Spring in Pensacola

Third Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola featuring Tarifa Salem will be on April 28th!

Pensacola 2018 Show Flyer


“Classical Oriental with Veil & Sagat”: 10AM – 12PM
This exciting little choreography which utilizes simple veil work and basic sagat patterns was choreographed specifically to showcase traditional movement sequences rich in “danse orientale” vocabulary, much of which has remained consistent over hundreds of years. Though the dance has evolved somewhat through modernization and acculturation, Oriental Dance has remained constant in its mystique and its ability to convey all the shades and tones of the eastern music into projections of theatricality. Whether performing on stage or in a nightclub the use of music that is representative of traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and instrumentation requires an understanding of that vocabulary so that one could easily modify choreography with improvisational sections or variations of the components of space, time and force. As always, Tarifa choreographs in the style of her mentor, Ibrahim Farrah as it is so ingrained in the depths of her being.

Workshop protocol is as follows: 

  • Center floor warm-up which will include isolations, undulations, soft arms, and fall/recovery exercises to warm up the spine. 
  • Short movement sequences and a mild stretch to prepare the body for more dynamic movements. 
  • Execution of travel steps which will include short segments of the choreography (with and without veil) Simple finger cymbal drills which will be used in the second part of the choreography
  • Putting it all together (choreography)

*Please bring a 7 to 8-foot-long veil and sagat (finger cymbals).

“Raks Assaya”: 1PM – 3PM
The “Raks al-Assaya” is truly an Egyptian Dance that researchers believe originated in what is known as the “Saiid” or “Upper Egypt” which is actually in the southern part of Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. “Assaya” signifies a stalk of bamboo which is used by Saiidi men in a combat dance called “Raks Tahteeb”, from where the “cane” dance supposedly originates. The cane/stick had multiple uses in ancient Middle Eastern cultures, for example it is known to have been used in a martial art type combat, to exhibit dexterity skills and physical prowess, a tool used in herding and agriculture and to symbolize fertility or to ward off evil. Many believe the cane dance originated with the shepherd inhabitants of Egypt. When the cane (stick) is taken up by the woman, it becomes an exhibition of feminism to delight and charm the onlooker, even as they humorously mimic their male counterparts or the herders flock who stubbornly responds to the prodding of the stick. Tarifa’s choreography was developed for the 2013 “Celebrating the Life and Work of Ibrahim Farrah”, therefore she made a conscious effort to include steps that she was exposed to as a protege of Mr. Farrah. It has been modified to be more dynamic on stage for groups and was debuted as a group number by her students at Anais Belly Dance Studio last December at their annual recital.

Workshop protocol is as follows:

  • complete warm-up including center floor barre, isolations and dynamic stretching which will prepare you to challenge yourself without risk of injury
  • Traditional steps and short sequences typical of Saiidi style
  • Technique on use of the cane including but not limited to grips, poses, framing while isolating head, shoulders or hips, twirling & floor slaps
  • Putting it all together (choreography)
  • Total Body Cool-Down with Eastern Reverence

*Please bring canes and a long head scarf which can be twisted and knotted on the top of the head.

Spring Raqs Pensacola Showcase 2018: 5PM – 7PM
Workshop participants invited to perform in the show. First come, first serve sign-up. 5-minute time limit for soloists; 7 minutes for troupes. Please email Gina at glwnolan@gmail.com if you are interested in performing. Light hors d’oeuvres, water, and soft drinks will be served during the break; nearby restaurants are also available.

Vendors welcome! Please email Gina at glwnolan@gmail.com for registration information.

REGULAR PRICING (4/1/2018 – 4/28/2018)
Full Package: $100. Includes both 2-hour workshop classes and one free Showcase ticket.
A La Carte: $75 for one 2-hour workshop class.

Preferred method of payment is via Paypal to: paypal.me/GinaNolan (either click or copy/paste the link into your browser).

*Cash or Credit ONLY will be accepted the day of the event!


*Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts will be relocating out of Florida this May therefore she will be putting her teaching on hold for a couple months. Stay tuned for class offerings in our new location (TBA later) and upcoming workshops for the fall which will be publicized upon confirmation.

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Study with Tarifa Winter/Spring 2018

Join Tarifa in Pensacola on April 28, 2018!


