Who We Are

ARABESQUE is philosophy in movement and joyful expression. Founded by Yasmina Ramzy, Arabesque 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.

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 meaningful expression. Arabesque teachers love teaching and strive to enable every student to reach their potential as an exquisite artist.

COMPANY — Arabesque is a critically acclaimed 25 member dance and music ensemble directed by Yasmina Ramzy, Bassam Bishara and Suleiman Warwar 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, Performance tickets, Online Crash Classes.

What's Happening

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No Classes
Dec 18, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
First new year class is Jan 4.

Blog posts

  • "There is Always Hope" Mahmoud Reda

    Every time I want to write about my most recent visit with Mahmoud Reda in Cairo this past Summer, I get paralyzed. Where to begin? It feels like a book needs to explode out of me, there is too much to say. "Where to begin" is an understatement. In order...

  • The Healing Powers of Bellydance

    "Were these beautiful young girls going to miss out on something so precious and end up instead, being part of a new global cheerleader type dance form?" It has been a year since I wrote the Blog Post called "Am I Still a Bellydancer? It is the most read, commented...

  • Widening Your Horizons

    Anyone of us could have been born in another place or time with a vastly different set of life circumstances. Perhaps we get trapped and rigid in who we think we are and the role we play everyday having no idea that we are really much more vast and interesting....

  • Part Two - Am I Still a Bellydancer?

    Zeitgeist? Last week's blog post called "Am I Still a Bellydancer?" was an eye opener. It has been read over 4500 times so far and received more comments directly on the post than all of my other previous posts put together. The re-posting on other group and personal Facebook walls...

Arabesque is your connection to profound Arabian art.