CEO & Artistic Director
Katayoun is a master instructor and performer of authentic Egyptian dances and the Persian dances of her Iranian heritage. A popular and respected professional since 1999, she is especially known for her elegant and expressive dance style and dazzling technique. Her dance style has been described as “elegant and earthy,” “powerful yet subtle,” with “perfect musicality and interpretation.”
Promoting teaching standards and education of the cultural roots of contemporary belly dance, Katayoun has garnered a national reputation and is considered one of the most respected professionals in the Washington, DC belly dance community. A highly accomplished teacher, Katayoun specializes in multilevel methodologies to simultaneously address the needs and interests of varying levels of experience and ability.
An innovative artist, she is a mentor and community leader with over 15 years experience as a professional in the belly dance industry. She is a nationally recognized author, speaker and instructor, extensively trained in authentic cultural dance and music. She is the author of the newly released book, “Oriental Dance Curriculum: A Complete Guide for the Belly Dance Teacher,” the first and only book of its kind distributed worldwide.
A generous teacher, Katayoun shares her fountain of knowledge freely, drawing from her vast repertoire and teaching experience to all ages, abilities and backgrounds. With her extensive teaching experience and training in Middle Eastern dance and music, she aims to bring out the best in her students, while taking into consideration their individual performance goals.
An active community leader, she serves as a mentor and role model for area instructors and aspiring belly dance professionals. She was a co-founder of Tiraz Dance Network and instrumental board member since its inception in her living room in 2007. She is member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Dancers Over 40 Inc, and International Dance Council.
Katayoun’s website: www.katayoundance.net
“I believe the study and practice of the traditional forms inspires true innovation and creates opportunities to reach our full potential as artists and individuals.” Katayoun