Zen Aura is a Multi-Award-Winning performance artist in the arenas of dance, theater, poetry, singing & songwriting. Zen's exposure to diverse cultures and spiritual traditions greatly influence the dynamic nature and substance of her performance and teaching style. Zen Aura Rahks (ZAR) comprises the dance/creative and sacred movement aspect of the Zen Collective that strives to express the traditional role of the artist as Healer,
as well as, storyteller.
"I Am very grateful for the learning I have acquired and shared with various artistic, scholastic and spiritual teachers in many forms. The essences that are with me because of that interaction allow me to do what I love most, passionately express what is in my Soul." "What I find there is in the souls of others also, here we connect, heal and illuminate each other".
Zen has found her niche as an interpretive dancer of Egyptian Cabaret and Fusion styles of Rahks Sharki (belly dance), carrying the mantel of the Master Griot of the legends, wisdom and mystery of Feminine Divinity and the Sacred Rites of Women through the ages. Through her evolution as a dancer and instructor she has received the Josephine Baker Award and Honorable Mention from the Jewel of the Nile Middle Eastern Dance Pageant, served as a One Book, One Philadelphia presenter for the "Complete Persepolis" in the series "Behind the Veil: Exploring the Music, Movement & Mysticism of Ancient Persia" and presenter of Zen Aura Rahks for the Cure with Senator Vincent Hughes in conjunction with Susan G. Coleman For the Cure.
A respected educator, passionate performer & Healer, Zen shares her time offering workshops and performance on the spiritual dimensions of sacred movement, physical fitness for youth and adults, and youth athletic coaching dedicated
to the development of the science of mind, body and spirit for
optimal health and wellness through the vehicle of athletics and the transformative arts.
Awards & Accomplishments
Jewels of the Orient – 1st Runner Up – Tribal/Fusion
Sexiest Workout Experience – Philly Fit Magazine/FitBash
Most Relaxing Workout Experience – Philly Fit Magazine/Fit Bash
North Eastern Belly Dance Competition - Fantasy/Fusion Champion
Belly Dancer of the Universe 1st Runner Up – Fusion & Specialty Prop
Honorable Mention - Jewel of the Nile Middle Eastern Dance Pageant
Voted Most Creative Workout Experience - Philly Fit Magazine/Fit Bash
Josephine Baker Award - Jewel of the Nile Middle Eastern Dance Pageant
"I surrender that which is precious to that
which is precious also, the rhythm
and the ecstatic presence of the
Divine in me and in you
that connect us."
(Zanora L. B. El, MAPSY)