Anahid Sofian Studio and Classes

Serpent of the Nile: Women and Dance in the Arab World, Wendy Buonaventura (Interlink, 1994)

A Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt, Karin Van Nieuwkerk (Univ. Texas Press, 1995)

A Curious and Wonderful Gymnastic, articles by Morroe Berger and La Meri (Dance Perspectives Quarterly, Vol. 10/1981; no longer published -- can be found at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, NY)

Costume accessories; power net garments

Costumes made to order; alterations

Ready made costumewear

Recommended finger cymbals (size “B oriental” for adv/professionals; size” EB” for beginners)


Alay’nya (“Unveiling”)

Artemis Mourat


Azza Amon

Dalia Carella

Egyptian Academy/Nourhan Sharif

Elena Lentini

Eva Cernik

Manhattan Tribal/Mimi Fontana


Mosaic Dance Theatre/Samara and Morgiana Celeste Varricchio

Myriam Eli/Harmonic Motion

Najma Ayashah


Sharzad Khorsandi

Sira Melikian

Tayyar Akdeniz


Avram Pengas

Chris Marashlian

Faruk Tekbilek

Farzad Farhangi

Hossam Ramzy

Huseyin Turkmenler

Joe Zeytoonian/Harmonic Motion

Rachid Halihal

Richard Khuzami

Seido Salifoski

Shane Shanahan


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NYC center focusing on Middle Eastern arts and culture

Largest online Oriental Dance community

There are a great many publications devoted to Oriental Dance worldwide, which can be easily researched on the web. However, the online chronicle, Gilded Serpent, has a comprehensive list available. It’s also a recommended publication to subscribe to.

also recommended


Middle Eastern

Dances of Egypt (Aisha Ali, ARAF label,
Dances of North Africa (Aisha Ali)
Latcho Drom (New Yorker Video)

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