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Azura

Regina, Saskatchewan

Azura has performed in Egypt, in Seattle, and in Canadian communities between the western prairie city of Calgary, Alberta and the ship building town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on the eastern seaboard. 

Azura travels frequently for workshops and performances.  She attended the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in Toronto in both 2012 and 2010, dancing on the open stage and taking workshops with instructors such as Mahmoud Reda.  She teaches workshops in various Canadian provinces and ongoing classes in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Additionally, Azura has been a featured artist at dance festivals in Saskatchewan. Azura is a versatile dancer who performs in many styles and uses the veil, double veil, cane, zills, candles, and fan.  Her performances are known for their dynamic use of the veil, musical interpretation, and audience interaction. 

In 2008, Azura performed on a cruise ship on the Nile and at a hotel on the Red Sea.  She taught a class during her trip to Egypt and took classes with Raqia Hassan, Aida Noor and Khairiyya.  She also performed with Juno-nominated world music artist Pavlo at the Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw in 2008.  

Azura continually upgrades her technique and performance skills.  She took Hadia’s professional dance training program in 2009 and studied with Jalilah and Denise Enan in 2007.  She has been strongly influenced by Hadia, Suzy, Aziza and Beata and Horacio Cifuentes.  Azura is continuing her dance education through workshops and private lessons with master performers from all over the world, including Raqia Hassan, Aida Noor, Aziza, Jillina, Cassandra, Delilah, Beata and Horacio Cifuentes, Shahrazad, Suhaila Salimpour, Hadia, Jalilah, Sarita, and Denise Enan.  

Azura served the bellydancing community as the president of the Regina Association of Middle Eastern Dance for four years.  She frequently performs with the world music band Skin and Bone and contributes regularly to bellydancing journals.  She is also a former member of Zarifah Dance Troupe in Regina.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by Azura

  • Regina Raks! Canadian Dance Community Flourishes on the Prairies
    The increasing professionalization of dance has been the second major change over the past decade. There is more competition for students and paid performance opportunities, which has affected attendance at shows and may have reduced the cohesiveness of the dance community to some extent.