About Keti Sharif & A-Z Bellydance
Thank you for visiting the A-Z Bellydance website. I'm Keti - a dancer and producer of cultural films, events and resources. For many years I lived in Egypt, where I organised Sphinx Festivals and documented the work of many talented artists, including Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda and Dr. Shahira Mehrez. The vanishing traditional arts of Egypt, from dance to costume, music, moulids, and textiles, are my particular area of interest, and I currently am working on a production that explores these traditional arts.
For years I have been exploring the powerful energy of dance, and connecting the various dynamic aspects of musicality and musical resonance, sacred geometry and somatic expression - through practical research, teaching and studying around the world. The spectrum is vast, but beautifully interconnected. A-Z Bellydance, AstroBelly and the Flower of Life, all integrate aspects of sacred geometry and the elements.
Dancing since childhood, my family were organisers of ethnic dance and music events, particularly Roma events including Esma, the 'Queen of the Gypsies', which inspired me greatly. I began bellydancing at 17, and this interest led me to travel to Egypt in my early twenties, researching Islamic Art History for my Fine Arts degree. I journeyed to Morocco, Greece, Jordan and even lived in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border for a time. I continued to return to Egypt to study and dance, and in the year 2000, A-Z bellydance was created.
I performed in many countries including Egypt from a young age, opting for live music when possible, and hosted tours and festivals in Egypt and Australia. My early years of research culminated in a book published by Allen and Unwin. In my mid 30's I moved to Egypt and lived there for the next 15 years, gradually phasing out performing in lieu of researching complimentary traditional arts and healing modalities, to support the evolution of my projects, exploring new courses including yoga teacher training, reflexology and musical studies, particularly the field of psycho-acoustics.
As a former fitness instructor, with a background in group fitness and perinatal exercise, I prefer to work with safe and natural movement, particularly the gravity-rich Egyptian dance styles, and integrate connected energetic arts to balance body and mind.