I dance, I research, and I ask too many questions. I’m addicted to Egypt, League and Insta. That’s about it.
Dr. Anne (Annie) Vermeyden is a professional belly dance performer and instructor. She was fascinated with belly dance from a young age and began studying Egyptian style raqs sharqi in 2011. It quickly became a cornerstone in her practice of self-care.
Dharlene Valeda and Roula Said have been central guides on her dance journey. Annie also received foundational instruction from Nada el Masriya, Yasmina Ramzy and Joharah Kolishenko. Her studies with Tito Seif, Randa Kamal, Sahar Samara, Camelia of Cairo, Mohamed Salah (haha not that Mohamed Salah), Shahrzad, Luna of Cairo and Joharah have also significantly shaped her embodiment of raqs sharqi.
The 4 months she spent studying in Cairo during 2018 were revolutionary to both her style and expression. Today, Annie is a charismatic entertainer who thrives on channeling the joy and flirtation of Egyptian raqs sharqi.
Anne’s doctoral dissertation explored why and how belly dance became so popular in the Toronto area between 1960-1990. She also has studied Arabic at International House in Cairo, the University of Waterloo, and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
Annie currently teaches belly dance classes at Haft Vadi Belly Dance Studio in Kitchener Ontario. Belly dance is a key component of her self-care practice and she’s grateful for the opportunity to share it.
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Walneck, Sandra. “Colourful Celebration of Joy: Anne Vermeyden’s love for belly dancing runs deep – not just as an artform but for its benefits to both her physical and mental health.” Grand Magazine, July/August 2017.