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 ~ A sublime balance between the old and the new, tradition and innovation ~

            Performer, choreographer and instructor, Zanbaka’s works have been described as transcending the boundaries of time-honored dance forms, while maintaining an ancient sentiment that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. She is a member Zamani Flamenco Ensemble (2007-Present), Rubina Carmona’s La Peña Flamenca de Seattle (2001-2008), and was one of the founding members and principle dancers of Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble (1998-2005).

            Followed by early training in music, tap, ballet, and jazz, Zanbaka’s background and experience lies in fitness, movement, Spanish Flamenco, East Indian Orissi, West African Dance and a variety of Belly Dance genres including traditional folkloric and oriental to more modern styles such as tribal and world fusion.

            Zanbaka is recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest for her well-conceptualized performance pieces, researched fusion styles, and elaborate group and solo choreographies. In addition to teaching numerous workshops locally and nationally, she is sought after as an instructor by absolute beginners who want a thorough foundation in technique to seasoned performers who want to challenge their limits.

 

Published Works

Bellydance for the Versatile Dancer, Volume I: Foundations (Trade Paperback, 190 Pages w/ b&w photos, graphics, illustrations)

Bellydance for the Versatile Dancer, Volume II: Shapes, Patterns, and Layers (Trade Paperback, 180 Pages w/ b&w photos, graphics, illustrations)

Bellydance for the Versatile Dancer, Volume III: More Shapes, Patterns, and Layers (Trade Paperback, 180 Pages w/ b&w photos, graphics, illustrations)

 

Recent Performance Experience

"Zamani Flamenco @ Kristos Seattle"........... Seattle, WA, June 2009-Present

"LillySerpentine Fundraising Event"........... Bozeman, MT, September 2009

“Habeeba's All-Star Bellydance Showcase”.......... Solo, Columbus, OH, July 2008

“The Upstage”.......... Zamani Flamenco, Port Townsend, WA, July 2008

“Fiesta Del Verano”..........La Peña Flamenca de Seattle, Directed by Rubina Carnona, Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle, WA, June 2008

“E.P.I.C. Month-Long Festival, Walrus Performance Productions”.......... Zamani Flamenco, Seattle, WA, June 2008

“Seattle World Rhythm Fest”.......... Zamani Flamenco, Seattle, WA, April 2008

“Saqra's Bellydance Showcase”.......... Solo, Portland, OR, April 2008

“Fiesta Navideña”..........La Peña Flamenca de Seattle, Directed by Rubina Carnona, Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle, WA, Dec 2007

“Benefit for Bainbridge Island Children’s Museum”..........Zamani Flamenco Ensemble, Bainbridge Island, WA, September 2007

“Northwest Folklife Festival”..........La Peña Flamenca de Seattle, guests of Carmona Flamenco, Seattle, WA, May 2007

“BCC Eastside Moving Company Concert” ”.......... Zamani Flamenco Ensemble, Guest Artists, Bellevue, WA, May 2007

“Seattle World Rhythm Fest”.......... Zamani Flamenco with the Seattle Bellydance Arts Collective, Seattle, WA, April 2007

“Tribal Fest”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, featured performers and instructors, Sebastopol, CA, May 2005

“Sweet Nectar”..........Benefit Concert for Elizabeth Dennis at Langston Hughes Theatre, Seattle, WA, April 2005

“Northwest Folklife Festival ”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Seattle, WA, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

“Seattle World Rhythm Fest”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Seattle, WA, 2004, 2005       

“Arab Festival ”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Seattle, WA,  2003, 2004, Soloist ~ 2005

“Hafla North”..........Featured instructor and Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Seattle, WA, October 2004

“Beyond the Veil”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Guest Performers, Langston Hughes Theatre, Seattle, WA, June 2004

“Winds of Passage”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Feature Performers, Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle, WA, March 2004

“Tribal Cafe”..........Soloist, featured performer and instructor, Montclair, CA, Aug 2004

“Hafla NW”..........Soloist, featured performer and instructor, Bellingham, WA, June 2004

“Belly Dance Superstars”..........Company Dancer with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Guest performers in first Seattle Belly Dance Superstars Show, Century Ballroom, Seattle, WA, April  2004

“12 Minutes Max”..........Two Night Showing Selected via audition, Company Dancer  with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, On the Boards/Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance, Seattle, WA, Nov 2003

“12 Minutes Max” ..........A Performance Exhibition, On the Boards at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA – Nov 2003

