La Valse at Cairo ShimmyQuake Gala 2019

Kamala's 2018 choreography delights the sold out crowd! Los Angeles, CA

KAMALA'S BIOGRAPHY

Kamala is a 3rd generation dancer, who transitioned from a ballet company (Pasadena Dance Theatre) in her teens to Middle Eastern Dance, which remains her passion some 40 years later. Her training extends from classical Jazz, to classical Ballet, to notable Egyptian & Lebanese teachers, but mostly on the job experience from the long hours spent performing in Arabic nightclubs.

    During her long solo performance career, Kamala performed in nightclubs, restaurants & hotels in many countries, most notably the large Arabic nightclubs in 1980’s Hollywood, London & Acapulco, where she performed nightly with Egyptian orchestras. Kamala was also a featured dancer in films and on TV shows in the 1970s and ‘80s. Her Youtube channel has over 20,000 subscribers & 10 million views.

    Kamala’s first troupe experience was with “Arabesque Dance Co.” based in Southern California. Alongside Sahra Saeeda, their repertoire was choreographed & directed by Egypt’s legendary Farida Fahmy. With Kamala’s love of American & Egyptian movie musicals, she was inspired & transformed by the experience.

    The 1990’s brought Kamala to a new group of professional dancers in LA, hired to perform at Al Andalus Egyptian nightclub. “The Flowers of the Desert” started as a traditional company, & later became the first Bellydance Fusion company on the west coast, which inspired subsequent dancers to create their own fusion genres. They produced theatre shows, tours & concert dates with everyone from Hakim & Amr Diab to The Talking Heads & The Go Go’s, appealing to both Western & Arabic audiences.

    Currently Kamala teaches & choreographs Middle Eastern Dance in the LA area & is on staff at  Dance Garden LA, whose students come from around the globe to study. Kamala teaches at festivals around the country. Her students & choreographies have won countless titles at “Belly Dancer of the Universe” & other competitions, including Egyptian, Fusion & Group categories for over 20 subsequent years. Kamala produced a theatre show “Shaabi Chic” in 2009 with 18 of her own choreographies. In 2011 & 2012 & 2014 Kamala produced “A Choreographers’ Collective” & “A Choreographers’ Eclectic” featuring esteemed choreographers from around the world. Most recently Kamala produced & choreographed the Evening Galas  2015 through 2018 for Cairo ShimmyQuake, LA’s largest Belly Dance Festival. Kamala is a master instructor  at "Legends of LA Bellydance" yearly. She was presented with the first "Teacher of the Year Award 2017"  by BDUC (Bellydancer of the Universe Competition). Kamala strives for an artistic presentation of Belly Dance, one that is well informed, yet uniquely her own.

 

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