Selected Works & Perform

Academic Education                                     

M.A.       Cross-cultural studies, Suma Cum Laude.

2006       University of Houston at Clear Lake.            

B.A.       Major in History, minor cultural

anthropology. University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Summa Cum Laude.  Top 2% of class.  Graduated with membership in the Honors College.


Dance Education

Classical and Folkloric

Middle Eastern and North African Dance

1983-             Linda S. Underwood, Houston, TX.      

1984               Suhalia Salimpour, Dallas, TX.

1998, 1999   Vashti, (Dallas, Texas) Houston, TX.

1998              Mahmoud Reda, (Cairo, Egypt) Dallas,TX.

2001, 2003    Dalia Carrella, Dallas, TX.

2000-1999,    Cassandra, (Minneapolis, MN)

2008               Houston, TX.

1994-              Leila Gamal, (South Bend, IN), Houston,TX

1987-94         Ibrahim Farrah, New York City, NY.

1992-94         Jajouka, New York City, NY.

                        Jihan Kemal, New York City, NY.

                        Eleni Lentini, New York City, NY.

                        Morocco, New York City, NY.

                        Sahar, New York City, NY..

                        Yousry Sharif,  New York City, NY.

2003              Tayyar Akdeniz, New York City, NY.

2003, 2005    Amel Tafsout, (London, England UK.)

                Phoenix, AZ,WashingtonD.C.

2004, 2005    Artemis Mourat, Silver Springs, MA.

2005             Qizlahon Dustamahova, (Tashkent,

       Uzbekistan, central Asian dance),

       Washington, D.C.

2006              Darshan, American tribal. NY, NY.

2007             MoMo Kuddus, (Egypt) Houston, TX.


Classical and Folkloric East Indian Dance

1987-91, 1994     Rathna Kumar, The Anjali School for the East Indian Performing Arts, Houston, TX.


Classical Balinese Dance (Topang Mask Dance)

Summer 1992      Ida Bagus Anom, Maas, Bali Indonesia.  Seventh generation mask sculptor, priest, dancer.

Flamenco Dance

1997-98         Maria del Espadin, Houston, TX.

                        Rodriguez Academy, Houston, TX.

1992               Marianno Parra, New York City, NY.




West African Dance

1990-1992            Rfuaw Diarrah Houston, TX.

                                Laini Ngoma Troupe,

                                Nationale Ballet de Senegal

Summer 1998      Amadou Thiam, Houston, TX.       

Spring 1997          Zak Diouf, Houston TX.

Les Ballets AfricanesHouston,TX.

                Mor Thiam, Houston, TX.



2008-                     Gyrontonic, Houston,TX

2009                       Gyrokinesis & aerial dance,

2005-                     Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio,

present                   Houston, TX.  Teachers, Constance 

                                Braden & George Purvis.

2000-2004            The Yoga Body Studio, The Yoga College of India, Houston, TX.                       

Dance Affiliations

2006-             Congress of International Dance


2007-             Dance Source Houston (DSH), Texas.

2006-             Dance Houston Inc.

2004-             Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA),

                        Performing/Teaching Artist

2004-             Dance and the Child Intern, USA.

2003-             Rice University, Lifetime Physical

                        Activity Program (PE Dept.)

2000-             Texas Commission on the Arts

2000-2002    Texas Institute for the Arts in Education

2000-             The C. G. Jung Educational Center

1999-2005    Young Audiences of Houston, Inc.

2009-2010       Performing/ Teaching Artist.


Selected Dance Performances

July 2014 “Julydescope,” at Discovery Green ,Downtown Houston District sponsored  by Houston Cinema  Arts Society (HCAS), Houston, TX. “Dance of thePeris” with Mnemosyne International.


July – Aug 2014    “Global Peacekeeping through the Arts” Intersections, NYC, NY.  Special workshop and performance on dance as expression of culture and spirituality. Date/Time. TBA.


TBA Winter 2014/Spring 2015   “Speaking the Silence” With local contemporary and ballet dance company,  Ad Deum,  and a consortium of other  

performing and visual artists highlights the use of dance as a medium for conflict Spring 2015     resolution/peacekeeping through

the arts, bringing awareness of social justice issues/human rights issues  of the Middle East to the forefront.  Bringing to light pieces that encourage the audience to engage in perceiving the  affairs of me and na/persia through a human heart and mindset; combination of different works of different media are being developed to present in universities, community centers, and other intimate venues, as a forum for others to explore the boundaries of their experiences.