 

Choreography

“El Mandil de Caroline” ........................................Bellydance, 2008, Flamenco 

“Uvero” ........................................Flamenco Fusion Solo w/ Spanish Fan, 2008, Flamenco 

“Di Di Ana” ........................................Flamenco Fusion Solo w/ Manton, 2008, Flamenco 

“Nandi” ........................................Bellydance Drum Solo, 2008, Flamenco 

“Solea” ........................................Solo, 2008, Flamenco 

“Fandangos” ........................................Solo, 2008, Flamenco 

“Alegrias” ........................................Solo, 2007, Flamenco 

“Bulerias” ........................................Solo, 2007, Flamenco 

“Cordoba” ........................................Choreography for Zamani Flamenco, 2007, Flamenco Fusion

“Tangos” ........................................Collaborative with Zamani Flamenco, 2007, Spanish Flamenco

“Rumba” ........................................Solo, 2006, Spanish Flamenco

“Bollywood” ........................................Solo, 2006, Bollywood – Belly Dance Fusion

“Distant Future”........................................Solo, 2005, Modern Belly Dance Fusion

“Bá Ch'ain’ ........................................2005, East Indian – Belly Dance Fusion

“Incantation” ........................................Solo, 2005, Flamenco – Belly Dance Fusion with Spanish Fan

“Debke”........................................Solo, 2005, Inspired by Hassan Harfouche, Modern Version of Lebanese Debke

“Waiting”........................................Solo, 2005, Modern Belly Dance Fusion with Sword

“Tunisian Dance”........................................Solo, 2005, Modern Version of Tunisian Dance

“Turkish Rhythms”........................................Solo, 2005, Turkish Belly Dance Fusion – Drum Solo

“Msafer”........................................Solo, 2005, Flamenco – Belly Dance Fusion

 “Sheikha”........................................Solo, 2004, Modern Versian of Morroccan Shikhatt

“Chica Bem”........................................Choreography for Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, 2004, Flamenco – Belly Dance Fusion with Spanish Fan                                          

“Tabla Solo”........................................Solo, 2004, East Indian – Belly Dance Fusion – Drum Solo

“La La La Omri Manhounik”........................................Solo, 2004, Raks al-Assaya                    

“Guedra”........................................Solo, 2004, Modern Version of North African Trance Dance

“Flight”........................................Solo, 2004, Modern Belly Dance Fusion

 “Baila Maria”........................................Solo, 2004, Flamenco – Belly Dance Fusion

“Taqsim”........................................Solo, 2004, Modern Belly Dance Fusion

 “Que Calor”........................................Solo, 2004, Flamenco – Belly Dance Fusion with Manton

“Turkish Suite”........................................Solo, 2004, Turkish Romani –Bellly Dance Fusion

“Scarf Dance”........................................Choreography for Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, 2003, Inspired by Amel Tafsout; Modern North African Scarf Dance with Streamer Poi

“Raks al-Assaya”........................................Collaboration with Aaminah, 2003

“Tres Morillas”........................................Solo, 2003, Flamenco – Belly Dance Fusion

“Liebe”........................................Solo, 2002, Modern Belly Dance Fusion

“Bazalika”........................................Solo, 2002, Turkish Romani –Bellly Dance Fusion

“Roman”........................................Collaboration with Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, 2002

Tribal Group Improvisation Repertoire - A unique departure from the standards, her repertoire is based on the improvisational concepts of Gypsy Caravan and FatChanceBellyDance, infused with more elements of Middle Eastern Folkloric, Flamenco, West African, and East Indian Orissi Dance and is also taught from a right/left, even sided approach. 2000-Present

East Indian Fusion Repertoire for group improvisation 2002-Present

Turkish Fusion Karsilama (9/8) Repertoire for group improvisation 2002-Present

Flamenco Fusion Repertoire for group improvisation 2002-Present

North African Fusion Repertoire for group improvisation 2004-Present


 

Production/Promotional Experience

Web
The Seattle Source for Middle Eastern Dance - website and mailing list, created and maintained as a free resource for event/venue promoters, instructors, and performers in the Puget Sound Area..........1998-2006

Community
Hafla a’Naar -  May 1999, co-producer
Hafla al-Ard – April 2001, co-producer
Hafla Shaqiq I – November 2001, co-producer  
Hafla Shaqiq II – March 2002, co-producer 
Hafla Shaqiq III – February 2003, co-producer 
Hafla Shaqiq IV – June 2003, co-producer
Student Showcases – Quarterly, 2001-2005

