Teaching and Student Achievements
* Taught classes on Classical Egyptian style, fan veil, double veil, modern Turkish style, drum solo, Vintage Oriental veil techniques, Social and Folkloric Dance, floorwork, and more
* Coached Amy, Anne, and Kamri on their first solo pieces and Lauren on her first sword solo
* Taught at many wonderful bridal showers, birthdays, and bachelorette parties
* Mentored Avienn, Aralia, Melissa, and Lisa Wall
* Aralia began teaching beginner classes at Ohana in South Hadley
* Aralia and Avienn both launched their websites and began a new community venue called Bellies and Brew
* Penny, Amyee, and Salazar were all invited to join the Crescent Dancers!
* One of the biggest things this year- my partner and I bought a house and he built me my own home dance studio!!!
* Redesigned my website! After 6 years of the old one it was time for a change
* Was interviewed by DJ Spence along with Aralia and Lisa Wall for the Creative Valley podcast
* Released my first branded merchandise, t-shirts designed by Aralia
* Had a photoshoot with Peter Paradise Michaels, whose work I have admired for many years
* Hosted the 6th annual Secret Habibi gift exchange
* Hosted the 5th annual Dancing into the Dark and Dancing into the Light student showcases
* Performed at community events including Goddess Lounge, Cairo Cabaret, Athenian Corner, Bellies and Brew, Cultural Chaos
* Performed at the weddings of several dear friends- Victoria and Harley and Veronica and Nicholas
* Performed in Vermont at the Raq-On Community Day and Southern Vermont Dance Festival
* Performed with the Illuminata Dance Company at Bellies & You which raised $1500 for #blacklivesmatter 413 chapter, Safe Passage, and Out Now
* Danced at many amazing private events including a Lebanese retirement party with live music, and many ladies night events, bachelorette parties, and bridal showers
* Danced at a benefit show hosted by Sisters for Peace, proceeds went to a clean drinking water project in Tanzania
* Began private lessons with Victoria Teel after my wonderful dance partners Felicia, Kenna, Avienn, and Aralia bought me a lesson package for my birthday
* Attended the most incredible private training retreat at Artemis Mourat’s house with Nadira Jamal, Sarah, Amy, Amyee, Avienn, Aralia, and more
* Attended the Raq On roundtable discussion of oriental and fusion bellydance history
* As part of the mentoring program Lisa Wall, Avienn, and Aralia all hosted or co-hosted their first workshop events:
*Co-hosted Elisheva with Avienn
*Co-hosted Hayam and Ashley Elizabeth with Aralia
* Lisa Wall hosted Heather Powers
* Took workshops with Phaedra of Boston, Elisheva, Hayam, Heather Powers
Here are my top 4 favorite performance videos from this year!
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