About Desert Rhythm
Desert Rhythm, founded in early 2001, offers classes
in Middle Eastern dance for women.
Courses offered range from beginners to advanced levels
with focus on Raks Sharqi.
Desert Rhythm welcomes women of all ages, experience and backgrounds.
The school’s troupe has performed in numerous performing arts events
including the Street Revolution 2002 and 2003
of the Singapore Arts Festival
and the opening festival of the Esplanade on 12 Oct 2002,
as well as corporate events.
The school has also been featured on television in TV Works’
programme "It’s All in the Body", hosted by Wendy Jacobs (2001),
and Lianhe Zhaobao's Fukan section (2002), Shin Nichi Ho (2003),
Mediacorp's "ladies First" hosted by Ms Wong Lilin (2003)
and Channel 8's "In Kids" (2003).
Desert Rhythm Teachers
|Fiona Hoo is the Principal and Instructor of |
Desert Rhythm. She has been practising Middle Eastern dance for eight years and has been
teaching since 1996. A qualified dance teacher,
she has taught both locally and overseas. Prior to the founding of Desert Rhythm, she taught at Breathing Space Private Ltd., a holistic health centre.
She has studied under many teachers
and continues to study the finer points of this art form. Master classes attended include: Aida Nour (Egypt), Hossam and Serena Ramzy (UK/Egypt), Salona Koczan (Australia), Maria Masselos (Australia), Mo Geddawi (Egypt), Aisha Ali (USA; Middle eastern folk dances), Kahira Djounmahna (USA; American Tribal Style), Alaine Haddon-Casey (Australia; American Tribal Style) and Kathryn Ferguson (USA).
Fiona draws on her classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and creative movement training to bring
creativity and fun to her classes. She has also performed in WOMAD festival (1997) under the auspices of the National Arts Council, and has been featured in the magazines Where Health Begins (2002) and Singapore Health (1999).
|Azalea Wong is assistant teacher and administrator |
of Desert Rhythm. She started teaching in 2002.
She studied under Fiona Hoo and Keti Sharif (Australia/Egypt) and has attended master classes with varoius teachers including:
Mo Geddawi (Egypt), Aida Nour (Egypt), Hossam an Serena Ramzy (UK/Egypt), Zaza Hassan (France) and Alaine Haddon-Casey (Australia; American Tribal Style). With a basic knowledge of body kinetics from her
athletics and Pilates background, she has a keen understanding of the fundamental techniques
and their proper execution.
Desert Rhythm Events
Past performances include:
Street Festival 2002 and 2003,
the Esplanade Opening Festival 2002.
Hossam and Serena Ramzy concert,
Kallang Theatre, 4 July 2003.
ExxonMobil CampusConcert at NUS,
15 October 2003.
For performance rates and availability, please email us
|We have a wide selection of hip scarves,|
petal skirts, harem pants and headbands for sale.
Please email or call us for prices.
All belly dance group classes are held at:
39 Stamford Road
Stamford House #03-08/09
Near City Hall MRT
Telephone: +65 6477 4174
Mobile: +65 9840 9737
39 stamford Road,Stamford House,#03-08/09,Singapore 178885