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Katya Faris Bellydance Artist

Belly Dancer from Indianapolis, IN - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$150 - $1500 per event
Katya Faris, M.A. Ethnomusicology, *Best of 2015* *Best of 2014* *Best of 2013*, is a World Class bellydancer, instructor, choreographer and director that has been dancing in the traditions of the Middle East since she was a young girl of 11, and danced with her Persian family in-laws and friends in Los Angeles, California. Katya is co-producing an Arab music CD for bellydance in Detroit with music producer Nader Harb, "Raqsat Katya", which she and her music got featured in Patty Greer's new film, "The Women of Today". Katya works closely with her Egyptian mentor, Ehab Gadalla, and several Arab American institutions for her educational programs. She is the preferred dancer amongst Middle Eastern venues, musicians, and families, and has danced in Chicago, Detroit, NYC, LA, Miami, London, Sweden, South Korea, as well as upcoming shows in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. She is also a favorite model of Shahraman Palace, a bellydance costume designer in Beirut, Lebanon, and exclusively wears couture costumes made for her by Shahraman. Katya has appeared in TV commercials in the US and the UK for clients such as CBS and the BBC.

She received a "Best of 2013 Award" based on her clients' reviews on GigMasters! On January 14, 2013 she was the featured performer in the GigMasters blog, "The Life of the Party", in their Real Event Spotlight, "A 60th Birthday Roast"! She was the principle dancer for Salaam Middle Eastern Music and Dance Ensemble, and has worked with other musicians such as Latif Bolat, Amir El Saffar, and Francis Batayeh. She is known for her graciousness and musicality, and has brought people to tears with her emotive interpretation of the music. Come see Katya at Prestige Family Club in Detroit, Michigan once a month with an Arabic live band!

Katya has complete command of the event when she dances, and nothing makes her happier than bringing a smile to people's faces, and joy to their hearts! She has been blessed with performing for literally hundreds of gigs in her performance lifetime, and has consistently been Indy's favorite bellydancer for restaurants, hookah cafes, and special events. She has had the honor of dancing for political dignitaries, royalty, and Hollywood actors at exclusive private functions such as the NFL Superbowl XLVI ESPN private party in Indy, Verizon Wireless Music Center Casbah Tent, Chicago River East Art Center K.I.S.S. corporate fundraiser, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibits. From Beverly Hills mansions to Iowa campgrounds, Katya's passion for the dance extends to all people, and she takes her job to the highest level by caring for your event with the utmost respect and attention to detail. You can trust her with entertaining you for the special occasions of your life, such as weddings, bridal showers and birthday parties. In this age of "Instant Bellydancer Just Add Water", Katya's artistic integrity is a refreshing reminder that it takes years of practice to hone the skills necessary to be called "the real thing" by her Middle Eastern clients, and is the highest and most humbling honor she has received in her reviews. Hiring Katya means you've got a real pro!

She received her M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, and produced the "Mosaic Dance Concert Series" at the John Waldron Art Center Auditorium in 2008, and at the Buskirk Chumley Theatre with the Bellydance Superstars in 2011. While she does bellydance shows for all types of events, she also does cultural education multi-media presentations on Middle Eastern folk dance and music for children of all ages, including several university presentations. Her vast knowledge of authentic dance techniques and musical forms is matched by her subtlety, grace, and personal charm. A typical performance with Katya features her dancing in the traditions of Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, and American cabaret style Raqs Sharqi ("Oriental Dance"), all complete with superb finger cymbal playing and veils. She also uses Isis Wings, fanveils, candles, swords and canes for her shows, and is a real crowd pleaser!

Katya currently is a course instructor with IUPUI in their Department of Continuing Education, and also teaches out of her home studio, the Mosaic Dance Academy. From 2002-6 she taught at Indiana University, Bloomington Campus where she was the Director of the Middle Eastern Dance Program at the Student Recreation Sports Center (SRSC).

Katya's performances always generate a great deal of energy and excitement. Audiences have responded to her dances with overwhelming enthusiasm. Her talent and loyalty to an authentic traditional style have proven to be both educational and entrancing!
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
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A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

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She is one of the best belly dancer I met. She made my big day extra special with her amazing dance. Loved her dance and also her personality she's a sweet heart.

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Katya was by far the best of the best. So professional and very talented. She gave the wedding a taste of its own. Everyone loved her performances. She was always so accommodating and even gave us great ideas on how to do things. I'm really so glad I hired her for my wedding because everyone is talking about it and about how great she was. I will definitely book her again for all of our upcoming events. Katya, your performance, talent and everything you did for us was five stars. Thank you again so much! You really are an amazing person and a very much talented belly dancer!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Katya was absolutely amazing! ! Very professional and extremely talented! She's the perfect addition to a party. Her show is classy and very entertaining.

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2016
Aug
20
Wedding
Livonia, MI
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Aug
7
Wedding
Southgate, MI
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2016
Jul
23
Wedding Reception
Indianapolis, IN
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
Jun
23
Fundraiser
Milan, OH
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2016
Jun
10
Birthday Party (Adult)
Columbus, OH
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2016
May
21
Birthday Party (Adult)
Noblesville, IN
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Please note Katya Faris Bellydance Artist will also travel to Zionsville, Carmel, Whitestown, Brownsburg, Westfield, Fishers, Avon, Pittsboro, Sheridan, Noblesville, Beech Grove, Lebanon, Lizton, Mc Cordsville, Plainfield, Crawfordsville, Hillisburg, Cicero, Camby, Danville, Goldsmith, Arcadia, Greenwood, Kirklin, Fortville, Ingalls, Jamestown, New Palestine, Stockwell, Clayton.
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