Christina Byram

Instructor: Bollywood basics


Bill Koch

Instructor: Couples Dancing


Sharing the joy of dance in Wichita for decades

Angie Ward

Instructor: Egyptian Folkloric, Gameel Danse


Beverly Yowell-Marks

Instructor: FatChanceBellyDance® Style basics for teens

(FCBD® Style certified)


Patricia Baab

Instructor: Amira's L'Orient Dance Groupe


Founded in 1974, Amira Dance Productions is Wichita's longest-running, community dance studio offering instruction and performances in various cultural dance styles from across the globe.


Our dance studio was founded by Alice Castilow, who also co-founded the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita. Castilow, who took the stage name Amira, was among the first dance instructors in Wichita to offer belly dance. She studied Middle Eastern dance in New York City, with the famed choreographer and dance troupe founder, Ibrahim "Bobby" Farrah, who taught many of America's early belly dancers in the 1970s.

She also embraced other forms of dance, including flamenco, folkloric and Polynesian, teaching them to her students as well. 

Since her death in 2004, the studio ownership has transitioned to former students who have grown the number of staff, students and class offerings.

The studio is known for its annual dance show that educates and entertains Wichita audiences with cultural dances, as well as performances at community and private events.


Top photo: Amira, founder of Amira Dance Productions

Bottom photo l to r: Elisa Montoya, current co-director, Patricia Baab, former co-director 2004-2020) and Di Flower, current co-director

Twyla Smith

Assistant instructor: FatChanceBellyDance® Style basics and Mayari Dance Collective

(FCBD® Style certified)


Elisa Montoya

Studio co-owner

Instructor: Cabaret basics, Aloha Dancers, Raqsat Jamila


Kevin Flower

Instructor: Rhythms/drumming


 ADP's mission: Dedicated to enriching lives through teaching, educating and   performing of cultural dances

 ADP's vision: ​​To create a welcoming community of dancers who share the joy of   dance

Di Flower

Studio co-owner

Instructor: Improv Transnational Style basics, Datura™ basics and Datura™ technique (Datura Style™ certified)


Amy Geiszler-Jones

Staff: PR coordinator


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Holly Woo

Instructor: Zumba, Strength & Stretch

​(Zumba® certified)


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Robin Koch

Instructor: Raqs Bahdi'a, hoop basics, Hoop Honeys


Alexandra Wolfe

Instructor: FatChanceBellyDance® Style basics and Mayari Dance Collective

(FCBD® Style certified)


Amira Dance Productions, LLC

1702 W Douglas, Wichita, KS 67203

316-221-0648

events@amiradanceproductions.com

IN THE NEWS

Belly dancing, Polynesian, tribal dance styles part of Amira Dance's  virtual show, The Wichita Eagle, March 12, 2021

Derby couple find shared passion in dance, The Derby Informer, March 1, 2021

From bellydancing to K-pop, Amira Dance studio to stage its 45th show,The Wichita Eagle, March 6, 2020

Shake, shimmy and reap the benefits, dancers sayThe Active Age, March 2020

​Dancy Odyssey celebration of 45th show, KAKE-TV (ABC affiliate), Feb. 22, 2020

Amira Dance Magic!​KAKE-TV (ABC affiliate),  Feb. 26, 2018

​Bellydancing the star of Dance Magic showThe Wichita Eagle, ​March 5, 2015

​Wichita dance studio celebrates ruby anniversary with dance show, KMUW (NPR affiliate), March 5, 2015