Piper Reid Hunt, PhD

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Piper Reid Hunt, PhD

Piper began performing at the age of 8 in Rhea's troupe Nar El Nisaa. Throughout the 1980s, she was the featured dancer at numerous bouzoukia, Lebanese and Syrian restaurants and tourist tavernas in Athens, Greece, usually doing 4 to 6 shows a night, 7 nights a week.

In 1989, Piper moved to Montreal and began studying at McGill University and dancing at popular Greek and Lebanese restaurants in the area. She was awarded her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and immediately began graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

While completing her doctorate in molecular biology, Piper took time off to enter (and win!) the Belly Dancer of the Year 2000 contest and performs at charity events.

Piper Reid Hunt, Ph.D.
Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer
The Baltimore Daughters of Rhea Dance Ensemble

Web sites: www.daughtersofrhea.com

E-mail: piper@comcast.net

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Piper Reid Hunt, PhD

  • The Hippie Connection: Robert Altman’s 1969 In Utero Belly Dance Portrait of ME
    There it was, the second of a series of black and white hippy portraits --people raving, a woman blissfully breastfeeding, couples hugging, dogs leaping – THE SEMINAL PHOTO OF MY LIFE – only, I was cut out!
  • Performing: Taking It to the Next Level
    Some people think that performing is a way for egotistical show-offs to get attention. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A true performer entertains her audience, doing her best to make sure everyone is having a good time. What could be more generous than that?
  • The Folk Tours Dance & Music Camp Review
    Once upon a time, in far away lands, I performed five shows a night, seven nights a week to great live music. I don’t miss the wily club owners, late nights, or cigarette smoke, but I do miss the music.
  • My Vision of the Desert Archidance
    I had heard about trance dancing before, but had never seen it in an authentic context.
  • Cabaret: Is it a dirty word?
    American Cabaret, the original fusion belly dance, is accessible and fun for everyone, regardless of one’s dance education.
  • Rakkasah East Report, Part 1
    the show in New Jersey ran early...
  • Belly Dancer of the Year 2000
    Leea's contest in San Ramoan, California, for troupes, duets, soloists and Grand Dancer.