ZENAIDE (Vivian Garcilazo)



Zenaide has been a performer, teacher and choreographer of Oriental Dance for more than 30 years.  She has mastered the Egyptian, Turkish, and Arabic dance styles and has expanded her repertoire to include Spanish-Arabic and Latin Fusion.

After cutting her teeth as a child performer on Latin American TV variety shows, Zenaide discovered the Serena Technique of Belly Dance at the age of 17.  She has studied extensively with some of the most celebrated Middle Eastern Dance masters, including Serena, Elena Lentini, Ibrahim Farrah, and Ahmed Hussien.

Zenaide has been a featured dancer in the top New York City nightclubs and has toured Europe, Asia and North Africa as a performer and teacher.  She has been a member of Serena Dance Theater, The Ahmed Hussien Dance Company, and was co-founder of The Kismet Dance Ensemble, an international, multi-cultural dance troupe.  Her role with Kismet was not limited to performing; as a dance ethnographer, she sought to share her love of the art form by researching, recording and choreographing dance of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

Zenaide is a graduate of Vassar College and holds Masters Degrees in both Anthropology and Education. She is currently a teacher at Serena Dance Studios and The Harkness Dance Center in New York City as well as a guest teacher at the Juilliard School.

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