Teaching experience: 15 years Teaching goals: Depends on student goals Teaching style: Depends on student's needs
Jaami W.V., originally from Washington State, has been dancing for over 25 years, beginning with jazz and ballet. She began studying hip hop at the age of 14, and soon organized a school dance team at her high school. After she graduated, she joined AmeriCorps National Service and founded an after school hip hop dance program for teens, to help address the rising teen crime rate. She then moved to San Diego specifically to dance in the San Diego State University dance program. Wanting to dance more, she began teaching hip hop at local gyms and dance studios throughout San Diego. In 2002, she f
ounded Kruciaal Element Hip Hop Dance Company where she directs, choreographs, and organizes numerous performances in San Diego and Los Angeles County including events like Monster Bash and Mardi Gras, sponsored by the Gaslamp Association. Kruciaal Element Dance Company is now parent company to the following businesses: Kruciaal Element Amateur and Foundation Teams, Groove Basics, Visual Stimulus Events, Dancers Who Donate, Jade Dance Competition, Bite Dance Company, KiK Cabaret Company, KE Casting, StyleMatix Crew, Nucleus Youth Hip Hop, The Dancehouse, and Catalyst Dance Ensemble. She has danced with Fusion Force Dance Company, Urban FX Dance Company, and Funkanometry San Diego. She has been represented by Dorothy Day Otis Dance Agency and Bloc Agency. Mrs. W. has a Bachelor degree in both Fine Arts and Dance from San Diego State University, and her Masters of Arts in Dance from California State University Long Beach. She is also certified in Level I Pilates Mat Training and will undergo Level II next. She has performed with vocal artists Anisha Nicole, La Rain, Jason Brown, Tawny Heath, Juice, whose hit song was featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture Stomp the Yard, and Abrina, who has a new song with recording artist Mims. Mrs. W's TV credits include Fox 5 News, Channel 6 News, KUSI News, NBC News, San Diego “Rock N' Roll Marathon,” “Salute to Teachers,” “San Diego Living,” and “LA Special.” Mrs. W. was also a featured dancer at “Kel and Friends Afterschool Summer Jam,” “Pandamonium Dance” for DreamWorks’ movie Kung Fu Panda, and has judged events such as the Poway High School Air Band Competition, FilAmFest, Armageddon Dance Battle, and Art Official Dance Competition.
Mrs. W. has been teaching for over 18 years; some of her teaching includes: Coronado School of the Arts, Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego Tech Center, Mesa Community College, and Southwestern Community College, Los Willows Resort, The Neutral Zone and Scriber Lake High School in Washington State through AmeriCorps National Service, Culture Shock Dance Center, University of San Diego, San Diego Dance Center, Boogiezone at Focus Dance Center, Malashock Dance School, Pasadena Dance Festival, Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Center, Lakeside Farms Elementary, Being Fit Fitness Centers, 4 Women Only Fitness Center, K.Y.D.S Inc., Frog’s Club One, Mind Body & Soul Dance Studio, Pure Fitness, Montessori Shir Hashirim Preschool, A Time to Dance Dance Studio, Pacific Arts Dance Studio, Heartlight Aerobics, LA Fitness Center, 24 Hour Fitness Center, Escondido Recreation Department, UTC Ice Town, Lil’ Arts, Cheek 2 Cheek, Champion Ballroom, Ballet Center West, Rubio’s Dance Studio, Royal Dance Academy, Step by Step Dance Studio, Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Consultant for Actresses, Private Lessons, Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, including Quinceñeras (Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz and Salsa), Versant Venture, Aztec Recreation Center at San Diego State University, San Pasqual Academy, All Star Gymnastics, and Camp Get Away. Her current classes at Southwestern College include Jazz and Hip Hop Dance every Tuesday and Thursday. She also runs her own dance studio in downtown San Diego, The Dancehouse.
