SUMMER ZUMBA & BELLY DANCE CLASSES START 6/17! Drop-ins welcome.
SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION
Belly dance, Zumba and more.
Mirah Ammal & Charisse Sisou host Sahra Saida's JOURNEY THROUGH EGYPT I in Chicago July 3-5, 2015
TC RAKS! 2015 and The Spoooooktacular Show!
October 9-11, 2015
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Donations to Al-Bahira are tax-deductable. Your gift of any amount enables our artists to continue bringing a unique voice and educational opportunities to the community.
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Al-Bahira Middle Eastern
Dance Theater is professional dance troupe dedicated to the performance, education, and creative
presentation of dance as a living and ever-evolving art form.
Under the artistic direction of Mirah Ammal, Al-Bahira maintains a performance repertoire that is rooted in authentic regional dance and music forms. Our unique approach is contemporary yet deeply respectful of the rich traditions and cultural context of the original forms. We specialize in:
Raqs as-sharqi ("belly
Folkloric dances of the
Middle East, Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), North Africa and surrounding areas
Creative theatric and fusion works
Aalim School of Dance, Al-Bahira's educational partner, provides weekly
belly dance classes, plus
dance and music workshops to hundreds of students at two locations in the Twin Cities area.
Mirah Ammal and Al-Bahira dancers perform for cultural events, educational events, festivals, weddings, parties and other special events. Mirah Ammal is also available for educational seminars and workshop instruction.
Learn more about booking the ensemble or an
Al-Bahira soloist for your event.
Al-Bahira Dance Theater is a not-for-profit organization with fiscal
through Springboard for the Arts. Al-Bahira project
activities are made possible in part by a grant from the
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (supported in part by an
appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and the
Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) and through the
generosity of individual donors like you.
Al-Bahira Dance Theater: Contemporary "belly dance" style promo shot (top, photo by PCML Photography) Back row: Lauren, Charlene, Afrita, Perizada, Amara, Habibah, Ameerah, Ozeta, Fareehah, Inara, Iscah; Center group clockwise from top: Mirah Ammal (artisitic director), DeeDee, Kathleen, Anjela, Alicia.
Egyptian (Saidi) folklore performance at Festival of Nations (bottom photo) Back row: David, Wayne (percussion); Standing row: Chaoyun, Alicia, Mirah Ammal (artistic director), Avni (percussion), Amara, Perizada, Vivian; Seated row: Ozeta, Iscah, Fareehah, Anjela; Front: Adara.