The multi-faceted career of Mira Betz
is a testament to her passionate artistry and desire for
continual growth. Active in theater, dance and the performing
arts for 20 years, Mira Betz has become a sought after dancer,
choreographer, costumer, and teacher.
Mira began her training in Middle
Eastern dance as a young teen studying with some of the most
respected and knowledgeable teachers of our time, such as
Katarina Burda, Jamila Salimpour, and Suhaila Salimpour. As a
founding member, choreographer, and solo performer of Aywah!
Ethnic Dance Company for 10 years, she developed a solid
foundation of contemporary, traditional, as well as ritualistic
dance forms. Aywah!, under the direction of Katarina Burda,
flourished to become one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most
respected ethnic dance companies and significantly influenced
today'sTribal Fusion scene. In 1998 Mira went abroad to live and
study the native dances of Morocco.
In 2007 she co-founded the Barbary
Coast Shakedown, a collaboration of Middle Eastern dance
professionals exploring theatrical dance performance. She has had the pleasure of working with
incredible talent such as David Byrne, Rachel Brice, Jill
Parker, Zoe Jakes, Elizabeth Strong, Heather Stants, Amy Sigil
and many more. Mira Betz received her B.F.A. from the California
College of Arts and Crafts. Her dance background includes
training in Salsa, Modern, Jazz, and Flamenco.
Mira continues to spread her experience, knowledge and love for
dance through her captivating performance and engaging teaching