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Dance Performers

As a public service to those seeking dance performers in the Inland Northwest, the Spokane Folklore Society maintains a Performers Referral List.
Aaja Nachle -  youth dancers performing  classical dances from India and Bollywood dance  -
Contact:   Pallavi Sharma       pallavisharma30@hotmail.com       230-7529

The Baharat Dance Company provides entertaining and educational performances based on the authentic dances of the Middle East, North Africa and India. 
This includes not only belly dance, but also traditional folk styles and theatrical works. Baharat is quality entertainment spiced with the flavors of the Middle East. The group is based in Spokane, WA.
Contact: deb.a.majewski@gmail.com

Bella Courbe  (Coeur d’Alene, ID)  fusion belly dancing, troupe and solo performances integrating traditional belly dancing with other styles of dance from around the world (flamenco, modern dance)
Contact:  Diana Smith 208-699-9584   di4chocolate@msn.com 

The Bulgarian Dance Group presents traditional folk dances from Bulgaria. They are a group of Bulgarians who cherish their native culture and have a passion for dancing. The Bulgarian community in Spokane is very small but they try to keep their traditions and customs alive. Bulgarian dances are very unique and are usually performed in a circle which represents the unity of the dancers. Through their dances, they bring the spirit of Bulgaria to different places of the world. They hope you enjoy their performance and experience a glimpse of their small, but tradition-rich country of Bulgaria. 
Previously, the group has taken part in Open Arms Cultural Elegance: A Fashion Show at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino, and performed at the annual Spokane Fall Folk Festival, the 30th Anniversary of the ESL Conference at Mukogawa Institute in Spokane and the International Cultural Exchange at the Coeur d’Alene Casino.
Email: stoyanovavalentina@yahoo.com

Cimmarron – American Tribal belly dance troupe
Contact: Melissa Skomer-Kafton 509-998- 9529 skomes@icloud.com

Crystal Image Dancers (Moscow, ID)
tribal style belly dance
Ann Marie Hardin at (208) 882-0915 or elemental@moscow.com

Dance of East India
Sreedharani Nandagopal, 467-5558

Desert Silk Dance Company
American Middle Eastern Belly Dance/Interpretive-Fusion nizana@att.net
Nizana  is available locally and regionally for instructing and consultation
509- 326-6622   http://www.NizanaRaqs.com

The Filipino-American Northwest Association dance group is comprised of twelve dancers. They present a variety of dances representing the Philippine culture. Some dances depict the lifestyle and daily work of the people living in various topographic areas in the agricultural country that is the Philippines. Other dances showcase their Spanish influenced folk dances. 
The Filipino-American Northwest Association’s mission is to promote the arts, our Filipino culture, our rich history and build a community supporting each other. ​
Website: filamnw.com

Frog Island Singers & Dancers
members of the Kalispell tribe share traditional songs and dances
LaRae Wiley at (509) 935-0387 or laraejwiley@aol.com

German American Society
Old time and ethnic dances, taped music and Slovenian button accordion
Leo Blume, (509) 244-3544

Grant Elementary School  Drummers and Dancers  students perform a variety of  traditional African songs and dances from several African cultures.            Contact:  Kevin Cope    354-2799(day)   922-1785  (eve)   kevinc@spokaneschools.org

Halau Hula O Ku’ulei   -traditional  Hawaiian hula dancing
Contact:  Ku’ulei Johnson   570-3546     kuulei2002@uahoo.com  
       www.huladancingspokane.com Haran Irish Dancers perform traditional and contemporary Irish step dance choreographies in both soft and hard shoes.
    Contact:   Caitlin Trusler    994-2292       harandancer@yahoo.com                        www.harandancers.com

Hawaiian Club Of Whitworth College
Stories told in hula through the movements of the hands, hips, legs, and face
Nikki Kealalio, (509) 777-3895

Hillyard Belles – Seniors tap dance ensemble – performing “Roarin” 20’s” number with the Trainmen
Band Contact: Maggie Haverfield 509-534- 4854

Holy Trinity Greek Dancers 
 traditional Greek folk dances performed by the youth of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
CONTACT: John Treppiedi   879-3061

The Indian Youth Club of Spokane is a group founded by Sowmya Surapaneni in 2019 to celebrate and share the culture of India. The Indian Youth Club of Spokane hosts cultural programs  so the next generation youth can understand their culture and connect to their roots through storytelling, dance, music and drama. The Indian Youth club of Spokane provides opportunities for the youth of Spokane to improve their communication, leadership and organizational skills. The group also provides an opportunity to learn Bollywood dances. Free Bollywood dances are choreographed and offered to anyone at no charge . Contact: Indianyouthclubofspokane@gmail.com

