About Emuna

sword danceEmuna is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in western Massachusetts.

She has studied with a wide range of regionally and internationally respected teachers including Shifah, Sharon Arslanian, Anahid Sofian, Aisha Ali, Morocco, Artemis Mourat, and Melina, and continues to learn and add to her repertoire. She was an active member of The Crescent Dancers, the Pioneer Valley’s premier Middle Eastern dance troupe, for eighteen years.

In addition to Middle Eastern dance, Emuna has a background beginning in childhood that includes modern dance, African dance, and folk and ethnic dances of diverse cultures from Quebec to Argentina, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  She earned a BA in music from Bennington College and incorporates her musicality into her choreography and zill playing.

Performance Highlights

Emuna was featured with Shifah and Cynarra in the Northampton Arts Council’s “If the Shoe Fits” at the Academy of Music, Northampton, MA and has also performed in Four Sundays in February and Northampton’s First Night. With the Crescent Dancers, she has appeared at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, the Northampton Center for the Arts, the Iron Horse, Cafe Lebanon, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was a featured Gypsy Dancer at Mutton & Mead Festival in Montague, MA. She has performed at numerous festivals, schools, libraries, weddings, celebrations and special events of all kinds, as a soloist or collaborator.

Teaching Experience

Emuna has taught Beginning and Intermediate Belly Dance at Greenfield Community College, Karuna Yoga Center, Brattleboro Tango Studio, and Amherst Ballet Center, as well as guest workshops on Dance Basics, Zills, and Veil. She has taught the Middle Eastern component of international dance courses to high school students at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and Amherst Ballet School. Since 2000, she also gives private individually-tailored tutorials.


Emuna has an extensive choreography and improvisation background enhanced by Dance Composition training at Bennington. As a Crescent Dancer, she created and co-created numerous Middle Eastern inspired pieces. Original choreographies Emuna developed for her students have been performed in Greenfield Community College’s annual shows. With Shifah, Emuna co-choreographed and coached the Valley Light Opera’s production of “The Vagabond King” in 1997.


Emuna played finger cymbals on the title track of Fraidy Katz’s CD The Eternal Question.


email: emuna7@verizon.net
phone: 413.772.0204

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