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Safira Zeki, Director

Teaching

Safira has studied Middle Eastern dance since she was 17. She has taught Middle Eastern dance for credit at Wichita State University. At her studio, she teaches beginning though advanced classes in Middle Eastern dance as well as Gypsy and Flamenco.

Speaking

She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State in creative writing. She taught English and Business Writing there under a fiction fellowship. She now demonstrates dance and speaks on the dance cultures of the Middle East to community groups, and in classrooms at Wichita State University, Newman University, and Cowley County Community College. She achieved the rank of Able Toastmaster.

Choreography

Safira is the director of Safira's Center for World Dance. She has choreographed folk dances from Nubia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as well as Danse Orientale from Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon. She has also staged folkloric dances of Mahmoud Reda, founder of the Reda Troupe, the national dance troupe of Egypt. Safira studied with Mr. Reda and Farida Fahmy in an intensive seminar in Cairo in February, 2007. In February, 2010, she received the Al Massraweya dance/study certification from Faten Salama. She studies flamenco with Mariano Parra in NYC and at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque.

Performance

    Some of Safira's dance performances include:
  • Inter-Faith Ministries 63rd Humanitarian Awards Dinner, August 20, 2015
  • World Dance Show starring Sahra Kent, June 13, 2015
  • St. Mary Orthodox Mediterranean Festival, May 9, 2015
  • Lion's Club Pancake Day, Century II Exhibition Hall, April 23, 2015
  • Phaedra and Samara present A Gala Extraordinaire, NYC, July 27, 2014
  • Dancing for Darcy Cancer Benefit, June 14, 2014
  • Golden World Concert, Wichita River Festival, June 2, 2014
  • Heartland MECDA Spring Dance Show, April 5, 2014
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Multicultural Festival, Jan. 26, 2014
  • Edward Jones Regional Meeting, Sept. 27, 2013
  • Rainbows United Fundraising Dinner, Aug. 29, 2013
  • The Cupping Room, Gala, NYC, July 27, 2013
  • Texas Stars of Spring Gala, Dallas, May 31, 2013
  • Heartland MECDA World Dance Show, April 6, 2013
  • Lion's Club Pancake Day, Century II Exhibition Hall, April 18, 2013
  • Fiesta, Nomar Plaza, Sept. 15, 2012
  • 8th Annual Ahlan Cairo Nights, Dallas, August 31, 2012
  • McConnell Air Force Base Library, July 29, 2012
  • Relay for Life, July 20, 2012
  • Wichita Wingnuts Multicultural Experience, May 20, 2012
  • Heartland MECDA World Dance Show, April 27, 2012
  • Lion's Club Pancake Day, Century II Exhibition Hall, April 17, 2012
  • Elena Lentini Gala, Lawrence, KS, March 20, 2012
  • Cultural Festival, St. Thomas Aquinas, Feb. 5, 2012
  • Club Bellydance Tour with Bellydance Superstars, Murdock Theater, Oct. 20, 2011
  • Ahlan Cairo Nights, Dallas, July 2011
  • Wichita Garden Show, Century II, March, 2011
  • American Institute of Wine and Food Christmas dinner, December, 2010
  • Tribute Concert to 50 Years of Beauty and Grace -- Mahmoud Reda, Fairfield, Iowa, July, 2010
  • Wichita Garden Show, Century II, March, 2010
  • An Evening at the World Cabaret, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 2010
  • A Night of Treasures on the Nile, Museum of World Treasures, July, 2009
  • Ahlan Cairo Nights, Dallas, TX, July, 2009
  • WSU Multicultural Spring Fling, May, 2009
  • Doing Business with Turkey banquet, World Trade Council, Olive Tree, April, 2009
  • Around the World in 80 Minutes, Council of University Women, WSU, April, 2009
  • YWCA/Women's Crisis Center Mardi Gras Fundraiser, March, 2009
  • An Evening at the World Cabaret, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 2009
  • An Evening at the World Cabaret, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 2008
  • Pyramisa Hotel, Cairo, Egypt, June, 2008
  • Nile Adventurer cruise ship, Egypt, June, 2008
  • Museum of World Treasures' Night at the Casbah, May, 2008
  • 32nd Annual World Trade Week Banquet, Olive Tree, May, 2008
  • Lion's Club Pancake Day 2009 - 2002
  • Harissa! Concert of Arab and Latin Dance, Iowa City, 2007
  • Passion -- Arab and Flamenco Dance, Iowa City, 2007
  • Concert honoring Mahmoud Reda, Iowa City, 2007
  • Great Plains Renaissance Festival, 2007
  • An Evening at the World Cabaret, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 2007
  • An Evening at the World Cabaret, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 2006
  • Concert in honor of Mahmoud Reda, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006
  • YWCA Mardi Gras 2006
  • Fatherhood Initiative Convention 2006
  • Newman University Student Multicultural Concert 2006
  • Old Cowtown Museum Multicultural Festival, 2006
  • Great Plains Renaissance Festival, 2006
  • A Festival of Dance, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 2005
  • Elena Lentini Intensive, Dance Celebration, Fazils' Rehearsal Studio, New York, NY, 2005
  • Interfest 2005, Wichita State University, 2005
  • Great Plains Renaissance Festival, 2005
  • Exploration Place, 2005
  • Some-Art Sem-Antics, Newman University, 2005
  • Elena Lentini Intensive, Dance Celebration, Fazils' Rehearsal Studio, New York, NY, 2004
  • Middle Eastern Dance Show Honoring Farida Fahmy, Dallas, TX, 2004
  • Beyond the Desert dance concert, DeMattias Performance Hall, Newman University, 2004
  • Elena Lentini Intensive, Dance Celebration, Fazil's Rehearsal Studio, New York, NY, 2003
  • Middle Eastern Dance Show Honoring Yousry Sharif, Dallas, TX, 2003
  • Raqia Hassan and Friends, Dance Concert, Dallas, TX, 2003
  • Benefit Dinner for WSU, Dr. Sam Cohlmia, 2003
  • Journey to Saqqara Dance Concert, DeMattias Performance Hall, Newman University, 2003
  • Elena Lentini Intensive, Dance Celebration, Fazil's Rehearsal Studio, New York, NY, 2002
  • Tambra presents Mahmoud Reda of Cairo, Egypt, Dallas Concert, 2002
  • A Legend of Danse Orientale, Oklahoma City, 2002
  • Interfest 2002, Wichita State University, 2002
  • 4000 Years of Egypt, DeMattias Performance Hall, Newman University, 2002
  • Tribute to Danse Orientale, Oklahoma City, 2002
  • Courtyard of Cadiz, Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble Benefit, Iowa City, 2001
  • Elena Lentini Intensive, Dance Celebration, Fazil's Rehearsal Studio, New York, NY, 2001
  • Crystal Heart Gala, American Heart Association, 2000
  • Wichita River Festival Old Town Block Party 1994-2000, 2003
  • Midnight Magic on the Orient Express (Wichita Children's Home New Year's Eve benefit): 1995, 1997.
  • Orpheum Theater 75th Anniversary Celebration, 1997
  • Kansas Newman College Renaissance Faire, 1988-89, 1993-1999
  • Kansas City Renaissance Festival 1994-1997
  • Benefit for the American Cancer Society, 1997