Master Classes Series for Spring 2014

  2014_JihanJamalAprilWS_01   Alina Postcard   2014_TamalynDallal-rgb   MyriamEli for internet   Ahmedhussien         “Cairene Milaya Leff” with Middle Eastern Dance Artist Jihan Jamal on April 27th from 1-4 pm


And “Deep Roots Tribal” with Tribal Dance Artist Alina Yllanes on June 1st from 1-4 pm

Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts began the spring Master Class Series with the very dynamic Middle Eastern Dance Artist, Ahmed Hussien on January 25th and continued bringing  the best in Middle Eastern Dance Education with lovely and knowledgeable artists, Myriam Eli in “Turkish Delight” on February 23rd and Tamalyn Dallal in “Belly Dance Through the Ages” on March 16th.  We continue our series with incredible dance artists and master instructors, Jihan Jamal and Alina Yllanes.  Please click on the “Drop Down Menu” below to purchase your 2014 Master Class or Classes.  If you prefer to mail a check or money order, please make it out to Donna Smith and mail to 429 49th St., West Palm Beach, Fl.  33407.  Your payment secures your spot.  No refund policy since space is limited!  Don’t wait, register today!  For more details, SCROLL DOWN. 

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Master Class Instructors

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February 23, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm:  Myriam Eli in “Turkish Delight”;  In this Turkish 9/8 dance workshop, students will learn movements from American Cabaret Karsilama as well as Romany styles. Students should bring a full skirt.

Myriam Eli performs traditional Middle Eastern, Armenian, North African, cross-cultural, and improvisational dance, and plays a variety of Middle Eastern hand drums and percussion instruments.  She participated in dance companies of New York’s Serena, Morocco, Anahid Sofian, and Ahmed Hussien.  She has received awards from the New York based American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and Florida’s Broward County. The Florida Department of State awarded her two Fellowship Grants and selected her as Master Teacher of Middle Eastern dance for the Folklife Apprenticeship Program.  From 1998 to 2006 she served as Middle Eastern dance teacher, choreographer, consultant, drummer, recording artist, and touring musician for pop rock singer Shakira. Ms. Eli is also dance and executive director of Harmonic Motion (, which she co-founded in South Florida, U.S.A., with oudist, singer, composer Joe Zeytoonian.  She has recorded and toured worldwide with Mr. Zeytoonian.  

Photo by Tatsuki Kobayashi

Photo by Tatsuki Kobayashi

March 16th from 1 – 4 pm:  Tamalyn Dallal…. ”Belly Dance Through the Ages”; Tamalyn will take you on a journey through music and dance of the modern times; beginning in the roaring 20′s, she will guide you through the eras. We will pause to focus on the 70′s- 80′ era she calls “The Hey Day”. This was a time of empowered women in the dance. We will learn how they walked, why they were so proud, and dance in the foot steps of Nagwa Fouad, Souhair Zaki, Fifi Abdou and Azza Sherif.

Tamalyn Dallal has done nearly everything in her 37 year Middle Eastern dance career. She has performed for stars such as sean Connery, Michael Jackson and James Brown (to name a few), the president of El Salvador and the King of Jordan.Directing the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange, a non profit organization, dance school and performing company in Miami Beach, she taught and mentored dancers such as Amar Gamal and Bozenka, Virginia and others. She organized the Orientalia dance festival and produced numerous theatrical productions. Crowned “Miss America of the Bellydance” in 1995, she has performed and/or taught in 41 countries. She was one of the original “Bellydance Superstars”, has written three books, produced two music CD’s of Africa’s oldest band, the “Ikhwan Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar”, and currently films ethnological dance documentaries; Zanzibar Dance, Trance and Devotion, was completed in 2011. “Ethiopia Dances for Joy”, was released in 2013.  Tamalyn Dallal currently travels around the world to perform and teach dance workshops. Each fall she teaches a month long workshop in Shanghai, China, sponsored by the Isis Club. In addition, in the summer, she teaches a week long workshop at her own studio outside of Seattle, the “Zamani Culture House”.

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April 27th from 1 – 4 pm:  Jihan Jamal….”Cairene Milaya Leff”;  In this 3 hour workshop, Jihan will teach her own brand of Egyptian Baladi (Popular) dance move technique basics, and will then incorporate the Milaya (a type of shawl) Leff (means “wrap”) used in this flirtatious “character” dance. Traditionally the origins of this dance are attributed to Alexandria, Egypt, by the Mediterranean Sea (thus the use of the short dresses that you may be familiar with) and is performed to specific music. Jihan likes to perform and teach the Cairene version, which can be performed in a galabeyia of “baladi” dress and can be performed to most style of baladi/shaaby, upbeat music.

