is of Persian descent and is known for a range of expression
from classical to modern Persian dance. Passion for music and
the desire to dance led her to attend schools of classical,
modern and ethnic dance. She has studied with the major dance
artists of the United States, Egypt and Persia. Shahrezad was
the founder and the director of the Middle Eastern Dance Troupe,
Layali. She has been teaching and performing during the last
Shahrezad is an incredible performer. She has style and grace.
Her passion for the music attracted her to the dance. She
love music; any sort of music. She thinks because she love
the music so much - it goes inside her body. She want to do
something with it. Since she cannot sing or play an instrument.....
I dance! It is a way for her to reach out and express herself.
She wants to become the music.
a child she used to watch Samia Gamal's dance in the movies.
She just loved her. Even now she watch her old movies. Samia
Gamal is not dancing now which is a shame. She had such a
grace. She always loved that grace and the way she flowed
with the music.
Although Samia Gamal inspired her to begin dancing, Ibraham
Farrah is her mentor in Egyptian dance. Ibraham Farrah is
the one she look up to now. All she have she owe to him.
Her Travel Experience
She love to travel. She have traveled almost through the whole
world. She've seen plenty everywhere. She says, "the
best dancers are here in America especially on the East Coast.
Maybe that is because of Ibraham Farrah's influence in the
There are wonderful dancers in Egypt as well. Not only do
you get to see excellent dancers, you get to hear the better
love Egypt. Its fascinating! I think anyone, especially in
the dancer field, should go to Egypt if at all possible. Egypt
is a spectacular, interesting country. Of course, the first
trip I was busy visiting museums and sightseeing. But, the
second and third time I went I just saw dancers every night!!
When I go, I just follow Sohair Zaki. She is my favorite.
Through the years I have established a friendship with her.
I have asked her how she feels about the dance and had permission
to video tape her show on several occasions."
The first time she went to Egypt with the Turquoise International
Tour. She would absolutely recommend going on a tour the first
time. The other times she went by herself. She says, "When
you go with a tour you definitely get much better treatment,
it is less expensive, you stay in first class hotels, and
you get better tables at the nightclubs!"