Tahira's Goddess Emerging Dance Studio
Tahira began her studies in 1983 at the pioneer Middle Eastern Dance school ‘Freddy’s Dance Academy’ in Toronto, run by husband & wife team Eddy and Samia Manneh, from Beirut, Lebanon. Tahira was a member of Eddy Manneh’s professional troupe — ‘The Arabian Sahara Dance Company’ — for 17 years. She honoured the experience of being in an authentic Middle Eastern troupe, absorbing the Arabic culture and heritage with her ‘dance family’. Tahira also trained with Royal Jordanian Dance Troupe choreographer Marwan Jarrar, as well as drumming lessons with Dr. George Sawa, Middle East Music Director for the University of Toronto.
Tahira has had numerous television appearances, has participated in many shows and multicultural festivals (Ontario, Quebec and U.S.), and was a regular featured performer at Toronto’s Al Khaima Middle Eastern Dinner Theatre for three years. The Arabian Sahara Dance Company performed at the Ontario and Canada Pavilions in Vancouver’s Expo ’86, and hosted the Arabian Pavilion in Metro Toronto Caravan, Carassauga and Carabram for many years. Check out Tahira’s videos.
Tahira began teaching at senior recreation centres in Oakville, Ancaster, Hamilton and Burlington, eventually forming an enthusiastic amateur troupe “Tahira’s Desert Gypsies”. They performed for 3 years at the RBC Seniors’ Jubilee at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, as well as festivals and senior residences. Tahira’s Beginner Bellydance Fitness DVD was created especially for seniors and has 80 & 81 year old participants.
Tahira is a dancer, choreographer, and mentor to many women, with over 30 years experience teaching & performing (Lebanese troupe The Arabian Sahara Dance Company).