Theatre
‘Winds of Passage’ Theatre Show at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre, featuring Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, Sabura, and Tina Sargent, March 2004

Workshops
Cajon (Flamenco Percussion) Monthly Workshops with David Carmona, BBC Studio, September 2007-July 2008
Bollywood Workshop with Nalini, Vitality Pilates, February 2006

Dance Workshop and Film Showing with Tamalyn Dallal, Dance Underground/Grand Illusion, January 2006, Co-Sponsor
Rajasthani Dance Workshop with Colleena Wedding, Vitality Pilates, September 2005
Hurricane Benefit Workshop with Tamalyn Dallal, Vitality Pilates, September 2005
Sword, Floorwork and Drum Solo Workshop with Habib, Velocity Studios, May 2005
Flamenco Mora Workshop with Miriam Eli and Joe Zeytoonian, Velocity Studios, May 2005
Latin Fusion Workshop with Tamalyn Dallal, Velocity Studios, March 2005
Old Style Tribal Workshop with Yasmela of Bou-Saada, 12th Ave Studios, April 2004
Dance Workshop with Ansuya, Velocity Studios, April 2004
Morroccan Dance Workshop with Heather Rastovac, 12th Ave Studios, March 2003
Rhythms Workshop with Tobias Roberson, Velocity Studios, February 2003

Showcase Venue
Caravanserai at Café Solstice – a monthly show featuring the best in Pacific Northwest Dance Performance. Featured guests included Aleili, Banat Sahar, Sabura, Colleena Wedding, Tina Sargent, Emiko Noor, Mahasti, Amber Philpott, Mish Mish, Heather Rastovac, Nalini, and more. March 2004 – March 2006

 

Teaching Experience

2000-Present..............................Private Instruction/Coaching 

2001-Present..............................Weekly group classes for beginning, intermediate, advanced, technique, choreography, and group improvisation. 12th Avenue     Studios/Vitality Pilates/Ewajo Dance Center, Belltown Ballet and Conditioning Studio, Seattle, WA.

2001-2003..............................Director: Troupe Zenobia, student performing group

2004-2006..............................Director: Troupe Zamani, student performing group

2000-present............................Workshops:

                                                LillySerpentine Fundraising Event (Bozeman, MT) – September 2009

                                                Habeeba's All-Star Showcase (Columbus, OH) – July 2008

                                                Seattle World Rhythm Festival (Seattle, WA) – April 2008

                                                Saqra's Bellydance Showcase (Portland, OR) – April 2008

                                                Seattle World Rhythm Festival (Seattle, WA) – April 2007

                                                Abyssinian Twins Studio (Seattle, WA) – September  2006

Abyssinian Twins Studio (Seattle, WA) – April  2006

Abyssinian Twins Studio (Seattle, WA) - February 2006

                                                Tribal Fest (Sebastopol, CA) – May 2005

Y’chessa Dahli Hafla North (Seattle, WA) – October 2004

Tribal Café Festival (Montclair, CA)  - Aug 2004

Studio Yahaira (Idaho Falls, ID) – July 2004

Pacific Dance Works Hafla NW (Bellingham, WA) - June 2004

Women of the Nile Hafla (Port Townsend, WA) – October 2003

Zamurad Tribal Dance (Whidbey Island, WA) – September 2003

Mas Uda’s Evening at the Oasis (Olympia, WA) – April 2002

Hasani’s Hafla (Gig Harbor, WA) – December 2001

Goddess Squad Forum (Seattle, WA) – July 2001

                                               
Goddess Squad Forum (Seattle, WA) – July 2000

 

 

Ensemble Experience

Principle Dancer ....................Zamani Flamenco, 2007-Present, Theater Shows, Festivals, Civic Events

Company Dancer ....................La Peña Flamenca de Seattle, directed by Rubina Carmona, 2002-2008, Theater Shows, Festivals

Principle Dancer/Choreographer ....................Raqs Halim Dance Ensemble, 1998-2005, Theatre Shows, Festivals, Civic Events

Company Dancer ....................Karavans, directed by Mish Mish, 1997-1999, Festivals

Company Dancer ....................Khan El Khalili, directed by Mish Mish, 1997-1999, Festivals

 

 

