Tava is a highly regarded professional bellydancer, instructor and choreographer who performs throughout NYC, Westchester County, and CT. Described as "a rare gem who elevates the art of bellydance," Tava credits her teachers, mentors and colleagues for their continued inspiration to learn and grow as a dancer. Equally at home performing at galas, family occasions, cultural events, theaters or in music videos, she prides herself on having a career with as much variety as possible.
Over the course of her career, Tava has developed a reputation as one of the top bellydancers in CT and NY. Her style has been described as "soulful, elegant and expressive." Tava adds her unique artistry to performances at galas, weddings, family celebrations, cultural and corporate events throughout NYC, Westchester, CT and NJ (no male-only events). Tava has choreographed a number of theatrical productions and teaches an average of 6 weekly classes, including an academic course on Arabic dance and its' roots/cultural variations.
As director of her student troupe, The Manipura Dance Collective, Tava choreographs numerous dances per year that are showcased in her highly successful annual events. She has also given lectures at colleges (Fairfield University, The New School, Norwalk Community College, UCONN, etc.) and symposiums on the history of the dance, and has contributed articles to dance-related publications. Tava and can be seen on 2 Fantasy Bellydance performance DVD's, produced by World Dance NY, and choreographed for Curtain Call's "Shakespeare on the Green." She has performed with Andrea Beeman's "Dancing Rubies," "Sparks in the Dark," and is a current company member of Elena Lentini's "Caravanserai Dance Theater." Previous performance venues have included: Theater at MMAC (Manhattan Movement & Arts Center), Joe's Pub, Gene Frankel Theater, The Cutting Room, Merce Cunningham Theater, FTC Theater, Bijou Theater, DROM, (partial list). She has performed for celebrities and dignitaries over the years and was recently invited to teach in Montreal (Canada).
Through her dedication and training, Tava has learned an authentic style of Arabic dance which incorporates Turkish, Lebanese, North African, Greek and Egyptian influences. She is known for her musicality and understanding of the intricate rhythms used in the dance. Tava regularly exposes her students to live music and drumming, thanks to her supportive network of musicians. As a teacher, Tava is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and shedding the many misguided myths of middle eastern dance. She works with her students to not only teach the movements, but also to foster a sense of community and create a supportive atmosphere for self-expression. Currently, Tava's students range from ages 10 to 80 years. With her background in counseling, Tava is keenly aware of the need to embrace a positive body image and uses the dance as a tool for building self-esteem.
Tava regularly performs at galas, restaurants, nightclubs, birthday parties (children & adults), weddings, bridal showers, and corporate events in NY, CT and NJ. Tava is also available for bellydance parties, where guests participate in a group lesson followed by a performance. Duet and group performances are available as well as live music. The standard rate for a 20-25 minutes show is $250-$300 per dancer.
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I am taking the beginner's belly dance class with Tava and I am loving it! She is extremely knowledgeable and also very kind while being quite exacting. She combines really graceful artistry and knowledge of the dance with a very high level of knowledge about the muscle groups we are using to execute the different moves.
I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to explore belly dance!
I wanted to thank you for your delightful performance at our wedding. You were spectacular and really brought so much fun to the evening. People are still talking about it weeks later.
Cathy (Fairfield, CT)
Tava's dancing was just beautiful and she kept [the girls] moving their bellies all evening! It is so hard to come up with party ideas for teen girls that are just right and bellydancing provided the perfect theme! The girls learned about a new culture, experienced exotic movements that freed their spirits, and laughed all night long. Tava has such a grace and elegance and truly gave my daughter and her friends a sense of her passion for bellydance. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone to hire Tava for bellydance performance, parties, lessons...she is an exquisite, energetic dancer and has a wonderful way with girls.
Karla (Wilton, CT)
Tava, apart from being a truly great, creative, unique dancer you have an amazing talent to bring people together and charge them with great energy. I do not know how you do it, but you made every one of us [your students] feel very special.
Marina (Westport, CT)
Tava, first of all it was a pleasure knowing you and having you as our teacher. Thanks for the confidence you built in us. In addition to the skills I picked up, the class has taught me to be brave enough to do such a dance and to my surprise to do it as a public performance. I have come a long way here.
Student (Norwalk Community College)