the expression of accident
but rather of the accumulated yearnings, dreams, and wisdom
of our very soul."
Azar graduated from San Francisco State University where
she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She studied acting at The American
Conservatory Theater and Ballet with the San Francisco Ballet. As a
member of a folk troupe from SFSU, Azar became very interested in Mid-Eastern
dance. She has studied with many accomplished teachers from San Francisco,
Los Angeles, New York, and the Mid-East.
has an extensive background in comparative religion, dramatic arts,
dance, and art, and is as experienced in teaching as she is in performing.
Her interest and appreciation for dance from other cultures has taken
her to Egypt, Greece, East Africa, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and most recently
to Morocco and Turkey.
Azar has taught numerous workshops across the country, and has dedicated
herself to bringing belly dance to all age groups - preschool through
senior. Azar created Stanford University's successful "Belly Dance
for Exercise" class and was selected by the International Academy
of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED) to perform on their video, "The
Fifth Awards of Belly Dance". Azar taught belly
dance at Folsom Lake College as an adjunct faculty member of the Dance
addition to seminars, and teaching and performing Belly Dancing, Azar
has done acting roles on stage and television. She has been seen on
daytime dramas such as General Hospital and the Young and the Restless
as well as several national commercials.
After years of full-time teaching and performing, Azar has semi-retired to spend more time with her husband traveling and sailing in the Caribbean. Azar currently resides in Dunedin, Florida.
a nice article on Azar, review the
Francisco Chronicle archives Sunday, August 19, 2001.
For a review
of Azar's instructional DVD, Azar's Belly Dance Workout Level I, check
the online magazine
Chronicles Magazine volume 4, issue 4.
To contact Azar: 916.847.5497 or firstname.lastname@example.org