A lifelong dancer and lover of music, Tava is known for her ability to connect with diverse audiences at weddings, restaurants, cultural events, birthday parties (children & adults), galas, bridal showers, and corporate events in NY, CT and NJ. She also offers lectures/educational programs for colleges, universities, women’s clubs, historical societies and schools. Tava is driven to share cultural context, history, regional styling and rhythms of the dance in order to shed stereotypes and embrace cross-cultural understanding via the arts. With performance credits spanning the U.S. and Canada (from Maryland to Montreal) Tava is honored to share dynamic and celebratory bellydance performances with audiences all over. She credits her teachers, mentors and colleagues for their continued inspiration to learn and grow as a dancer.
Described as “soulful, engaging and expressive,” Tava embodies the music and pulls everyone into a shared experience.
Tava teaches several weekly bellydance classes, coaches students in four countries and has mentoring programs to help budding dancers create careers with integrity. As director of her troupe, The Manipura Dance Collective, Tava choreographs numerous dances per year that are showcased in her highly successful annual events.
Her educational programs have been presented at The New Canaan Historical Society, The Scarsdale Womens Club, The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange Festival, The Westport Library and more. She has presented lectures and taught at such colleges and Universities as: Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, The New School University, Norwalk Community College, UCONN, etc. Drawing from her background as an educator and counselor, Tava has delivered developmentally appropriate cultural dance programs at more than 50 elementary, junior and high schools including The Mead School, Fox Run Elementary School, The Dwight School and The Wilton Montessori School.
Tava has choreographed for numerous 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, as well as with Infinity Bellydance; a collective of NYC’s leading bellydance artists that offers exciting special event entertainment.
Galas, Corporate Events, Family-Friendly Occasions, Wedding or Cultural Event - Give your guests an experience they’ll always remember.
Tava will get them clapping, dancing or cheering on a fellow party guest. Hiring a bellydancer creates an interactive and joyful experience and Tava excels at crowd engagement for audiences big and small. (New York City, Westchester County and Fairfield County, Connecticut)
"Tava has been entertaining the seniors of Darien for three years. She has always been very well received. Tava is educational as she performs. We will have her back every year!”
Marcy R. (Darien, CT)
“Just had Tava and 2 of her students attend my brother’s wedding, the wedding was Egyptian/Italian but I must say Tava was THE HIT. Very delightful, engaging bellydancer and everyone was involved. I know I will invite Tava again and again to as many events as I can. The experience was a pleasure and the communication and arrangement was very easy and smooth.”
Andy A. (New Canaan, CT)
“Wow, you exceeded my expectations in every way. I think my cheeks are sore from smiling and my hands sore from clapping. Thank you so much Tava!”
Mary D. (Fairfield, CT)