Cory Zamora came to Fresno in
1972, with dance skills instilled since age 3. Backed by a strong business sense, she
found that there was a need for valid Middle Eastern dance in the valley.
After teaching in the valley, and mountain area, she started forming a Family for a music festival at China Peak, headlined by Pablo Cruise. The public started asking about the availability of the dancers. In 1978 the agency was created for booking parties, weddings, shows and Zamora's famous telegrams. It has taken tell now, 1999, to reach the spiritual quest for the perfect combination of souls who make up the Family as it lives today.
Cory Zamora, 9/27/1999
| In the past 20 years, dance has gone a
non historical route to better understand what Zamora's does, is
to better understand the middle eastern dance movement in the
1960's and 70's.
In the 2000's, the term AMCAB was
invented. With this ,American cabaret, came the confusion
that this meant American dance. In actuality, "belly dance" in the formative years here, was put
into action by immigrants wants to feel at home. The bands,
restaurants etc were all owned and populated by those of the
blood. Even our first music to learn with, was directed to the
middle eastern person, now living in the USA .nothing was dumbed
down, "white out" recorded for the western ear .THESE ARE THE
PEOPLE WHO TAUGHT US TO DANCE! We did not tell them what
we were going to do, they taught us. From the men in the
band to the grandma in the kitchen, we were taught by all. Just
as in the days of the silk road, a melting pot...but all middle
eastern. This is the tradition we carry on. We use
no American fusion of any type!. we are old school, as
taught by the blood.
this fast paced world, we sometimes miss why we are doing
things we do. I have always felt knowing the background of
anything important to you, makes you do it better, and with
deeper emotion and appreciation. I have found a fun
way to teach where today's Belly Dance came from in America.
This style started due to the bands being a small United
Nations of sorts. The "American Cabaret" is a journey
on the silk road all the way to the new world. Not
just one style, or one type of music, this style embraces
the music and step vocabulary from North Africa, Egypt,
Lebanon, Turkey , Armenia, Saudi, etc.
It is the style that still holds dear, the use of a veil section, zills, and floor work. The costuming is very style specific as well. In learning about the make up of the bands who played for us ,we find WHY we did what we do with the sections...why there are sections, what to do with each section ! Where a sword, cane, 9/8 would go...what is 6/8? Why do each have their own set of steps?
This is my passion! I would love to share it with others so they may find the depth of their own dance." CZ 2015