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    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Lauren_'s Avatar
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    Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    My daughter is moving to Seattle and wants to continue her bellydance studies when she gets there.

    Her training has mostly been in Middle-Eastern based styles, but she's not terribly fussy about Egyptian, Turkish, AmCab, etc. She's not sure she's interested in making a transition to tribal fusion, but in her googling that's mostly what she's finding.

    I looked through Shira's directory but I'm not familiar with most of the dancers there. What about Delilah's Visionary Studio, that looks like a big player with a strong leader (which can be an awesome thing or a terrifying thing, depending on the dancer at the helm)?

    Oh, also, my daughter will want a studio that's friendly to all body types.


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren_ View Post
    My daughter is moving to Seattle and wants to continue her bellydance studies when she gets there.

    Her training has mostly been in Middle-Eastern based styles, but she's not terribly fussy about Egyptian, Turkish, AmCab, etc. She's not sure she's interested in making a transition to tribal fusion, but in her googling that's mostly what she's finding.

    I looked through Shira's directory but I'm not familiar with most of the dancers there. What about Delilah's Visionary Studio, that looks like a big player with a strong leader (which can be an awesome thing or a terrifying thing, depending on the dancer at the helm)?

    Oh, also, my daughter will want a studio that's friendly to all body types.
    Saqra is a fabulous teacher! She's in Kent.
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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Saqra was my first thought too.


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    I third Saqra, also Elisa Gamal (elisagamal.com)and Alimah (alimahdances.com)
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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    ELISA gamal and yes delilahs studiO
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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Ditto on Saqra and Elissa Gamal. There is also Mirabai and Sabura. This is a pretty comprehensive source (not just Tribal) - also lists places to see dancers in the area.

    Seattle Bellydance Tribal Belly Dance Bellydance Class Belly Dance Teachers Learn Bellydance

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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Yes, Saqra.

    She also plays ME music!!!


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Hi Lauren,

    In my experience most everyone that teaches in Seattle is very supportive of all body types, so she should rest easy if that is a concern.

    I would highly recommend:
    Helene Eriksen Helene Eriksen ? Traditional Dances from North Africa to Central Asia
    Sabura http://home.att.net/~sabura
    Nadira Belly Dance with Nadira
    Nalini Nalini - Bollywood , Belly Dance and Gypsy dance instructor, choreographer and performer.
    Zulaika Zulaika

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    I don't know if Manon is teaching classes, but she's an amazing dancer:

    Manon - Seattle Belly Dance


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    I took a few workshops from Saqra, so I'll recommend her as well!


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Delilah and the other teachers at Visionary Dance are wonderful. Elisa Gamal is also an amazing teacher, I see her for private lessons and attend classes the aforementioned studio. Dahlia is great too, she is teaching her last session at visionary right now, but is continuing her classes up in Lynnwood, I think.


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Thank you so much! My daughter is still getting settled and probably won't be ready to start classes for a few more weeks, but i'm delighted to have so much information to share with her when she's ready!


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren_ View Post
    Thank you so much! My daughter is still getting settled and probably won't be ready to start classes for a few more weeks, but i'm delighted to have so much information to share with her when she's ready!
    I don't know whether your daughter would be interested, but Mahmoud Reda will be teaching a workshop in Seattle (Kent, actually) in August. I'm flying out there for it. Details here: Mahmoud Reda: Pioneer Of Egyptian Dance Theatre


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    Re: Seattle area instructor recommendation?

    Saqra
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    Elisa Gamal is basically amazing. Such a great teacher :)


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