Kendra Ray Entertainer/Choreographer/Consultant/Instructor Referred to as the “Persian Dance” consultant for the USA ice dance pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Kendra was brought in to guide the team on the Persian nuance used in their free dance program “Scheherazade” which won them the Gold Medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Kendra’s approach to movement is driven by applying her field experience and educational training in performance technique and media production to a foundation of classic and modern belly dance styles. Kendra creates performances and provides consultation and workshops for festivals, concerts, video and theater productions, athletes, and Middle Eastern venues in the USA and Canada. She won first place in the 2013 Bellydance for a Cure Competition and was nominated for the 2014 Dahlal Internationale’s Spirit of Aphrodite Award.
She is the Artistic Director of Tableau Cadre Movement Ensemble and Fab Cab Student Troupe, an active member of Unveiled Bellydance Company since 2006, a consultant for the Amazan Arts Project and formerly the International Liaison and Rehearsal Director for Evolution Dance Theatre in Toronto. Some career highlights include: performing alongside music artists such as Chantal Chamandy, Christopher Lawrence, Konqistador, Victor Ghannam, Jacco Muller, Naghmeh Farahmand, The High Strung, King Jazzy, DJ Joey Pistoles, The Green Sky Project, and Enigma. She has been a featured performer in many events such as the 2011 and 2013 Club Bellydance Tour featuring The Bellydance Superstars, the “World For Change” 2011 Concert in the Glenn Gould CBC Studio in Toronto, the Small World Music Festival 2012 in Toronto, the Kingsville Folk Festival 2014, Sean Blackman’s “In Transit” 2014, and the 2010 Detroit Greektown TV commercial.
As a performer and instructor, Kendra aims to inspire others improve their quality of life through encouraging wellness, social interaction, and intercultural respect. Above all else, she puts an emphasis on dancing from the heart. She regularly teaches private dance lessons and workshops in the USA and Canada. Since 2004, Kendra has studied the history, culture, and various subgenres found in the art known as “belly dance”, heavily concentrating on authentic nuances found in Middle Eastern styles and merging them with modern dance forms and theatrics. Her first teacher, Aziza Ammar, gave her a strong classical Raqs Sharqi foundation, and as a member of Unveiled Dance Company since 2006 she has gained experience in modern, fusion, and theatrical choreography. Kendra continues to study from various teachers in the USA and Canada and is very influenced by classic entertainers such as Badia Masabny, Tahia Carioca and Naima Akef as well as modern dance figures and entities such as Ciara, America’s Best Dance Crew TV show, and Bollywood films.