ARABESQUE ACADEMY — Nurturing Artists since 1987
Downtown Toronto studios
Recipient of Arab Heritage Award
Sponsored by Ontario Arts Council
Established in 1987
Arabesque Dance Classes
The Future of the World's Oldest Dance
Arabesque Dance Art is joyful expression and philosophy in movement. Founded by Yasmina Ramzy in 1987, Arabesque has its roots in an Egyptian and Syrian lineage. The school is recognized globally for embodying Arab dance and music arts with the highest artistry, respect and integrity. Arabesque teachers love helping every student to reach their potential as an exquisite artist.
Director Yasmina Ramzy is a visionary, master teacher and a highly acclaimed choreographer. She is the artistic director of Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra, the International Bellydance Conference of Canada, Bellydance Blossom Festival, Arabesque Earthshakers, Arabesque Student Troupe and the Arabesque Folklore Troupe. Since 1981, she has performed throughout the Middle East, Europe and North America and has taught her signature Arabesque style in 65 countries on five continents.
"Giggles … lip-biting concentration … way too much fun" NOW MAGAZINE
"Has taken Bellydance to another level" BRAVO TV
"Hypnotic … artistry and passion" DANCE INTERNATIONAL
"Will go down in history as having redeemed Bellydance" THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"A beautiful chaos, unlike any other dance studio" CANADA ARTS CONNECT
DUMBEK / ARABIAN DRUM
Where Rhythm Becomes Melody
This hand-held Arabian drum with its variety of intricate sounds transform rhythm into melody. Arabian music and indeed all Arabian art is full of infinite, ornate embellishments and the Dumbek is its heart and soul. Arabesque Academy offers a Dumbek learning curriculum designed by Arabesque Orchestra percussion director and composer Suleiman Warwar who teaches his system worldwide. He ensures the Arabesque instructors impart thorough skills and execution, providing drum students a solid foundation in Dumbek technique and Arabian music. Arabesque Academy has produced many of Ontario's Dumbek teachers and serious practitioners. Students have the opportunity to practice with the Bellydance Dumbek Brigade. As they advance, students are invited to perform with the Arabesque Drummers and Arabesque Orchestra at theatres, festivals and commercial events. The aim of the Arabesque Dumbek curriculum is to create professional lead drummers and teachers.
Some local Dumbek teachers trained at Arabesque: Samira Hafezi, Kevork Guerguerian, Kit McAllister, Sheldon Valeda, Pedro Bonatto, Walaa Hesham, Paul Ge.