An American Belly Dance Magazine

Cover: Joana Saahirah

What is Zaghareet? A Zaghareet is the joyous sound heard at happy events such as homecomings, weddings, and parties. Zaghareet is also the name of this publication, which began as a belly dance trade publication but has evolved into a Middle Eastern arts and culture magazine. In addition to great feature articles on dancers, troupes, music, musicians and personal experiences of professional development, it includes travel articles, reviews on books, music, videos, and events that relate to Middle Eastern culture. The magazine isn't just about the famous dancers; it's also about ... YOU!

Click here to read sample articles or check out some back issues. Do you have a great photo or an interesting article or review related to Middle Eastern dance or culture? Please submit it to be considered for publication. Deadlines for submission are the 15th of the month prior to the issue date (December 15 for the January/February issue, February 15 for the March/April issue, April 15 for the May/June issue, June 15 for the July/August issue, August 15 for the September/October issue, October 15 for the November/December issue)

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The Zaghareet Staff

Sharina is the Publisher/Editor of Zaghareet!, a performer, and director of World Tribe.

Photo credit: Victoria Webb 2009

Kajira Djoumahna brings us news of famous dancers, and also writes a column "Kajira Tells It Like It Is" answering questions about tribal style dance. Kajira is the 2001 recipient of the IAMED award for Instructor of the Year, Zaghareet's Golden Belly Awards Instructor of the Year 2004 and is author of the Tribal Bible. She is a teacher, troupe director (BlackSheep BellyDance), workshop sponsor (Tribal Fest, 4-time winner of Favorite Event/Promoter in the Golden Belly Awards), and lifelong student of Middle Eastern dance.

Shira has been dancing since 1981. Shira is the webmaster of The Art of Middle Eastern Dance, a comprehensive website that has just about everything! She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and French and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Habeeb Salloum has been a freelance writer for 35 years. He has been called "The most prolific and multi-faceted Arab-Canadian writer" and publishes about 150 articles annually on a wide variety of topics.

Anthea (Kawakib) writes our "For Beginners" column. She teaches in the Fredericksburg VA area, was a featured dancer in D.C. clubs for 19 years, and is the author of "Kawakib's Dance Tips." Visit her online for more information.

Janeeda has studied and taught a multitude of Art Forms for close to 40 years. She is a well known Middle Eastern performer, choreographer and dance & yoga instructor in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and writes on "Spirituality and Dance" for Zaghareet! See her website for more information.

Carrie Konyha writes our Tips for Teachers column and is an award winning professional Middle Eastern dance artist, instructor, choreographer and a certified Yoga instructor. Carrie facilitates annual dance retreats in Sedona, AZ. Please visit her website for more details.

Thalia del Fuego writes our DVD reviews, having relied on videos and DVDs for her daily workouts and for supplemental dance instruction for over two decades. She started belly dancing as a teenager, and has enriched her dance experience with classes in yoga, pilates and other dance forms. Thalia is certified as a personal trainer and yoga teacher.

Kashani writes our Troupe Time column, directs Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers in Olympia, WA, and has written for several international publications. For more information about Kashani or her troupe (her dance family), visit her website.

Za-Beth is known as the "Grande Dame" of dance, and is celebrating 51 years in the world of Bellydance Orientale. She is the sponsor of the annual Grand Dame Diva Pageant in Boston, MA. Za-Beth writes our column on Boston/New England dance icons as well as Q&A with featured dancers. For more information about Za-Beth, see her website for details.

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