As director of her student troupe, The Manipura Dance Collective, Tava choreographs numerous dances per year that are showcased in her highly successful bi-annual events. She has also given lectures at colleges and symposiums on the history of the dance, and regularly contributes articles to dance-related publications. Tava and can be seen on 2 Fantasy Bellydance performance DVD's, produced by World Dance NY, and choreographed for Curtain Call's "Shakespeare on the Green."
Through her dedication and training, Tava has learned an authentic style of bellydance which incorporates Turkish, Lebanese, North African and Egyptian influences, and includes a rich understanding of the intricate rhythms used in the dance. Tava regularly exposes her students to live music and drumming, thanks to her supportive network of musicians. As a teacher, Tava is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and shedding the many misguided myths of middle eastern dance. She works with her students to not only teach the movements, but also to foster a sense of community and create a supportive atmosphere for self-expression. Currently, Tava's students range from ages 10 to 80 years. With her background in counseling, Tava is keenly aware of the need to embrace a positive body image and uses the dance as a tool for building self-esteem.
While dancing is a form of entertainment, it is also a relationship between music and movement. The freedom to interpret sound with the body is therapeutic and emotional. Audiences have described Tava's dancing as "soulful, playful and contagious, with clear movements that express her passion and enthusiasm for the music."
Tava regularly performs at restaurants, nightclubs, birthday parties (children & adults), weddings, bridal showers, and corporate events in NY, CT and NJ. Tava is also available for bellydance parties, where guests participate in a group lesson followed by a performance. Duet performances are available as well as live music. The standard rate for a 20-25 minutes show is $250-$300 per dancer.
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Cathy (Fairfield, CT)
Tava's dancing was just beautiful and she kept [the girls] moving their bellies all evening! It is so hard to come up with party ideas for teen girls that are just right and bellydancing provided the perfect theme! The girls learned about a new culture, experienced exotic movements that freed their spirits, and laughed all night long. Tava has such a grace and elegance and truly gave my daughter and her friends a sense of her passion for bellydance. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone to hire Tava for bellydance performance, parties, lessons...she is an exquisite, energetic dancer and has a wonderful way with girls.