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Specialty Classes in Lebanese Folkloric Dance and Drumming
I am bringing these two so very talented people in, because they are the types of teachers I seek out for myself and my students; to become better dancers, and to have better in depth knowledge of our dance roots and history!!
I encourage ALL my students of all levels to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from some of the best In the field, and I happily invite any other dancers from other areas to join us. Check out the workshop details below and keep in mind that we will have a few loaner drums for those who do not own one, please let us know if you will need to borrow one when you register.
About our Teachers…
MORWENNA ASSAF – from England and Canada. Artistic Director and Master Teacher of Middle Eastern Dance. Strong background in ballet, jazz, modern, notation and various ethnic dance forms and theater. Studied under mentor the late Ibrahim Farrah and La Meri plus inspired by Yousry Sharif, Elena Lentini, Valerie Camille, Mahmoud Reda and Marta Zorina plus more recently by Amani of Lebanon.
Morwenna has been in this business for over 40 years. She started out in Massachusetts in the 70’s and found her way to NYC in 1976 where she studied with the late Ibrahim (Bobby) Farrah till 1996. While there she was exposed to the best from Egypt and surrounding countries, with greats like Nadia Gamal from Lebanon and Mahmoud Reda of Egypt. Not only did she take 24 Intensive Teacher training courses but you would find her every week from Mon – Thursday in Mr. Farrah’s studio. She has run her own studio, taught in colleges in both MA and RI but also performed in the prestigious clubs that were the hey day of the 80s and 90s. In 1996 Morwenna relocated to Southern CA and started over again. For 18 years there, Morwenna and her husband Walid ran their own studio, performed and taught throughout the US especially NE, Canada, Mexico and Lebanon. From there, they moved to Knoxville, TN last year for the final phase of their lives and careers.
WALID ASSAF excels as a percussionist and is from Lebanon. He has played for the finest dancers on both coasts and overseas. He has also taught many drummers to excel in their passion for Middle Eastern Rhythm (percussion). He is a Musical Director and Manager and Internationally known star of both drum and debke. Walid has Studied under the best the Middle East has to offer both here and abroad.