Spring 2019….. Raq with T

Making sense of it all in Columbia, SC

12644643_10153312105307681_6759290375806383810_nI have been blessed with a career as a dance professional which has allowed me to engage with some of the most fascinating human beings (and “not so human” beings) on my journey to refine my teaching skills, performance abilities and knowledge of the cultures I so passionately enjoy representing. Though I am winding down and trying to enjoy a more tranquil existence, I have found a few wonderful opportunities to share my art right here in Columbia, SC with a wide spectrum of students who, oddly, find my knowledge of value to enriching their own journeys in the dance arts. From first time students to those striving to become professional, from various genres of “Belly Dance”, I have found a comfortable little niche in which I can teach at the intensity I feel comfortable with knowing I don’t have to sacrifice my principles in what I believe a student needs to develop into their own best version of a “total dancer” and/or the artist they are striving to be.  The beautiful students who participated in “The Lebanese in Me” workshop held at the Blue Moon Ballroom on Feb. 17th gave me the spark I needed to move forward with plans to teach classes. Mind you, I don’t want to be too busy, as my time with my husband, cats and coonhounds takes precedence. That said, I cannot function without a little bit of dance in my life. Speaking of the “Lebanese in Me” I would like to thank Jim Williamson from the Blue Moon Ballroom for working with me to provide a beautiful venue for the intensive. Also, I am very grateful to Marc Herro at Pitas for opening his restaurant on that Sunday evening just for our Hafla, which was a blast!  The food was excellent and the service…. perfect. Shukran!! By the way, they have the best pistachio baklava I have ever tasted! Thanks also to the beautiful dancers who performed that night and to all who came out to share in our celebration. We must do this again!

Hafla Performers at Pitas

Below you will find details on upcoming classes and upcoming workshops/masterclasses in which I will be presenting in May, July and September.

Classes at Lourie Center located at 1650 Park Circle, Columbia, SC 29201

Belly Dance Technique with Tarifa 2017

  • Traditional Belly Dance 8 week session (Beginner Level)
          • Feb 6th through March 27th
          • 11 am – 12 pm
          • Members only (all membership levels eligible)
        • Middle Eastern Dance Repertory Class (Intermediate/Advanced Levels)
          • April 4th through May 23rd 6:15 – 7:45 pm
          • Fee $85 for the session ($12 drop in fee)
          • Also open to Members of Lourie Center


Advanced registration for non-members or sign up for members required. (Drop in not encouraged due to continuity of class progression however will be accepted for those who really cannot commit but want to come and/or are visiting from out of town.)

*Make check or money order for fee out to Donna Smith and mail to 800 Betsy Dr., Columbia, SC 29210  OR send via PayPal to FRIENDS AND FAMILY PLEASE to tarifasalem@gmail.com

Classes at Esmeralda Studio in the Boozer Shopping Center located at 1583 Broad River Road, Columbia 29210

Classes at Esmeralda

  • Beginner Level Traditional Belly Dance Drills and Skills
    • March 5th – March 26th
    • 6 – 7 pm
    • Fee $40 for 4 weeks ($12 drop in fee)
      • Make check or money order for fee out to Donna Smith and mail to 800 Betsy Dr., Columbia, SC 29210  OR send via PayPal to FRIENDS AND FAMILY PLEASE to tarifasalem@gmail.com



Workshops and Master Classes in Columbia, SC

  • May 19, 2019 Tarifa’s Raks al Assaya (Must bring cane)338
    • 1 – 4 pm at the Esmeralda Dance Studio 1583 Broad River Rd. Columbia, SC 29210
    • Fee: $45 Advanced;  $50 Door
  • July 21, 2019  Sufi Fusion with Veil
    • 1 – 4 pm location TBA
    • Fee: $45 Advanced; $50 Door
  • September 22, 2019 Handkerchief Dance


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