Gzitana Bianca, director of Bellydance Merced, began dancing professionally in 1992 and headlined three times a week at the exclusive Pasha Restaurant in San Francisco while studying with Saida Asmar, as well as Amina and the Aswan Dancers.
In 1994, she moved to New York City to study with Ibrahim Farrah, world-renowned master teacher of the Oriental dance form. While living in New York, she performed in an off-broadway “Egyptian Dance Review” supper-club, the famed “IBIS”, six nights a week for the next five years. Additionally, she studied with, and was invited to perform in the prestigious professional dance companies of Yousry Sharif, Gamila el Masri and Serena Wilson,
In 2000, Gzitana Bianca moved to the East Bay where she studied and performed with The Suhaila Salimpour Dance Company, as well as designing and producing the costumes for Suhaila’s dance company that season.
Gzitana Bianca’s career highlights include: Performance for the Royal Family in Rabat, Morocco, Performance at the United Nations for the Egyptian/American Association, and she was featured in documentaries by CNN International and New York University.
Currently Gzitana Bianca teaches Middle-Eastern bellydance classes at Merced College and
The Creation Station. She is the director of
and The Merced Bellydance Company.