Kendra featured 8/2011

Multi-award winning belly dancer Kendra began her dance training at the age of seven. Kendra’s dancing reflects serious study of Egyptian dance technique, Arabic rhythm, sagat, and folkloric dances from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. As well as being an accomplished second-generation Oriental dance artist, Kendra also has training in West African and Flamenco dance.

Kendra completed intensive teacher training courses for Egyptian Dance in Cairo during 2006 and 2007. While there, she was fortunate to learn from dance legends Nagua Fuad, Mona Said, Dina, Randa Kamel and many others. Research for her undergraduate degree focused on Arabic and Spanish dance history and Middle Eastern and African women’s history.

Kendra has performed professionally in Los Angeles, New York City, Palm Springs, and Mexico City. She has won the titles of 2007 Double Crown Performing Artist and 2008 Belly Dancer of the Universe Drum Solo Champion as well as placing 2nd runner up at the 2007 International Ahlan Wasahlan Winter Competition in Cairo, Egypt. She currently teaches through the Dance Department at Portland Community College. It is her purpose to present this dance as an art form.

For more information, please see Kendra’s web site at:  www.theartofbellydance.net.

MEDGE offers regular monthly shows the third Friday of each month at The Strand/Cozmic Pizza, 8th & Charnelton in Eugene, OR.  Shows are family-friendly.  8:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.