Zac Bigbee

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 As Soloist with Chicago's cocodaco dance, Denver Ballet Theatre and David Taylor's Zikr Dance Company, Zac has performed on stages world wide. He wowed us in 2018: we hare thrilled to have him on staff at Tarab Retreat 2019.    

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Pete Jacobs

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Pete is House Bassist and will lead some Sufi Turkish Ilahi Sing-a-longs, 

our Opening and Closing Circles.

A kind and generous man, his presence is warm and nurturing.

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Sina Goharjou & Zara Sadeghi

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Persian Daf

Born and raised in Iran, husband and wife Sina Goharjou & Zara Sadeghi now live in Colorado. They have a passion to play and share Persian Daf --the ancient frame drum with zangeer, or rings -- and are delighted to teach classes and tell us more about Daf's cultural significance. They have studied with Front Range musician Kaivon Tolooee as well as traveled to Iran, the birthplace of this mesmerizing and spiritual instrument.  The Daf is traditionally a ladies' instrument, however all are welcome.   Classes will be hands on and we will have some Daf for sale and as loaners. 

You may also bring frame drums if you do not have a Daf yet.  

Hadaga Balkan Band

Denver Klezfest 2018 at the Mercury Cafe Ballroom

 Get ready to move your body! Hadgaba brings the Balkan dance party to the Rocky Mountains. 

These musicians will also share Jewish Niggun and Percussion classes.  


Josh Klasco - Bouzouki
Eric Alterman - Percussion
Eitan Kantor - Violin/Vocals
Doron Levary - Bass 

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Julia Moon

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Julia Moon began her bellydance career in 1990 after many years of theatrical training.  She performed with the award winning Ananka Dance Company at Renaissance Faires, for historical reenactment groups and stage shows performing traditional cabaret and folkloric styles.  After college, she traveled around several states working and dancing.  She was a member of Dancers Supporting Dancers in Albuquerque, NM, then joined a band and moved to the Denver area.  Julia spent a few years dancing at night clubs & restaurants in Colorado with the fondest memories of the former Mataam Fez in Boulder, CO.  She moved to Las Vegas, NV and was the feature dancer at Habib's Persian Cuisine for several years. 

   In 2006 she returned to Colorado with a strong desire to learn ATS (American Tribal Style).  She started her tribal training with Elizabeth Ashner, then joined Tribe Nawaar under the direction of Jennifer Secrist Goran and developed a deep appreciation for the sisterhood of tribal bellydance.  Just after 2012 she lovingly departed from the tribe to refresh some of her traditional cabaret roots, but has continued to study and enjoys fusing the styles. Julia Moon Embry is the owner of Unicorn Belly Dance Supplies which can be seen at local events and found online at www.unicorn-bds.com.  Julia teaches ongoing classes at the Buchanan Recreation Center in Evergreen, CO and leads her student troupe, Moonjulz Bellydance.  For more information visit www.juliamoonbellydance.com and www.unicorn-bds.com

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Deborah Newberg

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Deborah Newberg is the founder, director and lead choreographer of Saltanah Studios, a center for teaching Middle Eastern Dance in Santa Fe, NM, since 2005. She has been on the faculty of the Dance department of Santa Fe Community College since 2008. Her dance company, the Saltanah Dancers, has presented over 500 performances in New Mexico, at venues including the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand, Lensic Theatre, Cleopatra's Cafe,Taos Inn, and the Scottish Rite Temple. Her apprentice and student troupes also perform regularly with the Saltanah Dancers.  

She has been on staff at Mendocino Music and Dance Camp for many years leading Yoga for Dancers.  We welcome Deborah to our Tarab Retreat Staff.  

https://www.saltanahstudios.com/ 

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Diana Odem

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Diana is an award-winning freelance photographer in Denver, Colorado. She has experience in multiple genres, but her specialties are in performing arts photography, photojournalism, and other candid subjects. She also has an interest in documentary and social issues photography. Diana describes her photographic vision as, 

“Photography opens a window to moments that otherwise may never be seen for the first time.”  


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Meg York

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  Meg brings together musicians, dancers and enthusiasts for interactive classes and performances.   

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