first studied dance at age six, in Southern California at the Fred Totten
Dance Studio. Some years later I became a dance teacher after moving to
An avid modern dance student in school, I graduated from Sacramento State
College with a Minor in Modern Dance. I began dancing Middle Eastern
Dance in 1983 and was a featured soloist in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance
Festival in 1985.
From 1998 - 1999 I danced professionally at Cafe Gibralter, Montara with
the troupe Bahar Al Amar as well as performing solos and in troupe at
festvals and other popular venues.
Now a sometime member
of Troupe Zambalita, I mostly choreograph and solo. I specialize in Gypsy style
belly dance and have choreographed many routines in this style for Zambalita.
Judi Beeson Engel