Morwenna Assaf

Morwenna A.

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New Market, TN

About Morwenna A.

Morwenna teaches: Males 20 and up
Females 18 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1975


Since I have been in this business for so many years and lived with the people of the Middle East for so many years, I can offer you the finest training in this dance form. I know dance this dance form from the inside out. My training started as a child in the UK. It continued in Canada and also in the USA. I know and understand dance and the human body. I understand where movement comes from and can give this to you. I am lucky enough to have learned from the best that the dance has to offer both here in NYC and overseas. I am a member in good standing with several national dance organizations including CID -UNESCO which is international in 63 counties. I will not give you rose colored glasses to see with but will teach you the correct way to approach this dance that is best for you and the dance form. This dance is a complex cultural style of dance.

All classes begin with a warm-up. The warm up I have designed is to help improve your technique and to make sure your posture is correct so there is no injury to the body. We also will do strengthening exercises for detail and and beauty of movement. Finally there will be drills for the hips and gluttes as it is very important that these moves are done correctly. We do work across the floor and in the center of the room. This will consist of individual steps and also then put into short combinations. From there we move onto some choreography. These could be in the form of Oriental Dance (Belly Dance) or a folkloric dance that represents an area that is also in the Middle East. Why? Because this dance is comprised of these folkloric dances and then put into a more sophisticated setting. We end the class with a short cool-down that is more improvisation by nature so you can just feel the music and the rhythms.

I will not tell you any more than that, but, believe me no matter what style of dance you end up doing in the end be it American Cabaret, Lebanese, Egyptian. or even Tribal, your posture, and attitude will be professional and your dance will look great with high standards. So sign up and become a dancer of the finest kind. If you would like to be certified as a professional we can also offer certification through CID. This certification is accepted and regarded with esteem world wide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is a at her home with a separate entrance, There is plenty of parking either on the street or in the driveway. There is a spring wood floor so no one will ever hurt their spines or have injuries to their feet and legs. Special speakers and a sound system so all music is clear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If Morwenna has to travel to you then it is required you have space for this. Lacking mirrors is a little inconvenient but not unmanageable. Anything else we can handle.

*** Specialties ***
We offer only Middle Eastern Styles. This is our forte so we can better serve you. Morwenna is absolutely the best in the business in this area. After spending 40 odd years in the business, being married into the culture for almost as long, she has a great feeling for the people, the dance and you. Teaching is her passion and the sharing of information with you.

Photos and Videos

DancerAndDrummer.comThis video shows the duo of Morwenna & Walid Assaf in several different venues.


Consultation Sep 2014 - Present
Private Dance Studio

Helping professional dancers reach their best in the dance by meeting privately and making them reach for the stars.

Owner/Choreographer/Dance Director & Author of Dance education books Apr 1975 - Present
Dance Academy

Have run this belly dance studio in San Diego North County for 18 years. Before that ran Scheherazade Studios in South Eastern MA for 21 years. I have taught dancers and students all over the USA, Canada , Mexico and even Lebanon. There are many dancers around the USA who owe their dance careers to Morwenna. She is a passionately devoted educator. Her desire is to make you happy, educated and the absolute dancer you can be.


21 years of study and 16 completions of Teachers Intensives Aug 1975 - Oct 1996
Near East School of Dance, NYC
Music & dance Oct 1976 - Sep 1996
Near East Dance School

Languages Spoken

Arabic Fluent / Native Proficiency
Arabic Fluent / Native Proficiency
Arabic is my husband's language Fluent / Native Proficiency
English Professional Proficiency


16 Years of Teaching Annually Mar 2015

A Certification for having taught for 16 years with this organization. Now I have moved it is just too far to travel to continue.

Professional Member of CID Jan 2000

This organization is the most famous international dance institution and organization in the world. Recognized world wide.


Choreographer of the Year Nov 2014
Boston Belly Dance Club
World Class for Research and Choreography Oct 1994
American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance


National Dance Education Organization Sep 2005

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance. NDEO forges alliances with over 150 federal and state agencies and arts and education associations to support quality dance education at local, state, and national levels in the United States and with our friends in international communities.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Jan 1997

AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport--all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle.

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