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Duniya Studio is currently operating out of the following locations:

  • Studio X, 122- 250 City Centre Avenue (map), Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
  • Hall A at John G. Mlacak Community Centre (map), 2500 Campeau Dr, Kanata K2K 2W3

It is our pleasure and privilege to share the beauty and joy of Oriental dance with you. All the Duniya Studio teachers have many years of experience in dance and training from renowned master dance instructors. Based on a foundation of high-quality dance technique, they provide instruction and cultural information for teens and adults (women and men) from beginners to advanced levels.

Most importantly, classes are always fun, fun, fun!

Starting Duniya Studio is the result of Jehane's life-long passion for movement, music, and dance of all kinds, as well as her appreciation for the arts and cultures of countries all across the globe. For many years, Jehane was a Middle-Eastern Dance solo performer in Ottawa-Gatineau, as well as a member of the Enan Egyptian Folkloric Troupe and The Ottawa Zaffeh Group.

Jehane is known for organizing successful community dance events, including: several workshops with guest instructors; open student dance nights at restaurants; theatre shows; assisting the Enans with bringing three tour groups of dance enthusiasts to Egypt; organizing the Ottawa-Gatineau Shimmy Mob on Parliament Hill in 2015 and 2016; since 2016 co-organizating the popular Ottawa Souk (formerly Ottawa Dancers' Bazaar); and in 2017 co-creating "Shimmy Sangha".

She trained in ballet, tap and jazz for 12 years, starting at the age of five, with the Elaine Hunter School of Dance, and began her Arabic dance training in 1996. She has also taken classes in Indian Dance, Flamenco, Hatha Yoga, Nritya Yoga, Ballroom dance, and Tai Chi. Her most influential mentor of Egyptian dance has been internationally renowned dance master instructor Denise Enan since 2001. In addition, she has also taken many workshops with master instructors in Egypt, Canada and the USA, including (among others); Hassan Khalil, Khariya Maazin, Mahmoud Reda, Raqia Hassan, Faten Salama, Sahra Saeeda, Cassandra, Hadia, Jalilah Zamora, Karim Nagi, Simon Sarkis, Raed Abdelghany, Amalia Maksoud, and Aziza. She completed Studio Mouvance’s Formation des professeures de danse orientale, and is a certified Bellydance teacher under Hadia's Oriental Dance Instructor Training Program.

Jehane has taught ongoing classes and special workshops since 2002 at various locations across the Ottawa-Gatineau region, as well as a special appearance on a Royal Caribbean International cruise. She has performed across Ontario and Quebec, and in Prince Edward Island as a soloist and with the Enan Troupe and Ottawa Zaffeh Group. Jehane is a member of UNESCO International Dance Council (CID), the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA) and the Association Québecoise de la Danse Orientale (ADQO). She previously served on the non-profit board of the Enan Egyptian Troupe, and the executive board of the Ontario Middle-Eastern Dance Association (OMEDA). She currently serves on the non-profit board of the Humanics Institute, promoting multi-cultural multi-faith tolerance.

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Cathy began her Egyptian dance training with Denise Enan, the world-renowned dance master, in 1977. She went on to perform professionally as a Oriental dance soloist for many years in the Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto areas, and worked with many celebrated musicians including Chafic Hashim, Ousama Naja, and Hashim el Khayaat, to name a few, and popular singers Tony Hanna, Amin Himo, and Wadih Safi.

Cathy was a founding member of the Enan Egyptian Troupe and the professional Lebanese dance troupe, Banaat Sahara, in Ottawa before moving to the Middle East where she stayed for seven years. Living there gave her the opportunity to absorb the language and culture, and observe Lebanese music and dancing in its home country. Since her return to Canada she has been performing and teaching both Egyptian and Lebanese Bellydance and folklore. Cathy has more than 35 years of performance and teaching experience.

Cathy is also a dedicated fitness enthusiast and marathon runner. Contact Cathy directly at, connect with her on Facebook, or view her full CV of dance experience on LinkedIn (must be a LinkedIn member).

Aletta Maslova has performed in Russia (former Soviet Union) since the age of three and has won top prizes at international children's competitions since the age of four. By the age of 16 she completed her studies at the State Center of Aesthetic Training in Russia and the Grace Dance Academy where she gained a massive knowledge of Classical Ballet, Ballroom Latin and Modern Dances and Belly dance and won the title of “Best Latin Performer” along with the 1st place in the regional “Fiebre Latina 2008” Dance Competition with her partner.
She earned a B.A. degree from the State Center of Aesthetic Training where she was voted “Best Student-Teacher of the State Center of Aesthetic Training” in 2010 by her colleagues and students, and “Best Choreographer of the Year” in 2013 by UNFPA. As a solo Belly dance performer Aletta won the title as “The most artistic performer” and became a finalist of the country-wide Belly Dance Extravaganza 2007.

Aletta actively took part in organizing the First National Choreography Open Festival in Turkmenistan and “Fiesta” dance competitions which were funded to support and promote young talents and supply an open stage for performers and choreographers and became the most expected events of the year in the region today. In 2009 Aletta became the main trainer and choreographer of the popular RitMix dance troupe which was awarded as “The best Dance Team” in 2011 and for “The best Dance Choreography” in 2012.

Aletta started her teaching experience in 2008 at Gymnasium high school in Russia, specializing in Liberal arts. Before moving to Canada in 2013 she was instructing fitness and dance group lessons for adults and children in the capital’s top fitness centers “Lotus Health Club” and “Pulse”. Since moving to Ottawa, Aletta offers group and private lessons for children and adults among with the choreography assistance in different dance styles like Ballroom Latin and Modern, Latin social and Belly dance. Aletta is happy with her hard work and believes that a talent, proper orientation in education, and motivation are the keys to a successful life and profession.

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Taheya began her dance training at the age of three, and continued classical ballet with some modern and jazz training for 12 years, most notably with ballet instructor Maki Kabayama (former dancer of the National Ballet of Canada and instructor of international folkloric dance). In 2004, Taheya discovered Egyptian bellydance with internationally renowned Egyptian dance master instructor Denise Enan, and joined the Enan Egyptian Troupe that same year. Since then, she has continued her training with Denise, while taking various workshops with distinguished Bellydance teachers such as Luna, Aziza and Hadia.

In 2007, Taheya toured Egypt with Denise and members of the Ottawa-Gatineau Belly dance community to learn and experience the diverse cultures and traditions in dance (and in life) this country has to offer. While there, she met some of Egypt's most renowned dancers, instructors and costume designers, and participated in a variety of dance performances. These experiences enriched Taheya's passion and understanding of various Egyptian dance styles, including raqs sharqi (also known as "oriental dance" or "bellydance") and many traditional folkloric styles.

Taheya has taught Egyptian bellydance classes with a folkloric twist at various studios in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. In addition to performing with the Enan Troupe, she performs as a Bellydance soloist and with Egyptian and Lebanese dance colleagues at weddings and other special occasions.

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