Meet our Belly Dancers
Joanne Lorddess Camilleri is a Toronto based performer, producer, instructor and choreographer in Middle Eastern arts and performance arts in various dance realms. Her extensive dance training started at a young age, exploring the subtle nuances of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, with renowned master teachers from the East, while widening her scope and understanding of the delicate intricacies of modern and tribal fusion belly dance and musicality abilities with World teachers. Since the year 2000 she has been entertaining at the Sultans Tent and Cafe Morocc, and the Berber Lounge in Toronto and other venues across Canada, including the US , and Europe, she has been cast in film and has made appearances' in Reality TV and in Live Theatre. Joanne has produced her own Belly Dance Instructional DVD. She is in her 7th year directing staging and choreographing her theater Production of INANNA. Joanne instructs middle eastern arts and continues to create solo performances and original Middle Eastern inspired fusion dance pieces, with her unique style and grace that has captured audiences from all around the world.
Claudia is a Toronto based professional bellydancer with over 10 years of experience. Having studied with established world renowned artists such as Yasmina Ramzy, Bassam Bishar, Suleiman Warwar, Robert DeRosier, Camelia of Cairo, Mohammed Salah, Jeff Dimitriou, Sashar Zarif, Ferda Bayazit and many more.
Claudia has been fortunate to receive rich and thorough training. From 2006 to 2017 Claudia was a Lead dancer for Yasmina Ramzy's professional company, Arabesque Canada. During this time she performed in 5 major productions alongside the company orchestra at Fleck Dance Theatre.
More recently Claudia has been studying the art of flamenco with international and touring artist Maria Serrano. Using flamenco as a tool to improve and diversify her bellydance artistry, Claudia continues to perform as a soloist throughout the city.
Leigh has been a life long
performer & lover of dance and movement. She began training as do many little girls in ballet class & later moved into modern dance. She was also a competitive figure skater for many years which is what eventually led her to bellydance.
Her adoration of Middle Eastern dance & music began when she was asked to compose a figure skating choreography on Middle Eastern Music. Always wanting to be throrough, she set her research on bellydance & found Arabesque Academy in Toronto. There, she fell in love with the sensuality of the movements & the complexity & texture of the music. She trained at Arabesque Academy for years, eventually becoming a teacher & popular solo performer.
Photo Credit: Pedro Bonatto De Castro
At an early age, Catherine began her formal dance training with classes in ballet, jazz and modern dance. Later in life, this Toronto-area native began an
exploration of other dance forms which lead to the
discovery of a lasting artistic passion for Middle Eastern dance.
Catherine has studied her craft with renowned dancers and instructors like Yasmina Ramzy, Melissa Gamal, Sarita Gayle Alvarez and Nikki Mutch and international artists such as Luna of Cairo, Camellia Masreya and Mohammad Salah.
Since 2012, she continues to refine her art as a member of the Arabesque Dance Company. Catherine has performed at numerous events throughout the Toronto area, including the the 2014 production of SAWAH and the opening ceremonies for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Catherine is also a trained Flamenco dancer, who has a life-long love affair with dance and a passion that only continues to grow
Gabriela is a professional belly dancer from Toronto.
Her cheerful dance style and unique musical interpretation have made her a sought after performer in the Middle East community.
She has loved to dance all her life and began to learn the art of belly dancing at the age of 14.
She received most of her training in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2015, she graduated as a belly dancing instructor. Drive to expand he knowledge, she has taken lessons with instructors from all over the world.
Gabriela currently teachers belly dance in Toronto and performs at private events and festivals. She has been dancing at The Sultan's Tent since 2016.
Katrina is a Toronto based Dance Artist who has focused most of her dance training in Egyptian style Belly dance. She was a regular performer with Arabesque Dance Company for 6 years, and was fortunate to perform in 5 full scale productions with live Arabic musicians.
This experience nourished her love of Middle Eastern music, and she continues to enjoy it as a regular performer at The Sultans Tent
Christina, AKA Samara began her Bellydance training with Yasmina Ramsy in 1997, and performed with the Arabesque Dance Company as a lead dancer for 13yrs. Her bellydance training brought her to Egypt Turkey, U.S.A and Mexico. She has a passion for travel and continues to study with professionals. She is a graduate of Ryerson University's dance program, and is also trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Latin dance, Capoeira, and Flamenco.
Currently Samara enjoys sharing her passion as a freelance performer and dance instructor in Toronto. As an Actra member she has also appeared on film and TV shows such as Frankie Drake and Reign. She has performed and taught at events in Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Trinidad and Tobago. She aspires to help her students celebrate their own bodies and express their own uniqueness.