Sabriye Tekbilek is an international performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance whose stage presence and technique have been shaped by a lifetime of international performance and study. She is the daughter of renowned Turkish musician, "Haci" Ahmet Tekbilek, and Lisa Djeylan, once an international bellydancer herself. Sabriye grew up in an environment of Middle Eastern Music and dance. As a child and young adult Sabriye studied many dance forms, including Flamenco, Ballet and Middle Eastern dance.
While attending the University of California at Berkeley, she began taking classes with renowned teacher Suhaila Salimpour and quickly became a member of the Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat. Sabriye was featured in the original run of Suhaila's stage show Sheherezade, as well as in DVDs for Bal Anat, the Suhaila Dance Company and Suhaila's Bellydance Fitness Fusion series.
It was while studying with both Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour that Sabriye was encouraged to begin teaching, awakening a passion for instruction. She is currently one of few the authorized instructors of the Suhaila Salimpour Format and holds the highest level of certification available in both Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour formats.
In 2005 Sabriye based herself in the Middle East where she has since worked for seven years with Lebanese agent Toros Siranossian through out the Gulf and North Africa. She also spent one year in Cairo working at the prestigious night club Haroun Al Rashid in the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel along side the legendary Dina.
Sabriye has to date danced across the U.S., in Sweden, Norway, England, Turkey, Spain, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India. She has performed at exclusive venues including the Nobel Prize Party, Warner Bros. Studios, the Miss India Competition; and she has shared the stage with popular Arabic stars such as Ragheb Alama, Wadi Al Safy, Sbohi Tawfik, Marwan Khoury, Wael Kfoury, Abdel Basset Hamouda, Saad, Mahmuod el Husseini, Houba and regularly performs globally for dignitaries.
During her travels Sabriye continues to explore the depths of Middle Eastern dance and music through studying and teaching workshops along her way.
Sabriye's teaching draws from years of training, and experience both as a teacher and performer. If you are interested in hiring her to teach a a workshop please click here, and be sure to include the desired date and location.
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Sabriye is available for performances internationally for short as well as month long engagements. To find out more about having Sabriye at your event click here.