Over the course of her career, Tava has performed at many prestigious theaters, and numerous clubs, restaurants and cultural events along the East coast. She has appeared on television, in print and on DVD's. Known 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 bi-annual events. She has also given lectures at colleges (Fairfield University, The New School, Norwalk Community College, 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 as a member of Andrea Beeman's "Dancing Rubies," "Sparks in the Dark," and Elena Lentini's "Caravanserai Dance Theater." Previous performance venues have included: Joe's Pub, Gene Frankel Theater, The Cutting Room, Merce Cunningham Theater, FTC Theater, Bijou Theater (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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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.