Elisabeth dances raqs sharqi (Oriental) and belly dance and its evolutions, entertaining and enchanting audiences around the world. She loves to teach, perform and choreograph theatrical dance projects and is available for hire.
Elisabeth is a globe-trotting and award-winning Middle Eastern 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. She loves to inspire others in the dance through her classes and workshops, introducing new dancers 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.
When 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 Bellyqueen in Manhattan. Since then, Elisabeth has studied and competed across the US and the world with master Oriental and belly dancers. Elisabeth co-produced and co-directed an all-original theatrical dance production called Spicebox for the 2013 holiday season, co-producing the show with Dena and Shazadi Dance Project. She has also been involved in theatrical dance projects with Desert Sin and Bellyqueen in New York and Moon Goddess Dance Productions in Namibia. She also writes for Yallah, Gilded Serpent, and Shimmy magazine.
Elisabeth dances and teaches while globe-trotting, introducing a diverse community of people to the beautiful art of Oriental and belly dance. In Zambia, 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 offshoots.
Elisabeth currently performs and teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, regularly dancing at Imperial Fez, Persepolis and other fine dining venues and clubs. In 2017, she founded Persica Dance Company, a modern Oriental and Middle Eastern dance company dedicated to bringing this joyful dance form to new audiences and stages across Georgia and beyond.