Tava is a highly regarded professional bellydancer, instructor and choreographer who performs regularly 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 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, 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, The New School, Norwalk Community College, UCONN, etc.) on the history of the dance, and has contributed articles to dance-related publications. Tava 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.” She is honored to perform regularly with 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 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 (Westchester, NYC, Long Island, Rockland and Putnam County), 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.