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Dance with Jasmine seeks to promote the dances of the Middle East and North Africa (commonly referred to as bellydancing) to the Memphis, TN and surrounding communities. Styles studied and performed by the school include (but are not limited to) classic cabaret, gypsy, and folk dances from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, as well as Spanish and Indian fusion styles.

DWJ is active in the community, entertaining and educating locally at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair, St. Jude Memphis Marathon, and University of Memphis campus to name a few. The company was named Best Cultural Dance Studio 2008 and nominated as Overall Best Dance Studio 2009 at the Destined 2 Dance Awards. Jasmine Shope, the founder and director, has performed and studied locally, within the U.S., and in Tunisia.

Jasmine formed this company to elevate the perception of this dance form as art and provide those learning it with the tools necessary to execute it authentically, creatively, and safely. Her ties with other dance groups, strong dance background, and joy of performing and teaching this art greatly aid her in achieving the goal of bringing people together through movement. She is known for her quality and professionalism. The company performers, Jasmine's Jewels, share this aim of artistic excellence.

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