Professional Belly (Middle Eastern) Dancer in the Philadelphia and Tri-State area offering traditional shows with a touch of modern flare. Available for performances, instruction or benefits - visit (link hidden). Donna is a third generation dancer who offers unique and memorable family friendly shows that are always professional.
Thank you Donna for coming on short notice and performing at our wedding. You were superb and all our guests loved you. I also appreciate you taking time to pose for pictures at the end with so many of our guests. You are truly a great artist and your dancing was some of the best I have ever seen. I hope to be able to take classes with you in the New Year.
Thank you again for A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE.
My wife and I hired Donna to perform at our wedding because we had seen her perform previous to the event. She did a wonderful job and all of our guests loved her. She is family friendly and has such a lively personality she had everyone enjoying themselves and really kicked off our dancing and feastivities for the evening. She was professional, an amazing dancer and simply lovely to watch. I would highly recommend hiring this dancer for any event. Thank you Donna you are truely one of the best!
I hired Donna through gigsalad for my friends bridal shower and it was the most fun we have ever had. Most bridal showers are really borning but we had an arabian theme and she was the center attraction. She had the bride up and dancing and laughing so hard we couldn't believe how much fun all our guests had. Donna was very professional, a great dancer and very entertaining. It was like having one of our oldest friends over to teach us to dance.
We loved you - please come back soon!
We had such an awesome time with you Donna thank you! Very good dancing all of our guests enjoyed your show and many I passed on your info to so you will be hearing from them. I hope to have you back again next Spring for our next convention. You were really fun and such a great dancer, you blend with the music well. See you in New York this summer and thanks again!
I cannot thank you enough! Everyone had a great time and really are a wonderful dancer. We enjoyed the lessons you gave us and will be coming to your classes soon for the summer.
If you ever need a reference please use me as I cannot say enough good things about your dance. Thank you Donna for being a great teacher and for being so down to eath and friendly.
You were amazing - we loved your dancing and you made the whole night a success. The couple who had the anniversary just loved you, our entire party loved your dancing. I have been to Turkey and you look like you belong over there your dancing is truly authentic and wonderful. Thank you my dear!
I hired Donna to come teach a class workshop on belly dancing at my studio and I was so impressed with her skills that I hired her as a full-time instructor. She not only gave a wonderful class but she also had such an extended knowledge about the art of belly dancing I was surprised. During class she would take time to explain the core of the movement and the reasons behind it. It is rare to find a teacher who will take such time and that really enjoys what she is doing.
My company hired Donna for a short performance for our annual corporate party and everyone loved her. She was so professional and an extremely talented dancer I would recommend her to anyone. I have been to Egypt on business trips and seen many Middle Eastern dancers but Donna is by far my favorite performer - she moves with the music so well and she is very friendly.
I hired Donna to dance the lead role of Lola in my dance companies production of "Damn Yankees" and it was just the best choice!
Her performance and professionalism made her a joy to watch and work with. The audience just loved her and she received a standing ovation upon her bow.
I will be booking her again for more musical theater productions.
I am the owner of a Restaurant, Casablanca, and Donna has been with me for over 6 years now. She is one of my best and most reliable dancers. Very professional, the customers love her and she is a great dancer. Very traditional and family friendly. Highly recommended!
Donna was a fabulous dancer! Very professional, timely, polite and entertaining. I saw her with my husband at a local restaurant and thought she was the best Middle Eastern Dancer i had ever seen. Her costumes were great and she even tried to match my theme with color. I loved her and was even looking into taking a few classes with her as her style is classic and traditional with a small modern upbeat flare.
She was very good with all my guests and the kids loved her.
I was very impressed with her grace and professionalism. Truly a classic Middle Eastern Dancer that provided a family friendly show. I highly recommend booking this performer!
Price Range: $200 and up
Donna has been a Professional Middle Eastern Performer/Instructor (Belly Dancer) in the Northeastern states for many years. She has appeared at hotels, casinos, showcases, festivals, country clubs, college/universities, charity events and performed with dance companies. She appears regularly as the featured dancer for various restaurants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Donna has been requested by invitation to perform in Atlantic City for various casinos, by request for the Turkish Ambassador and renowned dance companies in the Tri-State area. She has given lessons and lectures on this ancient art form, of Middle Eastern Dance, at several colleges and dance studios throughout the Philadelphia and surrounding counties. She has been sought after to teach and instruct for dance colleges in the area and to perform stage as well as cabaret shows for various public venues. Donna is one of Philadelphia’s Premier dancer/instructors and is renowned in the Tri-State area for offering professional, artistic, enchanting family friendly shows that are unique and authentic. She truly honors the art of Middle Eastern culture and dance. Donna has written many published articles on Middle Eastern dance that truly denote the respect and artistic presence of Belly Dance.
Donna has been captured by the arts since she was a young child. Beginner her dance studies with classes/lessons in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, Irish dancing and Ballroom/Latin dance, Donna is a well rounded entertainer. She was first introduced to the unique and graceful style of Middle Eastern Dance by her grandmother, who had been a performer/teacher herself in the traditional Turkish style. Traveling to Turkey for a better understanding of this art, her grandmother brought back the true essence of the Turkish style and movements which she passed on to Donna.
As her love for this rare but sensual feminine dance grew, Donna expanded her studies to include lessons in the Egyptian and Lebanese styles of dance including the most common known modern Egyptian style, Raqs Sharqi. Cabaret dancers (or dancers in restaurants/night clubs that perform with the audience) are commonly known throughout the Middle East as performing Raqs Sharqi. Donna has also learned the traditional more stage seen styles of Egyptian/Lebanese dance known as Baladi and Saidi. She has managed to incorporate the above styles into her dance making her well diverse in the Middle Eastern art. Combining the traditional Turkish and Egyptian moves with modern flare has made her one of the most authentic dancers of the area. While Donna has a true heart-felt compassion for the Middle Eastern styles she has also learned the new and upcoming American Cabaret style of dance. Some of her teachers include but are not limited to Nourhan Sherif, Sahra Saeeda, Jehan, Azhia, Najia, Lina, Marina Darowish and Suhaila Salimpour.
Donna continues to expand her knowledge and love of this art form by attending and hosting workshops/classes in all genera’s of the styles of true Middle Eastern Dance. As a dominantly free-style performer, Donna loves to be with her audience and incorporate them into her dance; She possesses a lively energetic movement that is controlled by a soft and sensual grace. Being a professional dancer and choreographer has enabled her to respect and understand the music and rhythms required of a true belly dance performance. In Cairo, Egypt there is a saying “every girl is a born dancer” and Donna truly embodies the Egyptian and Turkish culture, style and art.
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