performed by Michiana Dance Ensemble
Ibrahim Farrah came to New York in 1967 and began teaching Middle Eastern dance forms at the International Dance School at Carnegie Hall. He also taught at Fazil's and other studios, and at his own Ibrahim Farrah School. Mr. Farrah founded the Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Group with a grant from Doris Duke, the tobacco heiress, in the early 1970's. The troupe, which performed in New York City and toured nationally, performed choreography by Mr. Farrah that was inspired by traditional dances of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and other countries. In New York City, the company made its national debut at Town Hall, and also performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Theater of the Riverside Church. The company also danced at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Mr. Farrah began publishing Arabesque in 1977, concentrating at first on Middle Eastern dances and on ballets that featured such dances, and later widening the magazine's scope to include ethnic dances of all countries. He received the Ruth St. Denis Award for Choreography, a major ethnic dance honor.