Michele Tayoun (left)

Michele Tayoun

Michele Tayoun was exposed to numerous forms of Middle Eastern dance and music growing up as part of an extended Lebanese American family that ran the famous Middle East nightclub and restaurant in Philadelphia. Michele had formal training in ballet, modern dance and jazz, and learned Middle Eastern dances from performers at the family's restaurant. Her dance vocabulary combines both Lebanese and Egyptian styles. She has been singing Arabic music at community festivals as well as professionally for the past several years, and continues to enhance her knowledge of Arabic music and song by performing with accomplished regional performers, and participating in workshops with the internationally renowned composer Simon Shaheen. She performs as a dancer and singer with the Spice Route Ensemble and with the Herencia Arabe Project. She was a part of the Folklore Project's Dance Happens Here program in 2005 and is one of the women documented in the 2007 PFP exhibition All that we do.