About Keti - Bellydance Performer & Teacher

"Hello, I'm Keti. I began bellydancing at 17 & was performing professionally in Cairo by my early 20's. Studying Islamic Art History for my University degree enriched my love of dance culture. My teaching & performance spans many countries, with seasonal 5 Star performance contracts in Egypt, Malaysia & Singapore.

I teach Bellydance with a somatic, musical approach & enjoy supporting our A-Z dance community worldwide. We've been dancing, creating & sharing our art through the A-Z methodology for over 20 years. A-Z is taught in 40 countries.

I spent years documenting live Egyptian music, integrating this into the courses, as it dramatically improves the dancer's musicality & technique. A-Z Bellydance distills 30 years of research, artistic work with Egyptian artists & hosting cultural events in Egypt. My wonderful mentors, Farida Fahmy & the late Egyptian choreographer Mahmoud Reda have influenced me greatly. Their friendship & support has given my artistic vision deep roots."

Watch Keti's Performances

Culture & Wellbeing; The Heart of my Artistic Vision

"My life-long interest in bellydance for wellbeing led me to study Somatics (mindful/internally focused movement) with Dr Martha Eddy in the USA. Somatics & body-mind connection has been my passion since my early 20's, when I started out as a fitness & wellbeing instructor. It connects dancers to their movement, enhancing both choreography & improvisation. Deeply healing, it promotes a sense of body awareness, relaxed presence & total wellbeing. I find it grounding, which makes us more resilient in our day-to-day lives.

After spending most of my adult life in Egypt & abroad, I recently returned to Australia. Co-creating with talented & visionary musician & percussionist, Sam Nascimento allows me to continue this work in Australia. Together we are refreshing A-Z Courses & producing the Isis Rises Operetta by author, Moustafa Gadalla. This work is very fulfilling & I honour all my creative guides & students."  

Other web spaces:

Rhythmic Essence www.rhythmicessence.com

Keti's Online Courses https://a-zbellydance.teachable.com

Isis Rises Operetta http://isisrisesoperetta.com

Farida Fahmy http://www.faridafahmy.com

Life & Work in Egypt

"In Egypt, I lived between Cairo & the Red Sea. I hosted cultural tours for years & documented the work of artists including Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda & Dr. Shahira Mehrez. My journey has led me to explore the deeper levels of bellydancing & its particular energetic nuances within the Egyptian cultural stylings. This work also ventures into wellbeing, musical connectivity, cultural nuance & Somatics in Arabic dance. I continue this work in Australia, and hope to return to Egypt again soon."

'The Art of Bellydance' Book

"My research culminated in a book published by Allen & Unwin in 2004. This book won awards at the Canadian International Book Fair & the first print run sold sold out completely worldwide, within a year. The publisher went on to print a second edition & many libraries around the world now have this book as a resource. There are limited hard copies available."