2015 Shimmy Mob
Choreography Contest Winner
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 knowledge of Arabic drum rhythms, and musical background, 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 cites her years studying Middle Eastern dance with Kathryn Ferguson as her inspiration to create her own unique style. Ashtalea was a member of Miss Ferguson’s Xanadu Middle Eastern Dance company from 1996-2003. During her years as a Xanadu dancer she had the honor of dancing with famed musicians, Georges & Elias Lammam, Souhail Kaspar and Naser Musa. She has performed in restaurants, night clubs and shows in AZ, CA, NM and NV. She has taught workshops all over the southwest.
Bonus 2015 Choreographies by...
Tiffani Ahdia - Huntington, West Virgina
Jan Stanko - Grand Junction, Colorado
Barbara Dereck Donahue - Tiverton, Rhode Island
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