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Anna Kemper began studying belly dance in 1993 in Seattle, USA, and earned a B.A. in Dance and Film Production from Bard College, New York in 2001. She is certified in Level 4 of Suhaila Salimpour and Level 3 of Jamila Salimpour Format, both of which have a huge influence on all of her classes. She has travelled throughout the world studying with master teachers in different styles of belly dance, absorbing languages, histories and contexts for various branches of this diverse global dance form.
She began teaching belly dance in 1997 and over the years has instructed thousands of women from New York to Mumbai. In 2002 Anna moved to south London and has been primarily based there ever since. As the director for The Small World Centre she organizes classes, workshops and events throughout the London area. She is dedicated to promoting the art of belly dance in its many guises and to supporting local students and professionals.
Anna teaches introduction through advanced as well as open level lessons. Her classes have a strong technical focus and are structured around stretching, drills and short combinations.Lessons often include historical references and/or cultural anecdotes to help broaden students' education and appreciation of this diverse art form
As Suhaila Salimpour's London sponsor, Anna is very dedicated to the programme. She returns to California at least once a year to study at the school, participating in weeklong workshops and weekly classes. She strives to incorporate the format into all of her lessons.
Anna travels regularly throughout Egypt, the Middle East and the US to continue her training and personal growth and development .