Tarifa’s Classes in Jacksonville, Florida


Small Group Class Sessions held at Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Private Space have a limited capacity. Therefore, students must secure their spot by registering by each sessions’ deadline. See how to register below:

          • Make check or money order payable to Donna Smith and mail to 5820 Cedar Oaks Dr. Jacksonville, Fl. 32210
          • Send $45 via PayPal Friends & Family to tarifasalem@gmail.com   


For more information on class content, location or payment you can email Tarifa at tarifasalem@gmail.com or private message the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts page on Facebook. The small group class sessions being offered this spring are listed below.  Scroll further down for other upcoming events. 

  • Session I: (Closed) Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm on January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
    • Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friends & Family)
    • Registration Deadline Jan. 5, 2018
  • Session II: (Closed) Saturdays 10:30 am – 12 pm, Feb. 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
  • Session III: (Closed) Saturdays 10:30 am – 12 pm, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
    • Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friend & Family)
    • Registration Deadline March 1, 2018
    • Drop-in Fee $13
  • Jazz Dance: (Closed) Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
    • Fee $45 (cash, check or via PayPal Friends & Family)
    • Registration Deadline March 2, 2018
    • Drop-in Fee $13

Tarifa is available for private study by appointment only! (Fees Below)

  • One Hour Private $60
  • Two Hour Private $110
  • One Hour Semi-Private $76
  • Two Hour Semi-Private $130

Get Tarifa Fit:  


Tarifa is a seasoned Personal Trainer and enjoys working with clients to help them reach all of their fitness goals. She runs 45 minute sessions at her private space or at Boone Park in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. Contact Tarifa for a free assessment at tarifasalem@gmail.com. Fees for training are:

  • 1 Training session per week – $35
  • 2 Training sessions per week – $70
  • 3 Training sessions per week – $90

Tarifa’s 2018 Workshops/Events:

February 2018

Sweetheart Gala 2018Tarifa taught a two hour Workshop on February 23rd  in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida at the exciting Sweetheart Gala Annual Event. She presented a workshop on the “Zaar” which is an ancient dance of healing which was and still is practiced in Northeast Africa and various other parts of the middle East. The ritual, an old pagan tradition, was thought to have originated in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.  The folk that practice such rituals believe that the djinn has taken possession of the person who is deemed ill. The rhythmic movements aid the dancer in achieving transcendence that result in communing with the spirit which will eventually be convinced to leave this person chosen as its vessel.  This ritual has been re-enacted on stage by many dancers and companies. Students learned movements typically seen in the Zaar ritual which can be incorporated into staged routines without being inappropriate or offensive. Tarifa performed Ibrahim Farrah Choreography to Ayeela Tayha with two of her lovely students, Cynthia Goldson Harris and Hydee Vanderpoole at the Friday night Hafla. Tarifa also performed her new solo choreography incorporating “Zaar” and “Dervish” type moves at the Saturday night Gala Performance. It was a wonderful event! Congratulations to host, Gina Marie Newman for her incredible success!

April 2018

Save the Date, Spring Raqs Pensacola

Tarifa will be the featured instructor/artist on April 282018 at the Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola hosted by Gina Nolan. This event will include two 2 – hour workshops taught by Tarifa and a Gala Performance featuring Tarifa Salem, Gina Nolan and many workshop participants.  The first workshop will be an Oriental Veil/Sagat piece in which Tarifa will focus on strong execution of movement themes without sacrificing essence of the folk. The second 2 – hour workshop will be Tarifa’s widely popular Assaya choreography that was introduced in 2013 at the “Celebrating the Life and Work of Ibrahim Farrah” Workshop. For more details on how to register and how sign up to dance in the Showcase that evening, go to  https://www.facebook.com/events/297757590648344/

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Fall/Winter 2017

 Ah’lan wa Sah’lan!

Global Jax 2017Fall is in full swing and Tarifa is enjoying the season with all of her beautiful students at Anais Belly Dance Studio as they prepare for the December 17th Winter Concert which will feature her two new choreographies. Tarifa performed three of her traditional Middle Eastern Dance choreographies on November 4th with students Cynthia Goldson Harris, Catherine Clayton Smith, Chanel Callin and Katelyn Graw at the Global Jax Taste the World Event which was an incredible experience. Tarifa and her husband will be preparing to move this spring so she will not be continuing her regular large group classes after the holidays, however she has two exciting workshops coming up in the spring (flyers below) and she will be available for private & semi-private study. 

