Who We Are

ARABESQUE CANADA is Arabian dance and music in meaningful, soul-filled and joyful expression. Founded by Yasmina Ramzy, Arabesque Canada has its artistic roots in an Egyptian and Syrian lineage. Located in Toronto, Canada, Arabesque is recognized globally for embodying Arab dance and music arts with the highest artistry, respect and integrity. Arabesque Canada is home to Yasmina Ramzy Arts, Arabesque Dance Company, Arabesque Drummers, Arabesque Orchestra, Arabesque Earthshakers, Arabesque Folklore Troupe, Arabesque Student Troupe and Arabesque Troupe Joy

SCHOOL — Founded in 1987, Arabesque Academy attracts students from the world over to study in a creative and encouraging environment with the highest standards in technique and passionate expression. Arabesque teachers love teaching and strive to enable every student to reach their potential as an exquisite artist.

COMPANY — Yasmina Ramzy Arts is a critically acclaimed 25 member dance and music ensemble directed by Yasmina Ramzy and Bassam Bishara embodying creative contemporary sensibilities steeped in ancient Arabian tradition.

AGENCY — Joyful and highly talented dancers and musicians in solo, small ensemble or large production formats offer the perfect entertainment at all kinds of events such as concerts, weddings, baptisms, bridal showers and corporate activities.

STORE — CDs, instructional DVDs, performance DVDs, Classes, Workshops, festivals, Performance tickets, Online Classes.

What's Happening

Blog posts

  • About New vs Traditional Raqs Sharqi

    A recent post from a passionate artist in France, Sandra Danse, received a groundswell of response in agreement with her sentiments concerning the direction of Raqs Sharqi these days. Of course I agree with the sentiment also. In particular to her questions "where is your soul, where is your emotions,...

  • Farida Fahmy Inspired an Arabesque Curriculum Revolution

    I finally had time to listen to Farida Fahmy's seminar on Teaching yesterday. It was such an exhilirating experience. I had registered to attend the seminar in person in Cairo December 2017 but ended up not making it back to Egypt until January. Luckily I was given the audio from...

  • Arrested in Damascus

    This was the beginning of my non love affair with Hafez Al Assad. The next part of my story I kept secret until after the Syrian revolution started.

  • Sequined Silence

    After performing in Amman Jordan in 1983, I returned home to Canada having forgotten how to speak and be social.

Arabesque is your connection to profound Arabian art.