"It comes from her soul, we can see that. Beautiful and aesthetically gorgeous to watch," Suzanna is an authentic entertainer with powerful movement quality and versatility who genuinely connects with her audience. Her physical poetry is rooted in intensive training with renowned as well as lesser known but equally talented dancers and choreographers of Egypt, US, and other lands.
Suzanna performs with premiere venues and special engagements throughout Seattle and beyond. She frequently collaborates with world class performers, sharing the timeless and passionate dance and music of North Africa and the Middle East, presenting the cultural roots of “belly dance” with a broad spectrum of styles from traditional to contemporary.
Suzanna & Friends is a live event entertainment team under the direction of Suzanna Davis. Featuring belly dance and other world styles with live music and video, S&F has been bringing sold-out and award-winning shows to the NW since 2004. From outdoor theatrical concerts and family events to high profile venues such as Teatro ZinZanni, Suzanna is known for optimizing any setting.
S&F is a merge of Suzanna's global experience, degree and background in theatre, and passion for dance and music as a medium to peace and understanding that transcends dialogue. For the past 14 years while working as a professional belly dancer in hundreds of venues, Suzanna has discovered the need for dialogue and education among dancers and audiences on this unique art form. In 2010 she launched Belly Dance Off, an interactive format designed to engage everyone. She is also known for her other productions, World Dance Showcase, Hathor Unveiled, and Cinderella-An Egyptian Story.
Her dance training began in childhood with ballet, jazz, and contemporary. As an adult, she discovered world music and dance, launching repeated journeys studying West African dance in Senegal and Middle Eastern dance in Egypt, training extensively with the pioneer of Egyptian dance theatre, Mahmoud Reda, and his renowned members. Through this and other cross-disciplinary training, she has developed her signature styles of Balady, Raqs Sharqi, Khaleegy, Saidi, Shamadan, Fusion, and variations with zills, veil, and sword. She has also traveled and lived throughout other African countries for research and work with villages on interactive theatre. She considers world dance and music a medium to peace and understanding that transcends dialogue.
In turn, she has trained hundreds of students in classes and workshops since 2004, throughout which her choreographies have appeared on numerous stages, and is engaged in a variety of local and national performances, including concerts at Seattle Center Playhouse, Pacific Science Center, Columbia City Theatre, Seattle International Dance Festival, Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum; Missouri Southern State University, Olympic College, and other educational institutions. With consistent focus on core technique, she has founded Raqkout, a core workout rooted in Balady.
She is also founder and artistic director of TaWaSol World Dance Ensemble, an authentic, vibrant, and culturally diverse group brought together by a quest for artistic authenticity, physical challenge, and personal growth.