Elizabeth Artemis Mourat, MA, MSW

Artemis has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for over 40 years. Artemis is of Greek and Turkish descent. She fuses her love of these cultures with strong academic knowledge and excellent dance technique. She brings her spirited and articulate technique to workshops which include information on the history and cultures that generate the dances she teaches. She believes that we can all use art to build bridges across cultures.

Artemis has contributed to many publications. Extensive travel to 33 countries and intensive research into the idioms of the East, women's issues, psychology, ancient history, oriental dance, Romany (Gypsy) dance and dance ethnology have yielded many manuscripts and articles.


Artemis has an M.A. in psychology, an M.S.W. in social work and has done postgraduate work in dance movement therapy. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her research is used by Egyptian universities, the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Library for the Performing Arts in New York. She has lectured, taught and/or performed for Cornell University and Princeton University, National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America and in Spain, England, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Canada, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Australia and in 40 states within the United States. She uses her writing and her dance and history lectures to fight the racism which exists against the Roma. Her humanitarian interests extended to helping the survivors of hurricane Katrina and she was given the key to the city of Lafayette for these efforts. She also continues in her efforts to have Middle Eastern dance receive the recognition and respect that every other legitimate dance form enjoys.

Artemis has done field research in ancient dance, Middle Eastern dance and Romany (Gypsy) dance in Turkey, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, France, England, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Egypt and Greece. She has attended Romany Festivals in France, Turkey, Romania and the US. She has collected wonderful video footage of Roma people in which they are dancing, celebrating and experiencing everyday life. Artemis continues to collect antique pictures of women and dancers from North Africa and the Middle East and of the Roma throughout the world. Her collection is one of the largest in the United States and some illustrations have been used by the International Encyclopedia of Dance, the Smithsonian Institution, the largest Romany Museum in the world (in the Czech Republic), the Romany archives at the University of Texas collected by Ian Hancock, all the major Middle Eastern Dance publications and in several books.

Artemis is listed in the International Dance Council (CID) Who's Who of Dance. Her photograph can be found in the International Encyclopedia of Dance under the listing for "danse du ventre" (translates to "belly dance") which is produced by the Oxford University Press. She has won the "Ethnic Dancer of the Year Award" presented by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED) and has won the "Most Popular Ethnic Dancer Award" from Zaghareet Magazine twice. Artemis has also won their "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Artemis teaches regular classes in her home studio in Maryland. She also teaches and coaches people via private lessons, online lessons and iworkshops throughout the world on the dance form commonly referred to as "Belly Dance" which, after over 40 years of experience, she can cover from A to Z. She is best known for her specialized workshops on the Turkish Oriental and Turkish Romany dance genres. Artemis is constantly creating new workshops. 



Artemis Mourat has over 40 years of experience performing, teaching and researching dance throughout the world. She is of Greek and Turkish descent and her love for both cultures shines through in all that she does. She has received numerous awards, is widely published and is a highly sought after master instructor. All of her classes include references to the history and cultures that have gifted these dances to us. Artemis is a loving and articulate teacher. And she believes that we can use music and dance to build bridges across cultures.  


Middle Eastern dance is based on natural movement so it embraces people of all shapes, sizes and ages. It appeals to and is accessible to everyone. In a warm and energetic atmosphere, students will learn and become empowered as they reconnect with their bodies. I emphasize strong technique which is embedded within a healthy movement vocabulary. I teach about the history and cultures that have given us this ancient art form. Students should leave a class feeling fulfilled. I believe that we can use music and dance to build bridges across cultures.


Artemis has ongoing belly dance classes in her home studio in Maryland on Monday nights from 7:30 - 8:30. This is a mixed level class. For more information contact Artemis at


Artemis offers over 30 workshops, intensives and lectures on all topics related to Middle Eastern dance. These can be tailor made to suit your students' level and interest. All of her workshops can be taught at your location or in her home studio in Maryland.


Artemis is available for private lessons, semi-private lessons, coaching and for small groups in her home studio and upon occasion at your location. If you gather a group of students together, you can come to Studio Artemis for 10 hours of instruction on whatever topics you choose for a fixed price.

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