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I am so glad you have joined my virtual studio! All courses are instructed in my format and philosophy, Raqs Mosaique, an eclectic blend of traditional Middle Eastern dance flavors interpreted through a contemporary lens.

Raqs Mosaique literally means mosaic dance. Raqs is the Arabic (and also Persian) word for dance, the languages of the cultural dance styles from which we draw belly dance movements. The French mosaique, for mosaic, (the language I studied for many years as a student), indicates a colorful collection of influences that together form the artistic essence of the dance style umbrella known as "belly dance."

My goal is to inspire you and ignite your creativity by promoting the richness of ideas, aesthetics and musical concepts of the cultural roots of belly dance.

This free course offers tips and info on getting started in my online school. I'm so excited you're here! Enroll now to get started!

What students are saying:

“I am so lucky to have a teacher like you. I think it’s a waste of time to learn anything from an average teacher.” - Jenny H.

“Your energy shines through seemingly effortlessly when you’re teaching a topic you’re passionate about!” - Amanda R.

“I’m really glad I found you as a teacher. I think your dance, teaching style, and classes are great and I feel like I’m learning a lot and developing my dance style too. I like that you break classes down into specific areas. Anna S.

Your Instructor


Katayoun is a nationally recognized author, speaker and instructor specializing in authentic Egyptian dances and the Persian dances of her Iranian heritage. A master teacher, professional performer, and innovative artist, she is a mentor and community leader with two decades involved in the belly dance industry. She has taught at major national and international festivals including 2015 Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive, 2016 East Coast Classic Competition & Festival, 2017 Austin Belly Dance Convention, and 2018 National Dance Education Organization Conference.

Drawing from her extensive training and experience in Oriental, folkloric and Persian dance styles, she specializes in modern interpretations of folklore as well as music-related topics. A generous teacher, Katayoun shares her fountain of knowledge with you freely, drawing from her vast repertoire and teaching experience to all ages, abilities and backgrounds. She aims to bring out the best in her students, while taking into consideration their unique performance goals.

A colorful collection of movement flavors and concepts, Raqs Mosaique is Katayoun’s vision of traditional dance through a contemporary lens. Embracing theatricality and storytelling, she aims to inspire you and ignite your creativity by promoting the richness of ideas, aesthetics and musical concepts of the cultural roots of belly dance.

Published books include:

Oriental Dance Curriculum Volume 1 Beginner to Multilevel: A Complete Guide for the Belly Dance Teacher

The Beginner's Guide to Belly Dance: How to Start Your Journey Informed and Empowered (Coming soon!)

Learn more at: www.katayoundance.net

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