Zuleikha is a movement artist known for her weavings of story, rhythm, and dance. The stories, animals, and feelings she dances bring delight to her audiences. In the flow of living traditions and the ancients, Zuleikha reveals the soul of our common humanity.
Zuleikha worked for years with American dancer and avant-garde choreographer Anna Halprin, West Coast pioneer of natural movement. She attended the Ali Akbar College of Music and Dance in San Francisco, where she studied the classical dance form Kathak with dance master Chitresh Das. She studied Eastern classical music and song in Afghanistan with Ustad Hashim Chishti, and toured North America as a dancer with his musical company. After living and dancing in Bali, she was given permission by master dancers to carry Balinese costumes of beauty back to the West. She has practiced movement forms from Asia and has danced and taught in temples in Japan.
Founder and director of the Storydancer Project, Zuleikha is recipient of the 2005 Humanitarian Award from Pediatric Nursing Journal and the 2010 Images and Voices of Hope Media Award. She appears in theaters, schools, and conferences in solo performances and in collaborations with musicians and artists worldwide, including Baba Olatunji, David Darling, Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, Coleman Barks, and Jai Uttal. She also has appeared in the PBS Special Dances From Wild Gardens, a production dedicated to her art and performance.