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ATTENTION TRI-STATE BELLY DANCERS: It’s time for another of Anahid Sofian‘s amazing ateliers, Atelier Orientale – New Voices!

The legendary Anahid Sofian has put together a roster of amazing dancers to perform at her studio (29 west 15th street, 6th floor) on November 9th from 5 – 7 pm.

This show will shine a light on performers/choreographers that are really pushing the boundaries of Middle Eastern Dance. The performances will range from traditional to contemporary to experimental. Each piece will be an original work, full of depth and spirit.  It’s going to be very inspirational and who doesn’t need some #BELLYDANCESPIRATION???? 😀

Check out the featured performers!

Brenna Crowley/ Zilla Dance Ensemble


Brenna is always full of energy and personality – she’s so much fun to watch!

Calixta Starr

here is a piece that Calixta was a part of 🙂

Kaitlin Hines/ Raqs Uncommon


The Kandake Dance Theatre for Social Change


I’ve gotten to see Nisreen dance a couple times and she’s great!

Tatianna Natalyja

btw Tatianna also reads Tarot cards – so cool!
Uza Mitra

Uza is just the coolest- check out TBB’s interview with her here!

Oh, and remember, Doors open at 4:30 pm and there will be a wine and cheese reception following the show – YUM! 

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Inspired by the dances Anahid Sofian videotaped at the Moroccan Dance Festival in 1974, “Morocco” was the first dance she choreographed for her newly—formed company. The company debuted the dance at their inaugural performance in 1979 at the Casa Galicia (Webster Hall) NYC in 1979. Anahid was awarded a NY CAPS grant for choreography for the dance, which the company performed again at Carnegie Hall in 1980 at the NY Ethnic Dance Festival.