470 316 4912 info@elisabeth.dance


Dazzling art of the belly


Elisabeth dances raqs sharqi (Oriental) and belly dance and its fusions, entertaining and enchanting audiences around the world. She loves to teach, perform and choreograph theatrical dance projects and is available for hire.

Contact Elisabeth

pyramids-headshotAbout Elisabeth

Elisabeth is a globe-trotting and award-winning raqs sharqi (Oriental) and belly dance performer, teacher and choreographer. Her passion is fusing storytelling with belly dance. Her specialties are Egyptian, American Oriental style dance, and American Fusion and Theatrical Belly Dance, and use of props including fan veil, sword, candles, and wings. She loves to inspire others in the dance through her classes and workshops, introducing women to this beautiful and old dance form.

Elisabeth started belly dancing in an odd place–an American military installation in Germany at age 16–and has continued to dance in odd places–subway stations, in the middle of nowhere in Kenya, on rooftops, on cruise ships, in churches, in a cave in Petra, in critically unacclaimed off-off Broadway shows, on a children’s summer camp grounds in Texas, to name a few. She continues to seek odd places to dance in.

Elisabeth belly dances in BermudaWhen she moved to New York for art school, Elisabeth fell head over heels in love for Middle Eastern dance in all its forms and the American fusion forms it inspired, first taking classes with Allisyn in Brooklyn, then intensively studying with teachers Sandralis, Kaeshi, Elisheva and Irina at Bellyqueen in Manhattan. Since then, Elisabeth has studied and competed across the US and the world with master Oriental and belly dancers. Elisabeth completed a new theatrical dance production called Spicebox for the 2013 holiday season, co-producing the show with Dena and Shazadi Dance Project. She also writes for Yallah, Gilded Serpent, and Shimmy magazine.

Elisabeth currently dances and teaches while globe-trotting, introducing a diverse community of women to the beautiful art of Oriental and belly dance. She has danced at embassy social events, private high profile events, at leading casino and hotels including the Casino Diamond and InterContinental Hotel, and appeared on stage with Kabova, Zambia’s top comedian. She founded Zambelly, Zambia’s first Oriental and belly dance company in March 2015, and the Zambelles perform at charity and community events across Zambia and educating audiences about dances of the Middle East and North Africa and their evolutions.

Dance ExperienceCourseworkAwardsPressArticlesSelect Performances
  • Founded, managed, and danced at Pratt Belly Dance, 2005 – 2009
  • Co-founded Bastet Belly Dance, Brooklyn-based experimental belly dance troupe, 2009 – 2010
  • Member of Belly Queen Fire Blossoms troupe (Sandralis), 2011 – 2012
  • Principle Dancer in Shazadi Dance Project (Dena), 2012 – 2014
  • Founded Zambelly dance company, 2015 – current
  • Furthered dance education with workshops in Las Vegas, New York, Johannesburg, and Cape Town with master instructors including: Morocco, Jillina, Kaeshi Chai, Tamllyn Dallal, Karim, Delilah, Oreet, Bozenka, Louchia, Sandralis, Elisheva, Irina Akulenko, Amar Gamal, and others
  • Performed at part of Journey on the Silk Road show with Bellyqueen in Milan, Italy, July 2016
  • Taught dance class for underserved teen girls in urban compounds in Lusaka, Zambia October 2015-February 2016
  • Pratt Institute Middle Eastern Studies, 2006
  • History of Belly Dance Independent Study, 2008
  • University of Sydney American Freakery: Examining the popular cultural legacy of Little Egypt after the 1893 World Exhibition in Chicago, 2007
  • Johns Hopkins Qualitative Methods: Perceptions of “belly dance” in American newspaper coverage, 2013
  • SharQui Belly Dance Fitness Instructor Certification, Sept 2013
  • Bellyqueen Teacher Training Certification, 2014
  • Third Place for Adult Oriental in International Oriental Dance Festival Competition in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Best Alternative Music Solo at La Dans Oriental Competition 2012 in Tacoma, Washington
  • First Place for Props at Miss Belly Dance South Africa Competition 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Second Place for Tribal Fusion at Miss Belly Dance South Africa Competition 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Third Place for Modern Egyptian at Miss Belly Dance South Africa Competition 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Placed in Top 12 in “So You Think You Can Belly Dance” at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive 2011 and 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “Elisabeth: Unexpected Dance Journeys”: Zills, September 2014
  • “Fire in the Belly”: The Lowdown, September 2014
  • “Belly Dancing With Elisabeth”: Vibrant Africa, September 2014
  • “Bellies jiggle in ‘Spicebox,’ a warm-hearted holiday show that has flavor to spare”: New Jersey Star-Ledger, December 2013 http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2013/12/bellies_dance_in_spicebox_a_holiday_show_of_many_flavors.html
  • “Belly Dancers Storm Fort Greene Park”: New York Times Blog, Oct 2010 http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/belly-dancers-storm-fort-greene-park/ “More Photos from the New York Theatrical
  • Belly Dance Conference 2010”: Gilded Serpent, Nov 2010 http://www.gildedserpent.com/cms/2010/11/23/nytbdc-part-5-dinner-shows/
  • “Dazzle the Competition”: Shimmy, July 2013
  • “The Belly Dancer’s Guide to Becoming Internet Famous”: Yallah, July 2013
  • “Dancing Through Financial Crisis and Revolution: An Interview With Luna of Cairo”: Gilded Serpent, Aug 2013
  • “Brain Breakers and Body Benders”: Shimmy, Oct 2013
  • “Words of Wisdom with Morocco: A Continuing Conversation”: Shimmy, May 2014
  • “Midnight in Cairo: Is Oriental Dance Disappearing?”: Yallah, June 2014
  • “Passing on the Snake Hips: Or a Love Letter to My Teachers”: Yallah, December 2014
  • “30 Day Bellydance Challenge”: Shimmy, December 2014
  • Shimmy For Shelter 2016, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Rhapsody’s, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Karma Cafe, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Diplomatic & International Spouses Association Event 2015, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Zambia Arts and Design Show 2015, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Elefest 2015, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Casino Diamond, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Total Year End Corporate Party 2014, Lusaka, Zambia
  • International Oriental Dance Festival 2014, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mariner of the Seas, Suez Canal, Egypt
  • Theatrical Production “Nine Lives” as Principle Dancer by Shazadi Dance Project 2013, NYC
  • Intergalatic Dance Love Fest by Jerry Bezdikian 2012, NYC
  • Theatrical production “Twitchers” by Desert Sin 2010, NYC
  • Theatrical Belly Dance Conference 2010, NYC
  • “Ankhst” Off-Off Broadway Show as Principle Dancer 2010, NYC
  • Le Poisson Rouge, NYC The Mehanata, NYC
  • Dances of Vice Grand Shipwreck Ball 2010, NYC
  • Witches’ Ball, NYC
  • China 1, NYC
  • Space Womb, NYC
  • Gelato Arts Collective, NYC
  • D’Jam Under Je’Bon, NYC
  • Lafayette Grill, NYC
  • Belly Dance for Change, NYC
  • Shimmy for the Cure, NYC
  • Vendevito, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Women’s College, Sydney, Australia
  • The Golf Hotel, Kakamega, Kenya
  • Mediterranea, Montclair, NJ
  • The Sullivan Room, NYC