Shereen Pittsburgh Intensive

We are so excited to be welcoming internation dance master Katerina Shereen to Pittsburgh on her first North American tour. Join us for two days of incredible workshops and an evening of gala performances featuring live music by Pittsburgh’s vintage bellydance band Ishtar, and dancers from across the East Coast. Do not miss your opportunity to study with this incredibly knowledgeable dancer.

Saturday, October 8th 2016
10:00am – 12:30pm – Interpretation and Improvisation

Workshop works with a special method developed by Katerina Shereen through the years of teaching improvisation skills to students all over the World. We first work with easy patterns in music and movement that are slowly developed in more complex combinations. Another important part of the workshop is discovering how various styles of Middle eastern music are formed and how to approach these musical concepts.
Early Registration: $55 ~ Paypal fees apply

1:30pm – 4:00pm – Golden Era, inspired by Samia Gamal & Taheya Carioca
In this workshop we will learn a choreography that is easy to remember but at the same time showcases the most typical and important qualities of the Golden Era style. The combinations that form the choreography are inspired by various more and lesser known dancers of this era.
Early Registration: $55 ~ Paypal fees apply

Sunday, October 9th 2016
11:00am – 1:30pm – Combinations with Traditional Rhythms, Egyptian Music Theory

The main focus of this workshop is understanding how to work with various egyptian rhythms and where to find them in traditional and classical music. The knowledge of instruments and rhythms is a key part of oriental dance education. This workshop not only focuses on understanding typical ways to follow beats and instruments but also good technical execution.
Early Registration: $55 ~ Paypal fees apply

2:30pm – 5:00pm – Tarab
A choreography to an emotional egyptian song with a strong beledi influence. We will not only learn the technique and combinations to express the song but also learn to master the basics of beledi, style that can be found in many classical compositions.
Early Registration: $55 ~ Paypal fees apply

One Day Pass: $110 ~ Paypal fees apply

Full Weekend Pass: $210 ~ Paypal fees apply

Early Registration until Agust 1st:
$55 for individual workshops
$110 for 1 full day of workshops
$210 for the full weekend package

Katerina Shereen:
Shereen is a multi award winning belly dance artist. Miss Bellydance of Europe 2010 from Berlin and Bellydancer of the Universe 2011 in Egyptian category and Taksim category from Long Beach, USA.
Her dance career started when she was 19 and moved to London to work in local middle-eastern clubs. The experience of working with live musicians developed Shereen’s interpretation skills and knowledge of the theory of arabic music. By the age of 21 she was already one of the most prominent dancers in London, performing at glamourous events for members of middle-eastern royal families and VIP’s (Elton John, Quincey Jones, Sharon Stone to name a few), traveling as a performer to Paris, Milan, Dubai, Gambia and other countries.
After moving back to her hometown, she soon started traveling and teaching at international festivals. Recently she started spending her summertime in Asia where she has a busy workshop and show schedule in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan and Hong Kong. After winning the prestigious Bellydancer of the Universe
contest she also got an invitation for a tour through USA and Mexico.
She is focused on egyptian classical style and folklore. Shereen greatly admires the Egyptian dance style of the 1940s, 50s and 60s due to its classic interpetation which she undertakes in performing.
Shereen is thankful for inspiration to all her teachers, the biggest influence being Lulu Sabongi, Khaled Mahmoud, Jade Henriksen, Raqia Hassan and Orit Maftsir.

Luna of Cairo in Pittsburgh

I am so excited to be bringing Luna of Cairo to Pittsburgh for a weekend of workshops and performances. Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 18th – 19th, 2015, because this is going to be an amazing event. Read more about the workshops, Luna, and how to register for the great Early Bird prices here.

SHRQ Symposium on Middle Eastern Culture

I’m currently in Prague for the SHRQ Symposium on Middle Eastern Culture. I’ve been looking forward to this event for a long time, and I’ve been equally excited to go back to Prague again.

