TerriAnne Gutierrez, a lifelong student of dance, has been studying and
performing Middle Eastern Dance for over thirty years. TerriAnne performs and teaches
internationaly and is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-known and sought
after performers and teachers. She specializes in Modern Egyptian and American
Cabaret, with stylistic influences from some of the forerunners of Egyptian Dance,
including the great classic performers Samia Gamal and Tahia Karioca.
TerriAnne has been playing music since a young age and is accomplished on a
number of instruments. She enjoys playing Deff and Riq with Susu Pampanin and has
become well known for her Zill playing. She has put out a book and DVD on the subject
and enjoys teaching workshops on Zill playing to dancers and musicians.
TerriAnne has been the featured performer at many predigests San Francisco
Clubs and restaurants such as, Pasha, Marrakech, Byblos, Amira, Kasbah and many
others. Her television appearances include, "Bay Area Back roads". Among her solo
dance achievements was being asked by the San Francisco Egyptian community to
dance for the Egyptian Consulate to the United States on his visit to San Francisco.
With a B.A in Activism and Social Change, she uses her performances as a form of
expression and as a soft voice that encourages the audience to increase their
consciousness in areas that may otherwise be left dormant.
She is the director of the dance company, Joweh.
Nouveau bellydance divas from Sonoma County!
These highly skilled performers are trained in various dance styles and tomfoolery and
have been causing quite a stir in the belly dance community with their RAW (Random
American World) dance. Is it bellydance? Is it Modern dance? Hip Hop? Vaudeville? The
blending of who-knows-what with impecable talent and technique create performances
not easily forgotten.
in their ritual blessing dance. The word “Joweh” refers to one of the smells of heaven,
the scent of sacred frankincense, used to evoke spiritual ecstasy in ritual participants.
California since 1996. With a strong foundation in the Egyptian and American cabaret
styles, Joweh has continued to grow and evolve creatively over the years. Study of the
various folkloric forms of Middle Eastern Dance has included Moroccan, Saudi, and
Tunisian. Several troupe members have backgrounds in modern and jazz dance, which
lends a lyrical, highly expressive element to choreographies. Joweh embraces fusion of
Middle Eastern Dance with other dance styles, including flamenco, classical Indian
dance, and hip-hop. Today, Joweh are well-known in the dance community for their
refreshing energy, eclectic choreography, and engaging stage presence that smoothly
oscillates between playful and reverent.
Troupe Joweh’s notable appearances include many performances at prestigious
festivals, and multiply awards, such as the Belly dancer of the Year Pageant (awarded
second runner up in 2001) and the Breakthrough Fusion Contest (awarded first runner
up in 2009). They are sought after internationally (they will be performing at the
National Theater of Guatemala in September), and locally. Most recently they were
contacted by producers of the T.V. Program "America's Got Talent" and asked to go to
Hollywood for an audition. Joweh has organized several of their own shows at the Raven
Theater in Healdsburg, including benefits for Life or Meth, a youth-focused drug
education campaign initiated by troupe members. The troupe has provided
entertainment at the most acclaimed San Francisco restaurants and clubs, such as
Byblos, Marrakech, Pasha, Amira, and El Valenciano.
Joweh has enjoyed working with many celebrated musicians, including Susu
Pampanin, Reda Darwish, Georges Lammam, Light Rain, Jazayer, Jahlal Takish, and
the Shaheen Brothers.