Class flyer 2017

Group Dance Classes: Join Tarifa every Thursday evening this fall for group dance classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio. Each class will learn a choreography to be performed this coming December. Adult Ballet/Lyrical students will be guided through a basic barre warm-up, simple adagio and traveling steps before working on segments of the class choreography. The 7 pm Middle Eastern Dance Class will execute a warm-up that includes isolation exercises, dynamic stretching, undulating movements of the arms and torso and basic finger cymbal drills before exploring common axial & locomotor sequences. Students will be required to work with veils and candles this term which will be employed in the mystical choreography Tarifa has prepared for this class. Go to www.bellydancejax.com or visit the studio at 6320 St. Augustine Rd!

Tarifa-Portfolio-Shot-2_AddColor3 Week Mini Sessions for 3: Gather 2 of your friends and sign up for 3 consecutive weeks of 80 minute dance sessions at Tarifa’s Private Space at an agreed upon time between the hours of 11 am an 8 pm and an agreed upon day which must be on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday. The group fee is only $75 and you get to enjoy class with your best dance friends in Tarifa’s personalized environment where she is most comfortable! These sessions will only be offered from September through the end of November this fall season. Students will be expected to bring finger cymbals and veils to each class. Groups may choose which style of traditional Middle Eastern Dance choreography you would like to focus on. Email Tarifa at tarifasalem@gmail.com or you can call (561) 801-5783 and leave a detailed message stating your interest in scheduling a Mini Session and the best time for your call to be returned.

333Train with T: Tarifa maintains certification as a Personal Trainer so that she can work with clients to achieve their personal fitness goals in order to lead a better quality of life. Many dancers don’t have the time to cross train, therefore set themselves up for higher risk of injury or less than adequate level of cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength which affects the quality of their performances. She also enjoys working with senior clients and clients who are interested in lowering body fat content. Regardless of what your goals are, Tarifa will design a program that is safe and challenging, physiologically sound and motivating so that you can reach those goals. You can choose between 1 session/week ($35) or 2 sessions/week ($50) programs. You can also purchase a 6 session package for $125 which has an expiration date of 2 months from date of purchase.

Looking Ahead: Tarifa has two upcoming workshops this spring in! As always, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with dedicated students of the dance and is very honored to have been invited to teach at these fabulous events. To register, please follow the links on below!

Sweetheart Gala 2018

To register go to Sweetheartgalaconnection.com


For Registration information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/297757590648344/?active_tab=about

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Summer 2017 Tarifa Buzz

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Tarifa presently teaches all of her group Dance &  Fitness classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio at 6320 St. Augustine Rd in Jacksonville, Florida. To view the studio’s entire schedule and to sign up for Tarifa’s classes or the many other class offerings, please go to www.bellydancejax.com. Tarifa’s private/semi-private classes and personal training sessions are by appointment only. Those sessions are held at Tarifa’s private space or at Anais Belly Dance Studio before or after her group classes, for those registered there.

                                Class flyer 2017      Tarifa Fit Anais Belly Dance Studio Flyer

Upcoming Events:

Sweetheart Gala 2018Tarifa will be presenting a 2 hour “Zaar” workshop at the February 2018 Sweetheart Gala at the Holdiay Isle Oceanfront Resort in St. Augustine, Fl. This event is being hosted by Gina Marie Newman of Blue Lotus World Dance Company and Sweetheart Gala Connection. There will be many incredible instructors presenting workshops at this event. Sign up early for special discount rates. There will be a Friday night performance for participants and a Saturday night Gala featuring many of the featured artists and professional dancers participating in this event.  For more information on all event activities, go to http://www.sweetheartgalaconnection.com/


Tarifa will be the featured instructor/artist at The Third Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola Workshop & Show hosted by “Oriental Dance by Gina” on April 28th, 2018. She will teach a 2 Hour Classical Oriental Workshop with veil & sagat and a 2 Hour Assaya (cane) Workshop.  For more information, visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/297757590648344/?active_tab=about

