In 1977 a group of Vancouver dancers formed the Society for Danse Orientale, an informal group which hosted several events in that year. Out of this Society, our present day MEDA was born January 1978. Elizabeth (the Vice-President) and Hadia (Promotions Officer) of the first Board of Directors are still active MEDA members.

MEDA Milestones

  • MEDA’s first constitution was signed July 23, 1978.
  • The first MEDA sponsored event, a swap meet, was on July 30, 1978
  • February 1979: the monthly newsletter name was changed from Opa to SAHDA (Dancing Girl)
  • May 1980: MEDA was officially incorporated as a society.
  • October 1988: MEDA produced its Costume Book.
  • February 18, 1990: MEDA took a rest. The newsletter was changed to quarterly and no special events took place.
  • January 1993: SAHDA publication increased from 4 to 6 issues per year
  • February 26, 1995: a mission statement was drafted for MEDA.
  • September, 1995: SAHDA publication went up to 12 issues per year.
  • March 2, 1996: MEDA hosted a one day seminar and show with Delilah of Seattle; the first MEDA sponsored seminar since 1990
  • April, 1996: MEDA obtained a phone and ad in the yellow pages under “Dancing schools”
  • May, 1997: MEDA created their first website
  • MEDA obtained its own Canadian sub-domain:

MEDA Sponsored Workshops & Shows:

  • Ahmad Jorjour
  • Aisha Ali
  • Amaya (of New Mexico)
  • Amel Tafsout
  • Aziza
  • Bou-Saada Dance Troupe
  • Cassandra
  • Dahlia Moon
  • Dalia Carella
  • Delilah
  • Denise Enan
  • Gamila Asfour
  • Hadia
  • Ibrahim Farrah
  • John Compton
  • Karim Nagi
  • Lala Hakim
  • Mardi Rollow
  • Melinda James
  • Morocco
  • Shareen El Safy
  • Yasmina Ramzy





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