Who We Are

ARABESQUE is philosophy in movement and joyful expression. Founded by Yasmina Ramzy, Arabesque has its artistic roots in an Egyptian and Syrian lineage. Located in Toronto, Canada, Arabesque is recognized globally for embodying Arab dance and music arts with the highest artistry, respect and integrity.

SCHOOL — Founded in 1987, Arabesque Academy attracts students from the world over to study in a creative and encouraging environment with the highest standards in technique and meaningful expression. Arabesque teachers love teaching and strive to enable every student to reach their potential as an exquisite artist.

COMPANY — Arabesque is a critically acclaimed 25 member dance and music ensemble directed by Yasmina Ramzy, Bassam Bishara and Suleiman Warwar embodying creative contemporary sensibilities steeped in ancient Arabian tradition.

AGENCY — Joyful and highly talented dancers and musicians in solo, small ensemble or large production formats offer the perfect entertainment at all kinds of events such as concerts, weddings, baptisms, bridal showers and corporate activities.

STORE — CDs, instructional DVDs, performance DVDs, Classes, Workshops, Performance tickets, Online Crash Classes.

What's Happening

Blog posts

  • Part Two - Am I Still a Bellydancer?

    Zeitgeist? Last week's blog post called "Am I Still a Bellydancer?" was an eye opener. It has been read over 4500 times so far and received more comments directly on the post than all of my other previous posts put together. The re-posting on other group and personal Facebook walls...

  • Am I still a Bellydancer?

    After 34 years, I have decided not to be a Bellydancer anymore. Actually, I am probably more of a Bellydancer than I am a Canadian or that I have blue eyes. I can never deny everything that has made me who I am since the age of 20 considering it...

  • Dance Artists Trying to Raise Funds

    Someone form Croatia contacted me wanting me to answer a lot of questions about my experience with Kickstarter as they are thinking of getting it in Croatia. I did not have time to answer all the questions so I gave her a synopsis. I thought some of the points may...

  • Literal or Non-Literal Dance?

    Should a full length dance production be a series of experiences or should it tell a literal story or even a third choice; should the series of experiences be linked into a story? Should artistic ideas and messages be spelled out literally? Just as there are many art forms and...

Arabesque is your connection to profound Arabian art.