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The Instructors

Performer, teacher and choreographer from New Jersey, Farasha began her dance career in Harrisburg, PA in the early 1980’s as a member of Troupe Kismet, appearing in the Harrisburg Arts Festival and Musicfest in Bethlehem. In New Jersey, she performed with the Moon & Star Dance troupe. She emcees – and has performed in - the annual East Brunswick Community Fair. She teaches privately at her Jackson home studio. Farasha is featured in the book Belly Laughs and is producer of the late Ibrahim Farrah’s final concert video, A Journey. She has been greatly inspired by “Bobby” and Morocco of NYC. Farasha is a proud member of Morocco’s Casbah Dance Experience, which has performed at Lincoln Center, NYC and in Cairo, Egypt. She is the proprietor of Farasha’s Dance Treasures, purveyors of dazzling costumes and accessories.

Farasha

Su'ad
Su’ad of Connecticut has been a performer, teacher and choreographer since 1981. She was co-founder of troupe Hazet Helwa in Wisconsin. In late 1991, she established Desert Moon Dancers, who have performed at many dance seminars in the Northeast, including First Night Hartford and the first Connecticut Dance Alive! Festival at the Garde Arts Theatre in New London. Over the years, Su’ad has studied with many great teachers, but counts as her greatest influences the late Ibrahim Farrah, and more recently Anahid Sofian and Morocco of New York City. She has developed the concepts “Dancing with the Brain and Soul” and “Dance Dynamics. With Sonia Dunbar, she is co-proprietor of Dar el Beida, a newly established Middle Eastern Costume & Accessories business.

Joe has recently been selected for mention in an upcoming edition of Mime Journal as the only Delsarte practitioner specializing in teaching, and one of only two practitioners honored with notice. Originally from Ohio, he now lives in Manhattan, where he teaches Delsarte, voice and yoga. Having spent ten years painstakingly reconstructing the Delsarte System from century old texts, Joe teaches it around the country for university master classes and for many Middle Eastern Dance events. In addition to Middle Eastern dance, his dance background includes ballet, modern and jazz dance, and many years of
professional performances in musical theater in the Midwest.

Joe-Paul Williams

In New York, Joe has taught Delsarte for The Dalcroze Institute at Juilliard, for the Lori Belilove Isadora Duncan Foundation, and the School of Visual Arts. He is also an accomplished classical singer and occasionally appears in concert and recital work. Joe has also been performing the Whirling Dervish since 1993.