Welcome to Orientale Dance  with Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan

International Performer and Instructor - The Professional Difference - Elegance of Style

*An Accomplished Performer and Instructor

Ma*Shuqa is known for instructing dancers in the Art of Bellydance (Dance Oryantale), which Ma*Shuqa does with mastery in her performances and coaching.  Ma*Shuqa began dancing in 1973 and immersed herself in the dance genre.  She reached international fame as a master teacher and starred in many Gala shows.  Ma*Shuqa melds her professional background in instructional design and teaching experience with her passion for creating dancers with depth of performance and uniquely special dance styles that touch the hearts and souls of audiences.  Ma*Shuqa is world renown as the first performer with Isis Wings – creating and dancing with them 30 years ago.  She developed Ma*Shuqa Method which provides dancers a unique structure for creating their own signature performances and dancing with finger cymbals (sagaats) that capture the musicality of Middle Eastern music and presenting dance that captures the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

Ma*Shuqa's dance style and teaching repertoire reflect years of study evident in her dazzling performances to Egyptian, Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Moroccan, Persian, and Lebanese music.  A comment often heard from her audiences in Cairo, Germany, and Athens; "She understands our music and our culture...in her dancing, we see the expression of joy and emotions of our culture."

Come learn to dance as beautifully as the America's Greatest Talent (AGT) 2023 winners "the Mayyas" the dance team from Lebanon.  Dance Oryantale is the new terminology for "belly dance". Dance Oryantale according to definition from the Center for International Dance, Paris, France meeting to discuss terminology for "belly dance" held on Sunday, September 11, 2022 - resulted in an opportunity to change the terminology and re-name as Dance Oryantale.

Ma*Shuqa's Boutique and Bellydance Studio

Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan, Instructor and Performer

Ma*Shuqa's Hidden Garden Oasis Dance Studio, 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473 


Studio Dance classes* - mixed level Belly Dance - you may attend as many classes per week as you wish.  Start any time. In-studio classes with AC, air purifying system - as safe as outdoors. Wear a mask. All students must be vaccinated and boosted.

(Ma*Shuqa makes and sells beautiful unique rhinestone masks).  See rhinestone masks at www.carlsermonphotography.zenfolio.com/p469173819 Special pricing for Ma*Shuqa's dance students purchasing at the studio.

1:00-2:30 pm Wednesdays 

7:00-8:30 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays

*Or schedule private classes 1 student $45/1 hour, $65/1.5 hours, $75/2 hours, $90/2.5 hours (408) 356-9473 or email mashuqadancer@gmail.com  Group rates for private coaching - send email for fees and to book an appointment with Ma*Shuqa.  mashuqadancer@gmail.com 

$20 drop in fee, 5/classes $60, 10/classes $110 (class cards never expire) First class discount receive a $10 discount towards a Class Card with discounted class fees - if purchased at your first class.

All students must be vaccinated. Show your vaccination card 

COVID safe studio classes: Air conditioning, commercial air filtration, fans and open windows.  Wear a mask and social distance protocol for a virus-safe environment. All students must be vaccinated - classes open to vaccinated dancers age 12+.

No previous dance experience necessary.  Must be physically able to rise from the floor without assistance - as classes end in floor stretching exercises.

*See Classes and Fee page at www.mashuqa.com for occasional dates without classes.

*No classes: Saturdays in 2022:  July 16, August 6, August 13, August 20, September 10, September 24, November 12, 2022

Ma*Shuqa Dances - Youtube videos

Belly Dancer of the Year – Judges Show 2009 3 years post cancer: MaShuqa BDUC 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEd6szgN2xU

June 6, 2012 ... Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan performs to music played by Mary Ellen's Donald... BELLYDANCE / ORIENTAL DANCE VIDEO COLLECTION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Lk-hdWlRE Show at Cairo Shimmyquake 2014, Glendale, CA Dancing to “Ahlam” Music by Dr. Samy Farag from Cairo Nights CD.

MaShuqa Rakkasah West 1990 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXRaxdmqdc

Reel Sound and Light Productions

Carl Sermon, Performance Photographer, Audio/Video Engineer

15651 Camino Del Cerro (at Edmund Dr.), Los Gatos, California, USA 95032-3721

(located one hour South of San Francisco, off highways 85 and 880/17)

(Located at the corner of Edmund Drive in a quiet residential area. Gate entry off the driveway.)

Tel 1(408) 356-9473  MaShuqaDancer@gmail.com , reel.sound.@comcast.net

Bellydance Studio, Costume Boutique (Egyptian, Turkish, DVDs, CDs, Veils, Finger Cymbals, Gypsy Skirts, Assuit, Hip Sashes, Velvet clothing)

Carl Sermon Photography Studio, Audio/Video Production

Ma*Shuqa's Workshop Topics-

See "Classes and Fees" page for Bellydance Studio Workshops with Ma* Shuqa,  also Workshop Topics and Content

Contact Ma*Shuqa M. Murjan for Workshop and Performances 1 (408) 356-9473, MaShuqaDancer@gmail.com, Ma_Shuqa@hotmail.com or Reel.Sound@comcast.net

Ma*Shuqa and Carl Sermon Dance and Photography Studio Images


Want to move like Shakira?  Come take belly dance classes with Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan.

A student recommendation for Ma*Shuqa's dance classes

The highlight of my week is escaping the rush of Silicon Valley to go to Ma*Shuqa’s School of Belly Dance, a beautiful private dance studio tucked away from prying eyes; a serene retreat with greenhouse ceiling and walls that look out on a verdant garden with Egyptian papyrus, tall California redwood trees, and tropical plants. Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan’s Hidden Garden Oasis dance studio offers me respite from the world – a safe and beautiful learning environment. Dance is my love and passion; I am not a professional dancer but after studying with Ma*Shuqa for a couple of years I am comfortable saying that I’m an advanced dancer. I love that Ma*Shuqa’s classes are all levels—from the person just seeking to embrace a new experience of their femininity, body aesthetic and enjoyment to the professional polishing a competition routine—Ma*Shuqa is a local treasure with international recognition in the belly dance world. As a dancer, the Ma*Shuqa Method, which includes many handouts and deeply researched explanations, has taken my understanding of the context, culture, and expression of belly dance beyond the superficial “shake your hips” of YouTube instruction. Her method is an intentional way to develop elegance of style, high standards for improvised performance with live music and a unique dance signature styling. The Ma*Shuqa method encourages and enables dancers to perform improvised dance that matches Middle Eastern musicality and makes beautifully accomplished and musical dancers who are all individually unique. I’ve learned to dance in a way that mirrors the music so closely, that I almost feel like the music is living inside of me. Ma*Shuqa has an incredible music collection and plays new music every class—I am always filled with joy when my dance matches the musicality of the music. Beyond preparing for performance (which I do occasionally) the weekly class is always an opportunity to experience the surprising, satisfying and singular experience of moving to unknown music as if being compelled by an unknown force—it is truly magical—and the way that learned to understand music from Ma*Shuqa allows me to have this experience. I’ve studied with many teachers, and the hallmark of studying with Ma*Shuqa is becoming profoundly versed in musical interpretation. In every class we listen to new music to define, assess, and identify the many elements of music; then create beautiful dance movement to match the elements of musicality in the music. I love studying with Ma*Shuqa, it is one of my top priorities. Hope to see you in class!