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CaptionSahar began studying Belly Dance in the Bay Area during the mid ‘70’s with Khadiga Rabanne Najia El Muzayen Jamila Salimpour and Bert Balladine. Her more recent mentors include Mahmoud Reda Ibrahim Fararh and Rakia Hassan. She began her professional dance career as a full-time house dancer at popular Bay Area restaurants and clubs such as the old Casbah in San Francisco. She has performed extensively as a professional soloist throughout California and has made guest appearances in Reno Las Vegas New York Denver and Athens Greece. Sahar resides in Santa Cruz where she teaches group and private classes. Specializing in a creative synthesis of Egyptian Lebanese and Turkish folkloric cabaret classical and Gypsy styles with influences from African Brazilian South and Central Asian dance and Yoga her knowledge of Middle Eastern music rhythms and culture bring excitement to her performance and instruction. Her commitment to the discipline and deep love for the art lend to her unique fluidity and technical precision. Sahar has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with an emphasis in world music and dance. Her thesis “Belly Dance: An ancient art in modern perspective” received honors. In April 1993 supported by a grant form the Santa Cruz Arts Commission Sahar produced “A Her-Story of Belly Dance ” honoring the ancient roots of the dance and tracing an evolution of styles in the East and West. She traveled to Egypt on a dance study tour and stayed to study privately with choreographer Rakia Hassan. In 1997 and 2001 she attended the 1st and 2nd International Conferences on Middle Eastern Dance which included workshops with Egyptian superstars Mona Said and Noswa Fouad. Sahar sponsors special workshops in Santa Cruz with visiting artists such as the legendary Bert Balladine and is often a featured seminar instructor in other communities. She has provided a number of educational presentations at UCSC and in the local community.
HeadlineSahar - Belly Dance at Motion Pacific
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Date Created06/13/2006
URLhttp://www.motionpacific.com/saharbio.html

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