With a rich background in the performing arts, Andrea Sendek brings a lifetime of passionate involvement in acting, music, and dance to her role as Teacher, Performer, Choreographer, and Director.
Andrea integrates philosophies into her work learned from training and performing, for over 2 decades, belly dance and other dance genres. Andrea began learning belly dance with Mesmera in Los Angeles from 1996-2004. In 2004 she relocated to the Bay Area and began her studies at The Salimpour School of Dance where for 10 years she trained under and assisted both Jamilla & Suhaila Salimpour. Andrea was also a teacher at the School from 2006-2014. Since 2015 Andrea has been learning Arabic drumming and music with Susu Pampanin and Amina Goodyear. In June of 2021 Andrea began studying extensively with Egyptian master Tommy King. She Has taken countless workshops from Egyptian teachers throughout the years some of which include, Dandesh, Yossry El Hefni, Karim Nagi, Tito, Adia Nour, and Mohammed Shahin. Andrea received certificates for completing Shara Saeeda’s Journey Through Egypt courses 1 & 2, her Suhaila Level 4 Advanced Performer Certificate, and her Jamilla Level 3 Certificate.
Andrea cross trained in classical Indian dance, learning Bharatanatyam from Mimi Janislawski from 2005-2014, and Odissi with Vishnu Tattva Das from 2012-2014.
Andrea attended City College of San Francisco’s dance program from 2007-2010 where she studied ballet with Theresa Gensler, and both Modern and dance performance with Luana Washington.
In 2017 Andrea began taking Pilates with dance company member Tré Henderson and fell in love. Andrea completed the Balanced Body Movement Principles, Mat Pilates & Reformer Teacher Training course at EHS Pilates in San Francisco and is continuing to pursue her Balanced Body comprehensive Pilates teaching certificate.
As a performer, Andrea has an extensive and rich performance background. She was a soloist in The Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat from 2006-2014, and was the Assistant Director of both companies from 2009-2014. Andrea performed to a live Arabic band at Marrakesh Restaurant in San Francisco from 2005-2010. Andrea continues to perform as a soloist and with her dance company Khepri throughout the Bay Area at festivals, private parties, and events. Some notable performance venues are, The Palace of Fine Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Brava Theatre, and The Shelton Theatre. She has performed and taught across the United States and internationally; some highlights of her itinerary include appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, and Chile.
Khepri Dance Company
In 2015 Andrea founded Khepri Dance Company. Guided by her unique vision, Khepri performs dynamic works that honor the cultural traditions of belly dance as well as works that renew and invigorate it. Khepri shares this exciting vision of belly dance with audiences throughout the year performing at private and public events. The company has also been featured at venues such as the 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, The Gregangelo Museum, and Yerba Buena Nights.
Where it all comes together! Khepri Productions is an event company that produces outstanding experiences for clients, audiences, and students. Multi-disciplinary collaborations with celebrated artists keep our events infused with vitality and at the forefront of the community.
Khepri sponsors national and international artists to teach workshops and intensives on dance, music, and culture. Some notable artists include, Tommy King (Egypt), Esraa Warda (Algeria/USA), Sherifa Zuhur (Lebanon/USA), Amina Goodyear (USA), Susu Pampanin (USA). Our popular Pilates + Bellydance Intensives are the first of its kind and lucky students are co-taught by it’s creators Andrea Sendek and master Pilates instructor Tré Henderson. Our intensives strive to create an exchange between the artists and students that leaves everyone touched by it. Check out all upcoming intensives under Classes.
Our performance events are collaborations with dancers, musicians, circus acts, visual artists, drag performers, and more. Whether you like our performance at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with a live Arabic band and dancers performing to a classic set, or our themed variety show, Cirque Arabesque (co-produced by Project Aiwa) performed at Berber SF, and The Shelton Theatre, you know that you will leave electrified, euphoric, and refreshed. Our private and corporate clients are treated to unforgettable shows curated to their specific occasion. Check out upcoming public performances under Events. To book a show email firstname.lastname@example.org