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Dance Instructors

Awalim Dance Company
The Awalim Dance Company is headed by Zi'ah, an accomplished and popular artist in Atlanta. Awalim is an award winning dance company that travels nationally to perform and teach. They fuse many styles of Bellydance with folkloric dances from India, Persia and North Africa as well as with Modern & Jazz dance. Zi'ah and her troupe currently organize the famous (infamous?) Red Light Cafe shows. Zi'ah is also the costume designer for the dance company and teaches costuming design and construction.     Awalim Dance Company Web site

Atlanta Danse Orientale Society
Atlanta Danse Orientale Society is a not for profit organization founded in 1997 by Atlanta dancer, Zuhra. Our mission is to promote understanding and respect for the Middle Eastern performing arts within the general public and provide the dance community an opportunity to study with internationally known performers and instructors that have reputations of extraordinary talent and notoriety. We fulfill this goal by sponsoring the annual Egyptian Nights seminar and dance event. The instructors selected for this workshop typically posses 20+ years experience teaching and performing various aspects of Middle Eastern dance. The Egyptian Nights gala show features the selected seminar instructor as well as talented performers from the Atlanta area and the Southeast who have participated in the workshop     ADOS Web site

Aziza Nawal
Aziza Nawal was the winner of Middle Eastern Dance in North America Competition 2002 . She has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal. She teaches beginner through advanced levels in Atlanta, GA. Aziza Nawal is also a workshop instructor having recently taught in Tulsa, OK, Seattle, Wa and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.     Aziza Nawal Web site

Gina offers beginning and intermediate level Oriental dance classes in the Fulton and Cobb county areas. Gina comes to Oriental dance from over 20 years of classical dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. She is also a certified Post-Rehab Pilates Practitioner. Gina brings her knowledge of anatomy and her classical dance skills to her unique Oriental Dance teaching style.      770-361-7341

Moyna has over 12 years experience in teaching. She teaches oriental dance classes for beginners and intermediates, and a new class called BELLY DANCE AEROBICS. She teaches mainly for the City of Kennesaw (Parks and Recreation Department), as well as in the Acworth, Woodstock and Marietta areas.
Students can reach Moyna at 678-232-4431, or e-mail her at:

Ramona teaches the art of bellydancing in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and is an award-winning instructor (GCPR's Instructor of the Year in 2001). She believes that every student has special talent, and emphasizes safe and low-impact dance technique, fun movements, and creativity exercises to help students express their individuality.

Gain ties with other women, improve posture, gain grace and strength, become familiar with eastern music, and DANCE! Sarai offers rigorous, but patient instruction in dance and eastern musical forms. Through focused instruction and dedication, the student ultimately learns how to master all that a dancer can use to express herself and the music: floor work, finger cymbals, cane, veil, fire, sword, and more.

Saroya is fascinated by the wide variety of dance styles and ethnicities encompassed within the dance form. She currently offers classes in all levels of dance experience and covers many topics, including Turkish, Persian, Tunisian, and Egyptian styles; props including veil, cane, and zills; and performance embellishments such as stage presence and improvisation.

Seshambeh Dance Company, a performance group comprised of Saroya’s advanced students, are often invited to participate in shows at arts festivals and seminars. In addition, they are featured in Saroya’s semi-annual student showcase nights.     Saroya Web site

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