Feb 2014 Dance Houston, 12th Annual Festival,  Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, Houston, TX. Guest artist presenting Roya with Mnemosyne International.

Jan 2014 “Houston Choreographers X6” Kaplan Theater, Houston, TX. Sponsored by a choreographic grant from the Jewish Community Center.  Roya- Persian Dreams” will debut with Dorianne Castillo, Heba Khan, and Duo Wu.

2012   “Nour-an-Nisa: Light of Femininity Focus: Central Asia,” sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Houston Clear Lake, Texas.  Program funding underwritten by the Brown Foundation.  Basic format of December “Nour” program with dances revised for solo work, new dances included for audience focus including traditional Turkish folk dance, traditional Sephardic dances, and contemporary Sephardic dance.

2011   Noor-An-Nisa:Light of Femininity,"  Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston.  With a cast of seven dancers (from several countries) and a small classical arabic music ensemble (four members) of artists from Jordan, Lebanon, and Texas.  A unique program illuminating scenes of women & spirituality in traditional and contemporary Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, and North African cultures.  Through the combination of live dance, music, song, poetry, and story, this program presents traditional arts and cultural mores rarely seen by the general public.


2011       Spacetaker SpeakEasy presentation, Winter Studios, Houston, TX. Egyptian Orientale & Folklore dance performance and Q & A discussion.

2010“Festival of Lights,’’
and “The Partridge Dance” excerpts in Fieldwork Showcase Winter 2010, Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, Houston, TX.

                “Vintage Raqs Masri,” in Dance Gathering Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, Houston, TX.

                Vintage Orientale and Raqs Shaabi: Bedouin, Saidi, Raqs Masri” 1st Annual Arabesque Festival, Jones Plaza. Sponsored by the Houston Palestinian Film Festival.


2009       “Memories of Spain,” Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX.

“Shikaat,” Big Range Dance Festival,

Houston, TX.


                “Shared Ground,” with Gypsy Dance Theater, Department of Dance, Denison College, Granville, OH.

Five day master class sessions with students. Culminated in series of solo and group theatrical performances to live music of Romangi dance from around the world.


2008       Special Guest performance “Efrooh Bwadina”at “Muscle Memories,” Rice University, Hamman Hall, Houston, Texas.


Special guest performance, scenes from Al-Andalus: The Legend, Northwestern State University, Nachitotches, LA


2007      “Al-Andalus: T.he Legend!,”

               Barenvelder Movement Arts Complex,

Houston,TX. Solo special guest artist.


2006     Egypt with A Twist of Jazz, “

Avant Garden, Houston, TX.  Full length performance of classical Egyptian dance. Benefit show with celebrated local band Zwee,  jazz artists Brennan Nase, Louis Juarez, and Dana Rogers.


            “Dance Houston Does Houston,” 

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX.  Sponsored by Dance Houston and the Cultural  Arts Council of Houston.

              Premier new work, a.k.a. “The Mosquito” a 

narrative dance experiment fusing martial arts,  modern dance, jazz dance, and dramatic arts.


2005    "A Passage through India: The Journey

Continues," Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, TX.  Feature trad. Persian dance.


“Passion.” Big Range Dance Festival,

Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, Houston, TX.  Premier Middle Eastern theatrical choreography.


 “Mysteries Behind the Veil,” 2nd Annual World Music Festival, Orange County, TX & Lee College, Baytown, TX.



Bayou City Arts Festival, Memorial Park,

 Houston, TX. 2004 IAG performance.


 “Middle Eastern Dance: A Celebration of

  the Sacred,” Rising Tide Intl, Austin, TX.

Middle Eastern/North African ritual dance for annual Sufi Order Int’l conference. (also at conferences 2000- 2002)


2004        "Roses of the Desert: Women's Dances of

  the Middle East and North Africa."

Patel Conservatory, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa FL.  Guest performer, lecturer, & teacher on the Mediterranean, North African, Middle Eastern dances.


Bayou City Arts Festival, Sesquintenniel Park, Houston, TX.  2004 IAG solo performance.           


"A Journey of Arts and Movement,"

Jones Theater, University of St. Thomas, HoustonTX  Special guest performer in venue featuring master teacher/performer Artemis Mourat of Turkish Roma & Turkish-Orientale dance.


TexasTanz Festival 2004, Jewish Community Center, Houston, TX.   Turkish dance suite.              


