The art of belly dance & the community of amazing women have helped me grow and be inspired every day. -Nunah

Student Companies

The Saffron Dance Student Company program was created to provide dancers who seek to deepen their study with on-going choreography development and performance opportunities.  Currently home to seven resident companies, from beginners to pre-professional level dancers and representing a broad range of belly dance styles, the Student Company program constitutes an integral element of the overall dance experience.  Dancers are placed within a group of students who are in a similar place in their dance journey and development.  Because members enjoy participation for one year, they experience enhanced artistic and personal benefits that come from sharing a joint commitment to a common goal, working with a consistent choreographer, and developing friendships that flourish outside of the studio environment. 

Hear students talk about the performance experience of Student Company:

Click here to learn more about the Student Company program, including how to join and member requirements.

Director: Elena Faye

2017/18 Members: Anya, Heidi, Lauren, Maria, Nancy, Tinghui

Yasmine (which means Jasmine flower in Arabic) is Saffron's beginner level Oriental Student Company.  Students in their first years of belly dance work with fun choreographies in a supportive environment designed to build confidence & competence in the skills needed to become adept performers.

Directors: Elena Faye

2018/18 members: Adrienne, Dona, Kara, Karen, Linda, Malek, Mireya, Sa'diyah, Shanze

Featuring Saffron's advanced, pre-professional, and professional dancers, Dalia provides a forum for company members to push themselves by deepening their relationship with the art form, refining movement dynamics, strengthening  advanced technique, and expanding range of artistic expression.  

Director: Elena Faye

2017/18 Members: Amarna, Laurie, Lilah, Marianne, Mojgan, Natalie, Patricia, Sandra, Sarah, Sonya, Tori, Zara 

Nasreen (Arabic for the jonquil or narcissus flower) is an intermediate level Student Company for dancers looking to develop their unique performance voices while sharing the joy of dancing in a group.  Pieces feature more complex choreographies and blocking, while still grounded in accessible movement vocabulary.

Director: Jenna Shear

2017/18 Members: Alya, Katie, OshúnTugba, Valerie, Zabrina

Noora is an advanced intermediate Student Company that offers members an opportunity to refine technique and performance skills in an increasingly rigorous environment.  Company members are exposed to a wide variety of styles and advanced props, ranging from earthy Egyptian beledi to energetic fan veil fusion.  

Director: Faten

2017/18 Members: Anna, Diane, Gilda, Oshún, Paris, Rae, Undine, Zaira

Rihana is Saffron’s beginner/intermediate folkloric Student Company, showcasing styles of folkloric dance from throughout the Middle East & North Africa.  Saidi provides belly dance students with the opportunity to explore the folkloric roots of Oriental dance as well as classical Oriental style.  

Director: Jenna Shear 

2016/17 Members: Allison, Ashley, Dawn, Erica, Laurie, Lilah, Rachel, Shauna, Valerie

Saffron’s Company for tribal dance, Shawka embraces both tradition and innovation with a modern, percussive edge. Shawka is currently a multi-level company composed of students in Tribal 2-3.  


Director: Faten

2017/18 Members: Elena, Eleni, Jasmine Sapphire, Katie, Lena, Oshun, Shanze, Tugba, Undine, Zabrina, Zaira

Warda is Saffron Dance’s intermediate/advanced level folkloric company.  Directed by renowned choreographer and instructor Faten, Warda consists of advanced students and faculty members brought together by their love of folkloric dance and Faten's own signature choreographic style.