Amanda  ~  Dancer
Performance and Instruction of Near
Eastern Dance

photo by Michael Baxter

Specializing in Oriental dance (Bellydance) and Turkish dance styles, including Oryantal, Folk, and Romani dance. Accomplished in Oriental, folkloric, and classical dance styles from throughout the Near Eastern world -- from North Africa to the Levant, from Turkey to Central Asia.

Amanda strives to bring joy, expressiveness and elegance to her dancing, to understand and interpret the glorious and diverse music of the Near East, and to show respect for the cultures from which these dances originate.

Upcoming Events:

New class session begins, Basics level
Saturday, March 14, 9:30am

Karavansaray Dance Company at Rakkasah
Sunday, March 15, 3pm

Helene Eriksen and ANAR DANA Bay Area present
"Dances Under the Crescent Moon 2"
in collaboration with Katy Alaniz Rous and the ISA
Sat. May 9, 8pm and Sun. May 10, 2pm

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"Amanda's dancing was very musical and portrayed the music beautifully!"
-- Gilded Serpent, 4/06

Amanda - photo by Michael Baxter

Amanda has studied a wide range of dance styles including...

  • American Bellydance
  • Tansi Oryantal (Bellydance/Oriental Dance) and Romani ("Gypsy") dance from Turkey 
  • raqs sharki (Bellydance/Oriental Dance) and raqs baladi (traditional dance) from Egypt 
  • Dabke from Lebanon
  • folk dances from Turkey, Armenia, and Greece 
  • women's Khaliji dance from the Arabian peninsula
  • classical dance from Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Uzbekistan 
  • Sheikhat dance from Morocco
  • Berber dance from Algeria 
  • Tunisian dance
  • and from the Western world: classical ballet, jazz, and vintage ballroom dance

photo by Michael Baxter

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