Kelly Irish Dancers (Chattaroy, WA)
perform reels, slip jigs, teach and perfrom ceili dances   Contact:  Margaret Evans  (509) 220-3479
The old Valley Prairie Hall 8216 E. Big Meadows Rd.
Chattaroy, WA 99003

Kiakahi ‘O Hula - dance presentation from the people of Polynesia: Hula, Tahitian, Samoan, Haka
Contact:   Tanya Gomes  
(509) 299-3124 or fax is (509) 299-3125.  kiakahiohula@yahoo.com

The Lake City Highland Dancers perform traditional Scottish Highland dances. Perhaps nothing captures the spirit of Scottish culture better than the sight of Highland dancing performed at a Scottish gathering accompanied by a bagpiper. These sophisticated dances are performed across the world and competitions are regularly organized in Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States.  Dancers today typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as strathspeys, reels, hornpipes and jigs played on a bagpipe.
Contact: victoria.lchd@gmail.com
Website: www.lakecityhighlanddance.com

Lilac City Cloggers-  324-2148

Malidoma World Dance - performs primarily American Tribal style belly dance. This is an American format originating in California in the late eighties that draw its movements and inspiration from dances of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and India - Contact Cindy Moon Bear 838-3507 www.malidoma.biz

Merry Missives of Moscow (Moscow, Id) youth group performing traditional English            Country and Morris dance.  Morris is an ancient formation  dance performed at harvest rituals  where dancers wear bells, colorful ribbons and  and incorporate handkerchiefs and  stick-clashing into the formations.   
    Contact:    208-310-2067      janetgg@frontier.com 

Moorea  -  American oriental dance group fusing dances from all over the Middle East.
     Contact:  Farusha   953-7519

Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute - Japanese students dressed in traditional
summer festival attire (yukata) will demonstrate bon odori dance - Contact
Masahiro Ando, Director  or Candie Faulhaber-Coker, Assistant     509-328-2971    jcc@mfwi.org 

Mystic Dream Dance Company - Middle Eastern show with bright costuming and high energy dance http://mystikdream.com
Contacts Delilah 481-1640 deliah@mysticdream.com
Nefabit 481-1533 nefabit@mysticdream.com

Nandagopal, Sree dharani  dances of East India 467-5558

Nah'Joom Dancers
American Bellydancers: Troupe & Solo performers, including many styles
representing Middle Eastern Ethnic dance. Performances are suitable for
Families & special occasions.
J'tia (509)468-4113 divajtia@gmail.com or
Mahsati~Nerissa (509) 487-4752 nahjoomdancers@juno.com

Na Ho’Olaule’a Dance -   Polynesian dancers perform traditional  and modern hula
Contact:   Amanda Smith  481-0796   spokanehula@gmail.com

Nizana & The Desert Silk Dance Company perform American Belly dance,
fusion and other middle Eastern dance styles 326-6622 http://www.NizanaRaqs.com

The Northwest Belly Dance Academy brings the art of belly dance to the public through art, education and entertainment. They have developed new standards of achievement for the art form and redefined the spectrum in which belly dance is perceived. Their performances strive to moving their audience on an artistic level. They use belly dance as a medium of expression on the same level as a ballet company, an orchestra or an art gallery. Website: ​northwestbellydance.com

Northwest Hula Company -Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment and dance.
Mary Ann Souza 768-5293 nwhula@gmail.com

Phoenix Rising Drum & Dance  (Sagle, ID) - African style dance and drumming 
David Grey Hawk  208 255-443 (Sagle, ID) 

Puen Thai (Thai American Association)   - folk dance from Thailand Pum Horobiowski -  509-328-2914

Sahara Tribe (Hermiston, OR)
Sahara Tribe is an American fusion belly dance group form Hermiston, Oregon comprised of
multi-generational dancers.
Contact: Sahara Sabri 541-571- 7532 saharacsabri@yahoo.com

Sanchalie Banjerlee ( Richland, Wa) - presents classical Odissi Dance from India – one of the most lyrical and classical Indian dance forms
Contact Sanchalie at 509-460-9048

Egyptian Belly dance
Jane Baker, jkbaker@uswest.net, (509) 891-1057, eve: (509) 891-1457

Safar - Pan-Arab Music & Dance - Live Belly Dance Music - Performance and
Contact Roger Sumner - 509-310-7153 www.Safar.band

SalsaSpokane  -  Cuban style salsa  Susana Lopez    838-1950, http://www.salsaspokane.com

