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The Gilded Serpent presents...

Ziah Ali

Awalim Dance Company Director

Ziah Ali, Director of Awalim Dance Company, is an internationally recognized Tribal belly dance performer, instructor, and event producer. Her dynamic style is technically complex, historically informed, musically sensitive, and keeps the pure joy of belly dance front and center in every performance.

Ziah is the founder and producer of Crossroads & Origins Fusion Festival, an award-winning, intimate style festival with an emphasis on history and discussion. coming up July 12-14, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga. Instructors are Artemis Mourat and Amel Tafsout. Workshops will be less about acquiring a combo and more about learning the roots of bellydance. Dancers will experience Sufism/ healing through whirling and Trance Dance, Turkish Oriental Dance, Turkish Romany Dance , North African dances like Nayli: the dance of the Ouled Nayl, Tunisian Dance plus group discussions with the C&O teachers.

Ziah is also the founder and producer of TribalCon, her innovative and award-winning annual Tribal festival, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. February 21-24, 2014. This year’s theme is the Mommas and Poppas of Tribal Bellydance; Carolena Nericcio, Mardi Love, Maria Hamer, Christine Andrews, Paulette Rees-Denis, Jeff Reese, Al Cofrin, Jeremiah Soto and Carmine Guida are all on the roster of instructors.

Her critically acclaimed “Yalla! Yalla!” features Awalim live and is available on DVD.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Ziah spent five years as a true camping nomad, traveling the nation learning from movement teachers. These studies in Persian, Rajisthani, North African, Turkish Rom, Egyptian styles and good ole American bellydance inform Ziah’s vibrant fusion. Since putting down roots in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999, Ziah has worked to cultivate a community of well informed and ethical dancers in the region. This total commitment to professionalism, sustainable technique, artistic discipline, and endurance has shaped the face of Tribal in the Southeast and beyond.

Now international, Ziah remains invested in her local community. Her dance company, Awalim, is in its 14th year continuing to evolve and set a high standard for polished performance. Ziah maintains both an ongoing local teaching practice and a student dance company.

She hosts seminars with other notable instructors, and produces ongoing events around Atlanta, providing significant performance forums for professional artists in the region. Her newest love is studying the frame drum and davul, percussion instruments that allow her to stand and move.

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Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Ziah Ali

  • Venue Woes, Adventures in Event Production
    My philosophy is that dance teachers should make a living wage, be well fed and rested, and then, they will give you a great product as a result. Attendees should have a place to stay that is near (or in) the venue of the event. Events should be reasonably priced, and affordable food should be available nearby. Simple, right?