Tava is a highly regarded professional bellydancer, author, instructor and choreographer based in New York and Connecticut. She regularly performs at weddings, restaurants, cultural events, birthday parties (children & adults), galas, bridal showers, and corporate events in NY, CT and NJ with select dates throughout the East Coast, from Maryland to Montreal. She also offer lectures and educational programs for colleges/universities, women’s clubs, historical societies and schools.
Tava credits her teachers, mentors and colleagues for their continued inspiration to learn and grow as a dancer. Equally at home performing at family celebrations, cultural events or in music videos, she prides herself on having a career with as much variety as possible.
Great News! Tava’s book Little Book of Big Advice: Enlightening Ideas for Bellydance Professionals reached #1 on Amazon.com in dance reference.
Over the course of her career, Tava has developed a reputation as one of the top bellydancers in NY and CT. Her style has been described as “soulful, elegant and expressive.” She also teaches weekly classes, including discussion of Turkish & Arab 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 lectured at symposiums and colleges (Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, The New School, Norwalk Community College, UCONN, etc.) on the history and regional styles of the dance. Tava has choreographed for various projects ranging from figure skaters to theatrical projects such as Curtain Call’s “Shakespeare on the Green,” the NY Theatrical Bellydance Conference and more. She has performed with Andrea Beeman‘s “Dancing Rubies,” and “Sparks in the Dark,” Elena Lentini‘s “Caravanserai Dance Theater” and The Dalia Carella Dance Collective. She is honored to perform regularly with her dance partner Sira, and Infinity Bellydance; a collective of NYC’s leading dance artists that offers exciting special event entertainment.
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, La Tulipe (partial list). She has performed for celebrities and dignitaries workshops throughout the East Coast.
Through her dedication and training, Tava has cultivated a style of 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 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-$400 per dancer.
Speaking engagements include: The New School, UCONN, Norwalk Community College, Sacred Heart, Scarsdale Women’s Club, New Canaan Historical Society, Norwalk International Cultural Exchange, The Mead School and more.