Yasmina Ramzy Arts Dancers
Tim Spronk — Lead Dancer
Tim is a dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor. He began training at the Alberta Ballet School and received his Bachelor of Arts at the York University as a Dance Major. Having since joined the Newton Moraes Dance Company, Tim has performed in Montreal, Toronto, Germany, and Brazil. He has danced with the Free Flow Dance Company, William Yong Dance Company, Kaeja d' Dance and is a prominent member of Arabesque Dance Company. Tim is a founding member of The Chimera Project and has appeared in all of it's productions. Tim's choreographic work was performed in fFida 1998 and 1999, ResiDance, and the Launch Pad.
Claudia — Lead Dancer
Claudia is a Toronto-based Bellydance artist, and currently a Lead Dancer and soloist with Arabesque Dance Company and Orchestra. In pursuit of exploring her Latin and Turkish roots, she began her formal training with the Arabesque Academy in 2005, and was immediately absorbed by the passion and beauty of Middle Eastern dance. Since then, she has performed with the company at several events and venues, such as Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, CNE, National Ballet of Canada, BMO Soccer Stadium, the Fleck Dance Theatre and the 2015 PanAm opening ceremonies. She is honoured to have partaken in four major Arabesque Dance Co. & Orchestra productions--EGYPT, NOOR,JAMRA and SAWAH. To enhance her experience and performance of Bellydance, she has also explored other dance and movement forms, such as ballet, Latin, hip-hop, mixed martial arts and capoeira. Claudia continues to expand her repertoire and develop her skills by participating in company training, and regularly performing at corporate, and private functions.
Shadia Saad — Lead Dancer
Shadia is a Toronto-based dance artist of Egyptian descent and a lead dancer in Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra. Her professional training has been with Yasmina Ramzy and senior Arabesque instructors. Shadia's leading performances include the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony with Cirque du Soleil, celebrity Vanessa Williams' wedding, the International Bellydance Conference of Canada, ADCO Canadian tour in Vancouver and Whitehorse and Arabesque productions NOOR, JAMRA and SAWAH at Fleck Dance Theatre. Shadia is a senior instructor at Arabesque Academy. As a solo artist, Shadia is highly recognized for her dynamic presence, audience engagement and Arab nuance.
Shari — Lead Dancer
Shari was first inspired to learn the art of Bellydance in 2004, and promptly began taking classes at Arabesque Academy with teachers Yasmina Ramzy, Mary Cabral and Denise Mireau. Since then, she has had the opportunity to explore a wider variety of Middle Eastern Dance styles, and learn from such teachers as Mahmoud Reda, Aida Nour, Sahra Saeeda, and Cassandra Shore. Through her post-graduate work in Sociology and Equity Studies, she developed a deeper appreciation for Bellydance as a valuable expression of femininity, power, and resistance. Shari has been a Teacher and Dance Artist with Arabesque since 2010, and has enjoyed performing regularly at various events around Toronto, including Arabesque's recent productions "Noor", "Jamra" and "Sawah"
Amy — Lead Dancer
Amy Leung is a Toronto based dance artist. As a lead dancer in Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra, her highlight performances are with Cirque du Soleil in the Pan Am Opening Ceremony, on the Gala Stage of the International Bellydance Conference of Canada and in Arabesque productions of NOOR, JAMRA, and SAWAH at Fleck Dance Theatre. Amy's professional training is with Yasmina Ramzy having started with Judy Reynolds and Roula Said. In addition to her regular training, she has taken workshops with international artists including Dina, Fifi Abdou, Mahmoud Reda, Sahra Saeeda, Raqia Hassan and Luna of Cairo. Amy is a senior instructor at Arabesque Academy, rehearsal coach for the Arabesque Student Troupe and a sought out solo artist in the Toronto area known for her Arab nuance and emotional range.
Catherine Mais — Apprentice Dancer
At the tender age of six, Catherine began her formal dance training with classes in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance. Later in life, she began an exploration of other dance forms which lead to the discovery of a lasting artistic passion for Middle Eastern dance. Catherine formed her Bellydance foundation through study with Toronto-based Bellydancer Shouhair. She then refined her art at the Arabesque Academy, studying with Melissa Gamal, Nikki Gentles, Sarah Brawley, Yzza and Yasmina Ramzy. Catherine strongly believes that dance provides a wonderful body practice for lifelong health and fitness, and satisfies our natural and universal desire to express creativity through movement. She is also an accomplished Flamenco dancer and a licensed instructor for the highly popular Zumba and Bellyfit fitness programs, and has brought the joy of dance to dozens of students throughout the Toronto area. Catherine is delighted to be a part of Arabesque Dance Company, where she works with world-class fellow dancers to perform the timeless art of Middle Eastern dance.
