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Kostana is a Washington DC area dancer specializing in Turkish Romani dance as well as Egyptian Raqs al Sharqi. She has studied with some of the top instructors in the U.S. and counts among her biggest influences in Turkish style: Artemis Mourat, Eva Cernik, Anahid Sofian, and Rhea of Greece. She has also studied Romani dance with Tayyar Akdeniz, and Reyhan Tuzsuz. Her most significant influences in Egyptian, Lebanese & American cabaret styles include Faten Salama, Piper Hunt, and Lotus Niraja. Kostana credits her husband, Sidqi, and the legendary Souhail Kaspar for giving her a strong foundation in both Turkish and Arabic rhythms and music. She performs regularly in the DC metro area and has graced the stages of the Ode to Peace Festival, the World Culture Open, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Kennedy Center Milennium Stage in Washington DC. She has been published in WAMEDA newsletter, and Zaghareet and Habibi magazines.

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