Education

Middle Eastern Dance Training: Weekly classes and seminars with various master instructors: Mish Mish, Dalia Carella, Amel Tafsout, Nikki Conti, Hassan Harfouche, Tayyar Akdeniz, Allesandra Belloni, Paulette Rees-Denis (Gypsy Caravan), Carolena Nericcio & FatChanceBellyDance, Katarina Burda, Katia (NM), Robyn Friend, Morocco, Suhaila Salimpour, Susan Tekbilek, Habib, Ansuya, Sharon Kihara, Helene Eriksen, Sabura, Nadira, Elizabeth Dennis, Heather Rastovac, Tina Sargent, Vajra Dawn (Troupe Rose), Yemaya (Seattle), Nabeela el Shalimar, Maleeha, Cassandra Shore, Tamalyn Dallal, Leila (Cairo), Hadia, Jill Parker (Ultra Gypsy), Aziza (Montreal), Artemis Mourat, Sonia Hinz, and Yasmela (Bou-Saada).

Flamenco Training: Rubina Carmona, Seattle, WA 2001-Present, workshops and intermittent study with Ana Montes, Oscar Nieto, Kasandra Lea, Maria “Cha Cha” Bermudez, Timo Lozano, Isabel Bayon, Ana Maria Lopez, Alicia Marquez, Cihtli Ocampo, Adriana Maresma Fois, and Sara de Luis. Certificate of Course Completion, Antonio El Pipa, 2007 Flamenco Festival de Jerez, Spain.

Percussion: Michael Beach (Tabla), Tobias Roberson (Finger Cymbals), Karim Nagi (Finger Cymbals), Sohail Kaspar (Tabla), Souren Baronian (Riqq), & David Carmona (Flamenco Percussion / Cajon).

Middle Eastern Dance Intensive: Various Instructors. Mendocino, CA, 2001, 2002, 2003

East Indian Dance: Dr. Ratna Roy (Orissi),  2001-2002; Colleena Wedding (Rajasthani), 2004, 2005; Shub Chintan Gill; Bollywood/Bhangra, 2006, Seattle, WA.

West African Dance Sawe, Youssouf Koumbassa. Seattle, WA, 2001-2002

Hip-Hop, Dax Carson, Amy O'Neal, 2006, Seattle, WA.

Samba/Afro-Brazilian, Janelle Campoverde, Irela (of Madrid), Seattle, WA 2007

B.A. Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Arabic Focus: University of Washington, 2002.

 

 

