Riskallah Riyad
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Riskallah Riyad is a performer and instructor of unparalleled originality.
Her love of dance and unlimited vitality show in both the classroom (where she excels at inspiring students to achieve new heights) and in each and every performance. Her artistry with the veil is breathtaking. The veil dances as an extension of her spirit, and wraps her in a magical aura that is mesmerizing to behold.
– Chelydra, Newport News, VA

Thank you so much for an absolutely lovely and inspiring Sunday.  What fun it was to dance to such a great number. And those double veils - I got so many new ideas about what I can do with them,.  I really needed to get outside the box.   You are such a wonderful teacher - patient and thorough - your dancers are truly lucky to be able to take classes with you. And the studio - well, fantastic.  Great floor, great atmosphere  - you can tell that serious dancing takes place there. It was wonderful - well worth the trip for me!!!!
– Aiva Drukovskis, NJ

Jemileh Nour: A Review on the Riskallah Riyad Workshop


"Riskallah’s style is an excellent demonstration of a more than competent teacher who is confident in both her material and her presentation of it..."
To see the full review about the recent Riskallah Riyad workshop in the Boston area on March 17, 2013 go to the Jemileh Nour:Workshop Review 


Dolores Riskallah is the consummate dance teacher.  Her attention to the soul of the dancer is matched by her concern for the dancer's body.  She is able to guide each dancer to reach ever greater performance plateaus with great respect for each dancer's individual capabilities.  Because Dolores honors both soul and body, her students learn to express themselves in dance emotionally as well as physically, with freedom and with great joy.  
– Cortney Davis, author of "I Knew a Woman" and "The Heart's Truth"

"Riskallah is a master teacher of high caliber who cares passionately about preserving the integrity of this dance form. Highly trained and always looking to life to inform her dance, she is a teacher that all students, beginner to seasoned professional, can benefit from studying with."
– Phaedra of Boston, excerpted from Middle Eastern Dance in New England

... it's going on TEN years that I've been dancing with you!  Wow, I never
imagined I would have the good fortune to find a teacher as inspired, vital,
and talented as you are!  Year after year, I just keep learning.  When we
all get better, you make it harder and more challenging.  You are a jewel.

Thank you for your encouragement and for showing me the beauty of movement
and the connection between one's heart, body, and music!
– Alaia Lin

(Riskallah Riyad) is a dancer of great vitality whose highly developed aesthetic sense blends uniquely with her earthy femininity. Well known for her energetic sensuality and the intelligence she brings to the dance, Riskallah Riyad draws from many sources to offer a complete experience to professional dancers, teachers, and students alike. 
– Morwenna Assaf, Oceanside, CA
Dolores Riskallah is a master of the dance. She is a passionate, versatile dancer and teacher.Her knowledge goes beyond just the visual. She understands the soul of the dance and the music. Always inspirational whether as teacher, performer or group director.
– Walid Assaf, Dir CEDAR Productions 

In the performances of Riskallah Riyad, both solo and with her group, one sees clear and clean the real beauty of the Middle Eastern dance. Her artistic quality is evident in her dance, costumes and choice of music, and she draws from her dance group the rare and original flavor of the Middle Eastern dance, which is her heritage. I have great respect and admiration for her work.
– The late Marta Zorina, NYC

Riskallah (Riyad) is a very gifted and talented …artist.
She’s worked very hard, not only as a dancer, but as a spokeswoman for the dance. She’s a very special person, a beautiful talent…
– The late great – Ibrahim Farrah, NYC

You are such a thoughtful and generous person.  It is not too often in our lives that we cross paths with a genuinely kind hearted person, especially one as talented as you!  I am honored to have you as a teacher.
– Donna Heuer

I must say, I am SOO thankful that I am in your classes and part of your studio.  I love the way you teach, I love your choreography, the members of your studio are wonderful and you have done wonders for my self esteem and self image.
– Sandy Markakis

 I am so grateful to have found your dance school as I was an adult who wanted to progress beyond a beginner level.  You motivate me with your enthusiasm and inspired choreography.  Though I have been taking classes with you for years, I continue to learn more from you each session.  I would recommend your classes to any dance student from beginner to advanced.  Thank you! 
– Jo Anne Pardee

Sad to be leaving your class. It is truly one of the best things I have ever done!
Thank you
– Mary