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Predating Islam, the cultural tradition of having a dancer at important ritual ceremonies has existed for thousands of years throughout ancient Mesopotamia, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Temple priestesses and queens were believed to be embodiments of the goddess when serving in their official, ritual capacities which often involved dance.  Currently, the dancer in the Middle East and North Africa still plays an important role in society.  During celebrations such as engagement parties, pre-wedding henna parties, weddings, and births, she performs a ritual function by dancing. These  celebrations are considered part of a woman’s rites of passage through life, which also include coming of age, childbirth, and death. At the celebrations of all of these events, a dancer blesses the initiate with various qualities including fertility, prosperity, health, and happiness for her journey on the path of common feminine experience.

Today, women want fresh, new, original ideas to celebrate and honor the special events of their lives, and dancing can make it so. Whether you want to hire a dancer or dancers to perform at your event, learn a dance yourself, have your friends and family perform, or create an Arabian themed event, I can help.

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