Yasmina Ramzy

photo by Sussi Dorrell

The Gilded Serpent presents...

Yasmina Ramzy

Contributor to the Belly Dance Reader Volumn 1

Yasmina Ramzy is the founder and Artistic Director of Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra, Arabesque Academy and the International Bellydance Conference of Canada. She received her key training from leading masters in the Middle East including Aida Nour and Mohamed Khalil of the National Folklore Troupe of Egypt. She has toured throughout the Middle East and worldwide performing, teaching and choreographing Middle Eastern dance since 1981. Yasmina's artistic vision has been awarded by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and The Laidlaw Foundation. Her creative and unique choreography has received rave reviews in national, international and Middle Eastern mainstream media. Across North America, she has been commissioned to create choreographies for many universities, museums and dance companies including the world renowned Bellydance Superstars. Yasmina is well known around the globe for elevating the status of Middle Eastern dance. Her workshops promote the power of the female spirit and rich Arab culture. She has produced 8 instructional DVDs, 7 performance DVDs and 7 music CDs that sell worldwide. Yasmina Ramzy is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, and serves on the Board of Directors for Dance Ontario.

"Will go down in history as having redeemed Bellydancing" The Globe and Mail
"Hypnotic....Artistry & Passion" Dance International
"Intelligent and Inventive choreography" The Globe and Mail
"Yasmina creates dramatic impact" Toronto Star
"Has taken Bellydance to another level" Bravo TV

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Yasmina Ramzy

Yasmina's Advice Columns

Yasmina not only contributes to GS with her writing but also with her advertising dollars.
Thank you Yasmina!



Yasmina's Memior

  • My First Mid East Gig
    Once we landed in Amman, we were greeted on the tarmac by solid lines of soldiers on both sides leading to the doorway of the airport, machine guns pointed towards the passengers. I don't recall ever seeing even one Canadian soldier in the flesh and blood, let alone a gun, let alone so many big guns and pointed at me. I don't think I blinked during that endless walk. We were clearly not in Hawaii.
  • Lifting the Veil
    I excused myself first and then asked her “why on earth would someone obviously not of Middle Eastern heritage actually choose to wear the veil?” She smiled knowingly and gave me an answer that still keeps me thinking today.
  • The Summer School of Khaleegy Dance, Dance Style from the Saudi Arabian Penninsula,
    The “moral police” and hotel security watched every move I made. All my phone calls were monitored. I was not allowed to talk to or get into an elevator with an Arab man.

Yasmina's International Bellydance Conference of Canada: 2007 & 2008



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