Katayoun's Raqs Mosaique

Northern Virginia Belly Dance Instruction, Performance & Inspiration!

Katayoun’s Bio

Katayoun’s Bio (word document)
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A master teacher with two decades of experience as a career educator and professional performer, Katayoun is extensively trained and experienced in Oriental, folkloric and Persian dance styles.

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 dancers and ignite their creativity by promoting the richness of ideas, aesthetics and musical concepts of the cultural roots of belly dance.

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A master teacher with two decades experience as a career educator and professional performer, Katayoun is extensively trained and experienced in Oriental, folkloric and Persian dance styles. A colorful collection of movement flavors and concepts, Raqs Mosaique is Katayoun’s vision of traditional dance through a contemporary lens.

Highly influenced by the cultural insight gained from her Iranian heritage, along with the teachings of masters such Morocco, Zahra Zuhair, Karim Nagi, Aida Nour, Mohamed Shahin, Robyn Friend and Medea Mahdavi, Katayoun is best known for her folkloric and Persian specialties.

She embraces theatricality and storytelling to embody musicality, aesthetics, costuming and presentation of traditional dance with a modern twist. In her workshops, she aims to inspire dancers and ignite their creativity by promoting the richness of cultural roots and musical concepts.

A popular and respected professional since 1999, her dance style has been described as “elegant and earthy,” “powerful yet subtle,” with “perfect musicality and interpretation.” In 2010, she was one of 25 dancers selected from around the world to participate in the first season of Project Belly Dance, the search for America’s Top Belly Dancer, a competition and reality show.

Since relocating to Northern Virginia in 2000 from Northwest Florida, Katayoun has established a reputation as one of the most respected dancers in the belly dance community, by promoting teaching standards and breadth of knowledge through her classes, performances and teacher-training programs.

An innovative and dedicated instructor, Katayoun recently launched the Raqs Mosaique Teacher Training program, which offers international certification.

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