A bit about the event:
“The SHRQ Symposium on Middle Eastern Culture is a new comprehensive educational event for oriental dancers and Middle Eastern culture enthusiasts, offering a better theoretical understanding of the facts, both historical and social contexts of Middle Eastern dance and music on an academic level. The program consists of three days of lectures by ethnologists, anthropologists and ethnomusicologists like Farida Fahmy, Sahra Saeeda, Morocco, Martin Stokes, Karin Van Nieuwkerk and others.
The evening program is composed of a concert of classical Egyptian music, an educational dance show, a fusion dance party and more lectures by our inspiring and experienced guests.
The objective of the SHRQ Symposium is to create a new forum for people with a deep interest in Middle Eastern culture and to create a dialogue between the academic community and the community of oriental dancers and musicians.”

The event addresses an issue that is incredibly important and also very dear to me. I have longed for an event like this since I began studying oriental dance. The event is created and organized by Shereen, one of the finest minds, hearts, souls, and pair of dancing feet in our community. I could not be more excited for this event.

I am very happy to have a few days to be a tourist before the event begins. The last time I was here was in 2009, and I lost all of my photos from the trip due to a camera failure that I later learned was from a flaw in the camera model’s design.
And with that, I’m off! ^_^

Read more about the Symposium here, and register for your spot on the official website.

Bellydance Evolution Casting

It is a dream come true to announce that I have been selected as part of the cast for Bellydance Evolution‘s Alice in Wonderland in Boston and New York. I am overwhelmed with excitement, and just so unbelievably happy and grateful. What an amazing group of dancers I’ll be jointing on stage.

Please take a moment to vote for me in the People’s Choice category at the following link. The winner will be showcased in a short solo performance. All of these dancers deserve their time in the spotlight. I wish we all could win. ^_^
Follow the link to vote here.

The Journey to India

I have been spending October in Rishikesh, India pursuing my Yoga Teacher Training Certification. I’m in the country for 5 weeks, before departing on new adventures. The training program has been an incredibly enriching experience. I’m very excited to share my experiences.

From today’s brilliant morning meditation with Swami on a mountain top temple in the Himalayas. There is no greater story written than this life. Heart-aching gratitude. <3

August 2014

August Atelier!

This month has been spent gearing up for a very busy September of performances, and a wonderful adventure beginning in October. In the meantime, check out some mid-spin fun at the always wonderful Istanbul Sofa.

July 2014

On Saturday the 12th of July, Yoga H’om hosted me for a Bellydance Technique Workshop. It was such a great time sharing with this great group of girls. Everyone was so eager and open to learning and drilling technique. We put all of our moves into a fun choreo at the end, and my girls killed it. Days like these feed the soul. <3

Post workshop photo! Blurry, but I'm happy to have the memory of my day with these lovely girls. <3


I was back dancing my heart out at Istanbul Sofra twice this month. There were several large parties each time. One party of 10 came out just because they heard there would be bellydancing! Book your reservations! This place is a hit!

This is my imitation Samia Gamal after a busy night at Sofra.

June 2014

The New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference took place in New York City from the 12th – 16th of June. I took three days of amazing workshops and was invited to perform at one of the six event showcases. I bought my tickets to this event in November of last year, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the conference ever since. I simply cannot say enough about the wonderful open, creative environment the organizers of this event have created. Every workshop was packed with dancers who were completely open to pushing the limits and taking creative risks. I really felt like all of the people in each workshop were my sisters and brothers in dance, and everyone was very supportive of each other’s process – creating a wonderful environment to nurture authentic expression.
I honestly walked out of every workshop with a little nugget of wisdom. Apart from dancing on Sunday, I managed to snag a ticket to the Saturday night performance as well. I was blown away by the performances – a few from some dancers I’ve long adored – and I especially loved the fun tongue-in-cheek finale. Lend your support to their Kickstarter campaign here.

With the amazing Dalia Carella, a fellow Jungian dancer.

Three enthralling workshops with the inimitable, legendary Karim Nagi. This man is a treasure in our community. I can not recommend his workshops enough.

