Learn the Old World Technique that gave birth to Tribal Style. Bring cymbals for layered cymbal combinations and learn the captivating Renaissance Pleasure Faire Style John and his award-winning troupe, Hahbi ‘Ru, created from his early training as a principal dancer in Jamila Salimpour’s Bal Anat!
The eyes - brilliant and blue. The gaze - captivating and mysterious. Poise, grace, hypnotic movement and many years of discipline create the mystique, the magic that is John. John Compton is America's first dancer in the "Khawal" genre since the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. John's years of dance experience, a dynamic style and genuinely warm personality make him a superb instructor as well as a truly exciting performer. His amazing track record of major shows, night clubs, media appearances and workshops extends through the U.S. and Canada. He initially studied under the legendary Jamila Salimpour and received additional training in the folkloric style from Patti Farber. He first performed as a featured soloist in Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat in the early 1970's, then in Patti Farber's folk dance ensemble, Baba Ganooj. In 1976 he formed his own show, Kos-Kadas, the opening extravaganza for the King Tut exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Hahbi'Ru Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble.
"John brings a solid, aggressive presence to the dance as he overwhelms crowds with his crisp spins and dramatic tray routines"
Middle Eastern Dance Association, Vancouver British Columbia
"Dressed in the manner of the ancient caliph, he swirls his way into dreams, it's as if Valentino has come back to life."
San Francisco Examiner
For more info on John and Hahbi’Ru www.hahbiru.com