Sararat  -  Sararat means “mischief” group performs a wide variety of bellydance styles as well as Bollywood
     Contact:  Diane Stutzman    dianestutzman@comcast.net     893-3771

Selkirk Celts Highland Dancers  - traditional Scottish highland dances
performed by
male and female dancers       509-701-5584

Shaheena Safahri, instructor, performer and choreographer is a
highly acclaimed Middle Eastern Dancer and Global Fusion Artist. She has
been involved in dance and movement arts for over 40 years and has taught
classes and workshops across the US.
Shaheena performs every Fri evening at Azar’s Restaurant 2501 N Monroe St in
Spokane and at various events around the area and across the country.
She is available for performances and has ongoing classes.
For more information call: (509) 443-6814 or
email: shaheena_safahri@hotmail.com

The Silangan DancersEmail: faaie.spokane@gmail.com  Phone Number: (509)718-1580 Website: faaie.org

"Silangan Dancers, a distinguished dance ensemble under FAAIE (Filipino-American Association of the Inland Empire), a nonprofit organization, is fervently dedicated to championing the rich heritage of Philippine culture through their enchanting and culturally resonant performances."

Silver Spurs
Susan Dankovich
Youth group presenting International and American folk dance
sdanko@cet.com or (509) 533-9966

Sisters Of Selket (Couer D'Alene ID)
American Fusion Style Belly Dance
 Laura Sferra-Watkins namaste.lsw@hotmail.com 208-659-5119 

Society for Renaissance Performers
 costumed Renaissance dance presenting formal show dances and simple
group participation dances
 Contact  Jenna Longshore  747-2506

Spokane Area Square Dancers
 Contact Priscilla Davis     ddavis@aol.com      509-979-2607

Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers Traditional Japanese Dance Classical & Festival Folk Dance. 
Contact: Izumi J Pierce Instructor 

Spokane Chinese Dance Group

    – traditional Chinese dances celebrating holidays  and harvest

    Contact:   Mary Zhang    212-365-0756     huijiez@yahoo.com

Spokane Hula
-  Polynesian dance group performing authentic dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand
Contact:  Amanda Smith      spokanehula@gmailcom

Spokane India Community (SIC)

    Two groups will be performing – songs of India from Spokane Gaana and dance from the Natanam School of Bharathanatyam –

SIC is a non-profit organization which provides a platform  for Spokane area residents to Indian heritage

    Contact:  Sowyma Surapaneni    somsb4u@Cyahoo.com    509-714-4500

Spokane Irish Dance: spokaneirishdancers.com
Irish dance instruction for ages 3-93!
Contact: Amy Vogel (coachvogel@gmail.com)

Spokane Scottish Country Dancers
The group performs the traditional social dances of Scotland: jigs, reels
and strathspeys, danced in sets of three or four couples.
Anna Guthrie: (509) 924-1284 Katie Roth: (509) 389-6429

Spokane Valley Highland Dancers
traditional Scottish highland dance
Eve Bishop, (509) 326-6246
Elizabeth Coyle hamish@cet.com

Stevens County Stompers /Melissa Johnson (Colville, WA) - 509) 684-8632.
Clog dancing and performances.

Tap Grandmas - Joan Hamilton 624-4758 sumochin@comcast.net
Dance classes and performances

Taste of Tango:  Dancers from demonstrate the many styles of Argentine
tango including salon and milongeuro. For information: Susan Dankovich,
(509)533-9955 or sdanko@cet.com

Tribe Zaghareet (Sandpoint, Id)  belly dance with live music
      Contact:   Fran Oliver  208-263-0167  franioli5@gmail.com.

Woodside Swing is a vintage swing dance group. They provide and promote vintage swing dancing in
Spokane, WA. They offer the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and more!
Website: www.syncopationfoundation.org/spokane
Contact Amanda Darr at (509) 953-1980 or  darr.amanda@gmail.com .

Vietnamese Youth Group of Spokane 
Vietnamese Dance
Nga Nguyen Todd (509) 879-3261 tnga@hotmail.com http://geocities.com/vietclubspokane/

West African  Dance PartyWest African drum and dance ensemble will present a dance party – come learn some traditional steps  and celebrate the joy of African rhythms with  David Casteal, Jessica and Ben Raugust, Kamori and Bob Cattadoris
Contact:  Jessica Raugust   869-3142  
neviathwen@gmail.com   or    davidca@spokaneschools.org

If you would like to be added or modify your listing, please contact Sylvia Gobel at dancer@moxxee.com or call the SFS answerphone - (509) 828 3683