Live Arabic Music and Dance Show


Sat Dec 03 2022 at 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm


La Peña Cultural Center | Berkeley, CA

Join us for Live Arabic Music and dance featuring the Georges Lammam Ensembe. Belly Dance performances and open floor dancing!
About this Event

Join us for a holiday treat! Janelle Dance and Salimpour School of Dance Present:

"Live Arabic Music and Dance Showcase" Featuring the Georges Lammam Ensemble
Dance performances by Rachel George, Vilia Bouilly, Rachel Duff, and Janelle Rodriguez.
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Janelle Dance and Salimpour School of Dance are proud to present an evening of live Arabic music and dance. The Georges Lammam Ensemble will present classic to modern pop Arabic music for our performers and open floor dancing. There will be dance performances by top dancers from the Salimpour School and plenty of open floor dancing, so bring your dancing feet and hips.

We are excited to have special guest vendors "My Morocco Travel" bringing treasures from their recent trip to Morocco. My Morocco Travel is owned and operated by Mohamed and Misty Aoualou.

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About the dancers:

Rachel George

Beginning her belly dance career in 1994, Rachel has become an extremely sought after performer and instructor. Rachel is one of the highest certified dancers in the world in the Salimpour™ formats. A perpetual student of movement art, this Level 5 certified dancer is a multi-award winning performer and teaches workshops and classes worldwide. Based in Southern California, Rachel is San Diego’s number one premier belly dance entertainment highlight. She illustrates her incomparable musical interpretation, which is rooted in a great understanding of Middle Eastern cultural history and dance movement, through her strong technique and isolation strength. Rachel’s performances are fantastically radiant, full of style and grace accompanied by her uniquely captivating personality.

Vilia Bouilly

Vilia is an award winning Middle Eastern dance performer, director, choreographer and instructor based in San Diego, California. She currently holds Level 5 teaching certifications in the Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour dance formats and has been honored to perform with the legendary Bal Anat as well as twice with Jillina’s Belly Dance Evolution. She is Artistic Director of the multi-award winning Arabina Dance Company and has been a featured instructor/performer at dance festivals in Belgium, Mexico and Las Vegas.

Rachel Duff

Rachel has been dancing since the age of 16, and moved to the Bay Area in 2005 at the age of 18 to study with Suhaila Salimpour. She has performed both locally and worldwide with The Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat over the past 16 years, and has performed solo a lot over that span of time as well. She never considers her dance education and growth complete, and considers dance a joyful evolutionary process that unfolds over a lifetime. She is also a professional Photographer and Photoshop Artist, which often overlaps with the dance world.

Janelle Rodriguez

Janelle has been teaching dance in Santa Cruz for nearly 2 decades. She has owned Desert Dream Dance Studio in Santa Cruz since 2008, and founded the dance company and music ensemble, "Desert Dream Music and Dance Company" in 2002. Passionate about dance study, Janelle received her Salimpour School Teaching 1 certification (formerly Suhaila Salimpour Level 5) in 2020 and is currently working on her Teaching 2(formerly Jamila Salimpour Level 5) certificate. She also teaches barre and pilates. Her thriving studio, Desert Dream Dance, has survived and expanded during the pandemic. For more information about Janelle and her belly dance classes visit &

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Salimpour School and Legacy:

With its worldwide reach, inclusive values, and long-established teaching methods, the Salimpour School is one of the most influential schools of belly dance in the world. From its humble beginnings in California to its growth into a global institution, the school and its students are known for their dedication to the art, strong technical training, and deep understanding of Middle Eastern music and culture.

School Director, Suhaila Salimpour:

Second-generation Middle Eastern (Persian and Kurdish) American belly dancer Suhaila Salimpour is best known not only for creating the first certification program in belly dance in the world, but also for the global influence of her own game-changing format on belly dance performance and instruction. Just like her mother’s method, the Suhaila Salimpour Format has inspired thousands of dancers around the world to train harder, think deeper, and treat belly dance as a form worthy of dedicated and serious study. Suhaila’s work has been recognized by leaders in other dance forms for its depth and innovation, preserving the essence of belly dance while bringing it into the 21st century with grace and integrity.

More about Georges Lammam and his ensemble coming soon!

Original composition by Georges Lammam "Arabian Gypsy"


Where is it happening?

La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, United States

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USD 35.00

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