"Everything but the Kitchen Sink,"

Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston,

 Special guest artist.  Rice Dance Theater.


2003       “Lifting the Veil: Women’s Dances of the     

Middle East and North Africa,”  Sponsored by the Department of Dance, Rice Univ. of Houston, TX. Student recital of different styles of Middle Eastern & North African dance.


2002,       Annual Turkish Festival, Jones Plaza,

2001       Houston, TX. Special performance of

2000       traditional Turkish Rom dance, regional Turkish dance, and modern theatrical Turkish/world fusion dance.  10th, 11th, & 12th Festivals.


“Con Vivencia:  Arabic,Christian and Jewish Songs of Love”  with the East-West   Ensemble & Isabelle Ganz. Ovations, Jewish Community Center, the First Unitarian Church, Houston, TX.

Program created In response to the events of September 11th. Illustrates unity of Jewish, Arab, and Christian people.


2001         AACCC 2001 Consular Ball, Arab-American Cultural Community Center (AACCC),

                  Houston, TX.  Command performance at the grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony of the first Arab-American Cultural Community Center (AACCC), the first national AACCC.


“Talking Drums” Miller Outdoor Theater, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Houston,TX.


Performance with live musical accompaniment by Terence Karn.  Multicultural dance performance with the Anjali School for the Indian Performing Arts,   Houston, TX; Kuumba House Dance Theatre, Houston, TX; Battery Dance Company, New York City, NY.


2001,     "Festivals of Light ,” The Children’s

2000      Museum, Houston, TX.  

Specifically requested by the Children’s   Museum, a special performance designed to illustrate the tradition and practice of Ramadan through dances associated with the culture of Islamic people of the Middle East.


2000         “Salome and the Representation of the  

  Femme Fatale in 19th Century German Art,”  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

  Dance performance embodying the  

  stereotypical image of Salome and more  

  historically accurate image of Salome.  

  Performance accompanied lecture by art  

  historian Wendy Grossman of the  

  University of Maryland.



Dance Instruction


2000-    “Égyptian Dance I & II,” The C.G. Jung

                 Educational Center, Houston, TX.

Providing instruction in classical/folkloric Egyptian dance, music, and culture. Courses & workshops offered:"Revealing and Concealing: The Mysterious Veil," "Whirling," "Roses of the Desert," & “From the Desert to the Plains,” “Return to Rhythm”


2003-     ""Middle Eastern Dance I & II", Department of Dance, Lifetime Physical Activity Program, Rice University, Houston, TX. Semester classes taught to fulfill physical education credits for elective credit.

                Master classes added for all Rice and Houston community Fall 2008.


2005-      Folkloric Dance,” Studio K, Houston, TX.

      Specific regional and tribal dances of  

      Middle East and North Africa: Saidi, 

      Bedouin, Ghawazee,  Shikaat, etc.


2002-     “Dances of the Middle East: On Body Image & Movement, The Orient Vs. The Occident,” Dance Division of the School of Theater, University of Houston-Central, Houston, TX. Annual lecturer.


Selected Past Workshops & Residencies

2013 Master Class Series - Dances of the Maghreb & Egypt-Beginning July 2013-Spring 2014! Master Class: North African Technique in "Ancestry of Latin Dance Workshop"
sponsored by the Colombian Folkloric Ballet & the Houston Arts Alliance of Houston/City of Houston, Mayor's Office. Hope Stone Dance Inc, Houston, TX.

  Middle Eastern Roots of Latin Dance, for Columbian Folkloric Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Studios, Houston, TX


2009       Select Romangi and Folkloric dances from the Middle East, Denison College, Grenville, OH.


2008       North African dance.  Northwestern State University, Nachitotches, LA


2007      “Traditional Greek Folk Dance & Music,”

              Rienzi Society, Museum of Fine Arts,

                 Houston, TX. Workshop with live music from The Gypsies.


2006-     “Dance Houston’s Young & Intense Dance

2010       Camp for Teens,” Wortham Center, 

 Houston, TX.  Two-week intensive summer 

 dance camp sessions for teens.  Culminate in final performance at the Cullen Theater.


2005       "Dances from Ancient Egypt, The Land of the Eternal Sun," Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX.  Multi-disciplinary class for educators on the arts and culture of ancient Egypt.


