Habiba Dance Ensemble

Habiba Dance Ensemble

The Habiba Dance Ensemble was founded by Habiba in 1983. Its mission is to preserve traditional Middle Eastern dance forms and to present both traditional and interpretive works set to Middle Eastern Music. It specializes in the folkloric dances of Egypt and North Africa as well as the classical dance of Egypt, Raqs al Sharqi (belly dance) and the Andalusian repertoire as handed down in Tunisia.

The choreographies are based on the research that Habiba has conducted in the Middle East for over 25 years. The troupe is equally at home at wedding celebrations, community festivals, museums and on concert stages. An engagement can be entertainment oriented or it can include some educational content. Audiences of all ages find the performances vibrant and colorful.

Here are some potential themes for your next event:
-Cairo nightclub style belly dance show
-A night on the Nile (belly dance performance plus folkloric dances of Egypt)
-Magrebi Festival (Tunisian and Moroccan folkloric dance plus Andalusian classical dance)

Some of the Presenters that have sponsored Habiba or the Habiba Dance Ensemble include:

Middle East Instute, Washington , DC University of PA Middle East Center University of the Arts Temple University
Philadelphia Museum of Art Reading Museum Eastern College William Patterson University
Penn State University Harrisburg Tangerine Restaurant Capital Health Systems Agnes Irwin School
University Museum Passaic County College York College of Pennsylvania Drew University
Johnson and Wales University Arab-American Institute Franklin and Marshall College Free Library of Philadelphia

For information about hiring the Habiba Dance Ensemble for a performance, please contact Habiba.

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(Africa Day photos courtesy Randall Scott)
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Photos from Rakkasah East
(October, 2009)
Courtesy Carl F. Sermon Photography