Demand page: https://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/ondemand/

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 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 using the top bar link.

To see some history in still photos, visit Gallery using the link in the navigation bar. We’ll be adding photos to that collection.

We send best wishes to all our friends and supporters and event organizers during this difficult time. When life returns to some kind of normal, we hope to resume performances. 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 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.

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.