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Katrina Scott

  • Instructor, Dance Program


Katrina Scott (A.K.A. Kalilah) has been dancing all her life. She started out with Tap, Jazz and Ballet, but found her true love of dance when she discovered Middle Eastern Dance. She started over 30 years ago when she started taking Middle Eastern dance lessons with the Bal Aziza Dance Troupe of Rochester. During her membership with Bal Aziza, Kalilah held positions such as Artistic Director, Choreographer, Costume Director, Stage Manager, and Publicist. Kalilah is now the Artistic Director, Choreographer and Publicist for her own Middle Eastern DanceTroupe, Sword and Scarab. She started her Middle Eastern Dance career with Egyptian Oriental (Raks Sharqi) and Turkish cabaret styles of dance (Danse Tansi), but prefers the more Folkloric aspects of Middle Eastern Dance or what is better known as Raks Shaabi. These dance styles would include mostly traditional Bedouin dances of North Africa. Kalilah still travels extensively to study with the Masters of the dance. She has been to the Middle East to learn first hand the culture and traditions of Middle Eastern Dance. She has studied with Morocco, Serena, Elena, Aisha Ali, Lelia Haddad, Amel Tafsout, Jamilla Al Wahid, John Compton, Delilah, and many others. Kalilah currently teaches at the University of Rochester, guest teaches at the University of Brockport, and is a mentor through Empire State College. She also teaches through Rochester's many Community Centers, local dance studios, and in her home studio. She has been teaching for over 20 years and is currently working to educate the public through diversity and cultural awareness. Kalilah has received many awards for her teaching, and is highly respected for her knowledge and efforts in supporting the education, cultural and historical aspects of Middle Eastern Dance. Sword and Scarab has sponsored many events such as The Rochester Raks Series. Kalilah is often asked to be a guest performer in many events. She has even had the pleasure of guest performing with the Belly Dance Super Stars.