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West Virginia: Wild, Wonderful, and Full of Middle Eastern Dance?

posted on: Sep 16, 2015

When you think of West Virginia, what pops into your mind? Beautiful mountains, college cities, and outdoor recreation are what most imagine. What would you say if I told you that the state is also home to several talented Middle Eastern dance performers and troupes? It’s true! In almost every larger city, there is a bellydance troupe along with solo performers that range from beginners to international stars!

In a state that is not as culturally diverse as most, these dedicated teachers and students are working hard to bring Middle Eastern cultural awareness to the area. They offer classes in all styles of Middle Eastern dance and folklore, certification programs, and lots of opportunities to perform throughout the community. One individual in particular is putting together an all-day event to bring dancers from all over the region to the capitol city.

Susan Hughart is a Hip Curve certified instructor and a well-loved performer and competitor in the bellydance circuit. She has created this event to give dancers in the state a chance to mingle and further their education with workshops as well as promoting the art and culture to the public with an authentic style hafla.  The evening will be filled with powerful performances and feature live music by Pittsburgh’s Middle Eastern band, Ishtar.

The workshops offered for dancers are Mahraganat Shaabi and Dancing to Live Music taught by internationally recognized instructor Tiffani Ahdia. There is also a crash course introduction to hand drumming by Davi ! Registration is open with discounted early-bird pricing good through Sept 30th. Workshops will be held from 1pm-4pm with the hafla/show beginning at 7pm. During the hafla, the lodge will have a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. For more information on the event, please go to Susan’s website at Do not miss your chance to see the talent that this state offers!