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Awards and Honors
Featured Artist and Competition Judge East Coast Classic 2017
Instructor Competition Judge, and Featured Artist at Jewels of the Orient Bellydance and Wellness Festival 2016
Instructor, Competition Judge, and featured artist at the 2nd Annual Dangerous Curves Convention 2015
Instructor and Featured artist 3rd Annual
Art of the Belly 2013
Judge for 2010 Belly Dance Nationals
Celebrity Judge "Belly Dance Project"
Josephine Baker Award for Contributions to Dance
Featured in Elan Magazine for the Arts "Amustela "
Jewel of the Nile, First Runner up 2004
Jewel fo the Nile, third place 2006
Jewel of the Nile "Best in Business"
East Coast Belly Dance Classic
People's Choice Grand Champion 2004
2nd Place Troupe 2005
Cover and featured artist "Amustela the Dancer with the Midas Touch" Washington Middle Eastern Dance Association
The"Middle Eastern & Mediterranean
Award of Distinction" from Adriana, 2003
and many more featured performer, artist, guest instructor and honors too numerous to mention.....
Amustela is an award winning performer and master instuctor of "Danse Orientale", Raks Sharqi or Belly Dance with a long history of "restaurant performance" in the metropolitan DC area and now resides in Charlotte NC. She was a regular presence in the DMV area restaurant and show scene from 2000 - 2017. She is a fantastic workshop instructor and enjoys traveling to share her over 25 years of experience in the art.
In 2017 there will be a reboot of the original "Ladies of Sansar" to TROUPE SANSAR. Looking for 3-5 dancers interested in the Charlotte NC area to join Troupe Sansar - a dance troupe that will perform traditional and contemporty choreographies, Looking for dancers that would be interested in performing at such venues as Art of the Belly, Jewels of the Orient, Dangerous Curves Festival and more.
Amustela's dance style is described as vintage cabaret, Oriental or "American Cabaret". She is considered an expert in the evolution of this style in America and a master instructor in the art. She is also a afficinado of the "Golden Age" of Egyptian Film
She is known for fun, informative and valuable workshops - please contact to book a workshop for your group, troupe or event!
(see Schedule and Links page for more information)
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Please visit my Schedule page to see where I am performing or teaching near you!
Amustela was one of the Celebrity Judges for season #1 of the belly dance reality series
"The Belly Dance Project".
All three episodes of season #1 are available to view at www.topbellydancer.com
COMING SOON!!! Amustela will be hosting web based workshops and lessons! Stay tuned for further updates!
Award Winning Belly Dancer Master Instructor and Artist
Amustela's inspirations and influences have been,
Samia Gamal - Naima Akef - Tahia Karioka
and many stars of the "Golden Age" of Egyptian film.
The pioneers of American Cabaret - Jamila Salimpour, Ibraham Farrah,
Serena Wilson, Aida al Adawi, Aisha Ali, Azia, Delilah, and many more...
(always appreciate the teachers that shared their passion and paved the way before you...)
Habiba of Philadelphia
Adriana of Washington D.C.
Suzanna Del Vecchio
and the incomparable Helena Vlahos
"Always find the joy in the dance,
without emotion there is no dance.
I'm just having fun. " Amustela
Recent Fusion Performance at "Raks Rendezvous" November 2016