Recent Past Events:


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On June 25th, 2017 Anais Belly Dance Studio hosted Tarifa Salem in a SOLD OUT event to present “The Farrah Factor” Intensive for the last time in Florida. Content included a 3 hour intensive dance workshop featuring Ibrahim Farrah’s Choreography to Ayeela Tayha, the Farrah technique of playing Sagat (finger cymbals) AND a 2 hour PowerPoint presentation on the personal and professional life of Mr. Farrah from Tarifa’s perspective. Not only was Ibrahim Farrah Tarifa’s uncle, he was her professional mentor who continues to inspire her in all that she does in sharing his (and her) art. As a gifted Dance Artist and Editor of Arabesque Magazine, he contributed so very much to the history and development of Middle Eastern Dance in America. It was his passion to maintain a professional standard when representing the Middle Eastern and North African Cultures through Middle Eastern Dance.


This workshop was the first workshop to be held in the new Anais Belly Dance Studio and was promoted in conjunction with the Anaïs Belly Dance Studio Annual Hafla. Tarifa presented a poster of the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group 1981 Town Hall Performance in which she performed as a special gift to the new studio and in appreciation for the studio’s enthusiastic promotion of the ”Farrah Factor” Intensive. Some of our participants in this workshop performed at the Evening Hafla held at Layalina – Our Nights Restaurant in Mandarin. All participants who attended the hafla were invited to get up and dance with Tarifa in performing the Ibrahim Farrah “Ayeela Tayha” choreography taught at the workshop! Go to the link below to see the video.


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Spring 2017


My last workshop of 2016 was an event I will never forget! Students present were passionate about Traditional Middle Eastern Dance and very knowledgeable about legendary dance artists who dedicated their lives to upholding and maintaining a standard for Middle Eastern Dance in America. Born into a Lebanese American family and being the niece and protege of Ibrahim Farrah, I am passionate about sharing my art, my experiences growing up where Middle Eastern dance and music were central to all family and community gatherings AND about the life of my dear uncle, a pioneer in bringing the art to the stage in America. My graduate and undergraduate studies in Dance Education and my many years experience in the business have given me the tools to challenge and inspire students, regardless of level, to excel as dancers, choreographers, instructors and scholars in many genres of dance.  I  find that students do not always show up to learn, but come to be entertained. This event, however gave me renewed faith that many students want more! This group exhibited a thirst for knowledge and so much enthusiasm for the “Farrah” AND “Salem” choreography. I cannot remember the last time I was so inspired! I am so grateful to Riskallah Riyad, a gifted instructor and dance artist in her own right,  for enthusiastically hosting me and for promoting the event as to the importance and value of the content. Participants gave so very much of themselves in the Friday Master Class the 2 Sunday Workshops. The icing on the cake was that my uncle’s life partner and protege, Phaedra, and Jajouka, also his protege, both of whom were long time dancers with the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group were there to support me. They are both artists I looked up to for many years and I credit them both with helping me develop as a dance artist. It was a wonderful reunion and great opportunity to meet new people who were incredibly kind and are so very dedicated to this art. Though I have decided to stop traveling this year, I hope to have an opportunity to teach a few workshops that involve “total education” (technique/choreography in the styles of my ancestors with academic components addressing culture and historical implications) closer to home in 2017.  I do want to thank all of those who hosted me this past year. (Valerick Molinary, Melanie LaJoie, Jennifer “Jemeena” Marino, Kweilin Nassar and of course Riskallah Riyad) Each workshop had it’s own special magic! So much for retirement!

Tarifa’s Group Classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio

Thursday 6 pm –  Adult/Teen Ballet/Lyrical 

Ballet Class Flyer Anais Belly Dance StudioClass Protocol: Students will Warm up and Stretch for 20 – 30 minutes with Classical Ballet Barre exercises which will be followed up with a Center Floor Basic Adagio and “Across the floor” steps and turns. Culminating activity will be a short Lyrical sequence utilizing  ballet vocabulary specific to which travel steps are taught  and what is introduced in the Adagio portion of class. Ballet slippers, soft sole jazz shoes or half sole modern dance shoes are recommended but not required.


