… specializes in workshops, private and group classes in Egyptian style folk and Saidi dance, finger cymbals, and essential Arabic words and phrases, all aimed at enabling dancers to hear the music and become one with the music. Leyla has taught finger cymbals for dancers at Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival in Cairo, Egypt 2006-2009 and again in 2014-2019.
At home, in the San Francisco Bay Area, she coordinates two monthly open stage dancer nights in two of the Area’s notable Middle Eastern restaurants.
She has produced a music CD “Golden Days Enchanting Nights” recorded almost entirely in Cairo, and an instructional DVD “Habibi, You Are My… WHAT?! Essential Arabic for Dancers – Volume 1”.
Open Stage Dancer Nights in San Francisco Bay Area:
As of April, 2021, both of these events are on hiatus until further notice. When either or both resume, I will post that information here.
“First Fridays” ~ Monthly Belly Dance Nights ~ Live Music & Singer Khalil Abboud at Tannourine Restaurant in San Mateo, CA. ~ $15 Cover for all but performers ~ Reservations ~ 415-298-9859 or 650-638-1960 ~ DANCERS: When this event resumes, please contact “Leyla Lanty” on Facebook (link in Menu above) to sign up to dance.
“Casbah Nights” ~ Monthly Belly Dance Nights ~ Live Music & Singer Khalil Abboud at El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, CA. ~ No cover ~ Reservations ~ 925-671-0132 ~ DANCERS: When this event resumes, please contact “THE DANCERS of El Morocco LIVE MUSIC & Belly Dance Shows~2nd & 4th Sundays” on Facebook to sign up to dance.
DVD & CD:
In addition to her performing and teaching accomplishments, Leyla has created an instructional DVD based on her popular workshop on essential Arabic words and phrases for dancers “Habibi, You Are My… WHAT?! Essential Arabic for Dancers – Volume 1.” This DVD is available as a DVD. She has also produced a music CD in Egypt, “Golden Days Enchanting Nights,” featuring a dance piece composed by Hassan Abou el Seoud.
Comments from Reviews:
DVD “She is so full of knowledge and shares it. I learned so much from it, now when I dance I understand music much better kudos Leyla!!!”
CD “This is one of the most beautifully arranged and produced CDs of Arabic music I have heard. The sound is rich and velvety, inspirational to dance to and luxurious just to listen to. LOVE IT!” and “All the songs are danceable! Usually there are 1 or 2 songs on a cd that are usable but this is all good stuff. I’ve been playing it practically continuously since it arrived.”