Danielle Davies — Apprentice Dancer
At age eighteen, Danielle began studying belly dancing with her mother and continued to do so for four years. Danielle is very grateful for her mother's support and constant encouragement throughout her career. With this encouragement, Danielle was on her way to developing her own respectable and professional dance career. At Freddy's Dance Academy with Professor Eddy Manneh, Danielle focused on the Lebanese tradition of dance and was invited to join the Arabian Sahara Dance Company. She was a member of Arabian Sahara Dance Company from 2002-2006. She then began to study modern/tribal Bellydance at The Dark Side Studio where she studied with Audra Simmons from 2006 to 2012. Danielle was also a member of Lavish Dance Company for two years. She is also a level one Suhaila Samlimpour certified dancer and continues to study with both Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour in San Francisco. Danielle is currently studying at Arabesque Academy with Yasmina Ramzy, Melissa Gamal and Sarah Brawley and is happy to be apprenticing with Arabesque Dance Company.
Leanna — Apprentice Dancer
Leanna began her dance career as a member of the elite all-star cheerleading team, Cheeerforce Tigers. Competing across North America with the the team for 3 years, she won countless titles including provincial, national and grand-championships. Since 2007, Leanna has dedicated her career to Raqs Sharqi, performing throughout the GTA and beyond. She has studied with notable instructors such as Mahmoud Reda, Aida Nour, Yasmina Ramzy and many more. Leanna joined Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra in 2013. With Arabesque, her performance highlights include the 2014 production of SAWAH and the Cirque du Soleil choreography in the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony. She has since started her own studio entitled BellaDance by Leanna, in her hometown of Hamilton. Her passion and dedication to dance makes her a popular teacher at BellaDance as well as an ensemble and solo performer with the Arabesque Entertainment Agency.
Riviera — Apprentice Dancer
A Toronto based dance artist, Riviera is a member of the acclaimed Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra. She began training in Middle Eastern dance at the age of 15. Riviera has studied extensively with Yasmina Ramzy, Melissa Gamal, and Sarita Gayle Alvarez as well as with renowned international artists such as Raqia Hassan, Saida, and Luna of Cairo. She performs regularly with Arabesque throughout Ontario including the prestigious Opening Ceremony of the Pan Am Games choreographed by Cirque du Soleil and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend at Fleck Dance Theatre. Celebrated for her fluid musicality, Riviera shares her passion and expertise as an instructor at Arabesque Academy.
Radi Daradzhanska — Apprentice Dancer
Hailing from Bulgaria, Radi is a now a member of Arabesque Dance Company and a teacher at Arabesque Academy as well as a soloist at Toronto events. Her dance training has been at Arabesque Academy, primarily under the tutelage of Yasmina Ramzy as well as its other instructors Melissa Gamal, Sarita, Nikki Gentles, Shari, and Amy Leung. Radi has also sought further training with masters in Europe and North and South America. She was a founding member of the Arabesque Student Troupe. In 2014, Radi was chosen to apprentice with Arabesque Dance Company and subsequently performed in Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, the Cirque du Soleil Pan Am Opening Ceremonies and Harbourfront.
Julie Middleton — Apprentice Dancer
Julie Middleton is a Hamilton based dance artist. Julie has studied various forms of dance for over thirty years, with her professional training is with Yasmina Ramzy, having started her studies with Alecia May. As an apprentice with the Arabesque Dance Company, Julie has had the opportunity to perform with Cirque du Soleil in the Pan Am Opening Ceremony and at The Fleck Dance Theatre for Dance Ontario Dance Weekend. To enhance her training, Julie has taken workshops with well known artists such as Luna of Cairo, Dr. George Sawa, Sashar Zarif and Robert Desrosiers. Julie is a teacher and manager with a Hamilton based school, BellyFlow Fitness, and is a sought after solo performer, known to her students and audiences to bring joy and light to her dancing.
Sharleen Rivero — Apprentice Dancer
Coming from a Middle-Eastern and Latin background, Sharleen Rivero has always been surrounded in dance. She started dancing at the age of five, and trained in various styles such as Ballet, Ballroom, Bellydancing, Contemporary, and Latin dances. She found her passion for Belly dancing at the tender age of seven when she was chosen to dance onstage alongside the Bellydancer at a party; it was then that she had decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional Bellydance artist. She danced and trained for various years following that night. She studied dance at York University in 2009 and 2010. After being deeply moved by the Arabesque production “OUM” in 2010, Sharleen soon joined Arabesque as a student and was instructed by Amy Leung and Melissa Gamal throughout the years. In 2014 she became a part of Arabesque Dance Company where she continues to train at an advanced level under the artistic direction of Yasmina Ramzy. She has also been featured in multiple performances across the GTA, including cultural events, shows at the Harbourfront Centre Stage with Arabesque Dance Academy, performing at private corporate events, and being an understudy for the opening ceremonies with Cirque du Soleil for the 2015 Pan/Para PanAm Games. Sharleen has completed various bellydance courses including the Master-Pro course. She has been coached and taken workshops with various artists such as Luna of Cairo, Jeff Dimitriou, Robert Desrosier, Modrite Dimza, and many more. Sharleen continues to study and practice her forms of dance.