Babes & Bombshell Workshop Staff
Internationally acclaimed dance star Princess Farhana (Pleasant Gehman) has performed, taught, researched and written about belly dance and burlesque since 1990. She has appeared in Egypt, Turkey, Hong Kong and Australia; toured several times across Europe and The United Kingdom, as well as throughout North America. An artistic chameleon and a boundary-pushing pioneer, she performs many styles of dance with ease, from ultra traditional to contemporary belly dance and burlesque. Her diverse talents encompass visual, literary, musical and dramatic arts as well as dance. She has fronted three bands, and is featured as an actor in several motion pictures and television shows, and has been interviewed for numerous feature-length documentaries, including director Steve Balderson's "Underbelly: A Year In The Life Of Princess Farhana".
Trained in Egyptian style belly dance by Zahra Zuhair in Los Angeles and Raqia Hassan in Cairo among many others, The Princess is well known as a theatrical belly dance fusion performer, conceiving and executing fantasy tableaux in minute detail, a dramatically recreating vintage styles of Oriental Dance from the Edwardian Era, the 1920's, The Egyptian Golden Age, and the American Cabaret Style of the Sixties and Seventies
She has starred in seventeen instructional and performance DVDs. Her most recent projects include her two new books, "The Belly Dance Handbook" (January 11, 2014) and the memoir "Showgirl Confidential: My Life Onstage, Backstage And On The Road" (published by Punk Hostage September, 2013). Her latest instructional DVD "Strike A Pose: How To Make The Camera Love You", was released in June 2013.
The Princess is known for her high-concept, innovative performances, dramatic stage presence, and incredible abdominal work. Her warmth, enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and her adventurous spirit -both on and off stage- captivate audiences worldwide.
Mika Romantic is an international multi award-winning burlesque performer and pin-up model from a sleepy little hamlet in Eastern Pennsylvania. Mika made her triumphant Burlesque debut in New York City of Spring 2012.
Romantic has performed in some of the hottest festivals and venues in the world, including the Kansas City Burlesque Festival and the 9th annual London Burlesque Festival. She performed at the Great Burlesque Expo in Cambridge, MA where she was awarded “Most Classic” and “Bella Blue’s, “Judges Choice” in 2015. She is the current title holder and World Champion of the Burlypicks Competition, having placed 1st overall and winning "Most Classic" and "Best Costume".
She was named one of the hottest Burlesque Acts to follow by GQ Magazine.
"Her Tits Don't Quit"
Mika is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the burlesque troupe, "The Looking Glass Revue". The classic Burlesque group that has entertained at venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe and exclusive celebrity Lounges during the Sundance Film Festival. As a Pin-Up/Alternative Model, she has been featured in such publications as: "Retro Lovely", "Vintage Boudoir Magazine", "Kat Club Magazine" "We Rise Magazine" "Renegade" and More...
During 40 years as a dance professional, Nourhan Sharif has introduced many Important Master Egyptian's to the USA. She has managed multiple careers, taught master classes on every continent & mentored many dancers most recently Valerick Molinary & Shahrazad Raqs who have blossomed in many ways from her guidance and training.
She is a Staff teacher at Cairo's prestigious Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival created by the worlds most respected trainer for Egyptian Dance Raqia Hassan for 18 years now. She has produced & brought 15 CD's to the market, & many teaching & performing dvds.
Proven to be a successful business entrepreneur in the dance world Nourhan is always designing, marketing & managing her widely popular Sharifwear clothing line proudly produced in USA which is the Original Bellydance Wear Line ! She hosts many artists a year in NYC /New England area! Nourhan sponsors the trainer to the stars Madam Raqia Hassan annually in the USA since 1998!
Kate Elfatah, founder of HoM Consulting, a digital marketing firm, began mentoring small businesses with her expertise in digital marketing and branding several years ago using proven techniques that have catapulted her businesses to a national level. An early social media pioneer, Kate Elfatah, mastered social media marketing and turned a weekend hobby into two growing and viable businesses. This was achieved with a small budget and a healthy dose of determination. Kate has paved the way, done the ground work and has a proven track record of success. She is now sharing her knowledge with other businesses, setting them up for success in a market that is in constant change.
Kate is also an experienced producer. Producing international celebrity and media events including during Sundance Film Festival. Kate has had international success with producing the Lehigh Valley based dance and comedy troupe, The Looking Glass Revue. She has recently started a chapter of the international networking group F**k Up Nights, where they focus on professionals learning from other's failures.
In 2017 her short film documentary, Small Town Diamonds, premiered during the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Kate produced and directed the film.