Magda is a perfromer, teacher and imported of fine Turkish costumes and all items belly dance. She also offers velvet evening wear, beaded handbags, and jewelry.
Profile and Credentials
Magda presently teaches at 2 locations in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Her classes range from beginning belly dance to advanced - improvisational classes. She has over 60 students at present. In addition, Magda offers workships in Turkish and Roma (gypsy) style dance. Magda continues her personal training by studying with these highly skilled artists: the incomparable Sadiyah and Leila Gamal for continuing dance instruction, and Omar Al Musfi (the Principle Percussionist, Syrian National Symphony) for percussion instruction. She is a member of the Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association (MECDA). Magda has completed seminars with the following artists: Dahlena, Leila Gamal, Cassandra, Jihan Jamal, Eva Cernik, Mona N’wal, Faten Munger, Ergallis, Amaya, Ruby Jazayre Magda has her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, in a mentor-guided program in Women’s Studies and Spirituality. Her Master’s is also from DePaul, an interdisciplinary, self-designed and mentor-guided program in Transcendental Imagery©. She has a large background in the art and ethics of teaching and group facilitation, due to her MA. She is currently working on her PhD. She is certified in Transformational Imagery under the guidance of Dr. Charlotte Smith. She is a certified yoga instructor with 11 years of personal practice, and studied Tai Chi with Master Domingo Tui for 7 years before that. Magda is a certified domestic violence counselor through IDVA (Illinois Domestic Violence Act). She was on the board and served as Vice President of Sarah’s Inn of Oak Park (an organization for victims of domestic violence) and is still associated with them.
Philosophy and Comments
Magda’s uniquely inspired style of Middle Eastern Dance draws from her twenty-four year passion for the art of movement and her eclectic taste in music. She applies her affinity towards Middle Eastern cultural influences such as Arabic, Turkish and Egyptian, as well as Roma and Greek, to create a visually captivating atmosphere through music and motion. The result is a rich tapestry of interpretive dance presented in a sensual, spontaneous style full of spirit and lust for life.
Work Hours and Fee Schedule
Please see Magda's web for class information and fee schedule www.gypsymagda.com
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