Meet Rosa Noreen

Grace Academy Founder

Rosa Noreen founded the Grace Academy to help dancers add depth and dimension so they grow in confidence to take their places on stage and in the world.

Rosa's instructional DVDs, multimedia coaching programs, and unique workshops have enabled dancers around the world to slow down and revel in the moment.

In addition to being an in-demand workshop instructor nationwide, Rosa teaches weekly classes in adult ballet and belly dance at her studio in Portland, Maine, welcoming total beginners and helping advanced students to grow.

A leader in her community, Rosa co-founded Bright Star World Dance in 2010 to provide a friendly and professionally-run studio space for movement artists across genres.

A dedicated teacher and an elegant performer, Rosa's singular style of belly dance is influenced by her ballet background and years of study of Egyptian dance. Known for her classical lines and friendly approach, Rosa delights students and audiences alike.

Recent Media Features

Longreads: Swan Late, Feb 2017
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Shimmy Support, Aug 2016
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Maine Women's Magazine, Sept 2015
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Portland Phoenix, April 2015
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Portland Magazine, Feb/Mar 2015
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Introverted Performer Project, Jan 2015
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Maine Magazine, April 2013
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Career Highlights

  • 2018: Workshops in Alaska and California
  • 2017: Raven's Night - Featured Instructor and Performer. Washington, DC
  • 2017: Jewels of the Orient - Featured Instructor and Performer. North Wilmington, DE
  • 2016: Art of the Belly - Featured Instructor and Performer. Ocean City, MD
  • 2016: River City Raqs - Featured Instructor, Performer, and Competition Judge. Jacksonville, FL
  • 2015: Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive - Instructor and Competition Judge. Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015: River City Raqs - Featured Performer and Competition Judge. Jacksonville, FL
  • 2014: Atlanta Dancers' Intensive - Instructor. Atlanta, GA
  • 2013: Yaa Halla Y'All - Featured Performer. Dallas, TX
  • 2012-2014: Bellydance Masters - Featured Performer and Competition Judge. Orlando, FL
  • 2010-2015: Raq-On Shimmyathon - Instructor. White River Junction, VT/Lebanon, NH
  • 2012: Cairo Caravan - Instructor. Long Beach, CA
  • 2012: Asheville Bellydance Festival - Instructor. Asheville, NC
  • 2011: Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive - Instructor. Las Vegas, NV

Education Highlights

  • Ongoing: Continuing professional development through classes, private lessons and workshops
  • 2017: Finis Jhung's Ballet Teacher Workshop, New York, NY
  • 2015: Leila Farid's Camp Negum, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2010, 2011: Aziza of Montreal's weeklong professional intensive, Orlando, FL
  • 2010: Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt Levels 1-2, Orlando, FL
  • 2009: Tamalyn Dallal's teacher training intensive, New York, NY
  • 2007: Morocco's weeklong intensive, New York, NY
  • 2006-2007: Company member of Naya's Trance, Portland, ME
  • 2004-2012: Jamileh of Portland, ME
  • 2001-2002: Sarah Lawrence College year abroad; Paris, France
  • 1999-2003: Sarah Lawrence College (BA, Liberal Arts), Bronxville, NY
  • 1997-1999: Walnut Hill School for the Arts (ballet, visual arts major), Natick, MA
  • 1990-1999: Maine Dance Center (ballet concentration), Ellsworth, ME

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