Thursday 7 pm –  Adult Belly Dance Technique

Belly Dance Technique with Tarifa 2017Class Protocol: Students will begin class with a complete center floor warm-up which will include the drilling of isolation movements typical in traditional “Raks Sharki”, basic layering and beautiful travel sequences that will be repeated across the floor. Finger Cymbal (Sagat) drills will be included in every class so that students will become proficient in their ability to play them while dancing. Basic Veil work will also be included. Culminating activity for each class will be a short sequence applying the specific skills that were addressed in class. Students should come prepared with finger cymbals and a veil to every class.

Go to http://www.bellydancejax.com/ for information on class fees and multiple class cards for your savings.

Private & Semi-Private Study with Tarifa

  • Tarifa is available for Private and Semi-Private Study by appointment only at her private space located on the Westside of Jacksonville on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays & Saturdays between the hours of 12 – 4 pm.   
  • Private Study at other local studios is possible depending on Tarifa’s availability. (Students are responsible for booking the space and covering the rental fee at the particular space.)  

Sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise specified. Fee will be adjusted accordingly.  After scheduling your class with Tarifa, you must confirm by sending the appropriate payment to https://www.paypal.me/tarifasalem. If you prefer to pay by cash, credit or check please email Tarifa for instructions. (see fees below)

      • Private Class – $60
      • 2 hr. Private – $105
      • Semi Private – $76 ($38 each)
      • 2 hr. Semi – $130 ($65 each)
      • June Farrah Factor Workshop – $77.75 before 6/15 or $88.00 after 6/15

*All Private and Semi-private classes must be booked and confirmed at least 2 weeks in advance. (No refunds.)

Get Fit in 2017 with T!


Tarifa is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer who works with clients (dancers and non-dancers alike) committed to reaching optimal health goals! Start 2017 off right and Schedule your training sessions TODAY! Tarifa schedules training sessions around her hours of availability on Mondays through Saturdays. All sessions run for 1 hour.  Tarifa trains at her private space on the Westside of Jacksonville unless client prefers to meet at one of her favorite outdoor locations. If you prefer outdoor training, it is preferable to schedule morning or evening sessions during summer hours. See Fees Below:

  • One session/week $35
  • Two sessions/week $60
  • 10 session card $250 (must be used within 3 months of purchase)
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Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter

Looking Ahead to Danbury!

Tarifa’s last workshop of 2016 is a much anticipated event and one that will enlighten and enrich those who are passionate about Middle Eastern Dance and the legendary dance artists who dedicated their lives to upholding and maintaining a standard for the Traditional Art of Middle Eastern Dance in America. Born into a Lebanese American family and being the niece and protege of Ibrahim Farrah, Tarifa is passionate about sharing her art and her experiences growing up where traditional Middle Eastern dance and music were central to all family and community gatherings. Her graduate and undergraduate studies in Dance Education as well as her many years experience in the business have given her the tools to challenge and inspire students, regardless of level, to excel as dancers, choreographers, instructors and scholars in many genres of dance. Don’t miss this opportunity.

14322505_10209179526156482_7049943530917450982_nJoin us in Danbury, Connecticut this first weekend in December. Register before Nov. 1st to get the Early Bird Special Fee by going to www.Riskallah.com/tarifasalem.html.

Group Classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio

Fall 2016 Middle Eastern Dance Classes

Tarifa’s classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio in Jacksonville, Florida have been very exciting. We are presently working on choreography to showcase in the studio’s December recital. Our 6 pm class will be showcasing Tarifa’s Lebanese Folkloric Choreography for the first time as a group number. The 7 pm class will perform the Assaya Choreography that Tarifa created for the 2013 “Celebrating the Life and Works of Ibrahim Farrah” Event in West Palm Beach. It has since been taught at many workshops “on the road” but this will be the first time she will have staged it as a group number. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming recital!

Thank You Pittsburgh!

