Having brought audiences to their feet and to tears, Virginia has captivated a worldwide public with breathtaking performances, a dynamic presence, and a soulful interpretation of Oriental Dance. She has crossed all borders leaving her indigenous mark on a diverse audience with performances that ignite the human spirit and illuminate the soul.
Considered to be one of the most influential and sought after performers, a gifted choreographer, and one of the most profound master instructors of this ancient art form, Virginia has been presented in the most prominent theaters and festivals across 5 continents and over 50 countries, including the most renowned Festivals in Egypt for over 15 years, invited by Mahmoud Reda, Yousry Sharif, Raquia Hassan, Wael Mansour, Nile Group, and more.
Utilizing her innovative musicality and ingenious choreographic prowess, Virginia is known for constantly reinventing the dance. She dares to elevate the dance to all new levels while staying true to its indigenous roots. Her theatrical productions are touted as the perfect embodiment of contemporary relevance steeped in ancient traditions. A testament to this, Mahmoud Reda has presented her theatrical work alongside his work in the Theatre Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France.
Respected by legendary artists and students alike as one of the world’s foremost instructors, she is also considered to be one of its most generous. Constantly creating motivating and articulated workshops, Virginia shares a wealth of knowledge each and every time she instructs. She is personally invested in each student’s growth, and devotes one on one attention throughout the teaching process. True to this reputation she has created 7 instructional DVD’s, 4 theatrical productions on DVD and on tour, and 4 Oriental Dance Music CD’s, all critically acclaimed by the Bellydance and Arts Communities. She has also taught and choreographed for the Masters in Fine Arts Program at Florida State University and has performed for the FSU Dance Sarasota Program.
“Her energy is contagious and her work is inspirational”, Lorena Sedran. Regarded by many dancers as a great inspiration, she has been extremely influential in creating competition winners, and stunning performers worldwide. She has been featured globally in theaters, television productions, magazines, newspapers and films including MTV, People Magazine, and Good Morning America as well as being the personal dancer for the Saudi Arabian Royal Family when in the US.
She is the founder of C.O.M.E. Dance and Rakstar, one of the world’s most prominent International Bellydance Festivals as well as the director/choreographer for her award winning professional performing company, Virginia’s Wa Nour Al Ayun.
Admired by many as the premiere protégé of Mr. Yousry Sharif, Virginia is proud and honored to be a part of his lineage.