Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Alia Thabit, Traditional and Avant-Garde Belly Dance

Alia Thabit, a dancer and choreographer of Lebanese and Palestinian descent, incorporates traditional and contemporary influences, colorful costumes, and dynamic music to present a wide range of Middle Eastern dance styles (also known as raqs sharqi, danse orientale, baladi, or belly dance). Solo to full company shows available. Suitable for schools, theatres, festivals, and celebrations of all sorts.

Alia'’s performances demystify the culture and art of the Middle East and delight audiences of all ages.

Mysterious, powerful, earthy, and mischievous, Alia evokes the splendor of the East, expressing the heart and soul of the music, a thrilling blend of passion and expertise.

As an instructor, Alia empowers students, bringing out their individuality and unique personal expression.

As a performer, Alia dazzles young and old with her feeling and expression of the music, precise hip work, beautiful costuming, and audience rapport.

Suitable for all audiences.

Additional Links: 
Short clips from several improvised performances with live music (Cairo, Egypt; St. Johnsbury, VT; Rakkasah East; and New York City).
Sweethearts of the Nile Show, Plattsburgh, NY

I Have Worked With

  • November 2013

    Performance, Moksa Raks Live, Cambridge, MA

  • October 2013

    Teach class.

  • October 2013

    Teach classes.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Alia
Job Title/Position: 
Dance Artist, Illustrator, Coach, Writer
Physical Address: 
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819
Last Name: 
Thabit
Phone: 
802-467-3193

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Ethnic
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Traditional
Literature - General
Music - Ethnic / World
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1997
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
5
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
VT Arts Council Artist Development Grant, 2004
FlynnCenter NASA Space Grant, 2004
NEFA New Artists Grant (through AANNH), 2005
VCF VT Arts Endowment Fund Grant, 2007
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Electricity. Otherwise, depends upon the space, from nothing (small sound system provided) to full on lights and amplification.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,500
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Dance
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Dancemeditation Teacher Certification
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000