Katayoun - Cultural Dance Artist & Teacher

Dancer, Master Teacher, Author & Speaker available to present at national and international events. Visit my website: www.katayoundance.net

Katayoun is a nationally recognized instructor and author specializing in teaching and performing Iranian and Arab folk dance traditions with a modern flair. Her specialties include contemporary Persian dances and classic Egyptian belly dance with expertise in teaching choreography and musicality. Her diverse movement vocabulary, love of Middle Eastern music, and knack for creative drills, are evident in her dance format Raqs Mosaique, a contemporary vision of Middle Eastern dance, infinitely inspired by cultural roots.

Fifi Abdou.الراقصة الجريئة فيفي عبدو

#ForeverFifi

#SanDiego #bellydance Summer Belly Dance Classes w/ Katayoun (Drum Solos!)

Fifi Abdou (Arabic: فيفي عبده‎) is a leading Egyptan belly dancer and actress. She has been described as "synonymous with belly dancing in the years she was ...

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Belly Dancers & Teachers as Activists & Cultural Ambassadors

I need to share this at least once every year. Share in your feed, pages and groups where appropriate. Even if it does not convert anyone, perhaps it will help guide new dancers and teachers on the scene. 🤓

http://www.katayoundance.net/belly-dancers-teachers-activists-cultural-ambassadors/

Katayoun Hutson

katayoundance.net Are you embracing and honoring your role as a teacher and cultural ambassador? Or are you turning your back on a wonderful opportunity? I must admit, I feel disappointment when I encounter a fellow…

"Embrace the Jiggle!"
Belly Dance with Katayoun

Federico’s Academy of Performing Arts

Join us today! $7 special drop in rate.
5:30 Belly Dancing
6:30 BF Kids
7:30 Zumba
8:30 Bachata
Call 619-825-7755 or register online www.fapasd.com

What are the differences and similarities between the ethnicities of Iran?
Check out the post:
https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-and-similarities-between-the-ethnicities-of-Iran

You will always work on technique and physical skills, as there will always be cool new moves to try or a skill you want to improve. You will always need to move to maintain your dancing function.

Give your physical skills the foundation of education from the original cultures to take you even further in your abilities. Your confidence, creativity and artistry will grow and improve exponentially with deeper knowledge and understanding of the music and cultures.

I am still on this journey. Start where you are and keep going.

Katayoun - Cultural Dance Artist & Teacher

San Diego dance enthusiasts: Ready for something different? Explore the exuberant styles of the Middle East and North Africa!

Come dance with me in my signature style which incorporates concepts from Egyptian, Persian and classical ballet, informed by the cultures and music to embody the style.

This performance is from the 2017 Austin Belly Dance Convention (ABDC), one of the industry's best festivals!

Join me Federico’s Academy of Performing Arts!
Wednesdays 5:30pm
Fridays 8:30pm
$7 drop-in month of June. All ages, agilities and genders welcome!

Katayoun Hutson

Thank you Austin for the warm reception.

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Modern Iranian Bandari: Exploring Choreography, Choice-Making, and Communication

In October 2019, I will be presenting Middle Eastern dance at the National Dance Education Conference. As I prepare my movement session, I want to share the basis of my proposal, as well as background information on one of my favorite dance styles, Bandari Iranian folklore!

Read the full article: http://www.katayoundance.net/modern-iranian-bandari-exploring-choreography-choice-making-and-communication/

katayoundance.net In October 2019, for the second year in a year, I will be presenting Middle Eastern dance at the National Dance Education Conference. As I prepare my movement session, I want to share the basis of …

Abigail Keyes Dance

So much, this.

Using inclusive language in belly dance is a change well past due. Let's make a concerted effort to include everyone with our words... not just the "ladies."

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About Bandari: Iranian Folkloric Dance

“Bandari is a spirited Iranian folk dance that is a staple at Persian cultural festivals, parties and pop concerts around the world.”

“Originating in the Persian Gulf region of southern Iran, you will often hear Iranians refer to the dances of this region as joonoobi, meaning ‘from the south’. Historically a strategic and popular trade route, Bandari and other dances from the region reflect the cultural influences of Persian, Arab and African trance and healing traditions.” “These cultural influences manifest in a variety of ways in the movement vocabulary, music, costuming and staging.”

