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Morwenna Assaf

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Morwenna Assaf is the Dance Director for both the Art/Dance Academy and CEDAR Productions. She has been a Middle Eastern (Belly Dancer) dancer, instructor and choreographer for over 35 years. She studied in New York City with the late Ibrahim Farrah (her mentor and friend), the foremost proponent of the dance in the world. She continues to study to this day with Yousry Sharif America's top instructor of Egyptian dance when he is in the states. Plus she sponsors and studies the works of the Master Mr Mahmoud Reda of Cairo, Egypt. Plus Amani of Lebanon.

Even with all the years with "Bobby", Morwenna also studied with other masters of the dance. Although she draws from these other sources, she specializes in teaching the Ibrahim "Bobby" Farrah method, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern folkloric and Danse Orientale (Belly Dancing). Most of the dancers in New England, Kauai, HI and Southern CA namely San Diego County have been trained or influenced by Morwenna and her impact on the dance community has been invaluable. Morwenna also teaches a Gypsy style she calls Gypsy/Zambra which is a blend of Rom & Zambra-Mora. She also offers Persian Dance for special occasions. But her forte and that of the dance company is the Eastern Arabic (The Levant) countries, namely, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Palestine. Morwenna is a member of IDEA, APPHERD, CAPHERD and the National Association for Teacher Certification in Middle Eastern Dance - NATCMED. She has taken management courses and seminars with Rhee Gold of MA and belonged to the Dance Studios Mastermind Group with Sam Beckford in Vancouver, BC. Has taken numerous courses in colleges and various private groups. Morwenna also teaches internationally and just returned from teaching in Lebanon in 2011 for the famous Amani of Lebanon and will be returning in June of 2012. Her partner is her husband the derbecki player of Lebanon who also assists her when teaching. Morwenna and Walid teach Master classes in different locations in the US plus Mexico.

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