Essence of Belly Dance is one of the leading annual belly dance festivals on the East Coast produced by Farah "Faaridah" Taylor and Team Essence, fusing Cabaret, Fusion, and world dance styles. The event includes a variety of workshops by some of the most notable dancers in the industry! We tie it all together with an all star gala, competition and awards ceremony celebrating diversity in our beloved art form!! 4 days of pure Belly Dance! It is truly an experience! Whether you are new to belly dance or an experienced professional, you will walk away with a solid foundation to help you improve as a dancer. We hope you can join us.
Check out the 2021 Full Weekend Schedule: (to be posted by July 1, 2021)
Confirmed Instructors (as of June 16, 2021)
*2021 workshops will take place on our virtual platform unless otherwise noted below*
Amar (New York)
Aziza Montreal (Canada)
Angelique (New York)
Colleena Shakti (India/Greece)
Donna Mejia (Colorado)
Ebony (Washington, DC) - in person (Atlanta)
Isabella Salimpour (California)
Mahaila el Helwa (Brazil)
Ryan Yangochau (China)
Simon Sako (Texas) - in person (Atlanta)
Suhaila Salimpour (California)
Zoe Jakes (California)
What about Dina!?
As many of you know, Egyptian megastar Dina and her dynamic stage show were scheduled for Essence of Belly Dance 10. Because of international travel concerns due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will be rescheduling Dina and her high-energy show to a later date when we can welcome her in person! And she is worth the wait! Her show needs to be experienced live! We're looking forward to sharing the Dina experience with you in Atlanta and will keep you posted once we know the new dates!
A Flashback at Essence of Belly Dance Artists over the years:
2010 - Ansuya
2011 - Suhaila Salimpour
2012 - Aziza (Montreal) and Sera Solstice
2013 - Amar Gamal, Jill Parker, Mira Betz, Sadie
2014- Jillina, Sharon Kihara, Issam Houshan, Louchia, Heather Aued, Lauren Boldt & Danielo! Our 2014 featured the theatrical production Belly Dance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland!
2015 - Jill Parker (USA), Leila Farid of Cairo (Egypt), Luna of Cairo (Egypt), Kami Liddle (USA), Sorraiah Zaied (Egypt), Tjarda (Netherlands), Petite Jamilla (USA), Aziza Nawal (USA), and Issam Houshan (USA)
2016 - Madame Raqia Hassan (Egypt), Sorraiah Zaied (Egypt), Amy Sigil, Silvia Salamanca, Ranya Renee, Ebony Qualls and Issam Houshan
2017 - Mohamed Shahin (New York & Egypt), Suhaila Salimpour, Mira Betz, Colleena Shakti, Natalie Nazario, Andrus Ramir
2018 - Sadie, Victoria Teel, Kami Liddle, Mardi Love, Abby Keyes, Rachel George, Sabriye Tekbilek, Lebanese Simon and Suhaila Salimpour.
2019 - Aziza of Cairo, Mohamed Shahin, Amy Sigil & UNMATA, Suhaila Salimpour and Arish Lam