Hamsa Arts offers instruction through classes, demonstrations, and workshops as well as performances in traditional and creative arts, world music, and dance. The creative vision of Hamsa Arts stems from the desire to honor and preserve traditional arts around the world. Megan Yalkut, the director, has studied Middle Eastern Dance since 1995 with a variety of master teachers in CA and CO, as well as in Nepal and Bali. Her first primary teacher was the illustrious Alexandra King (voted best instructor in America by The Belly Dance Academy Award Committee, and director of the UC Santa Barbara Midle Easter Studies dance dept.) with whom she studied privately for 4 years as well as attending her group classes at UCSB. In 2007, Megan developed a special love for Persian Classical dance and began studying intensively with master teacher Shahrzad Khorsandi. Megan's in depth studies of Middle Eastern Dance have included cabaret, folkloric, and gypsy styles from Egypt, Turkey, Persia, Greece, Central Europe, and India. Additionally, she has an extensive background in modern, contact improv, jazz and a 10 yr. foundation in ballet and began performing various forms of dance at the age of 14. Her study of belly dance began with the desire to prepare for child-birth and grew into a great love for the dance as an art form and performance venue. Learn more at https://boulderbellydance.org.