Lee Ali was voted Favorite Ethnic Dancer and Golden Belly Award Winner, 2008. She's a multicultural shapeshifter who bridges the boundaries between East and West, modern and traditional. She's both a riveting performer and respected a folklorist in Moroccan and pan Arabic dance. With a Moroccan dancer
Mom and a Turkish drummer Dad, Lee was born to dance and drum. She began as a child performer in 1970's, the golden era of Old Style belly dance. At age 13, she became a "working dancer" performing 5-nights a week for 10-solid years. On stage, she's delivered more than 2,000 dance and drumming performances in theater, festivals, cabaret and film, both in the States and abroad in Morocco, Turkey, Greece and Egypt. At age 20, Lee became director of her own dance studio in Brooklyn, New York, where she perfected her colorful teaching style and her commitment to building community through dance. In 1996, she produced the documentary film, Belly Dancing In America: Importing Middle Eastern Dance. Her troupe, The Berber Ballet, is a dance and drum ensemble specializing in 6/8 rhythms and theatricalized trance dances. Lee holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from UC, Irvine and is currently writing a book on Moroccan dance and trance rituals. A dedicated "dance-oholic," she vows to dance 'til death.