“Highly energetic, bandari is a solo and group dance with movements of the hips, torso, arms, hands, shoulders, and head, layered over earthy steps and tribal formations. Bandari in social practice and staged performance, depicts movements and moods ranging from the celebratory to the ritualistic.”

A variety of flavors of bandari stylizations have developed, particularly as modern Bandari dance songs become increasingly more popular. The pop songs often depict rhythms, arrangements, and moods reflecting bandari’s mixed cultural origins, often modified with electronic sounds.

As the music is modernized, costuming can also reflect a more contemporary depiction with the use of theatrical textiles, while drawing inspiration from and maintaining the look of the traditional clothing.

Bandari challenges participants with movements that are both core-intensive and aerobic, inspiring the dancer to acquire nuanced skills to become a more versatile and informed dance creator, educator, and performer.

About Katayoun
A recent transplant to San Diego, CA, Katayoun Hutson is a master teacher, author and national presenter. She served the Washington, D.C. area as a respected leader in the performing arts community, earning a reputation among students and colleagues as a passionate and dedicated creative force. Founder of the Mosaïque Collaborative (formerly Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts) in Sterling, VA, she specializes in Iranian and Arab dance traditions with approximately 400 hours of advanced and specialty training in Middle Eastern dance and music. An educator and dance instructor with over 8,000 teaching hours in the classroom and the studio, her methodology highlights the aesthetics of cultural dance with a body positive approach aimed for dancers of all ages and abilities.

Music: Bandari, by Hassan Shamaeezadeh
Dancers: Troupe Eshveh (Amira, Jennifer, Irina, Meg, Becky, Suzana, Sitara, Shukufeh, Katayoun)

Learn more at http://katayoundance.net

Belly Dance with Nisaa

There is a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth going on in the (ahem WESTERN) belly dance world right now over the new phenomenon of what I would call "go-go bar" style dancing in certain high-end Egyptian nightclubs. The collective freakout that is happening over these clips (Gasp! They are moving so sexually! Gasp! Their costumes are so skimpy! Gasp! Proper belly dance is deeeeead...) ignores several important facts:

1. IMO, they're not really traditional belly dancing per se...what they're doing is really a new and distinct style. Yes, it's done to Arabic music, and yes, it borrows a lot of belly dance movement vocabulary. But it also borrows a lot from mahraganat sha'abi vocabulary. Egyptians are allowed to like more than one kind of dancing, y'all.

2. Even if you categorize what they're doing as belly dance, this represents a FRACTION of the lived reality of belly dance in Egypt. I think it speaks more to the mentality of Western dancers and aficionados of the dance that the only "visible" Egyptian dance for most is what occurs at high-end nightclubs, 5-star hotels, tourist boats, and dance festivals/workshops. This ignores the LEGIONS of sha'abi belly dancers performing at the innumerable weddings of ordinary people, the places where, other than movies/TV, regular people are most likely to see/consume professional dance entertainment. It's also important to note that the Egyptian teachers who dominate the workshop circuit also have a low opinion of sha'abi dancers (and awalim and ghawazi), even when they do teach some version of those styles, which reinforces the "filter" through which foreigners interpret what is "correct" Egyptian belly dance.

3. Sexuality has always been part of belly dance. REPEAT, sexuality has always been part of belly dance. It just manifests in different ways and to different degrees in different dance contexts. Sexual innuendo has ALWAYS been a part of professional belly dance performance at Egyptian weddings. Do dancers sometimes push it beyond what is considered appropriate WITHIN their own culture? Sure! But it's not really up to us to police that.

4. ALL belly dancers are marginal in Egyptian society, so these dancers are no more "scandalous" than Dina or any other famous dance performer in Egypt.

Yeesh. Folks need to chill out and let the culture follow its own course. It's not up to people outside Egypt to dictate what direction they take their own music and dance.

