Of Lebanese descent, Jamileh Jeanne Handy grew up with belly dance.
She began performance and professional study in 1993 with Josie Conte of
New York City and Portland, and has been teaching different forms of
movement for over twenty five years.
She currently teaches in Portland,
Maine at Maine Center for Taijiquan,
and in Brunswick, Maine at Bowdoin College, where she serves as the Director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble.
Educational and community hosts
include: Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine, the University
of New England, The Children's Museum of Maine, The Girlscouts of America, Bristol Consolidated School,
Hollis Elementary School, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Scarborough
Middle Schools, Reiche Elementary School and Thornton Academy, among others.
Performance venues include The American
Arabic Benevolent Association’s 25th Anniversary Gala, The 37th
National Melkite Convention, The 66th National Folk Festival with Sharq
Arabic Music Ensemble, The American Folk Festival and locally "From Kef to Classical" I & II, Merrill Auditorium in “The
Vagina Monologues”, The Festival of Cultural Exchange and The
Center for Cultural Exchange in “Kef North”.
honored to have been the resident dancer with the late, great Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian
Middle Eastern Ensemble and is delighted to continue performing with the wonderful Okbari Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and Alhan Arabic Music Ensemble. Audiences have described her shows as “elegant”, “breathtaking” and “authentically
For more about Jamileh see the following articles:
AP Article, November 2004
Eastern Dance in Maine Newsletter: January 2005, Issue #7, Three