Tarifa (Donna) Salem, Middle Eastern Dance Artist, founded Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts in 2010 after resigning from her long career in academics where she taught Dance, PE and Health. Her Lebanese background played a big role in her involvement with the Middle Eastern Dance Arts. Though she had been exposed to Middle Eastern Dance and Music throughout her childhood and had extensive dance training in western genres, her uncle/mentor, Ibrahim Farrah inspired her to develop her art and pursue graduate studies in dance. She performed with the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group from 1979-1982. During that period, she was a featured dancer at exclusive clubs and special events in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Though she studied with Mr. Farrah intensively from 1978 – 1983, she took classes regularly from respected company member (artists in their own right) Phaedra, Jajouka, Elena, Ahmed Hussien and Yousry Sharif. While working on her MA Degree in Dance Education from NYU which she earned in 1982 she studied Classical Indian Dance with East Indian Dance Artist/Guru, Indrani, Afro-Caribbean dance with Dunham protege, Lavinia Williams and Flamenco Dance with Carlota Santana, founder of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. She was a performing member of NYU based Modern Dance Company Kaleidoscope under the direction of Judith Schwartz. Her employment at the exclusive Nightingale Bamford School in NYC as a Dance/PE teacher from 1978 – 1980 influenced her decision to return to the academic setting after having her first child in 1983. She taught Dance, Health and PE in the Pennsylvania and Florida Public Schools until 2009. She has taken numerous workshops with Internationally known artists, good friends and former colleagues to maintain and continue her growth as a dance artist. She continues to perform when contracted to though her focus has shifted to training, choreography and private coaching. In the past 5 years she has taught workshops in West Palm Beach (Dec. 2013), Memphis, Tennessee (April 2014), New York City (July 2014), Jacksonville, Fl (Dec. 2014), Orlando, Fl (Jan. 2015), Pittsburgh (Aug. 2015), New York City (Aug. 2015), Miami, Fl (Feb. 7, 2016), Orlando, Fl (Feb. 27, 2016), Pittsburgh (Aug. 2016), Danbury, Ct (Dec. 2-5, 2016) Jacksonville, Fl (June 25, 2017), St. Augustine, Fl (Feb. 2018) and Pensacola, Fl (May 2018).
Degrees and Certifications:
- MA in Dance Education from New York University (1982)
- BS in Health and Physical Education, Dance Emphasis from West Chester University (1978)
- Certification in Strength & Conditioning Specialist (Dr. Anthony Abbot Fitness Institute, Boca Raton, Fl. 1989)
- Certification in Group Fitness Leadership (Dr. Anthony Abbot Fitness Institute, Boca Raton, Fl. 1989)
- ASEP Leader Level Coaching Principles Course (2001)
- SilverSneakers MSROM Certification, Healthways (2009)
- SilverSneakers Cardio Circuit Certification, Healthways (2010)
- SilverSneakers Yoga/Stretch Certification, Healthways (2011)
- Certified Personal Trainer, IFTA (2016, 20017)
- Specialty Certification in Aqua Fitness Instructor, IFTA (2016)
- Specialty Certification in Aqua Ballet Barre Instructor, IFTA (2016)
- CPR certification from American Safety and Health Institute valid through January 2019
- National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
- International Dance Counsil (CID)
Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts has been selected for the Jacksonville Small Business Excellence Award, Jacksonville,FL — Tarifa Salem Eastern Dance Arts has been selected for the 2018 Jacksonville Small Business Excellence Award in the Dance Studios classification by the Jacksonville Small Business Excellence Award Program. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The Jacksonville Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Jacksonville Small Business Excellence Award Program and data provided by third parties.
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