Jihan is an internationally respected dance master who has been performing and teaching Near and Middle Eastern dance styles throughout the United States, U. S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Egypt and the Czech Republic, for the past 34 years.  Jihan’s constant goal as a performer and teacher is to represent the beauty of the Arabic dance culture with dignity, elegance and pride. Jihan’s teaching method combines tradition and regional colloquialisms without sacrificing professional forma and technique.  Her objective is to educate the student in the structure of the dances as well as their cultural and regional backgrounds and the social, religious and political history that has impacted and altered the dance throughout the centuries.  Jihan Jamal is the founder, owner and director of ADORA World Dance Productions in Miami, Florida (since 1982). The world is Jihan’s home, but she resides between Miami (her home base) and Prague, Czech Republic, and resuming educational travels to Cairo, Egypt in continuation of her dance education, research and goals, present political situations in the region, permitting.

Alina YllanesJune 1, 2014 1 – 4 pm:  Alina ….”Deep Roots Tribal”; Alina will teach three hours of pure Tribal Roots which will cover the fundamentals of Tribal Style and some improvisational cueing to get you started in your own Improvisational Dance journey.   This class is multi-level for solo or dances done in a group.


Inspired by the origins of Tribal Style created in America as a combination of ethnic folklore and pure artistic invention, Alina has picked her top Tribal influences and put together a fresh collection of her own stylizied combinations deeply rooted in tradition.  Some of these combinations will contain cueing for group improvisation and simple cymbal patterns,  please bring your Zils and a yoga mat.  Alina is the proud founder of the first all Tribal Style Studio in South Florida and Tribal Solstice, an annual “All Tribal Style Belly Dance” Festival in Fort Lauderdale which brings many of the artists that have influenced her studies. 


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Master Class with Ahmed Hussien


Dynamic and Talented Instructor of Middle Eastern Dance, Ahmed Hussien will be giving a Master Class at Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Studio on Saturday, January 25, 2013 from 2 – 5 pm.  The fee is $90 in advanced/$100 at the door. There are limited spaces available so register today through Paypal or by sending a check or money order made out to Donna Smith to the following address:

Donna Smith c/o Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts
615 25th Street
West Palm Beach, Fla.  33407

We have reached our capacity for the Master Class therefore registration is closed.  If you would like to schedule a private session with Ahmed on Sunday, Jan. 26th, please read below.

  • Private classes with Ahmed are being scheduled on Sunday, January 26th throughout the day starting at 9 am.  Fee for private study with Ahmed is $125 payable to Ahmed Hussien to be paid before scheduled class begins.  For more information, please cantact Tarifa Salem via email at
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Celebrating the Life and Extraordinary Work of Ibrahim Farrah

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This wonderful event is being held to honor Ibrahim Farrah, Middle Eastern Dance Artist and Master Instructor as we commemorate him in this 15th year of his passing.  He touched the lives and hearts of many of the most significant artists of our day and left a legacy of dance artists, teachers and a standard to which we all strive to uphold.  We hope that this event will be a means to extend his legacy to the new wave of dance artists who did not have the opportunity to study under him or witness him perform.   Please join us as we celebrate his life and extraordinary work!  For detailed information on how to register and make hotel reservations, please view the page that is titled “Celebrate the Life and Work of Ibrahim Farrah” and note the drop down menu with forms needed to register, etc. If you need guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Tarifa “Donna” Salem) at or you can call 561 801-5783. To view the Facebook Event page, click on the link below.

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July Updates and Events

The July Schedule of classes and fees has been posted on this site.  Please click on July schedule under the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Page of this website for that information.  July Monthly Unlimited Packages will be sold through July 5th.  If enrolling in a 6 week session class (Akasaha’s Veils & More, Youth Ballet, Youth World Dance Production), fee must be by first class in the session.

Jihan Jamal will be presenting a workshop on July 28th at 10 am.  We are so honored to have her present our very first workshop and because space is limited we recommend you sign up early.  Fees are:

  • Early Bird (before July 15th) $60
  • After July 15th $65
  • Door $70

You may register at the studio before or after any of Tarifa’s classes or you can purchase on Paypal by going to the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Buy Now” button. (There is a small service fee with Paypal)

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Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Studio is Open

The Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Studio at 615 25th St. in West Palm Beach, Florida opened it’s doors June 1st and has welcomed it’s first students to a delightful space in which to teach the many genres of eastern dance, yoga and fitness.  I would personally like to thank all of the students that came out on the first day to register and sample the classes being offered.  The instructors volunteered their time to share their craft with prospective students and I for one was truly amazed at the artistry and professionalism they exhibited.  Prathyusha Chowdri gave a lovely demonstration of a classical Bharata Natyam piece and introduced the students to the class format.  Marga Soler taught an unbelievable class in flamenco exhibiting her amazing skills as an artist of the highest caliber.  Akasha performed a beautiful double veil number in the oriental style that showcased her extreme elegance and mastery of the art and Christopher Paynter lectured on his philosophy in teaching tri-yoga and prepared the students for what they can expect from his method of teaching.  There is still much to be done and fortunately, we’ve registered new students all week so that we can move forward with upcoming youth programs and workshops for all dancers.  The schedule may change slightly from month to month so that we may accommodate our most dedicated students.  Our first youth world dance camp is right around the corner.  It will be for ages 10 through 13 starting June 24 – 28 from 1 – 4 pm.  Space is limited so sign your child up as soon as possible.  The fee for the 15 hour week is $85 per child.  Sign up will begin Monday, June 10th. You can come to the studio between the hours of 8:30 am to 1 pm to fill out forms for your child.  Our second session will be the 2nd week in July and will be for ages 14 – 17.  The fee and registration process will be the same for both sessions.

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Studio Opening

Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts will be opening a studio dedicated to teaching Cultural Dances to our world community on June 1st, 2013!

I have dreamed of having my own studio for years and now I will be able to open the doors to that dream at 615 25th St. in the Northwood section of West Palm Beach.  To celebrate, I invite you to come and register for only $15 on June 1st and take any or all of the three classes I will be offering that day on the house!  (See map below)

615 25th St, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Go to the “Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Classes” page on this site to print or download forms needed for registration.  The June schedule will be posted as soon as all instructors confirm their times.  Three levels of Belly Dance will be offered as well as Bharata Natyam, Flamenco, Yoga, Core Fitness, Ballet for the Belly Dancer and Senior Workouts.

Sukran! to my students who encouraged me to take this big step.  Enshallah, you will all be involved in our first performance!

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Belly Dance Extravaganza at the Hookah House

Tarifa and many other local dancers performed every Friday night and the 1st & 3rd Saturday night of the month at the Hookah House in downtown Lake Worth until November of 2012!  Unfortunately, the Hookah House closed it’s doors but will forever be remembered as a great place to perform and gather to meet friends, thanks to owners Zo and Michelle.  We will miss you and wish you the best of luck in re-establishing a business as lovely as the Hookah House, which had the ambiance of the east and provided an atmosphere that made us feel like we were in the orient!

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Beautiful Performance!

Kudos to the cast of “Eastern Expressions”, the fall concert presented by the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Ensemble, for outstanding group and solo performances. Authentic Belly Dance by Hind Dancers, Hindy Haymour-Slegg, Barbara Saldia, Katrina Elena Trninich and Lena Ruiz-Lopez performed with artistry, grace and elegance and brought beautiful technique and energy to our stage.  Stephani Melani of Bellybolly Producitions, our other guest artist dazzled the audience with her intricate bollywood steps and playful stage presence.  Ensemble dancers, Sari Mustonen, Susie Christianson, Arlene Spagna, Janice Stiller and Tarifa Salem once again maintained their high standards as far as content, performance and skill in bringing cultural dance to our dedicated audience members.  The wide range of techniques mastered in representing the various regional dances of the middle east included in the Ensemble’s repertoire indicate the hours of rehearsal and commitment to dance study required by members of the group.  Congratulations to all of you for an inspiring performance.

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Eastern Expressions

Ticket Price: $12 advanced/$15 at door. For more information email or call 561 801-5783

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Private/Semi-private Classes with Tarifa

Study the Ancient Art of Belly Dancing by signing up for private or semi-private packages with

Tarifa Salem

Please schedule all private and semi-private classes two weeks in advanced.  Student must provide the space in which the class is to be taught.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours before scheduled class are subject to a $20 fee.   Call Tarifa at 561 801-5783 to book packages.

Fees for Private & Semi Private Study

  • Private (1 hour class) $55
  • Semi-private $30 each

  • Private and Semi-private classes are scheduled at the Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts Studio  at 615 25th St, West Palm Beach, Fla.  33407.  For more information, email

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    Remembering Bobby

    A Dance Seminar Dedicated to the Legacy of Ibrahim Farrah

    Click on the link below for more detailed information concerning all of the details for this amazing event that you don’t want to miss.
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    Jihan Jamal Workshop

    Pre-registration period is now over.  If you wish to attend this workshop and have not registered, please arrive early to sign up and pay the $70 cash only door fee.  We would love to have as many people take advantage of this wonderful opportunity as possible.  Jihan Jamal is a true artist of the Eastern Dance Arts and a Master Instructor. We are so very proud to host her in our very first studio workshop.

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