RE Belly Dance Intensive
December 6-8, 2019
San Francisco, California
Amina Goodyear began her performance career in the mid-60's at the Bagdad Cabaret dancing nightly in San Francisco's North Beach district during that city's golden era of Middle Eastern dance and until the Arabic clubs closed in that area in the mid 1980s. In that era, dancers worked and supported themselves (and their families) solely by dancing. She continued working in clubs in San Francisco, as well as nearby cities as the Arab population moved to the suburbs. She founded her dance company, The Aswan Dancers, in 1975, celebrating over 40 years of continuous performance and entertainment of Middle Eastern, Arabic and Egyptian culture through music and dance.
Amina founded a cultural club out of her home called The Giza Club that has hosted the Giza Awards since 1990.
Amina was inducted into the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (AAMED) Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement award in New York in 1994. She followed dance pioneers and her mentors, Ibrahim Farrah, Morocco, Dahlena, and Aisha Ali, in receiving this honor. She also received a Humanitarian Award in 2001 from MECDA, a Lifetime Achievement award in 2003 from BDUC in Long Beach and a Lifetime Achievement award in 2015 from Isis and the Belly Dance Chronicles in Texas.
Amina has produced two DVDs: "Hizz ya Wizz," a historical narrative of the first 20 years of the Aswan Dancers, and "Nadia in America," a concert performance featuring Egyptian dancer and almeh Nadia Hamdi. She also produced "Nostalgia," an Egyptian music record featuring her daughter Susu Pampanin with the Pasha Band and Safaa Farid, recorded in Cairo and San Francisco. Amina plays music in several Middle Eastern bands and has been for over 30 years.
A dancer since 1958, Sausan comes with a background in Flamenco, Sevillanas, Thai Classical and Country, Scottish Sword, and English Highland Fling. Presently, she holds a solid background in Egyptian culture, cuisine, arts, and dance including management, presentation, teaching, entertainment, production, and food preparation, Sausan is the Artistic Director/Master Teacher in Classic Egyptian Style of the Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance, Owner/Chef of Al-Masri Egyptian Restaurant, Baker/Distributor of Bitchin’ Baklava, and Designer/Maker of Scaraboo, her very own line of original designer jewelry.
Sausan has danced all over the world. Since 1999, she has worked closely with the Fine Arts Museum, the Ethnic Dance Festival, and the Natural World Museum in San Francisco; the International House and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at U. C. Berkeley; and Stanford University, Palo Alto, catering, participating, producing, choreographing, and/or directing numerous events. She employs musicians around the Bay Area to play at her restaurant for dancers who want to sharpen their skills at dancing to live music. Her graduates perform regularly at her establishment making her the only belly dance teacher to own a Middle Eastern restaurant that features her graduates and her own cuisine.
Sausan is the principal owner of the Egyptian Dance Code®, a term she coined in in 2003 and registered with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in 2009 to illustrate the way in which Egyptians feel and keep the beat of the music. She has developed a complete curriculum specific to this expression, which she directly attributes to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. She lectures regularly at City College in San Francisco on this hypothesis as well as on the music and dance of Egypt.
Terry has been studying Belly Dance since she was a teenager and teaching for the last 20+yrs in the Bay Area. She first started her study of Egyptian dance, (like a lot of dancers did) with VHS tapes of Mona Said, Nagwa Foud, and Nelly Fouad. She continued her studies with Master Instructors Sahra Saida, Shareen El Safy and Safi(Ann Ziemienski), well respected American dancers who had worked in Egypt. She continues to study here and abroad with world renowned Egyptian dancers. Her last trip to Egypt was in 2011, leaving just days before the revolution and she hopes to return soon.
Terry performed in nightclubs like Scheherazade, Petra, Sultan's and Luxor where her shows catered to the audiences who were eager to experience the dance and the music of their culture, left behind in the Middle East.
Terry regularly performed for the Egyptian American Association, Lebanese American Association and Syrian American Association as well as countless weddings and private events.
She opened for Arab entertainment legends like Sabah, Warda, Nourham Hanna, Walid Toufic, George Wassouf and Ragheb Alame.
As an instructor, and choreographer she draws upon her many years
of performance experience in nightclubs with live music as a platform
for her ongoing class and workshop curriculum.