14045756_1208896932478422_7697915013213945515_nTarifa’s “Raks Al Lebanon” Event hosted by Jennifer “Jemeena” Marino and Kweilin Nassar in Pittsburgh this past August was incredible. The Friday night Hafla at Istanbul Sofra was extremely well attended and showcased dancers, Neva Mikula, Carol Didier Morse and of course Tarifa Salem. The food was fabulous. The workshops included a sweet choreography by Tarifa with veil and finger cymbals to “Samra ya Samra”, her “Farrah Factor” PowerPoint Presentation and her Lebanese Folkloric Handkerchief Dance to Joseph Azar’s “Aaris al Zein”. Students worked incredibly hard and those who participated in all three workshops got a taste of what it means to be totally commited to one’s art. Tarifa’s Pittsburgh Students are the BEST!

Private Study with Tarifa

Tarifa & KatrinaTarifa is available for Private and Semi-Private Study at the TSEDA Home Space or at a local studio of your choice (to be booked and rented by student) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30 – 8:30 pm and on Sundays from 3 – 7 pm. Sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise specified. (Fee will be adjusted accordingly.)  Other spaces are usually rented by the hour.  After scheduling private or semi-private study, students must confirm the class by sending the appropriate payment to https://www.paypal.me/tarifasalem. (See fees below)

  • Private Class – $60
  • 2 hr. Private – $105
  • Semi Private – $74 ($37 each)
  • 2 hr. Semi – $128 ($64 each)
  • Local Workshops – $45

Since Tarifa’s availability is limited, classes must be booked and confirmed 2 weeks in advanced. (No refunds.)

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2016 Classes and Workshops

Belly Dance Classes in Jacksonville, Fl.

Study the Traditional Art of Belly Dance with Lebanese American Middle Eastern Dance Artist, Tarifa Salem at TSEDA Space or at Anais Belly Dance Studio.  All classes include an intense warm-up, isolation work, traveling steps and dynamic movement sequences to add to your repertoire! Each class ends with a comprehensive cool down and total body stretch reducing the risk of muscle soreness while contributing to increased flexibility.

**New Fall Classes at Anais Belly Dance Studio Start on August 25th! Tarifa will be teaching 2 new classes at this beautiful studio on Thursday nights. The 6 pm class will focus on the traditional folkloric steps, gestures and sequences and will feature Tarifa’s new Folkloric Handkerchief Dance and if time an Ibrahim Farrah Choreography. The 7 pm class will focus on working with the cane and will feature two of Tarifa’s Assaya choreographies. Students with regular attendance in each of these classes will showcase the choreography at the December Recital so register TODAY at www.bellydancejax.com.

Classes at Anais Studio

002Small Group Mini Sessions at Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts:  This is a class limited to 3 – 4 students and will be custom designed for groups who register. Students MUST register in advanced as a group since availability is limited. The fee is $35 for the 4 week session to be paid before the first class. This class will be held at the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Space located at 5820 Cedar Oaks Dr. Jacksonville, Fl 32210. Payment information is listed below.  Please register by making payment as soon as Tarifa confirms her availability for your group. Each class will be 75 minutes. Techniques offered are Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary or Middle Eastern Dance.

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Private Study with Tarifa: Schedule your private class with Tarifa by appointment to be taught at her private space on the west side of Jacksonville, Fl. If you prefer to have your class scheduled at other local studios, it is your responsibility to book and cover the fee for space rental. Classes must be scheduled at least a week in advance and will only be confirmed through your payment via the Paypal.  There are no refunds! If you must cancel your payment will be applied to a class time agreed upon mutually. Always come to class with finger cymbals and veil. Bring a notebook so that you can take notes if need be. Private students are invited to watch a video after each class with a commentary by Tarifa to further their understanding of the Art of Near East Dance.

To confirm your Private or Semi-private Class or for enrollment in a 4 Week Group Sessions offered at Tarifa’s Private Space, send appropriate payment to https://www.paypal.me/tarifasalem. Studio Rental Fee at Anais Belly Dance Studio or any other space is the student’s responsibility. 

  • Private Class – $60
  • Semi Private Class – $74 ($37 each)
  • 4 Week Small Group Session – $35
  • Tarifa’s Local Workshops – $45

Tarifa’s Upcoming Events:


I am looking forward to my first workshop and master class in Danbury, Connecticut hosted by Riskallah Riyad this December where I will be presenting my Lebanese Folkloric choreography, the “Farrah Factor” PowerPoint presentation and an Ibrahim Farrah choreography. For more information go to http://www.riskallah.com/tarifasalem.html.

