Aisha Abo

 

Originally from Romania, A’isha has explored many different types of dances before falling in love with belly dance in 2005. She has trained with local US instructors (Zada Al Gaziyeh, Zaina, Asha Diana), international teachers (Randa Kamel, Raqia Hassan, Aziza of Cairo, Lubna Emam, Luna of Cairo, Aleya of Cairo, Ozgen, Ahmed Hussien) and traveled extensively nationally and internationally to attend workshops taught by well-regarded teachers in Middle Eastern dancing, such as Dina, Amani Jabril, Elena Lentini, Cassandra, and many others. Always looking to grow as a dancer A’isha still travels several times each year to study with master instructors in Oriental dance. Before starting a solo career, she was part of the Lawrence-based troupe Raghsidad directed by Zada, with whom she performed for several years at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and the KC Fringe Festival.
A’isha is the producer and star performer of the monthly show 1001 Arabian Nights, a staple of Kansas City’s performing arts scene since June 2012. The show, hosted by the Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club (Kansas City, MO) on the first Saturday of each month starting at 6 PM, is the longest-running belly dance show in Kansas City. She has also directed the “Tales of the Desert” production for the 2014 KC Fringe Festival and she was the Co-Producer of the 2015 Heart of America Belly Dance Festival and Competition. She also performs regularly in local and national belly dance shows, fundraisers, art shows and private events.
During her training, A’isha quickly realized that belly dance is much more than body movements. This dance is real, it belongs to a culture, performed by real people in their countries, in their homes, at parties or celebrations, and it’s done by everybody, men, women and children as their social dance. It has been enhanced and brought on a stage by pioneers of Oriental dance show business, such as Mahmoud Reda in Egypt, or Morocco in the US (and many others). Given its beauty and esthetics it’s no wonder that this art has spread quickly not only in the US and other Western countries, but on all continents.

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