Her choreography includes works for Kruciaal Element, San Diego Civic Dance Association, Candy Inc., X-Force Dance Company, Coronado School of the Arts, Los Willows Resort, Fall and Spring concerts for Mesa and Southwestern Community College, A Fundamental Change Musical, Generation F, and for vocal artists such as Abrina, who opened up for Bow Wow, Paul Wall, and Lil’ Rob, La Rain, Jacqueline Grace, Tawny Heath, who opened for Sean Kingston and Baby Bash, and Jason Brown, who performed with Stevie Wonder and John Legend. Aside from dancing, Mrs. W. has over 10 years experience in social services where she has worked with youths from 2-18, adults with both physical and developmental disabilities, and seniors. Mrs. W. is incredibly grateful for her wonderfully unique family and friends who have always loved and supported her; they have taught her optimism and laughter. Her belief and faith in God has allowed her to stay focused on her purpose in life: “inspire.” She hopes to spread her love for God, life, and dance to as many people as she can!
Shawna July 13, 2015
Hip Hop Dance ·
What can I say about Jaami... well... she is just AMAZING!!! I love her free spirit, her love toward dance, her smile, enthusiasm, her values as a person, and her love for animals. This was only the first time I took a dance class, so I did not have much experience. However, I love hip hop dance. I read a couple reviews about Jaami's dance companies so I was both excited and nervous to try. BUT, the style in which Jaami teaches makes hip hop very easy to learn. Step by step. I felt that she really wanted me to learn and was really focused on helping me. Thank you Jaami for sharing your love for hip hop with me! Look forward to dancing with you again.
Chantal offers Bellydance classes for any level of dancer. With many focuses available, whether it be Classical Egyptian, Turkish Oriental, Turkish Rom style or Fusion, you can enjoy learning this new style of dance! There is a strong focus on footwork, isolations, undulations, spins and floor work. I look forward to dancing with you soon!
Chantal S. is a Professional Bellydance Artist currently based out of San Diego, CA. Her dance roots are in the San Francisco Bay Area where she studied mainly with masters Katarina Burda (Middle Eastern, North African, Turkish and Eastern European song and dance) and Miriam Peretz (Classical Egyptian, Persian, Tajik, Azeri, and Uzbek styles of dance). She began
Bellydancing at the age of 10 and has been an avid student ever since and a kind and generous teacher for the past 4 years.
A dance class with Chantal can cover many different styles and/or focuses. Whether you are a beginner,
intermediate or advanced Bellydancer there is always more to learn! Focuses can include: Classical Egyptian, Turkish Oriental, Turkish Rom 9/8, dancing with props (veil, fan veils or cane) and Choreography.
I am available to teach at my own home, at your home, via FaceTime or Skype, or at a studio (with an extra rental fee).
"Chantal's bellydance class has quickly become one of my absolute favorite dance classes! I have danced for several years and have taken many different classes and I am blown away at how she moves her body and what she has taught me! The dance itself is so beautiful and feminine but she takes it to the full potential with her grace and flowing movements! You become aware of your body in a new way, isolating muscles you didn't even know were there! The music she chooses is extra icing on the cake! She is a great teacher, explaining things well with a sweet personality! I love every aspect of her class and am excited to go every time in hopes of getting a little closer to doing what she does! I can't say enough good things so just go try for yourself!!! You'll be glad you did!" -Kina Malia
"Chantal is great teacher! She embodies the grace and femininity of the Orient and delivers it with ease and flow to all-level-participants. Take her classes!" -Ana-Maria Georgieva
"I have had a dance studio in Santa Cruz mountains since 1987. I have housed, and produced workshops, and shows for musicians, and dancers from all over the world. One World Music and Dance Studio. I am so excited about Chantal teaching. I know she is a state of the art performer, but to be a teacher you need the depth of compassion, and excitement for other people, which I see in her. I am so excited for the students to be able to have a teacher, and mentor, like Chantal." -Beth Ann LaBarba
Thank you for your interest and I hope to dance with you soon!
Twenty-three year veteran of the opera, concert, and recital stages, with experience in voice for the dramatic stage and fourteen years of belly dance experience with teacher certification in American Tribal Style is ready to help you take your talents to the next level.
I have been teaching this subject all my life and I have performed and had dance troupes. I have been involved in making my own costumes and have taught all forms of mediterranean dance. Right now I do my own fusion and work on it for health rather than performance.
HI, My entire life has been dedicated towards helping individuals find their own personal life goals. I have been encouraging people in different avenues to encourage their health and basic welfare. I have taught English as a foreign language over 8 years in Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia , Nepal and India. I have always been involved with people from all types of cultures and love sharing the knowledge I have with them on their journey to self discovery.
