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Latifa began performing and teaching Middle Eastern Dance in the mid- 1970's in Europe and San Francisco. In Spain she formed a dance troupe, while working in nightclubs and restaurants in Southern Spain, Ibiza and the Canary Islands. She also did some work in commercials for British television. Upon returning to San Francisco, she danced in several clubs including the Bagdad, the Greek Taverna, and the Mykonos where she also booked the bands and hired other dancers.
In 1991, after taking several years away from dance to pursue a graduate degree at University of California at Berkeley, she began performing regularly at the Cairo Cafe in Mill Valley. At this time, she also began teaching dance again in Sausalito. From this group of students the Dancers of DeNile was formed.
Since 2004, she has produced the Carnival of Stars which is held at Richmond Memorial Auditorium in October. Latifa currently teaches Middle Eastern Dance through the College of Marin and the Sausalito Park and Recreation Department.
Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Latifa
- 2-23-03 Hawaii Workshop
Floor Work is a moving Yoga, and as in Yoga, one must let his/her body grow into more flexibility which develops with practice.
- 6-27-02 Middle Eastern Dance Meets Hip Hop Culture
Issues Confronting a Vintage Dancer when her Audience is Half Her Age
- 3-7-04 Jalilah's Raks Sharki 6 “In a Beirut Mood” feat. Ihsn al Mounzer
This is a CD to enhance any collection! It will definitely delight the beginner or expert of Raks Sharki style dance.
- 6-8-09 The Real Ideal Show; Why we Dance!
As the time approached for our show, two of our dancers were stuck in traffic trying to reach us from San Francisco, so we arranged our show to accommodate them if they made it and so it would work if they didn’t .