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Faculty Bios — Pacific Arts Center
Juliette Arroyo [Belly Dance] Juliette has studied Arabic Dance (both Oriental and Folkloric) since she was 11, after first learning Mexican and Armenian Folk dances, and American tap dance.She traveled to Egypt twice to study and in 2001 she took classes abroad with dance masters such as Suhair Zaki, Dina, and Ibrahim Akef.In the US, she has taken numerous dance workshops with the best instructors.She has been teaching beginning technique through choreography classes for the past 10 years and has performed at numerous Arabic clubs and ethnic restaurants, has appeared in music videos, and performed at many festivals and special engagements.Juliette served as the Arabic dance choreographer for the Hairenick Armenian Dance Ensemble, which performed at the Ford Theatre in 1998 and was the featured performer and workshop teacher for the 2000 Dances for the New Millennium show in Sacramento, California.In 1995, she toured across the US with Persian singer and entertainer "Huttan," and is a former member of the Aisha Ali Dance Company which performed at the LA Festival in 1993.In 2004 she produced and directed the first Arab-esque Dance Concert to bring together choreographers working in contemporary world dance traditions.Juliette is the director and principal choreographer of the Arabesque Dancers, a dance company specializing in traditional and modern-style Arabic dance.She is currently a board member of Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles and recently published two local history books.In early 2005, Bono of U2 came to see her perform twice before going on tour.
Beirut Times is the official newspaper of the Arab Americans
The Arab-esque Dance Concert is directed by dancer and choreographer Juliette Arroyo who brings a unique background and perspective to this very special performance.For additional show and cast information, please visit www.Arab-esque.net.