Bellyqueen Dance Theater
Bellyqueen Dance Theater is an internationally renowned world dance company, founded in 1998 under the artistic direction of Kaeshi Chai, and Amar Gamal. Drawn together by their passion for Middle Eastern dance, the artists of Bellyqueen come from a wide range of nationalities and dance backgrounds. By fusing their individual influences, the company creates exciting multicultural performances that utilize traditional elements as a base for modern theatrical performance art that inspire audiences of all backgrounds, genders and ages.
Bellyqueen has won critical acclaim for their unique vision, impressive body of work and commitment to high-quality productions. Over the past 12 years, the company has completed extensive tours in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, made numerous television appearances and been well received by the press. In 2007 and 2009 it released full-length performance DVDs, The Bellydance Experience and Bellydance NYC, as well as several successful instructional DVDs.
The Bellyqueen repertoire encompasses a wide range of Middle Eastern dances, from the traditional “Raks Sharqi” bellydance format to folkloric styles, blended with other dance forms including ballet, modern, jazz, gypsy, flamenco, chinese, afro-haitian and hip hop. Journeys Along the Silk Road, Bellyqueen’s current touring show, explores the ancient link between East and West. The Silk Road was a trade route that for thousands of years allowed the flow of ideas, goods, culture and dramatically influenced progress in the Eurasian civilizations.
Educating the public about the benefits of bellydance and its healing powers, particularly for body image, self-esteem and self-expression, is an important element of the Bellyqueen mission. In order to serve this goal, the Bellyqueen School of Dance has been established, and ongoing classes in NYC as well as numerous workshops all over the world are offered and open to the general public. By creating a safe learning environment Bellyqueen teachers help people rediscover their bodies, gain greater control over mind and limb and also demystify this often misunderstood dance form.
Through its commitment to both tradition and innovation, to artistic integrity and professionalism, as well as cultural sensitivity, Bellyqueen Dance Theater delivers fresh, contemporary hybrid dance productions that educate and entertain.
“I was impressed with your creativity in choreography,
I never realized how many directions you can take your art.”
– Alexander Schlempp, Anti-Gravity
“One fine performance…” – The New York Times
“There’s no denying the remarkable skill of the Bellyqueen dancers.”
“The last performance of Bellyqueen’s 10th Anniversary tour… had something for everyone.”
– Sarah Hart, exploredance.com