Recognized among the leading authorities on Middle & Far Eastern Dance, TAHYA is a vibrant and natural dancer with over 30 years of teaching and performance experience both nationally and internationally. Explore global best practices with a sovereign of multi-cultural sacred and secular dance and drumming traditions ~ an award-winning dancer, member of the elite Lehigh Valley College Dance Alliance, and a teacher recognized among the leading authorities on Middle & Far Eastern Dance who is also an ACE-certified instructor.
Tahya's grounded, earthy, sensual style celebrates the beauty within and her on-going dance and frame drum classes and weekend workshops and retreats explore multi-cultural sacred and secular dance and drumming traditions.
TAHYA, 2008 LVAIC Dance Consortium's Distinguised Service in Dance Awardee, has been continually teaching and performing Danse Orientale since 1977.
Recognized as the area's leading authority on Middle Eastern Dance, her classes awaken inner creativity while emphasizing music and dance as a window on the unique cultures of North Africa and countries throughout the Middle and Far East.
1) Engage persons of all ages to explore their creativity;
2) Bring the ancient technologies of drumming and dance into our modern lives stirring the creative spirit within, revealing a pathway of relaxation and well-being; and
3) Illustrate the magical ability of the arts to inspire beauty, respect and tolerance in our hearts while building cultural awareness.
May inspiration abound to find the rhythm and music that dances within us all,
Performance artist and instructor of Danse Orientale, Belly Dance, Frame Drum, Sistrum (aka Systrum), Poetry and Percussion, and FitRhythms, Tahya invites you to experience the joy and wonder of ancient and enduring arts. Discover the mystique of traditions steeped in ritual. Dedicated to dance, drumming and other creative healing arts, we connect sacred and secular movements of ancient dance arts with rhythmic drumming. Recover the power of personal creativity.
TAHYA is an ACE-certified Group Fitness instructor and a spellbinding performer who has been devoted to presenting as well as teaching dances steeped in antiquity for over 30 years. Dedicated study with masters of middle and far eastern dance have resulted in the creation of a cultural form representing traditional dance as well as maintaining the dance spirit in new pieces of choreography.
She has produced the "Tahya Technique Healing Dance" DVD and three CD's collaborating with renowned percussionists including Pete Barnhart, Paulo Mattioli and Grant Smith to create an ethereal experience connecting one with his/her Inner Wisdom. The Tahya Meditations CD's assist in quieting the restless mind. Each CD has a guided narration with soft percussive soundscape spiraling the listener to the very core of his/her essence. In addition, her most recent venture is a collaboration with Mid-East manufacturing in the re-emergence of a percussion instrument used by devotees of the Goddesses Isis and Hathor in Ancient Egyptian civilizations ~ for more information, see Ceremonial Systrum.
She also co-facilitates Women's Wisdom & Wellness with Helene Leonetti, MD.
TAHYA is a vibrant and natural dancer with over 20 years of teaching and performance experience both nationally and internationally. Tahya's on-going dance and frame drum classes and weekend workshop/retreats explore multi-cultural sacred and secular dance traditions. Her grounded, earthy, sensual style celebrates the beauty within. Her artistry has led her to collaborations with internationally-acclaimed artists/musicians/composers including David Amram, Paul Chou, Lori Cotler, Mimi Janislawski, Paulo Mattioli, Morocco, Grant Smith, and Glen Velez. To date, her art has led to engagements throughout the U.S. continent and Hawaii, Bali and Scotland.
Tahya travels both nationally and internationally performing with the brilliant percussionist Grant Smith with whom she also offers master classes and workshop/retreats. Launched in August 2004, Tahya and Grant are touring Rhythm and Rhyme, a new program of poetry recitations enhanced by a percussive soundscape. She also works in collaboration with master Djembe drummer/composer/teacher Paulo Mattioli. Together they facilitate Rhythm Journey workshops and retreats. Working in collaboration with Grant and/or Paulo, Tahya presents a program designed to revitalize body, mind and spirit through community drumming and dance celebration.
Tahya is well-known for presentations of Danse Orientale treating audiences to an expansive view of the richness of North African, Middle and Far Eastern Dance - from the faithful renditions of traditional dances to innovative combinations of oriental movement. From a pharaonic dance inspired by ancient paintings, through folk dances developed and preserved through the centuries to the present day form of the dance with its new trends and directions, the dances, choreography, and costumes of her programs provide an exciting, exotic journey guaranteed to educate, fascinate, and entertain. For example, The Loveland (Colorado) Museum Gallery presented TAHYA in conjunction with "Contemporary Bead and Beadwork: Innovative Directions", an international exhibition featuring many of today's foremost bead artists. TAHYA's performance at the opening reception was described as "brilliant and elegant."
Founded in 1985, Tahya is the Artistic Director for the Pennsylvania-based Troupe Bannat Tahya. The ensemble has performed for Lehigh University's Cultural Affairs, the Allentown Arts Festival, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, First Night State College, and Bethlehem's Musikfest. She has contributed choreography to Muhlenberg College and Colorado State University theatre productions, was featured in performance at a gala reception at the Loveland (CO) Museum gallery and, dressed as a member of an ancient royal Persian court, narrated the tale of Scheherazade with the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra.
Inspired by Layne Redmond's work, Tahya now also directs Troupe Bannat Tahya in a choreographed percussion processional, a tribute to ancient rituals when the "Drummers were Women." An inspired invocation for any auspicious occasion the troupe, attired in beautiful multi-layered dresses of rich colors, the processional brings together the sounds of riqq, finger cymbals, dumbek and bell in combination with choreorgraphed movements steeped in antiquity to arise and celebrate the Divine within! One of her most popular workshop/retreats is Dance & Drum with Tahya, a program designed to empower others to re-create a processional and generate a positive esprit in the communities in which we live.
Tahya teaches in Pennsylvania for Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network's Healthy You programs, Northampton Community College and at her private studio. She also lectures at collegiate venues throughout the area on the art of North African, Middle and Far Eastern dance and the influence of these arts on American Modern Dance. Furthermore she is an advocate for arts education. [See artlinks, the Arts-in-Education Resource Book of artists juried by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.]
Her teachers are a vertiable "Who's Who" of Middle and Far Eastern dance, including Bert Balladine, Tasha Bannat, Ibrahim Farrah, Mimi Janislawski, Morocco, Jamila Salimpour, Serena, Shahrezade (former member of the National Folkloric company of Tehran, Iran) and many more. Frame drum teachers: Glen Velez, Layne Redmond, Randy Crafton and Mary Ellen Donald.
Since 2001, Tahya has worked in collaboration with djembe master Paulo Mattioli to co-facilitate Rhythm Journey, a program designed to revitalize body, mind and spirit through community drumming and dance celebration.
Let us bring this experience to YOUR community ~ contact Tahya today!
Intoxicated with love
I too dance the rhythm of this moving world