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mel'keta's raghba

professional bellydance artist

reviews

“As an instructor she is always encouraging me to do better and to grow as a dancer. I’ve been taking classes around town for over two years, and I still learn something new in every class. So glad I found her!!” - Lynda

“Outstanding!!! Thanks a million!!” - Gamai

"Mel'Keta is a great instructor. She is very knowledgeable and makes learning belly dancing fun. She is always encouraging and has a great personality." - Lakisha

"Though I've only been in class a few weeks, I could sense Mel'Keta's passion and love for this art. She's a patient teacher, willing to take any questions and go through the moves over and over again. She's really inspired me to master the craft!" - Nabilah

“I really enjoyed it!” - Suki

“Mesmerizing...I was there...in the front row!” - Gail

“Totally gorgeous. You belong in a Vegas line-up” - Diana

“Beautiful, amazing, and completely captivating dancer.” - Lynda

“Amazing, Pulls you in like a beautiful snake charmer.” - Thomas

"I really enjoyed the belly dancing demo at my birthday party. I would and have recommended your services to others. My intention for my party was to celebrate the divine feminine principles. Everything was perfect, I really like the history that you shared about belly dancing and it's origins. Just what I wanted. Thank you!"- Asha

"Mel'Keta has an amazing personality and is very good at breaking it down for beginners. I had a great time and will be doing this again."- Crystal C. and the Carousels
 
"Dear Mel'Keta,
I wanted to thank you once again for making my event a successful one, your professionalism, dedication and attention to detail is appreciated.
My friends and family still talk about the Wedding/Vow Renewal and how wonderful it was and that they had a great time.
You have left an everlasting impression with your belly dancing craft with the people of Trinidad, many have said to me that they have not experienced any thing like that and it was different from the traditional stuff you see at a wedding/ vow renewal.
Keep doing what your are doing because you are an inspiration to others.
I can't wait to have you perform at another major event in my family's life.
sincerely, Carolyn" - Carolyn T.-- Macoya Trinidad and Tobago W.I.
 
Mel’Keta was very professional and energetic. She provided thorough technique, great teacher! It was a beautiful experience to learn more of the history of the dance and to bond with sisters, felt very comfortable. Loved this!! Ah-mazing!! - AGOG
Mel’Keta, Thank you so much! We really enjoyed ourselves. You are a jewel! Be Blessed :) - Erika H.

about me

Born of Polynesian and Amazigh decent, Mel'Keta is a Professional Belly Dancer and Instructor that has performed throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Internationally, and her current residing State of Tennessee. Mel’Keta has made a journey through many art forms of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, and ballroom dancing. Having been reared in the rhythms of the South Pacific Islands, her passion for dance has naturally brought her back full circle to the origin and relative art form of Tahitian and Oriental dance.  

Originally from New Jersey, in 2006 Mel’Keta wholeheartedly committed to her disciplinary studies of Raqs Sharqi with Zarouhi Otchy and later Tashira Awadiya. She has studied throughout the Northeast with many amazing instructors, as well as dance intensives with internationally acclaimed artists such as Elena Lentini, Samara (protégés of Ibrahim Farrah), and Ansuya. As an Entrepreneur, choreographer and costume designer, along with two Degrees in Accounting, Mel’Keta brings her love of dance and attention to detail together to create a joyous union that evokes a cathartic release to life in her performance as well as her teaching.

Unto these words by Ted Shawn, "Dance is the only art wherein we ourselves are the stuff it's made of", Mel'Keta structures her life and continues to bring joy to the hearts of many.

 

hire

Birthday Parties (Sweet 16's & Quinceaneras)
Girls Night Out
Bachelorette Parties

Weddings
Anniversaries
Private Classes
Retirements
Corporate Events

Creating an extraordinary and most memorable experience for you is Mel'Keta's highest  priority. She will work closely with you to ensure that your event details are tailored perfectly just for you!!

To hire Mel'Keta, email or call 908.938.0587

RESERVE MY EVENT!! (svc.chg applies)
Name, Event Date, & Time

classes

COME AND JOIN THE FUN!!!

GROUP CLASSES RETURN TO CASA AZAFRAN- MARCH 6th 2023

FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION EMAIL: NORELEIN929@GMAIL.COM

PRIVATE CLASSES- AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

DOESN'T MATTER YOUR BACKGROUND, AGE, OR SHAPE!!! YOU TOO CAN CELEBRATE YOUR BEAUTY AND UNITY!! 

Improve your strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, and body placement while learning how to develop personal expression through the breakdown of basic Oriental dance (aka belly dance) movements. The art of Oriental dance (belly dance) is for all ages and student levels, from beginner to professional.

From the stage to the street!!!!

Styles: From Egyptian to Turkish, Lebanese to the Persian Gulf -- Raqs Sharqi, Shaabi, Dabke, Khaleegi...

THRILLZ OF DRILLZ : BELLY DANCE BASICS CLASS (OPEN LEVEL)  

NEW SESSION STARTS MONDAY,  OCT. 9TH

Time: 5:50- 6:50p

Location: Casa Azafran (GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER STUDIOS)

2195 Nolensville Pike , Nashville, TN 37211

Trying belly dance for the very first time or maybe second time? No Worries!!!  This class focuses on move foundation and execution, perfect for Absolute Beginners as well as dancers who want to improve their technique.

8 week block: $160 ($20 per class) Available during open registration period ONLY registration form

BEGINNER (2ND LEVEL)/INTERMEDIATE CLASS ​

NEW DATES COMING SOON

Location: Caza Azafran (GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER STUDIOS)                                         

2195 Nolensville Pike , Nashville, TN 37211

Troupe choreography immediately to follow (By Invitation Only)

This class is well suited for Beginners as well as Intermdiate students, so regardless of your starting point, there is something for everyone. Learn technique, posturing, language, move execution, combinations, and transitions with emphasis on stage presence and improvisation all while building core strength and most importantly having fun!!

  • Dynamic Combinations
  • Progressive Beginner II/ Intermediate Choreographies
  • Instrumentation and Props(zils, veils,...)

8 week block: $160 ($20 per class) Available during open registration period ONLY registration form

Gift Certificates Available


EVENTS

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UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS and PERFORMANCES

Apr. 22nd-25th New York, NY 

Apr. 27th Caravanserai: From the Silk Road to 2023, The Dark Horse Theatre 7:30p-Nashville

May 6th Mel'Keta at Mirage 7pm & 9pm-Knoxville

May 13th Mel'Keta at Soul Nashville 10pm, Nashville (Reservations Strongly Suggested)