Oriental dance originated in Egypt and has spread around the globe as a performing art and an exciting way to exercise. Women all over the globe have taken to this dance and it flourishes today in Asia, Europe and the Americas as well as the Middle East. Habiba trains dancers in Middle Eastern movement techniques and cultural traditions at her Philadelphia studio. She is a leading researcher of the dances of Egypt and Tunisia and teaches belly dance as well as the traditional folkloric dances that have been performed and passed down for many years. The Habiba Studio has a regular schedule of classes personally taught by Habiba and welcomes students of all levels from beginner through advanced and professional.
Habiba is internationally recognized as a performer, choreographer, teacher and authority on dances of the Middle East. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She has done extensive fieldwork in Egypt and Tunisia. She is an outreach lecturer for the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and a Fellow of the Middle East Center of the University of Pennsylvania and author of numerous articles for national magazines. The American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (AAMED) inducted her into the hall of Fame in 1997 and The International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance named her Ethnic Dancer of the Year 2001. She is on the Pennsylvania Arts in Education Roster. Habiba places great importance in being a part of the cultural landscape in Philadelphia and has been invited to participate in many dance programs like Transit Dances (1995), 2000 Feet (1999) and The Horse's Mouth (2003.)
Beginning students learn isolation movements of the hips and torso, how to frame them with graceful arm positions, and how to put them together with foot patterns in a simple choreography. Belly Dance technique enhances flexibity and provides a fun workout to great music but is gentle on the ankles and knees. Students learn alignment and posture to enhance the dance.
The Habiba Studio is also the home of the Habiba Dance Ensemble.
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