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I like the way Zulaika breaks down and explains the various moves so anyone can really "get it." This is valuable for new and advanced students since doing it correctly (or fine-tuning) makes practice drills meaningful ... since we are practicing them correctly.Apr 8, 2013
I have taken both classes and workshops with Zulaika for the past 2 years and highly recommend her program to all age groups! Her extensive career fuses history, tradition and dance creating a joyful cultural experience. Her energy and enthusiasm is an inspiration as well!Mar 13, 2013
I've been studying with Zulaika for several years and she is a knowledgeable, patient and fun instructor. I've learned so much. She has a wonderful ability to make even difficult moves easy to understand. Her love of Middle Eastern dance is contagious.Feb 17, 2013
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am continually studying this dance form as there is so much to learn! I travel to study with master teachers, not only with American artists, but with native artists. In addition to traveling to Egypt and other Arab countries, I make a point of studying with these teachers and performers when they teach or perform in the United States. I also attend the annual Arabic Music Retreat to learn about Arabic music from master musicians. This is because the dance is all about the music.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I teach belly dance workshops and private lessons (beginner - advanced) to women and teens. I specialize in Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian style belly dance) and several of the folk styles from Arab countries: Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia. I also present educational programs to school and community groups. These programs take you on a fascinating tour of the Middle East through its colorful and varied dance traditions including Egypts Raqs Assaya (cane dance), Tunisias Raqs al-Jazur (dance of the islands), Saudi Arabias Khaleegy (gulf dance), and many others.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?I presented a workshop and PowerPoint presentation on Middle Eastern Dance at the national convention for National Dance Educators Organization in Los Angles, CA. The presentation included information on Arab Music, the variety of Arab Folk dance traditions, a history of Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) including the modern American variations. The presentation included audio, video, photos, and a brief lesson on how the movements differ from western dance forms.