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Zahraa's select stage credits, in the New York Metropolitan area, include dancing: backup to the B52s at the Hamerstein Ballroom, with the Serena Dance Theater at the Pantheon Theater, as a soloist in "The Music & Dance of the Dunes" at the Merkin Concert Hall, and for "An Evening of Hope" at the Montclair Art Museum.

Zahraa has been featured at hundreds of birthday parties, weddings, corporate functions, and other happy occasions. She dances regularly to all the top NewYork City musicians such as: Avram Pengas, Scott Wilson, Dick Barsamian, Souren Baronian, Rashid Halihlal, Ashraf Amir, and many more. Moreover, Zahraa has generously performed for charities such as senior homes, nursing homes, public schools, and for Ameri Corps. You can see her at many of New York and New Jersey's popular restaurants and night clubs.

In Greece, Zahraa's select performances include: touring with the famous Greek singer Lefteris Pantazis and dancing at the televised "Mr. International Physique" competition in Athens. In Cyprus, Zahraa has performed at the prestigious club "Privilege".

Television appearances include "The Isaac Mizrahi Show" on "Oh Oxygen" and "World Dance" on Manhattan cable TV.

Zahraa has always danced. From the time she could walk, she joined her Greek-American family in dancing traditional Greek folk dances. Furthermore, she has extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, and is an accomplished sculptor who has exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide.

Zahraa was raised in an environment steeped in Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, and Israeli music. In her youth, one of her mother's close friends worked as a professional belly dancer. Zahraa remembers watching and imitating her. When Zahraa was about ten years old she would twirl around her parent's living room executing movements like hip drops and snake arms.

This cultural richness and artistic expertise led Zahraa to seek out and study with the Belly Dance legend, Serena, who has served as her mentor and inspiration. Today she enjoys the honor of being a member of the "Serena Dance Theater" and on the teaching staff at Serena Studios.

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Egypt 2003
The winner was also the worst dressed dancer. Her name is Ronda and she has the reputation of being too cheap to invest in a quality costume.