Lectures and Presentations 

Shiraz is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside.

Dance Ethnographer

She has been honored with the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship and several Gluck Program for the Art’s Fellowships. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology with an Islamic Studies and Arabic Language concentration from the University of Delaware. She is currently writing her multi-sited dance ethnography of Cairo’s contemporary raqs sharqi scene for her dissertation project. Her research explores the myriad ways raqs sharqi engages with the precarious political and economic transformations Egypt has been experiencing since the 2011 revolution. 

Shiraz has shared her research at conferences throughout the United States and is available for lectures, presentations, and panels to share her work as a dance ethnographer and dance scholar. Please email for more information: Shiraz@ShirazDance.com