upcoming events


I hope you'll join us for our house party with Seattle's own HOUSE OF TARAB on Friday, February 17th!

This show is a great introduction to the appreciation of live Arabic music and dance. The venue is small, the sound and lights are great, and the dancers each get to do a FULL SET instead of the usual five-minute malarkey. This means you get to be a part of the evolution of the relationship between the dancer and the musicians over twenty minutes of classic Egyptian music of the Golden Age. Plus wine and snacks. I mean, c'mon.

Buy your tickets now -- this venue is small and tickets sell out quickly!



I hope you'll join me in LAS VEGAS on Sunday, April 23rd from 10 to 3 for

"Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! Silence, Simplicity, and the Power of Gesture"

$60 if paid before April 1st, $70 after April 1st.

For payment information (check or PayPal), please contact Sandi Curtis at

You can see our FaceBook Event here! (And of course we'll have a hafla the night before!)




Kate began studying Middle Eastern dance as a sophomore in high school. Her background in vocal performance, combined with her new hobby, led to a fascination with Arabic music. Her desire to translate the lyrics of her dance music led to Arabic language classes. Arabic classes led to her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Arizona, which allowed her to study Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian and Levantine dialects, as well as Arabic grammar and literature.

Kate considers herself a “thinky” dancer, who loves study and discussion of dance concepts and techniques: staging, musicality, characterization, and improvisation. She is sought after as an instructor because of her musical expertise, theatrical presentation, and thorough, humorous breakdown of class material.

You can reach Shimmy Sister Kate for booking at, or through her Facebook page here.

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