Cultural Consultant | An electrifying performer and generous teacher, Faten spent over two decades delighting the international belly dance community. A native Egyptian, Faten began dancing at 11 years of age when she was selected to attend a dance school for children run by country's first-ever national folk troupe, and was one of the first dancers selected for troupe membership. Saffron's resident expert on Egyptian traditional dance, Faten offers extensive cultural & ethnographic knowledge and gives Saffron the ability to create informed folklore presentations.
Faten's classical Egyptian style captures the essence of all we admire in the Egyptian Danse Orientale. When dancing full time and performing for entertaining heads of state, ambassadors, and royalty across the globe, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in French Literature. With her husband, Shawki Naim, the top soloist in Egypt and the National Troupe choreographer, they created their own troupe, which traveled and performed around the world, which continues to serve as the National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt.
In the tradition of our own grandparents and ancestors, she captures the rich treasures of the old world to enrich the culture of her new American home. Her aesthetic is vibrant and imbued with the soulful emotion that is at the heart of this art form. Faten adds to this her very own quintessential feminine grace and passionate love and joy of the dance.