Inzar, artistic director of Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle, is a dancer, costumer, artist, musician and singer. As a soloist she performed at the renowned and long-gone Cedars of Lebanon nightclub in Seattle, and at George’s Bar & Grill and Meenar’s.
She has studied classic American belly dance, Flamenco and folkloric Middle Eastern dance styles and led the troupe in developing a folkloric repertoire featuring dance from the Levant, Egypt, Persia, Turkey and North Africa.
As originator of our alternative dance troupe, “The Wild Women of Wongo” (a name borrowed from the title of a 1950’s B-grade science fiction movie) Inzar taught the troupe members new dance skills and created fusion dances that use props such as rattles and bones, and dances inspired by the movements of cats and snakes (the snakes are stuffed, not real.)
When not designing dances and costumes for Shahrazad Dance Ensemble, Inzar creates artwork, writes stories, makes costumes for Tolkien and science fiction/fantasy conventions, and serves as a creative panelist at conventions. During the pandemic, she made numerous cloth facemasks for family and friends, and grew vegetables.