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~Serena~

Serena is considered one of the foremost authorities on the art of Middle Eastern bellydance. For the past several decades, she has performed at major concert halls in the United States as well as Europe and the Middle East. In Egypt, she is called an "artiste". Her dance style, with its grace and power, has international appeal.

Serena has given retrospectives on the dance at the Bruno Walter auditorium at Lincoln Center. She has taught at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and at the International Dance Festival in Kuopio, Finland. Her dance inspired Dr. Paul Monty to apply to New York University for his doctorate in Middle Eastern Dance, the first time that this subject was chosen.

She appeared often with the New York Opera Company, as the lead dancer in "Aida". When the Metkal Kenawi musicians of Upper Egypt made their only New York appearance, she was the dancer asked to perform with them.

In August 1997, she taught and performed in Nuremberg for the European publishers of "Tanz Orientale" and she has been part of a weeklong dance festival at the International Creative Dance and Movement Center in Budapest.

For several years she was the choreographer for the Egyptian folkloric show at Club Ibis, a lavish Egyptian nightclub in New York.

Throughout the years Serena has been favorably reviewed by many of the leading dance critics. Dance Magazine said of her performance at the New York Dance Festival at Delacorte theater; "Better than anything I saw in the Middle East." In 1971 LIFE magazine's three page article on Serena caused a nationwide craze to learn this dance form.

Serena's textbooks on her technique were first printed by Simon & Schuster and again later by McGraw-Hill. Her articles devoted to the dance form have appeared in numerous magazines.

Serena has done much in her lifetime to promote the beauty and integrity of bellydancing. With it's graceful control and discipline, the bellydance is a magnificent expression of feminine power.

Serena's pioneering vision has contributed to the acceptance of Middle-Eastern dance in the United States.

Her career, which started at the legendary Egyptian Gardens, includes thousands of cabaret performances as well as concert appearances. She produced the first bellydance concert at New York's Town Hall.

She presents master dance classes at major colleges and institutions throughout the world, and her dance company has performed at cultural events such as the grand opening of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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