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Shakira has nothing on local Middle Eastern dance performer Asheba. Since 1982 Asheba has studied dance while maintaining various other jobs such as teacher, seminar instructor, and costume vendor. As her website states, “Her style is technically complex, ranging from emotionally compelling to fun and flirtatious.” Asheba along with her troupe, the Bedouin dancers, will be performing this weekend.

The troupe will feature dances of the Middle East, old-style beledi (a common rhythmic style in Middle Eastern music), and modern caberet.

Aside from shaking it with her troupe, Asheba teaches basic, intermediate, and advanced Egyptian and Turkish Rom (gypsy) technique. Her lessons also include sword work, zils (those noise-making finger cymbals), and dumbek (drum) rhythms. She prides herself in creating her own style of dance, which has taken her years to master. She hopes she can lead her students to develop their own styles, as well.

Check out Asheba’s gyrating moves on Saturday at the Arneson River theater as she and her Bedouin dancers present Scimitar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Her hips don’t lie, and ours don’t, either.


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