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Gitane's Classes



Gitane began her studies in Folkloric Middle Eastern Dance in 1994.  When she started the class she expected to be learning the more popular "cabaret" style of belly dance, but instead discovered an ""earthier"" side of the dance form.  Since 1998, she has been a passionate student of dance and has studied with popular instructors specializing Turkish Rom, Flamenco, North African, Ruska and Egyptian. Beginning, early 2020, she began and continues intense studies with Assala Ibrahim, Belen Dogliani, Wendy Sidar and other instructors who specialize solely in Raks al Kawliya and other dances of Southern Iraq.


She is the director of Indigo Rose Belly Dancing. She and her troupe have performed at many local and out of town venues, including regular performances at the State Fair of Texas since 1999. Gitane's award winning choreography made available opportunities for coaching competitive champions in the Society of Creative Anachronism and, Miss Diva US of A. Gitane's unique style has taken her across the state of Texas teaching workshops and seminars to dancers who share a passion for her "Romantic" Rom Fusion style. She currently teaches Belly Dance Basics at The LINK Event and Recreation Center in Richland Hills, TX.


As well as being a passionate dancer, Gitane is also a master metal smith. She has a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in metal smithing from North Texas State University. All of her work is original and handcrafted. Many national and international Middle Eastern Dance stars have worn one of her custom costumes and her metal works have been published in popular MED magazines. Gitane's inspirations for all of her treasures come from many countries and cultures as well as the hearts and visions of her customers.

Raks al Hachaa'-Iraqi Dagger Dance

This workshop will focus on the dagger dance of Iraq. A dance style that is in danger of becoming extinct in its earthy form. As modern influences evolve this dance, its subtlty and passion is taking a back seat for acrobatics and stage drama. In this class we will concentrate on the Iraqi Kawliya people's influence on this dance style. It begins with a discussion of Iraq, the Kawliya (Romani) people, the dagger dance then moving into dancing with daggers. We will focus on dance steps and body and hair technique specific to Raks al Hachaa'. You may bring a pair of small, but safe daggers. Toy daggers work great! Plastic butter knives will be provided

Cost $70

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