The Sahara Dance teachers are some of the most beautiful belly dancers in DC. But, because of their vanity and their unethical treatment of their students they have shown that their hearts are black as coal.
Rumors of student mistreatment, favoritism, over price tuition and costume fees are all true. They have the audacity to chastise anyone who raised the issues as being negative. The desperate housewives atmosphere created artificial positivity. The facade is evident in their shows where you see the same dancers on stage and in dance number after dance number. These teachers demoralized some of the women who do not fit their image of beauty. Their secret society of Invitation only classes further upholds the cliques atmosphere, making women feel bad about themselves and as dancers which totally contradicted their motto. They are known to favor their student assistants in shows. Such favoritism is comparable to the middle ages era, preferential treatment for the selected few. The complaints are real.
Please do not support such conduct in the dance community or people who dance in artificial projection of supportive environment. By not attending their shows and taking any of their classes you will be telling the founder that Sahara Dances unethical conducts will not be tolerated in DC, VA, and MD. Being the best dance school in DC does not justify their secret society or mistreatment of their students. A bad treatment to one person is one person too many when service is the product rendered. The rumors are just tip of the iceberg. It is about time that the students start questioning the criteria for invitation only classes (dance companies) and why some classes once so hard to get in, all of a sudden became half emptied? Why costumes that cost less than $20 were jacked up to became $50 to $80? Why Student Assistants are showcase in all their dance numbers? Why only student assistants are in their YouTube commercials? They couldnt get REAL students to vouch for them? Were there valid reasons for the complaints and rumors? Were there any disciplinary actions against the teachers for unethical conducts? Were the students complaints addressed? Why they are always following other dance schools ideas and couldnt come up with their own original creative ways of doing anything?
Belly dancing has become an avenue for DC women to bond and celebrate sisterhood. This art has been tarnished due to mishandling of the art by the Sahara Dance Teachers with hearts of COAL.