Dancer, Dance Instructor, Cultural Educator, Belly Dance, Arab Dance, Speaker
Bellevue, Washington 98006
What Patricia does
"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie." ~Agnes de Mille
Dance and music of the Arab world have been my passion for 30 years. I love the joyous, celebratory music and dance of this culture and sharing it with youth and adults through:
***Performances** ***Belly Dance classes** ***Lecture demonstrations, workshops, and residencies**
I have a BA in Education which enhances my educational programs. I continue to study with nationally and internationally master teachers of various Arab dances, and have toured and studied dance in Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco.
My 2 passions teaching this beautiful art form within its cultural context and educating students and adults about the rich Arabic culture. I believe that the arts are a vital key to understanding our world and ourselves.
*My belly dance classes are fun way for women to exercise and develop positive body images and uplift their soul!
*I present a variety of educational programs that expand your perception of the Arab world. Through music, dance and other Arab culture activities, these programs open doors to understanding this rich and varied culture.
BA in Elementary Education
30 years studying the dances and culture of the Middle East. I have traveled nationally and internationally to study with recognized master teachers of various Arab dances, and toured and studied dance in Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco.
Solo performance career, 1985 to present Jawaahir Dance Company member, Minneapolis, 1989-2007 Teacher at Cassandra School, Minneapolis, 1997-2007 Rostered Artist Minnesota State Arts Board, Young Audiences of Minnesota, and COMPAS (Minneapolis), 1997-2007 Teacher, Zulaika's School of Middle Eastern Dance, 2008.