Aliya (Janet Quinn) passed away suddenly on July 19, 2008. This website is maintained in her memory.
The Kismet dancers will carry on Aliya�s tradition. They are now led by
Shalaya (Colleen Hood) and will hereafter be known as
"Aliya�s Kismet Dancers". Information on Aliya's classes, now taught by
Shalaya, can be found on the classes page.
Aliya�s daughter, Aleta, continues to dance.
Janet�s husband George may be reached at email@example.com.
Aliya, we love you and miss you!
Visit the obituary page to learn more about Aliya and
her sad passing.
"Bellydance" or raqs sharqi, as it is more properly called, is a beautiful ancient art form
involving controlled body isolations to Middle Eastern music. Rooted in antiquity, this dance
has evolved to encompass many styles reflecting a variety of different cultures. Turkish/Romany
dances are generally very strong and performed to odd rythms, while Egyptian dance is often
characterized by sweet, more subtle movements and even rhythms. Young people from many Middle
Eastern cultures have evolved their own "pop" versions of their dance.
In much of the world today, raqs sharqi is performed in nightclubs and restaurants in a
cabaret style for entertainment. Many professional bellydancers can perform using a variety of
ethnic styles, ideally incorporating their own unique personalities within their shows.
This is a dance I love to share - the sensuous and vibrant movements, the music, the history,
and of course, the glittering pageantry of the cabaret costumes. Please use the available links
to explore more about this dance, coming events, join a class or see a performance!