soloist and instructor of Prairie Rose Middle Eastern Dance Troupe
Helen took her first bellydance class from Dawn Moze when she was in graduate school studying social psychology in South Florida. Like a lot of people, bellydancing began as a hobby and then became a joyful obsession.
Helen remembers being immediately impressed with the grace and beauty of the advanced dancers who were women over 60 years old. She also loved the moves and the way bellydance made her feel. So, after moving to Iowa in 1997, she continued to study bellydance; first with Delilah, and later with Maleeha of Iowa City.
Eventually, Helen began teaching weekly classes in the American Cabaret style of belly dance in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa. Helen says, “I hope that through my classes, students not only learn about the dance and culture and improve their physical condition, but that they also find acceptance of their body and feel a part of a positive female space.”
Helen has also obtained Sahra Kent’s “Journey to Egypt” certifications in level I and II in bellydance and is currently the director of Prairie Rose Middle Eastern Dance Troupe in Cedar Falls, Iowa.