Teachers

Alma

Alma is a multi-award winning and internationally performing dancer, instructor, and choreographer based in the San Francisco - San Jose Bay Area where she currently resides, teaches, and performs.  She is well-regarded for her musicality and stage presence and draws on 15+ years of theater, film, and music performance.  

From the beat of our hearts to the rhythm of our step, Alma whole heartedly believes in constant expression through motion and dance.  Her personal style stems from the playful and wistful style of Egyptian Golden Era Oriental dance and has evolved as she studies with master teachers to produce her own soulful style.  

Alma holds a Masters in Medicine from Stanford School of Medicine, which she uses to help students understand movements in form and structure.  She loves teaching dance and believes that class is an opportunity for a student’s personal exploration through their interpretation of her combinations and choreographies.  

She was a featured soloist at the nationally acclaimed 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in collaboration with the Georges Lammam Ensemble featuring Susu Pampanin. Alma has also been invited to dance multiple times at the “Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria” organized by the Regional Federation of Folklore and Culture of Puno, Peru.  Please check out her webpage for more information, as well as videos and information on upcoming shows!

 

www.almabellydance.com         www.youtube.com/AlmaBellydancer

 


Ava Fleming

Bringing a unique and modern approach to Raqs Sharki, Ava Fleming is the elegant example of today's classic modern belly dancer.  Her ability to capture the intricacies of music as well as her talent for teaching have propelled her into becoming one of today's hottest performers and instructors. Her instruction style is infused with her dedication to individual expression and flawless technique.

Email: info@avafleming.com      Web: www.avafleming.com     Phone: 609-502-6909


Fahtiem
Fahtiem is a Multi-Award Winning Choreographer, Master Instructor, and International Superstar Performer, highly renowned in the world of Middle Eastern Dance, for her magical style and elegance. Fahtiem has many publication, T.V. and video credits. She is the director and choreographer of the Sultan’s Delites. She produces and is the director of an annual, convention and highly acclaimed stage production “Oasis Dance Magic”. Fahtiem has produced 5 CDs:  in which she does the vocals. Fahtiem’s new DVD series “BellyDance Bootcamp with Fahtiem” is shaping up the dance world!    Listed in International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women, she is highly recognized in her field. Some of her awards include: International Cultural Diploma of Honor, Woman of the Year . The International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance awards: Dancer of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Nominated, Choreographer of the Year, Teacher of the Year. Dance Magazine awards: Teacher of the Year, Dancer of the Year. American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (New York) award: Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement, MECDA Hall of Fame.
 Fahtiem is in great demand traveling extensively worldwide sharing her vast knowledge and passion for this beautiful art form while maintaining a full teaching schedule in Los Angeles Ca. including collage level dance courses. Fahtiem has been honored to teach and perform globally throughout her career, including Egypt at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival,China,UK,Belgium just to name a few.


Email: fahtiem@fahtiem.com      Web: www.Fahtiem.com      Phone: 626-810-9470


Ma'Shuqa Mira Murjan
For 34 years, Ma*Shuqa has been known as the “elegant” performer with a unique style of dancing which blends the music and dance into a compelling art form. Ma*Shuqa is recognized as the performing dancer’s instructor and provides style and performance coaching to assist dancers create unique performance signatures. At her studio in Los Gatos, California and in national seminars, she teaches an easy-to-learn method for finger cymbals and improvisational dance, and develops personal performance style.

Email: Ma_Shuqa@hotmail.com      Web: www.Mashuqa.com      Phone: 408-356-9473


Naheda
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.

 Web: http://www.naheda.com/de/startseite.php
 


Reda Darwish


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.


e-mail: redadarwish@msn.com        Web: www.redadarwish.net
 




Tim Bolling


Based in the San Francisco bay area, Tim Bolling is a percussionist and drum set player who has played diverse musical styles across North America. He is known as a “dancer’s drummer” for his focus on playing to a dancer’s particular style and ability, and has played for top belly dancers and dance events in California for almost 20 years. Tim enjoys teaching music and drumming workshops for both drummers and dancers, as well as playing for dance classes. He has studied with Mary Ellen Donald, Glen Velez, Susu Pampanin, and Reda Darwish. Prominent dance artists Tim has played with include Solace, RebbeSoul, Tim Rayborn, Suhaila Salimpour’s Bal Anat, Flowers of the Nile, Jallaledin Takesh, and Cascada.  Tim currently enjoys playing with the talented Light Rain, Pangia, Al’Azifoon, Silk Road Caravan, Paul Ohanesian, Nader Shahin, and Var Daghdevirian.

Email: timbolling@hotmail.com   Web: www.timbolling.com   Phone: 510-706-3085