This Arabesque World Dance production will be celebrating Ahmed Hussein, who will be hosted by Arabesque World Dance of Lexington, Ky. for three days of classes during the weekend of June 2nd. A mix of local, regional and international talent will be taking the stage in an exciting Belly Dance Gala Show!
Some of who’s in the Lineup…
Her studio and show venue frequently host national and international talent for workshops, performances and educational presentations. As well, her passion for introducing culture to the community through movement and music, brings her signature style out into the public by way of cultural festivals, stage shows, art exhibitions, and school demonstrations.
Under the direction of Safiya Nawaar, Hala Alimah is a group of dancers dedicated to sharing their love of Raqs Sharqi and Fusion Belly Dance with the community through performances at Fairs and Festivals across the Bluegrass and nearby States. Several members of the troupe also perform professionally at private events, weddings and corporate parties.
Alexia an international performer was one of the featured dancers in Middle Eastern night clubs and restaurants in New York City. She also performed in Mexico City, Puerto Rico, London, and Paris.
She now lives near the Knoxville area where she is an event sponsor, producer, workshop teacher and currently teaches all levels of dance in her studio.
Debka has taught Bellydance in Knoxville for 40 years and has her Master’s degree in dance. She is also a Feldenkrais practitioner.
Ahlaa Raqisaat, based out of Cincinnati, OH, is a professional company of dancers/entertainers specializing in performing the art of middle eastern dance since 2012. http://ahlaaraqisaat.
Romana Bereneth Romana is a founding member of the duet Real Live Actual Belly Dancers, the festival performance group River City Raqs and plays oud with the world ensemble Sulh. She teaches belly dance at Freestyle Fitness in Louisville, KY. She has performed at local and regional shows such as University of Louisville’s International Banquet and the Worldfest shows in Louisville and at the University of Cincinatti. She regularly hosts informal shows and haflas in Louisville with her troupe.
Celestina has been instructing and performing the ancient art of bellydance since 2003. She specializes in Classic American Cabaret and has studied bellydance and attended workshops with many renowned instructors, including Delilah Flynn, Eva Cernik, Zoe Jakes, Veena Bidasha, Sonia, Jillina, Kami Liddle and Mardi Love. Celestina represents one half of the Louisville-based dance company known as Real Live Actual Bellydance, a dynamic bellydancing duo she and fellow dancer Romana Bereneth formed in 2015. Celestina is also one of the founding members of the Louisville bellydance troupe River City Raqs. In addition to being a professional bellydancer, Celestina (aka Kelly Creagh) is also the author of the Nevermore Trilogy, a young adult paranormal romance centering on the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe. She holds a BS in Theatre Arts from The University of Louisville and a MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Visit her and Romana at www.RealLiveActualBellydancers.com
Leïla comes from France, where she started dancing at the age of 3 and never stopped since then. From ballet to salsa, through modern’jazz, waltz and tap, her dance shoes spun into bellydance 10 years ago. She is fascinated by the Mejance style, and her favorite prop is the veil.
She has been living in Cincinnati for almost 3 years, where she is part of Al Elham troupe led by Emily Marie. She is taking all opportunities to keep on learning with local and international bellydancers and add new styles to her repertoire.
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Special Duet Guest performance by Casey Myrick and Angelica South of the Lexington Ballet.
Casey Myrick spent his early years in Soldotna Alaska, moving to Tennessee in middle school. He began his training at the School of Nashville Ballet under the tutelage of Donna Delseni, Nicole Koenig, Gonzalo Espinoza, and Kathleen Spinazzola. After two years with the school, he received a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University’s pre-professional dance program under the direction of Kelvin Amburgey, Staci Flood-Popp, and Thomas Shoemaker. He then joined Dance Theatre of Tennessee as a company artist, under the Artistic Direction of Christopher Mohnani, where he performed ballets such as: Verdi, Carmen, Coppelia by Christopher Mohnani, Aspects of Love by Brian Williamson, Cinderella by Tom Pazik, Fado de Amore by Ron De Jesus of Hubbard Street. Casey has also been a guest artist for various companies including Ballet Fantastique, New York State Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre, and Georgia Dance Theatre, among others. This is Casey’s fourth season with the Lexington Ballet, where he has danced such roles as Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.
Angelica South is originally from Traverse City, Michigan where she trained under the direction of Thomas Morrell at Ballet Etc. Dance Institute. She performed in the youth companies, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre and West Michigan Youth Ballet. Angelica has attended summer intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, America Ballet Theatre Collegiate Intensive, The Harid Conservatory and the Grand Rapids Ballet. In 2013, Angelica competed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition in Indianapolis and received first place in the Pas De Deux category along with an invitation to the finals in New York City. With Lexington Ballet she has performed in Red, White and Blue, Les Sylpides, Afternoon of a Faun (The Nymph), Rite of Spring, The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Columbine Doll, Dewdrop), Dance Affair, Snow White, Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Rhapsody in Blue, The Koln Concert and Alice in Wonderland(Alice). Angelica is thrilled to be dancing professionally for a fourth season!