Teaching and performing since 2009. Isolations, layers, foot work, props (veil, sword, zills, cane)
Tara R. is a CA licensed Occupational Therapist since 2009, and a Reiki practitioner and 200-hour RYT since 2014. She has been a professional bellydancer since 2009 and has been certified in ballet barre and Pilates since 2011. Tara has understood and experienced the power of healing through love, movement, breath and artistic expression for over 15 years. Tara is currently pursuing her 1000-hour Yoga Therapist certifications with the Soul of Yoga, with advanced training in Ayurveda and Prenatal Yoga. She has many years of experience providing OT for kids with special needs. More can be f
ound out about her on her website: www.sunitiyoga.com
Students are raving about their Belly Dancing instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jamila
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Morwenna Assaf for eight years. When I started taking Middle Eastern dance classes with Mrs. Assaf, I was amazed with h
er dedication and passion of teaching Arabic Style Belly Dance. Morwenna is very resourceful and knowledgeable about the subject. She does not only teach the dance moves but also educates her students about its history, culture, music and traditions.
As a teacher, she is very patient and persistent with her students. Although each class gets crowded, Morwenna finds time to work with every student individually on their strengths and weaknesses. No matter what level of the dance you are at, you get to practice the props (veils, zills, canes, scarves) almost every class. Her classes are taught based on the proper body dynamics, muscle work, breathing and posture. Basic ballet movements are practiced in every class and directed towards developing strength and flexibility. She makes you work every muscle of your body and every student comes out of her class with the feeling that they just have done 2 hours of cardio work.
There is not just one style of Middle Eastern dance taught by Morwenna, there are many. She exposes her students to Egyptian, Lebanese, Bedouin, and North African, both folkloric and staged forms of the dance. She knows very well what costume and history goes with what dance.
I believe Morwenna Assaf is one of the most educated and experienced belly dance teachers in the United States. In addition to introducing students to this ancient form of dance, Morwenna’s classes are primarily focused on promotion of wellness and health, especially in women. Therefore, I highly recommend Mrs. Assaf as a dance teacher and a mentor.
Yours Sincerely, Jamila D."
Morristown, TN teacher:
Review by Judy
"I've had the privilege to study the art of belly dancing with the Artistic Director of Art Dance Academy, Morwenna Assaf. She is a great teacher, choreo
grapher and performer. Her love and dedication to the art of belly dance is evident in her instruction. She is excellent in breaking down movements so you can understand and master the movement. She has been, and continues to be an inspiration to me."
Morristown, TN teacher:
Review by Lucia
"I traveled with Morwenna and Walid Assaf to Beirut, Lebanon and participated in their workshops. Morwenna is an excellent instructor, with a vast knowledg
e of Middle Eastern Dance, Music and Culture. She is an accomplished performer, choreographer, troupe director and author of many books related to this topic. I am impressed with her skills to teach all levels of dance, and enthusiasm for students progress."
Morristown, TN teacher:
Review by Dolores R.
"I have known Morwenna Assaf for more than 40 years. She is one of the most honorable people I have ever met. She holds Middle Eastern dance in very high r
egard, always mindful of the culture from which it is drawn. She is an excellent teacher, carefully developing her students to their highest potential."
Morristown, TN teacher:
Review by Kanina
"If you want to learn the beauty and artistry of Middle Eastern dance and belly dance, Morwenna is the teacher for you. I studied with her as a young danc
er and she introduced me to the discipline and rhythms of Arabic dance. She has studied with the masters of the dance and her movement is precise yet lyrical. Morwenna is a treasure-trove of knowledge, and I’d highly recommend her as a teacher. I am now in my 42nd year of teaching and performing and am indebted to her for the knowledge she has so generously shared with me over the years."
Morristown, TN teacher:
Review by julie
"Morwenna is a awesome teacher. She not only brings out the best dancer you will be. She motivates you to become the best that you can be. She educates you
on the culture so you will be in touch with the dance. By doing this you have a understanding why you are doing the movements. She creates a fun environment for learning. She builds your self esteem. She is the best. Simply the best!"
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