Information for Prospective Hosts: It is the hosts responsibility to promote Tarifa’s events with flyers, social media and newsletters as well as assure that prospective students are able to register conveniently. Hotel recommendations or other means of accommodating out of towners should be included in all advertisements. Tarifa agrees to help get this information out to her contacts as it is in everyone’s best interest to have a successful event!

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Did you know that Tarifa is a fitness class instructor and a personal Trainer at Temple Builders Jacksonville? Yes, she is and here is her current teaching schedule:

  • SilverSneakers:  Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 am
  • Gentle Yoga/Stretch: Mondays & Fridays at 8:30 am 
  • Cardio & Core 0n Mondays at 9:15 am
  • Dance Fit & Flexibility: Wednesdays at 9:15
  • Personal Training: Schedule your FREE Fitness Assessment Today
  • Join Tarifa’s Temple Builders “Lose to Cruise” team! (Fee is $75)

The listed fitness classes are free to members of the gym. Non-members may sign up at the desk and purchase a day pass to participate. To make an appointment for a Free Personal Training Assessment with Tarifa (Donna) at Temple Builders, please call (561) 801-5783. You do NOT need to be a member of the gym for Personal Training.  We offer training packages for your savings. “Lose to Cruise” starts in August so sign up today and join Tarifa’s team. You do not need to be a member of the gym!

2016 Workshops dedicated to Middle Eastern Dance Legend, Ibrahim Farrah 

Lebanese Love Affair II

I delivered the “Farrah Factor” Powerpoint presentation for the first time in Miami on Sunday February 7, 2016  at the Lebanese Love Affair II”. Content included opinions by family, colleagues and proteges on what they believe contributed to the notoriety of my uncle and mentor, Ibrahim Farrah. This presentation took place on the 18th anniversary of his passing. It was an honor to have participated at this lovely event hosted by Belly 2 Abs director Adriana Echeverri and Middle Eastern Dance Artist,Valerick Molinary.

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Photo by Denise Marino

Lebanese Dance Artist, Sami Khoury taught four amazing workshops at this event. I performed my new Lebanese Folkloric number at the Sunday night gala in tribute to my uncle. Many other dance artists graced the stage, including Lebanese Simon, Majilyn Regueira, Katamaya, Jennifer Ordon and Arielle Tyson. Denise Marino’s Retrospective Expo was projected throughout the evening. Master of Ceremonies, Patricio was the “icing on the cake” with his comedic proclamations before (and after) each act! The entire cast joined Sami, Lebanese Simon and I onstage for an incredible dabke finale. Ibrahim Farrah’s spirit was present that night!  M’Bruk to hosts, Valerick Molinary and Adriana Echeverri for this most successful event!


A Magi Melanie hosted me in Orlando on February 27th to teach in honor of Ibrahim Farrah on what would have been his birthday. I taught my Folkloric Handkerchief choreography for the first time. I also shared a bit of my history and talked about my early exposure to the music and dances of the Middle East. We had a great turnout! Sukran Melanie La Joie!

June 2016

June 2016

I had the extreme pleasure of teaching an Instructors Clinic right here in Jacksonville and was so inspired by the enthusiasm and focus of all who attended. Maintaining a standard of excellence in dance education is something I am passionate about as was Ibrahim Farrah and through professional development, we raise the bar for our students and colleagues alike. Thanks to all who attended.


14045756_1208896932478422_7697915013213945515_nI enjoyed presenting ”The Farrah Factor” again in conjunction with my two Middle Eastern Dance Workshops in Pittsburgh where I was hosted by my beautiful cousin, Kweilin Nassar who continues to inspire many young dancers and beautiful dance artist, Jennifer Marino on August 20th.  I so enjoyed performing for a full house at the Hafla held at the incredible restaurant, Istanbul Sofra along with Neva Mikula from Virginia, who took numerous workshops with my uncle, Ibrahim Farrah and Mehira Hawaii, a gifted dancer and very popular instructor in the Pittsburgh area. Co-Host, Jennifer “Jemeena” Marino is quite involved in the Pittsburgh Belly Dance scene. For information on her current class offerings and upcoming performances, visit her website at http://www.jemeenabellydance.com/.

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