Asrai's Belly Dance Main Page
who performs under the name Asrai, has been dancing since age
12. She is a professional belly dancer and instructor in the
Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Her training includes studying with
numerous teachers and attending
numerous workshops with some
of the best names in the industry, including Suhaila, Suzanna Del
Vecchio, Amaya, Karen Barbie, Vashti, Hadia, Fahtiem, Sakti, Shareen el
Safty, Tambra, and Meelea.
Asrai has also written for Jareeda
Magazine. To find her articles, go to her author page and
check out the publications under non-fiction.
Asrai first organized Ravenar to provide entertainment at local
conventions. Since the troupe's origins, Ravenar has
performed at conventions in Memphis, Tulsa, Kansas City, Houston,
Oklahoma City, Chicago, Boston, San Jose, and even outside the US in
Toronto. As well, Asrai has conducted workshops in many of those
cities. Although Ravenar does traditional belly dancing, the
troupe specializes in themed performances. Ravenar
frequently performs at local haflas and other belly dance venues in the
Asrai does the choreography and instruction for Troupe Ghazala, another
Dallas area belly dance troupe. And her student, Amora, who
also performs with Ravenar, can be seen dancing at the Couch Lounge in Richardson Texas.
Belly dancing is more than an exercise. It's among the oldest forms
of dancing. For me, dancing is all about intrepreting the music through
movement. It should be a physical expression what the music awakens
within the soul.