Tamalyn Dallal


Oriental Dance teacher, writer and film maker

Tamalyn Dallal has performed for stars such as Sean Connery, Michael Jackson and James Brown, the president of El Salvador, Saudi Arabian princes, and the King of Jordan (to name a few).


Directing the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange, a non profit organization, dance school and performing company, from 1990- 2007, she taught and mentored dancers such as Amar Gamal and Bozenka, Virginia, Hanan, Roshana Nofret, and others. She organized the Orientalia International dance festival and produced numerous theatrical productions. 


Crowned "Miss America of the Bellydance" in 1995, she has performed and/or taught in 44 countries. She was one of the original "Bellydance Superstars", has written four books, produced two music CD's of Africa's oldest band, the "Ikhwan Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar", and currently films ethnological dance documentaries; Zanzibar Dance, Trance and Devotion, was completed in 2011. Ms. Dallal released "Ethiopia Dances for Joy" in 2013. Every year, from 2003 until Covid caused all dancing to move online, Tamalyn has traveled to Asia to teach and dance for extended periods. She taught a month long workshop in China every year for ten years and has taught regularly in Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia, as well as periodically in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea. Over this period of many years, she has mentored and worked closely with Christine Yaven (Indonesia), Wendi Weng (China/NY), Estelle Shao (China), Sakina (China), Leila Hiromi (Japan), Ayako Date (Japan), and more. 


She now lives in New Orleans, Louisiana and teaches workshops internationally, including an extensive tour in Asia and a yearly week long workshop in New Orleans. 

Tamalyn's latest endeavor is the children's book, "The Bellydancing Kitties of Constantinople," which was released in April, 2019. She is in the process of writing a script, using the same characters for an animated film.