Hadassah is an award-winning certified professional oriental belly dancer. She is the only dancer in the Pittsburgh area to be certified by Jasmin Jahal and Sahra Saeeda. Her hard work culminated in the recent award of "Outstanding Dancer (Female)" presented to her by Guiding Star Dance Foundation. She has performed in various venues in multiple states including private parties, parks, community and cultural festivals, an art exhibition, competitions, Carnegie Mellon University, and theaters. Hadassah dances with the beautiful Amethyst, Pittsburgh's only dancer certified by Bellydance Superstar Ansuya.
Hadassah has taken workshops from world-reknowned Yousry Sharif (NY) and Jasmin Jahal (IL). She is certified by international stars Jasmin Jahal (IL, Technique Level 1) and Sahra Saeeda (CA) in her Journey Through Egypt program (Levels 1 and 2). This program teaches not only dance steps from the many folkloric dances of the country, but also the historical and cultural context of dance and the differences in styling between folkloric dancing, troupe productions, and Cairo's night club oriental scene.
Locally, she studied Middle Eastern dance initially under Renea Bishop (FL/PA), and was invited to join her dance troupe Shimmies in Motion after just two months of study because of Hadassah's acute ability to break down and learn moves and her dedication to practice. Locally, she also has studied Middle Eastern dance with several other performers. Her dedication and enthusiasm quickly launched her to the front of her first dance group and into competitions.
Hadassah has studied Indian dance styles through Guiding Star Dance Foundation and debuted in their hit theatrical production "Living in America". She is honored to remain Guiding Star Dance Foundation's Dance Captain.
Hadassah's dance experience began with baton twirling, where she became head majorette in college, choreographing and performing solo and duet routines to live band music. She later studied international ballroom dancing, where she was particularly fond of the Latin dances and the tango. She also has taken workshops and classes in various other dance styles such as ballet and tap to broaden her dance exposure and experience and trained in modeling. In addition to her dance background, Hadassah is a certified fitness instructor and a frequent writer for the Middle Eastern dance magazine Zaghareet!.
Hadassah loves to perform and will gladly customize a performance to your preferences. She performs solo or collaboratively with other artists. In the realm of instruction, Hadassah enjoys teaching beginner students who have no or very little knowledge of dance and watching them explore, develop, and experience the joys of dance for the first time.
Some testimonials about Hadassah include:
"It was indeed a pleasure to witness your magnificent performance. I was mesmerized and captivated by your dancing talents and the passion you displayed during the performance. You were absolutely beautiful and aglow. You exuded the charisma necessary to keep an audience completely rapt in the dancing as it supported the theme of the performance. I've never sat through such a performance, knowing full well that it was not my "cup of tea" but I was so rapt in it, I think my "tea" has changed flavors." -Michael Peters
"Hadassah did a very good job. But afterwards people in the audience were asking for more! I put on a fun song that Hadassah had not heard before and we [improvised] for the audience. That was amazing!" -Another Belly Dancer at SCS Day
"We would have kept you all night if we could!" -Audience member at Carnegie Mellon University performance
"Both innocent and gorgeous!" -Leah Paras