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Educational Outreach

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Recent Outreach news:
During the summer of 2011, Saroya was a bellydance instructor with Future Seekers, Inc. Future Seekers is an Atlanta non-profit organization providing after-school and summer programs for teens 13-17 years old. As part of the summer program, Saroya taught weekly classes during which the students learned a choreography that they performed at the program's closing gala. The young women had a great time, and for Saroya, it was a wonderful experience. Saroya returned to Future Seekers in the fall of 2014 and is an enrichment instructor teaching Middle Eastern dance in the after-school program. For more information on Future Seekers, visit their website,

In October 2012, Saroya joined Homestead Hospice's Nurturing Through the Arts program. Homestead Hospice knows the importance of the mind, body, and soul connection and has developed the program to tap into that connection. Saroya provides interactive therapeutic dance to seniors in facilities throughout the metro Atlanta area. It is one of the most enriching and rewarding things that she does.

From her earliest childhood memories, Saroya has always been fascinated with multiculturalism. Her formal studies led her to a BA in Foreign Languages and a Masters of International Business.

Saroya's study of Middle Eastern dance has enriched her life by including much more than dance steps. Saroya has also gained an extensive education in the related subjects of Middle Eastern cultures, peoples, dances, and history.

Using her years of personal experience working and performing with people of Middle Eastern heritage, Saroya can translate Middle Eastern cultural life to western audiences with ease. She has presented various combinations of lecture, demonstration, and teaching for several educational institutions, from middle school through university level.

Her lectures cover a wide assortment of topics, ranging from the general "What is the Middle East?" or "What is an Arab?" to more specific cultural topics such as how dance is viewed in the Middle East, and why Saroya is a Middle Eastern dancer but not a Middle Easterner.

The teaching segments include not only what Westerners think of as Middle Eastern dance, but also folkloric and line dances. Saroya always provides information to put each dance into its cultural context.

Saroya's goal in all educational programs is to enrich the audience's knowledge and simultaneously provide an entertaining experience. She wants her audience to enjoy learning as much as she does.

Saroya's educational outreach program clients include:

  • DeVry University
  • Mercer University
  • The Friends School
  • Georgia Perimeter College

If you would like to engage Saroya for an educational program, please contact her by phone at 404-982-9037 or by e-mail at