Inspired by her Armenian-Lebanese roots, Rose embodies the true heart of Middle-Eastern dance, improvising in the traditional style, becoming one with the music in the present moment. A lead soloist in Surayah Al-Muddaris's troupe, Rose mesmerizes audiences at Chicago’s Alhambra Palace Restaurant biweekly, as well as private events. Rose's repertoire includes the wedding zaffa; dabke; Sa'idi, Khaleeji, and Iraqi dances; shamedan (candelabra), cane, finger cymbals, wings, veil, and veil-poi/voi. Rose also teaches dance, utilizing her training in ballet, jazz, modern, and somatics. Rose is certified in Sahra Kent’s Journey Through Egypt ethnology course, and speaks Arabic at a beginner level.
Price Range: $150-$350
Gig Length: 15 - 60 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Past Booked Events
|April 28, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
Influences & Inspiration
After studying classical ballet, among many other dance forms, since childhood, Rose began
her Middle-Eastern "belly dance" training with the award-winning Sonya of Arabesque Chicago,
Kamrah, and the widely-renowned Middle-Eastern dance artist, Surayah Al-Muddaris.
Rose has trained under Surayah for years, performing her extensive repertoire in troupe Firqit
Surayah both at Chicago’s Alhambra Palace Restaurant (the U.S.’s largest Middle-Eastern
performance venue) twice-weekly and private events throughout the Midwest on a regular basis.
As a lead soloist in Surayah’s legacy troupe, Rose performs her own improvised solos (please
see video of shamedan (candelabra) solo), as well as group choreographies, at Alhambra with
live musicians every Friday and Saturday night.
Rose often teaches and leads classes and troupe rehearsals featuring a wide array of dances
ranging from Sa’idi (Upper Egyptian - صعيدى) cane dance to Lebanese/Palestinian folk dance
(dabke - دبكة), in addition to traditional "belly dance" (Raqs Sharqi - رقص شرقي) techniques.
Collaborating with lead performer, Marisela, and the Alhambra Palace band, Rose helps create
professional, family-friendly troupe shows that wow Alhambra’s diverse audiences every weekend.
Rose also trains under and performs with the esteemed belly dancer, Angelina of Chicago, the
protégé and daughter of master performer, instructor, and choreographer, Dahlena, who has
performed and taught her unique style to dancers and audiences all over the world for decades.
While in her father’s native Lebanon in 2015, Rose studied Raqs Sharqi under Helena
Cremona, a protégé of the late Middle-Eastern dance legend, Nadia Gamal, who rose to fame in
Golden Age of Belly Dance (the 1950s-1970s).
Rose earned her level-two certification in Journey Through Egypt, a dance ethnology program
led by the internationally-recognized dancer and lecturer, Sahra Saeeda Kent, M.A., in 2017, and speaks Arabic at a beginner level.
Rose’s technique is underpinned by her extensive classical training and performance
experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern/contemporary dance, various folkloric dances,
improvisation, somatic movement practices, and yoga. As an undergrad, Rose studied styles
ranging from Katherine Dunham (Afro-Hatian) Technique to classical Indian Kathak, earning a Dance Minor from Skidmore College in 2012.
This diverse technical foundation gives Rose a strong stage presence and a style marked by
precision, fluidity, and grace. Rose’s musicality, energetic awareness, and beaming smile allow
her to connect with audiences on a deeper emotional level as she revels in and shares the joy of Middle-Eastern dance with audiences worldwide.
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