Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dancer based in Toronto, Canada. Her authentic movement style and elegant musical interpretation have made her a beloved Raqs Sharqi artist locally and abroad.
As an experienced instructor, her classes and workshops are sought after for her attention to technique as well as her knowledge of historical and cultural contexts. Melissa has been invited to teach and perform across Canada, the USA, and in Egypt. She believes in being a “forever student” and also travels regularly to Egypt for her own personal studies, in order to bring the most informed and up-to-date instruction to her classes.
Melissa is the Director of the Ya Amar School of Dance, with the goal of providing comprehensive training in various *MENAHT dances, specifically focused on Egyptian raqs sharqi and folkloric/social styles. Melissa has also gained a reputation in recent years as a top-notch event producer for bringing rising stars, scholars and master instructors to the Canadian dance scene.
*MENAHT: Middle East, North Africa, Hellenic (Greek), and Turkey
online classes, information can be found at: ya-amar.ca/classes
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