Links to organizations that support or promote folkloric dance, teachers in our area, and dancers who are significant in the history of Shahrazad Dance Ensemble.
The Babylonian Ensemble – old friends of the Seattle dance community, and stalwart producers of the longest running belly dance festival in Seattle, the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, which is no longer held.
Jareeda Magazine – Jareeda was an International Middle Eastern Dance Magazine published by Mezdulene. Jareeda means “newspaper” in Arabic. Jareeda is no longer available, but she has collected a number of articles into books that can be purchased through Amazon. Here’s a review of “Jareeda: The Soul of Bellydance.” “This book contains a wealth of information by knowledgeable dancers with a long history of experience and research in this art form. The cultural and accurate representation of the origins and regions of the various types of Middle Eastern Dance make for an interesting read, along with the addition of wonderful photographs, including traditional costuming, and the now vintage 70s American costuming.”
The Gilded Serpent – an online resource in magazine format that seeks to become a freely available library of knowledge supported by and for our music and dance community.
Hasani’s Emporium – Teacher, vendor, fantastic dancer, and producer of a quarterly “Hasani’s Hafla” and the annual Raq the Harbor Hafla – based in Gig Harbor, WA
Kay Hardy Campbell – Writer, lecturer, Middle East specialist and dance ethnologist. Are you looking for a thobe, the long embroidered dress in which Gulf dance is usually performed? Campbell sells the most beautiful thobs we have seen so far. Members of Shahrazad Ensemble own four beautiful thobs purchased from Cambell.
Mas Uda – Olympia, WA -area dance troupe with artistic director Kashani; sponsor of an annual benefit show.
MB Orchestra – a Seattle-based 5 piece family group that covers music from Ancient Egypt all the way to today’s middle eastern pop and dance music all orchestrated with a modern groovy flavor.
Lara Victoria – With over two decades of experience as an artist and entertainer, Lara Victoria (who changed her name from Mirabai some years ago) adds heart and soul and a bit of sass to events. She teaches intermediate and advanced dance technique, and may have a beginner class, check her website!
Saqra – performer, teacher and producer in Kent, WA
Tamalyn Dallal – Internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern Dancer, Teacher, Author and Producer (and a former member of Shahrazad Dance Ensemble.) She currently teaches intermediate/advanced belly dance via Zoom, check her website for the schedule of classes.
The Best of Habibi – We all subscribed to the journal Habibi-A Journal for Lovers of Middle Eastern Dance & Arts when it was published by Shareen al Safy. In this digital archive, find articles about the roots of this dance written by dance ethnologists, about dance technique, and profiles of notable dancers.
Zaphara – a master performer and instructor with Greek heritage, based in Seattle.
Zulaika – a Seattle/Bellevue area dancer whose performances, classes and educational programs open doors to cultural understanding through the rich heritage of Arabic arts.