About Haft Vadi Studio

Haft Vadi Belly Dance Studio was founded by Dharlene Valeda in October of 2002, making it Kitchener's longest running belly dance studio. It focuses on the teaching of Egyptian cabaret belly dance, Egyptian folkloric dance, and Arabic drumming. 

Egyptian Dance's Aesthetic

What distinguishes Egyptian belly dance is its the focus on making the complex and beautiful music of composers visible to the audience. To achieve this, class time is spent working on the intricate movements of the dance, as well as on learning about Arabic music.  This is why the studio also offers drumming and music classes.

The movements taught at Haft Vadi are mainly from the modern Egyptian style of belly dance. Some exemplars of this style are Souhair Zaki, Naima Akef, Fifi Abdo, Mona Said, Raqia Hassan, Yasmina Ramzy, Hadia, Sahra Kent and Shareen el Safy. The style is characterized by an upright posture with softly straight legs, a long lower back and isolation of the movements of the ribs and hips. Arms move within a soft column with soft angles and subtle yet expressive hands. The style is subtle and intricate, with layering of movements, in order to express many instruments in the orchestra simultaneously. Movements vary in mood, speed and intensity as the music inspires the dancer.

Teacher Training

The teachers at Haft Vadi are very committed to presenting belly dance from within its Egyptian context, while including the innovations of American and European belly dancers. Instructors at the studio receive ongoing training with personal feedback from master dancers, to provide you with the most authentic experience of belly dance possible, outside of going to Egypt!

Class Size 

Haft Vadi specializes in small, custom-tailored classes to give you the attention and space you need to grow as a dancer. Clear sight-lines of the instructor and the mirrors, individual feedback on each stage of instruction and personalized curriculum development are a priority.

Meaning of Haft Vadi

Haft Vadi means "seven valleys" in Persian. Still curious