The Saltanah Dancers
Joyful, Enchanting Belly Dance for your Celebrations of all Kinds! The Saltanah Dancers are Deborah Newberg (director), Bryana Pacheco, Erica McFadden, Katy Whitcomb, Megan Daum and Misty Raivo. We provide a dynamic, elegant, beautiful Belly Dance show to celebrate your special event! We combine elements of Egyptian, Oriental, Folkloric, Persian, Spanish and World Fusion dances in our diverse and colorful shows. We specialize in Veils, Fan Veils, Finger Cymbals, Sword, Candle Tray and Cane, offering Scintillating Solos as well as Belly Dance Troupe Choreographies, with glamorous and accomplished Belly Dancers in dazzling costumes. As many as 6 professional dancers (or more) are available! Ask us about live music too. Enjoy our ongoing Performances at Cleopatra Cafe, Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza, Meow Wolf and more! We look forward to making your celebration truly memorable.
Deborah Newberg is the founder, director and lead choreographer of Saltanah Studios, a center for teaching Middle Eastern Dance, since 2005. She has been on the faculty of the Dance department of Santa Fe Community College since 2008. Her dance company, the Saltanah Dancers, has presented over 500 performances in NM, at venues ranging from the Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza to the Lensic theatre, from Cleopatra's Cafe to the Taos Inn to the Scottish Rite Temple. Her apprentice and student troupes also perform regularly with the Saltanah Dancers.
Deborah is known as an enthusiastic and giving teacher, and as a dynamic and musical dancer and choreographer. She is deeply rooted in the traditions of Middle Eastern Belly Dance. Her work continues to be enriched by intensive study and performance of a variety of dance styles, including Egyptian-style Oriental Dance (aka Raqs Sharqi or Belly Dance), Central Asian Dance (Persian and Uzbek), Folkloric Dances of the Middle East (Egypt, Turkey and North Africa), Turkish Roman and Flamenco, as well as focused study of Middle Eastern music. Her passion for dance travel and study has taken her to Egypt, Morocco and Spain. Her collaborative work with the Saltanah Dancers and her deep involvement in teaching dance are based equally upon her dedication to the beautiful art form of Raqs Sharqi and upon her commitment to the sisterhood, self-expression and empowerment of women, which is embodied through the dance. She currently teaches classes and workshops at Saltanah Studios (which is currently located at Dance Space Santa Fe), and at Santa Fe Community College.