THIS THURSDAY, May 2!
Join us for a candid discussion about the new belly dance economy. Learn how you can navigate, survive and thrive moving forward! This is a free webinar, but you must register.
REGISTER: https://bellydancebusinessacademy.teachable.com/p/surviving-and-thriving-in-the-new-bellydance-economy/?affcode=47015_cvqerkvi

This is too good to miss! If you are not able to join live, be sure to register so you can have access to the recording.

When you sign up, you will also be able to register for all classes (many are FREE) at the Belly Dance Business Academy.

We believe in you!

Persian & Iranian Dance Sampler

Persian dance refers to the traditional dance styles of Iran. Traditional Iranian dance styles are characterized by expressive upper body movements, intricate steps and dazzling spins. There are a variety of Persian performance and Iranian regional styles, each with its own unique flavor, though they share some similarities.

Persian dance is a challenging dance style to perform, yet the fluid movements can seem deceptively simple. Beautiful arms, hands, and postures are the hallmark of this style, along with leaning poses and graceful controlled steps.

While belly dance and Persian dance are different styles historically, musically, and culturally, many dancers study the two forms side by side as they complement one another in a dancer's repertoire and offer excellent cross-training.

A recent transplant to San Diego, CA, Katayoun Hutson is a master teacher, author and national presenter. She served the Washington, D.C. area as a respected leader in the performing arts community, earning a reputation among students and colleagues as a passionate and dedicated creative force. Founder of the Mosaïque Collaborative (formerly Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts in Sterling, VA), she specializes in Iranian and Arab dance traditions with approximately 400 hours of advanced and specialty training in Middle Eastern dance and music. An educator and dance instructor with over 8,000 teaching hours in the classroom and the studio, her methodology highlights the aesthetics of cultural dance with a body positive approach aimed for dancers of all ages and abilities.

Learn more at: http://katayoundance.net

Choreography by Katayoun Hutson

Music
Classical Persian Dance: "Sayyad" by Alireza Eftekhari
Azari and Kordi: "Sozalah" by Bijan Mortazavi
Kereshmeh: "Kereshmeh" by Nassar Cheshmazar
Ghassemabadi: "banefshe Gol" by Faramarz Mahjoob
Bandari: "Dokh Bandar" by Afo

#PersianDance #IranianDance #bellydancestudio #SanDiegoDance

[04/26/19]   Persian dance refers to the traditional dance styles of Iran. Traditional Iranian dance styles are characterized by expressive upper body movements, intricate steps and dazzling spins. There are a variety of Persian performance and Iranian regional styles, each with its own unique flavor, though they share some similarities.

Persian dance is a challenging dance style to perform, yet the fluid movements can seem deceptively simple. Beautiful arms, hands, and postures are the hallmark of this style, along with leaning poses and graceful controlled steps.

While belly dance and Persian dance are different styles historically, musically, and culturally, many dancers study the two forms side by side as they complement one another in a dancer's repertoire and offer excellent cross-training.

A recent transplant to San Diego, CA, Katayoun Hutson is a master teacher, author and national presenter. She served the Washington, D.C. area as a respected leader in the performing arts community, earning a reputation among students and colleagues as a passionate and dedicated creative force. Founder of the Mosaique Collaborative (formerly Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts in Sterling, VA), she specializes in Iranian and Arab dance traditions with approximately 400 hours of advanced and specialty training in Middle Eastern dance and music. An educator and dance instructor with over 8,000 teaching hours in the classroom and the studio, her methodology highlights the aesthetics of cultural dance with a body positive approach aimed for dancers of all ages and abilities.

Learn more at: www.katayoundance.net

Choreography by Katayoun

Music
Classical Persian Dance: "Sayyad" by Alireza Eftekhari
Azari and Kordi: "Sozalah" by Bijan Mortazavi
Kereshmeh: "Kereshmeh" by Nassar Cheshmazar
Ghassemabadi: "banefshe Gol" by Faramarz Mahjoob
Bandari: "Dokh Bandar" by Afo

Abigail Keyes Dance

As a linguaphile and dancer, I appreciate this so much! Thank you Abigail Keyes!