Past Performances

Fiesta Del Verano – June 2007 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Fiesta Navideña – December 2006 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Fiesta Del Verano – June 2006 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Fiesta Navideña – December 2005 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Spain Association of the Pacific Northwest - Andalucia Night
- October 2006 – Flamenco Performance with La Jarana
DAMEfest (featured performer) - May 2006 – Flamenco Performance with Julianna
The Seven Dancing Sultanas - November 2005 - Featured Solo in the role of "The Enchantress"
Seattle Center Winterfest – November 2005 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Cairo Moon Theatre Show – November 2005 - Solo
Kolbeh Belly Dance Ball (featured performer) – September 2005 – Solo
Featured on Rak On TV Show – August 2005 - Raqs Halim/Solo
Fiesta Del Verano – July 2005 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
UW Afro-Caribbean Showcase – April 2005 – Raqs Halim
Masmoodi Lounge featuring Carolina Nerricio – February 2005 – Raqs Halim
Fiesta Navideña – December 2004 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Pyramid Lounge (featured performer) – December 2004 – Raqs Halim
Seattle Center Winterfest – November 2004 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Ethnic Heritage Cultural Crossroads – November 2004 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Art’fisk Ballard Art Walk – September 2004 – Raqs Halim
Arts in Nature Festival – August 2004 – Raqs Halim
Idaho Falls Arts Festival, Idaho Falls, ID - July 2004 – Duo with Indira
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 2004 – Raqs Halim/Solo
Fiesta Del Verano – July 2004 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
University District Street Fair North Stage – May 2004 – Raqs Halim
Pyramid Lounge (featured performer) – May 2004 – Solo
Spanish Baroque Meets Flamenco at the Broadway Performance Hall – April 2004 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle - collaboration with Seattle Early Dance
Fiesta Navideña – December 2003 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle, featured trio in Tango-Flamenco Fusion Piece
Ethnic Heritage Cultural Crossroads – November 2003 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
The Upstage, Port Townsend, WA – October 2003 - Solo
Café Solstice – September 2003 – Raqs Halim
Tribal Quest Northwest Showcase, Portland, OR - August 2003 – Raqs Halim
Utopia @ the Catwalk - July 2003 – Raqs Halim
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 2003 – Raqs Halim/Solo
Fiesta Del Verano – July 2003 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Ballard Firehouse w/ Brothers of the Baladi - June 2003 – Raqs Halim
Utopia @ the Catwalk - June 2003 – Raqs Halim
University District Street Fair, North Stage - May 2003 – Raqs Halim
Utopia @ the Catwalk - May 2003 – Raqs Halim
Last Fridays at Café Solstice - February 2003 – Duo with Aaminah
Fiesta Navideña – Dec 2002 - La Peña Flamenco de Seattle
Devilry Halloween Gala at NW Actors Studio - October 2002 – Duo with Aaminah
Café Paradiso - MEDGE Event, Eugene, OR - October 2002 – Duo with Aaminah
Rendezvous Jewel Box Theatre - September 2002 – Raqs Halim
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 2002 – Raqs Halim
Fiesta Del Verano – July 2002 - La Peña Flamenca de Seattle
Northwest Folklife Festival – May 2002
Origins II – Raqs Halim - May 2002
Tribal Fest, Sebastopol, CA - May 2002
Evening at the Oasis, Olympia, WA (Featured Performer) – April 2002 – Solo/Raqs Halim
Hafla Shaqiq II – March 2002 – Raqs Halim
Baladi Social Club with Orchestra Halam – February 2002 - Solo
Janice Wing’s Instructor Showcase – January 2002 – Raqs Halim
Bitters Wine Bar - December 2001 – Raqs Halim
Urvasi Dance Company Benefit - November 2001 - Raqs Halim
Hafla Shaqiq I – November 2001 - Raqs Halim
Seattle Center House Theatre Y’chessa Dahli Show – November 2001– Raqs Halim
Troll-a-go-go - October 2001 - Raqs Halim
Hafla North – October 2001 - Raqs Halim
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 2001 - Raqs Halim
The Lotus, Vancouver, BC - June 2001 - Duo with Indira
Fremont Solstice Festival - June 2001 - Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Thekla - Olympia Arts Festival - June 2001 - Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Origins I - May 2001 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Café Solstice - May 2001 – Duo with Aaminah
Hasani’s Hafla – May 2001 – Raqs Halim
Hafla al'Ard – April 2001 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam,
Program for SCAN Television - March 2001 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Evening with Ensemble Sub Masa, Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam, Bellingham, WA - February 2001
Hasani’s Hafla – November 2000 – Raqs Halim
‘Global’ @ The Catwalk - September 2000 – Duo with Indira
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 2000 – Raqs Halim
Café Solstice – May 2000 - Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Hasani’s Hafla – May 2000 – Raqs Halim
Mr. Spot's Chai House - March 2000 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Breitenbush Resort, OR – February 2000 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Kolbeh with the MB Orchestra – February 2000 - Solo
Fremont Winter Solstice Feast - December 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
From the Banks of the Ganges @ the Catwalk – November 1999 – Duo with Indira
Dance on Capitol Hill Theatre - October 1999 – Raqs Halim, Orchestra Halam, Troupe Rose, & Gypsy Caravan
Turkey Earthquake Benefit @ UW - September 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Program for SCAN Television – August 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Café Solstice – August 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Seattle Mediterranean Festival – July 1999 – Raqs Halim
Fremont Solstice Parade – June 1999 – Raqs Halim
Los Cabos - May 1999 – Raqs Halim
Mr. Spot's Chai House - May 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Hafla A’Naar - May 1999 – Raqs Halim
Showbox w/ Willow- April 1999 – Duo with Indira
Mr. Spot's Chai House - April 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Mr. Spot's Chai House - March 1999 – Raqs Halim & Orchestra Halam
Hasani’s Hafla - February 1999 – Raqs Halim
Nice Day Coffee - January 1999 – Solo
The Rainbow – August 1999 – Raqs Halim
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 1998 – Raqs Halim
Fremont Solstice Festival – June 1998 – Kundalini Theater
Mr. Spots Chai House - June 1998 – Kundanlini Theatre
Mr. Spots Chai House - May 1998 – Kundalini Theatre
Hasani’s Hafla – May 1998 – Duo with Indira
Seattle Mediterranean Festival - July 1997 – Duo with Indira

 


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