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Mary Ellen Donald
In her early days she studied classical piano, voice and both folk and flamenco guitar. In 1969 she was introduced to the art of belly dance, which she studied with Jamila Salimpour and Bert Balladine for six years. In 1969 she took up the study of finger cymbals and doumbec (clay or metal lap drum also known as darabouka and tabla). Several years later she added the riqq (Middle Eastern tambourine) and tar (wooden frame drum). Soon Mary Ellen's innate teaching ability came to the fore as she started teaching classes and putting her knowledge of Middle Eastern percussion into written form. In 1976 she self-published Doumbec Delight and Mastering Finger Cymbals, both firsts in their field, followed by Arabic Tambourine in 1985. Mary Ellen produced companion tapes for these books as she realized that students would learn more easily if they could hear her play the examples in the books a number of times. In the late 90s she expanded her educational and artistic materials with two series: Middle Eastern Rhythms and Gems of the
The multi-faceted career of Mira Betz is a testament to her passionate artistry and desire to for continual growth. Mira began her training in Middle Eastern dance as a young teen studying primarily with Katarina Burda for over 10 years, where she developed a solid foundation of contemporary, traditional, as well as ritualistic dance forms. In 1996 she studied with Jamila Salimpour and Suhaila Salimpour. In 1998 Mira went abroad to live and study in Morocco. Active in theater, dance and the performing arts for 20 years, Mira Betz has become a sought after dancer, choreographer, costumer, and teacher—confirmed by her nomination of "Instructor of the Year" by Zaghareet Magazine 2006.
Mira Betz received her B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her dance background includes training in Salsa, Modern, Jazz, and Flamenco. Mira continues to spread her experience, knowledge and love for dance through her captivating performance and engaging teaching style.
Ludwigsstadt, Germany.Master instructor and choreographer for oriental dance... international award winner and event producer, Naheda does it all. Naheda has been active for many years teaching workshops and performing internationally. Naheda has a tremendous amount of knowledge and is a wonderful communicator of the dance. Her tremendous creativity inspires her students to find the special and exceptional in themselves.
Reda Darwish began his career as a drummer during the golden era when he was a child in Egypt. As a young man, he began playing in orchestras for renowned dancers and singers. If you have followed the most famous of the great Egyptian dancers of the 1970's and 1980's through the peak of their careers, chances are, Reda has played for them. He resides in Alameda, CA with his family.
Reyna Alcala, dancer, choreographer, teacher was introduced to Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance) while she was in high school by the renown Jamila Salimpour and performed in her dance troupe Bal Anat. She also studied and performed for ten years Flamenco with the Spanish gypsy Rosa Montoya's, as well as numerous Spanish dance teachers in Spain. Her ability to enhance one dance form with knowledge of the other sets her apart in the Middle Eastern dance world. Reyna is proud to have been a member of the legendary Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Company with whom she performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Merkin Theater. She studied with Mr. Farrah for over a decade. In the original production of Franco Zeffirelli's Carmen, Reyna performed at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her command of both Middle Eastern and Flamenco/Spanish dance forms was evident in the revival of Man of La Mancha at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Web: https://reynaalcala.com Phone: 212-533-5665