You don't have to be fluent in Arabic to be an accomplished belly dancer. But... understanding how Arabic works is essential. Here are 7 things all belly dancers need to know about the Arabic language.

http://www.akeyesdance.com/arabic-basics-for-belly-dancers/

My studio today! #dancewhereyouare #persiandance #raqssharki #dancebythebay

#ndeo2019 #DanceTeachCreate

ndeo.org/conf2019

"There is a fear among some belly dancers of dancing to traditional Arabic music because they don’t want to do anything wrong or insult the culture. They may be afraid that it is too much work or too complicated for them to learn because it’s a foreign language and culture. There is a misconception that dancing to classical Arabic music is only for those who have that special something or are close to the culture. Another very common misconception is that Arabic music limits your creativity, and that fusion music and dance allows the dancer more freedom of expression and individuality.

Let’s dispel these fears and misconceptions before we explore further, that everything you need to know for a meaningful and memorable performance, regardless of your current music choices, can be learned and incorporated in your dance by studying classical Arabic music."

READ MORE: http://www.katayoundance.net/arabic-classic-songs-everything-you-need-to-know-for-a-meaningful-and-memorable-performance/

Belly Dance Business Academy

Thursday May 2 at 8pm (Central US)
Join Amy Sigil, Abigail Keyes, Jill Parker, Tori Haflon, Sophia Ravenna and Terri Allred (with moderators Sara Shrapnell and Lisa Allred) for a discussion on Surviving and Thriving in the New Belly Dance Economy
Free. All are welcome.

https://bellydancebusinessacademy.teachable.com/p/surviving-and-thriving-in-the-new-bellydance-economy/

[03/26/19]   Had a great Zumba class here earlier. Tried some contemporary tonight! I won't lie. It was pretty challenging, but I tried to channel my best Ayperi Leyla. I may not be able to move tomorrow. #contemporarydance with Katayoun Hutson #fishoutofwater

Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year) and Happy Spring to all my friends!
#Nowruz #PersianNewYear #VernalEquinox #HappySpring #PersianDance #Iranians

Authentic Persian and Iranian dance performance and instruction: www.katayoundance.net
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Belly Dance Business Academy

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Teaching Multi-Level Classes with Katayoun Hutson
Essential Elements of a Beginner Belly Dance Class with Katayoun (FREE)
How to Keep Your Classes Fresh with Katayoun Hutson

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Happy International Women's Day! #WomensHistoryMonth

I would like to recognize Om Kulthum, the most revered Arab singer of all time. Even if you have never had interest in Arab music or dance, you have probably heard her music in western pop. "Enta Omri," her most revered song, has been played in concerts by Shakira and Beyoncé.

She is called “The Voice of Egypt.” Her songs are known for their melancholy love themes. Her music is required study for all Arab musicians and dancers. She is, even in death, the best-selling artist in the Arab world (22 countries, 400+ million people). If you are a belly dancer, you have danced to her music and may not even know it; and if you haven't, you absolutely must!

Om Kulsum
Born: December 30, 1898
Died: February 3, 1975
Famous works include:
“Enta Omri” (You Are My Life)
“Ana Fi Intizarak” (I’m Waiting For You)
“Alf Layla We Layla” (One Thousand and One Nights)
“Enta el Hob” (You Are Love)

#OmKulthum #UmmKalthoum #ArabMusic #ClassicalEgyptianMusic #InternationalWomensDay #BellyDanceClassics

Katayoun Hutson
www.Katayoundance.net
Egyptian Classical Music De-Mystified: http://katayoun-dance.teachable.com/p/how-to-dance-to-belly-dance-classics

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Videos (show all)

About Bandari: Iranian Folkloric Dance
Persian & Iranian Dance Sampler
Authentic Persian Dance Show for Nowrouz!
Authentic Persian Dance Show for Nowruz!
Persian Candle Dance with Katayoun and Mosaique Students
Katayoun's Assaya (double cane) solo
Poetry in Motion: Traveling, Turns & Transitions with Beautiful Arms and Hands
Dance Safety Tips
Lamma Bada Persian-Arab fusion clip
Belly Dance Teacher Training with Katayoun
Katayoun - Bandari Iranian Folklore Dance

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