Los Angeles, CA
Amara is an accomplished and versatile Middle Eastern dancer. She is well known for her entertaining and dynamic American belly dance style that is interspersed with sword, veil, double veil, quadruple veil, and zil work. She is equally skilled in many folk dances including raqs al-assaya, debke, and khaleegy. Amara is the Director and Choreographer of Ya Helewa!, a Middle Eastern dance company which performs a diverse repertory of traditional and experimental improvisations and choreographies.
Amara is also known for her innovative teaching methods. In her studio classes, she stresses strong foundational technique while she helps students explore the workings of Middle Eastern dance and their own personal needs. She has taught accredited courses on dance appreciation and Middle Eastern dance at UCLA and UCR and workshops at a number of universities and colleges. She is currently a professor at Cal Poly, Pomona.
In addition to teaching and performing, Amara is also deeply involved with studying and researching Middle Eastern dance. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at UC Riverside's PhD program in Dance History and Theory.
Amara stars in many IAMED DVDs sold on this website, including: