Photo by Vance Strickland

Photo by Vance Strickland

Biography:

Amara (Laura Osweiler), PhD, is known for her American belly dance style and as a leading innovator in experimental Middle Eastern dance. She has held long-term performing engagements at nightclubs and restaurants and has been highlighted in over 15 commercial videos. In addition to teaching dance studio classes and teacher training, Amara has taught accredited courses at several universities. Amara is the Co-Executive Producer of the ABDC, and Director of Training 4 Dance Teachers, and for 12 years, the Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company. She has also produced EEMED concerts, and co-Producer of X-MED and Tarab workshops. Amara holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside and a BA in Ethnomusicology from FSU. She is General Manager at Critical Path, a choreographic research facility and spends her time between Austin and Sydney.

Visit her at amaradances.com