2004    “An Evening of Beauty & Splendor: Dances

              of the Middle East,” Briarforest Elementary,

HONDA Inc.,  DreamLab/STOMP Odyssey Project and Young Audiences of Houston, TX. National project to benefit children. Chosen to represent Houston; work displayed on international YA web site.


2003      Danse Orientale”, Sirrom School for Middle Eastern Dance, Houston, TX.

Artist in residence.


2002       “An Introduction to Middle Eastern Dance,” Dance Division of the School of Theater, University of Houston-Central, Houston, TX.


2002       “An Introduction to Traditional Egyptian Dance,” Department of Dance, Rice University, Houston, TX.


     “Faces of Beauty: Women’s Dances of the  

    Middle  East,”  University of Texas (UT)   

     College of Health &  Science ,Houston, TX

2001       “Salome and the Representation of the Femme Fatale in Middle Eastern Dance,” Texas Association for Middle Eastern Studies (TAMES) Conference 2001, University of Texas, Austin, TX.


2001  “World Cultures through the Arts,” Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas , Austin, TX.



Additional Programs with:

2009       Suluk Academy,  Sufi Order International, New Lebanon, NY.  Five day master class series on sacred dance.


2005-    Young Audiences of Houston, TX. 

2000       Dance-in-education performing/teaching

artist, three residencies (6-12 weeks) & workshops, “Exploring the World through Dance, “”Ancient Egypt,” & “Dances of the Middle East, & one performance program, Mysteries Behind the Veil.” “Desert Dances.



2007-     Children’s residencies with: BriarMeadow

2000       Elemntary, Carroll Academy, Communities-In-The-Schools, The Greater Houston YMCA’s, The Rice School, St. Francis Episcopal, St. Steven’s Episcopal, Westchester Elementary, Will Rogers Elementary, Writers-In-The-Schools.


2001-     Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion &

2000       Texas Institute for the Arts in Education, Dance-in education programs.


2000       World Dance Institute, Houston Community College, Houston, TX.

Seminar for college/university dance educators.


1989-91     The Anjali School for the East Indian

Performing Arts, Houston, TX.

Dance instructor.


1983-86       Mahal Academy, Houston, TX.

                     Dance instructor.




2010       Dance Evaluation.” Rice University. Written for students (in conjunction with form below) to introduce perspectives in evaluating dance.

2009       “Let’s Dance!” Open Magazine, Rice University, Vol. April 2009.

                 Issues of performance and practice in contemporary Middle Eastern dance

2006       Choreography evaluation forms Dance Houston – currently used to critique professional works for DH annual showcase and as the standard introduced into Rice U dance classes.


2002       “Mysteries Behind the Veil,” St. Francis

Episcopal Day School, Houston, TX.

                 KUHF Houston Public Television, TX.

Documentary-Special feature presentation on individuals affected by the events of the previous September 11th, 2001 tragedies. Filmed on location during an artist residency on ancient Egyptian dance at St. Francis Episcopal Day School.


2001     "Abduction of the Seraglio," Houston

Grand Opera (HGO), Houston, TX.

Performance of Turkish Roman veil dance for HGO's commercial advertising the Spring 2002 performance of Mozart's "Abduction of the Seraglio."


Grants and Awards

2011       Individual Artist Grant for Choreography from the Houston Arts Alliance. 1st Established Artist Award, Houston , TX.


2010       Frank W Bearden Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Dance, Rice University.


2007       “Most Creative” and “Most Free Spirited” Teaching Awards by students from Dance Houston’s “Young & Intense: Dance Camp for Teens”


2004,      Individual Artist Fellowship Grant,

2000       Houston, Texas. Funded by the Cultural

               Arts Council of Houston/Harris County.

               Two awards granted for artistic excellence

               in choreography.


2001-      Cultural Connections Grant/Educational

1999        Technical Assistance Program Grant

                (ETAP)  (6) awards funded by the Texas

                Commission on the  Arts and CACHH.


2011       President, Mnemosyne International Inc.,

                Non-profit devoted to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage of the Mediterranean and East.


2007        Consultant, Dancepatheatre for “Al-

               Andalus: The Legend!” Research, master

               classes, director consultations.


2006-7   Advisory board member, & Consultant, Dance Houston Inc., Houston, TX.

      Admin, production, & dance critique. 


2005      Grant Panelist, CACHH Organizational

              Grants/IAG Project Grants 2005.


2003-     Collaborative dance presentations with:     The Silk Road Dance Company, Museum of

Fine Arts Houston and the Arab Cultural Community Center.