The 2015 Shimmy Mob choreographer, Ashtalea is a performer, choreographer and teacher of Middle Eastern dance with over 40 years of dance training and experience.
Her choreographed works have been performed all over the U.S.A., Mexico and Canada. She uses her musical background and knowledge of Arabic drum rhythms to blend Middle Eastern dance movement to music with great ease. She has a very strong classical ballet and contemporary jazz background which allows her to fuse the elegance of ballet arms and posture, and the jazz theatrics, with the Middle Eastern dance steps. She has performed in restaurants, night clubs and shows in AZ, CA, NM and NV. She has taught workshops all over the southwest.
Ashtalea also has an extensive theater background. She has either directed, choreographed and/or produced stage shows for College of Southern NV, Reed Whipple Cultural Center in Las Vegas, NV, the “Young Living Convention 2010” at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, UT, “The Fox City Show” at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and the “Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive” at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Teaching is her number one love. Ashtalea is truly dedicated to her students. “Nothing gives me more joy then to see former students of mine go out and perform professionally. I feel like a proud mom.” —Ashtalea
Currently she is the choreographer for the Raks Sharki portion of the “Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive and Festival” event (www.bellydanceintensive.com ) the “So You Think You Can Belly Dance” contest. Ashtalea has been affiliated with the LVBDI either as a teacher, director or both since it’s inception in 2003.
Tiffani Ahdia - Huntington, West Virgina
Jan Stanko - Grand Junction, Colorado
Barbara Dereck Donahue - Tiverton, Rhode Island
Registered participants receive links to the step-by-step routine breakdown and a full runthrough with the music.