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Picture of Tahya Love @ Rakassa!ACE-certified, TAHYA is a vibrant and natural dancer with over 30 years of Danse Orientale teaching and performance experience both nationally and internationally.

She offers on-going dance and frame drum classes and weekend workshop/retreats which explore multi-cultural sacred and secular dance traditions. The Tahya Technique™ "Healing Dance" program uses ancient dance traditions as a pathway to relaxation and healing. Her grounded, earthy, sensual style celebrates the beauty within and her artistry has led her to collaborations with internationally-acclaimed artists/musicians/composers including David Amram, Paul Chou, Lori Cotler, Mimi Janislawski, Paulo Mattioli, Morocco, Grant Smith, and Glen Velez. To date, her art has led to engagements throughout the U.S. continent and Hawaii, Bali and Scotland. In 2006 she succesfully passed the certification examination for ACE (American Council on Exercise) Group Fitness Instructor.

OBJECTIVE: Promote, preserve and present music and dance traditions of the Middle and Far East as a means of kindling one's creativity and the healing potential within. Utilizing drumming & dance movements "grounded"/rooted in the sacred and secular traditions of North Africa, and the Middle & Far East, the intent is to introduce these arts as accessible tools for relaxation, reconnecting with our deeper selves (and each other), increasing individual creativity and reviving one's health & well being.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE: Recognized as the Lehigh Valley's leading authority on Eastern arts, Tahya captures the mystique of Middle and Far Eastern cultural traditions. Her artistic expression celebrates a grounded, earthy, sensual style while simultaneously building cultural awareness and dance appreciation, replacing misconceptions with informed concepts and boosting a respect for art forms steeped in antiquity.

US: CALIFORNIA - COLORADO - HAWAII - MASSACHUSETTS - NEW YORK - PENNSYLVANIA / UK: SCOTLAND
1977-present
Community and collegiate classes & performances ~ musicals, drama, comedy theatre
1977-1978
Troupe Member, Maiat, Zem Zem, Boulder, CO
1981
Troupe Member, Storm Mountain Folk Dancers, Denver, CO
1981-1982
Colorado State University Opera Theatre
1983
Colorado Dance Festival
1982-1984
Founder, Director and Troupe Member, Raks Al Bannat, Fort Collins, CO
1984
Allentown (PA) Arts Festival

1984-1994

Aladdin (formerly known as Beirut) Restaurant, Allentown, PA
1984-2004,
2007-Present
MUSIKFEST, Bethlehem, PA
1985-Present
Founder, Director and Troupe Member Bannat Tahya, Lehigh Valley, PA
1985 & 1991
Kutztown University with the Noga Group sponsored by Human Diversity Series
1988-2000
Benefit performances at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, PA
1988, 1990-97
Phoebe Nursing Home & Mountain View Manor (Nursing Home), Allentown, PA
1988, '93-95, '98, '00, '03
MAYFAIR Festival of the Arts, Allentown, PA
1991-98
ROSE GARDEN CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL, Bethlehem, PA
1991-92
FIRST NIGHT, Bethlehem, PA
1991
Binney and Smith, Inc., International Executives Conference
1995
United Nations Anniversary Celebration, Luther Crest Village, Allentown, PA
1995
Loveland (CO) Gallery Museum, Loveland, CO
1996
Lehigh University Cultural Affairs Program, Bethlehem, PA
1999
Inaugural Gala, ASAMed, New York, NY
2000, '01, & '02
Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Summer Sculpture Garden Performance Series
2001
Vine Leaf Restaurant, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND, UK
2001
Riverside Festival of the Arts, Easton, PA
2002
"First Night" State College, PA
2002
THE WATER CEREMONY, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
2005
Cable television appearance, Cape Cod, MA
2005-present
Raubsville Inn, Raubsville, PA

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Recognized as the Lehigh Valley's leading instructor of Eastern dance, Tahya has developed a program utilizing Middle and Far Eastern cultural traditions that gently strengthens and tones muscles, improves coordination and flexibility while liberating new dimensions of self-expression. Participants in her programs express appreciation for an expansion in their imagination, creativity, individual growth and fulfillment ~ important components to recovering a personal, spiritual connection to health and well-being.

1980-Present
Private and group lessons in private/home studio
1984-1988
Pennsylvania Dance Academy, Allentown, PA
1989, 2000, 2001
Muhlenberg College, Dance History Guest lecture/Demonstration, Allentown, PA
1994
Guest Choreographer, Cedar Crest College Annual Dance Concert, Allentown, PA
1995
Diocese of Allentown Department of Education, Allentown, PA, Arts-in-Education Teacher In-Service: "Movement Skills Workshop" in partnership with B. Pearson
1996-97
Lehigh University Mini-versity course: "Creative Movement with Tahya" Bethlehem, PA
1998
Artist-in-Residence, East Stroudsburg High School, East Stroudsburg, PA
1998 & 1999
Guest artist, Northwestern Lehigh High School, New Tripoli, PA
1999-present
Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
1997-present
National & International master class/workshops at retreats & dance associations
2001
NADA, Edinburgh, Scotland
2001-2004
Member of facilitator team, Rhythm Journey Retreats, Maui, HI
2001-2005
Lehigh County Senior Center, Allentown, PA
November, 2003 & 2004
Lehigh Valley ACS Annual Cancer Survivors Conference Workshop
April, 2005
Gilda's Club New York City
2005-2007
LA Fitness, Allentown, PA
2005-2012
Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network 'Healthy You' Programs, Allentown, PA
2006
Center for Health Care Education, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
2011-present
Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley, PA

 

OTHER:

1984-Present
Member, Lehigh Valley Dance Forum
1990-Present
Member, Lehigh Valley Council on the Arts; sub-committee member Lehigh Valley Arts-in-Education Coalition; contributing writer to Artlinks Resource Book
March, 2000
Professional Development: 'The Arts & Healing' / Seminar with Gianna Volpe, Sponsored by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
2000-Present
Self-produced instructional DVD and three guided visualization/meditation CD's with percussive "soundscapes" provided by prominent master drummers
2006-Present
Hostess, World Rhythms Program WDIY.FM
2006-Present
ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor.
 

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 

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