Two workshops with the stunning Ilhan Karabacak. It’s amazing to see him at work.

Check out some video from my Sunday performance below:


I enjoyed dancing at Istanbul Sofra again this month. It’s become a great monthly engagement that I look forward to each time. The demand is so heavy, and the place is always so packed, they often run out of several menu items! Make reservations to ensure you get a seat!


The end of June, the Pittsburgh dance community got a treat by hosting the wonderful Ageala to our area again. The art of bellydance has taken Ageala across the globe, seeing her study with Mahmoud Reda of the famed Reda Troupe. It was wonderful to have this little piece of Egypt here in Pittsburgh. I’ve really been reminiscing on my time there lately.
Ageala was here for two workshops. I missed the Friday night workshops, due to a performance of my own, but I was happy to join her for 5 hours the following morning. We had such a great time! Ageala is a fun, energetic, fantastically silly, and incredibly knowledgeable teacher. I was also swooing away at the beauty of our local Pittsburgh bellydance community that turned out in spades that morning. I love the humble, communal nature of our dance. <3

May 2014

It has been great visiting Pittsburgh and catching up with friends and reconnecting with local dancers.
Friday the 16th of May, was the Fairy Thorn Hafla celebrating the expansion of the lovely Sterling Yoga facilities. I have missed the loving, community nature of Pittsburgh bellydance haflas. Before I moved abroad, I had so much fun attending and performing at these wonderful events. There truly is nothing like a Pittsburgh hafla. Everyone in the local dance community is so supportive of each other and so positive minded and loving. It’s a wonderful world to be a part of.
I also got to meet the extraordinary Sahra Deroy at this event. stay tuned, she and I are cooking up some seriously exciting plans.
It was great to see Tribal bellydance at the hafla, as well. I haven’t seen a live tribal performance in ages. There isn’t much in the way of tribal in Seoul, so my eyes just ate up every performance and I gave gushing compliments to all of the talented dancers.
I just simply can not say enough about the wonderful dance community in our lovely city. I have a crush on the PGH bellydance scene!


I closed the month out with a performance at Istanbul Sofra in the Regent Square area of the city. I haven’t danced at a café in some months, and I had the absolute best time! I love café dancing. It’s so much fun to connect with the individual energy of the guests. I had a sweet little toddler who was absolutely smitten with me. She followed me from dining room to dining room, and even outside on to the patio, with her mum or dad trailing behind her so that she could watch me dance. I made a little circle around her and gave her a special performance. What a sweetheart!
I really recommend Istanbul Sofra for a great evening of entertainment on the weekends, and great Mediterranean food every day of the week. The newly opened establishment is owned by a friendly man from Turkey, beautifully decorated, and hopping with happy clientele. This is definitely a place to check out sooner rather than later.

Bellydance Technique Workshop with Colleen

I’ve been having a beautiful experience at Yoga H’om while I’ve been here visiting Pittsburgh. I start most days of the week with their 9am class. All of the teachers are inspiring and knowledgable. It is a great, safe place to learn and grow. So, I am thrilled to announce that I will be offering a Bellydance Technique Workshop on the 12th of July 2014 from 2pm to 4pm. $30 with pre-registration, $35 at the door.

Bellydance Technique Workshop with Colleen Wilde

Raqs Sharqi, or Bellydance, is one of the oldest forms of dance with a rich cultural history. It is also a fun, empowering form of exercise. Join this 2 hour workshop, where you will learn the essentials of bellydance technique and put it all together in a fun choreography. There will also be a short lecture about the history of bellydance and the different styles of the art form. This workshop is accessible to dancers of all levels and absolutely no dance experience is necessary. This is a good place to get your feet wet with this dance style, or to strengthen your technique and expand your dance vocabulary.
Please wear something comfortable that you can move in. You do not need to bare your belly. Students are welcome to bring a notebook and pen for lecture and dance notes, if they so choose.

Check out the event’s Facebook page here.
Register at the Yoga H’om event page here.

Hope to see you there! <3