Baptiste is the founder and director of the first School of
Middle Eastern Dance in San Francisco. She is currently the owner,
founder and artistic director of the San Francisco Royal Academy
of Belly Dance. Along with her husband, Walt Baptiste, she also
established the first Center of Yoga.
company, she has appeared widely
in all the media, many art festivals, Middle Eastern gatherings,
and the Los Angeles Music Center. Magaña has also made appearances
on "Evening Magazine", "People Are Talking",
TV specials with
health and fitness star, Joannie Greggins, and the
Rogers and Jim Dunbar Radio Talk Show". She has led dance
and music study tours to the Middle East, India, and Central America.
is a freelance writer and she has written for "The Belly
Dancer Magazine", "Lifestyle", and other periodicals
of dance and yoga . She is the author of a book titled "Breath
Is Life, The Wholistic Art of Belly Dancing for Men and Women".
Among her credits are an album of yoga instruction, and an instructional
audio cassette about belly dance. She is a producer of videos
and the audio cassettes and is an artistic member of the Press
Club of San Francisco.
Baptiste is the Originator, Producer and Artistic director of
the San Francisco Belly Dance Festival and the Mr. & Ms.
America of the Belly Dance Contest, now going into its 16th
has been a recipient of many awards:
year, she was inducted into the "The Hall of Fame"
in New York by the prestigious A.A.M.E.D.
accepted an award by the N.A.A.C.P.,
the Vaslav and Kyran Nijinsky Achievement Award for Dance, Choreograpy,
year, Ms. Baptiste was inducted into the Hathor Dance Troupe
of Berlin by Dr. Mo Geddawi.
was the First Runner Up in the "Miss U.S.A." Pageant.
studied with the Egyptian Masters Dr. Mo Geddawi and Mr. Mahmoud
Reda, and modern dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis and Devi Dja. She
was teaching and performing the "Dance Oriental" long
before the Cabarets in San Francisco came into existence; therefore,
Magaña is conversant in the "Old Style Beledy" dance,
but has also kept abreast of the more recent classical cabaret
style, music, and costuming.
She has introduced
many Masters of the Dance Arts throughout the years in her studio,
and to San Francisco, some for the first time such as:
She and her
troupe have been featured for the past five years at the International
Folk Dance Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los
Angeles (Home of the Academy Awards).and many other musical Magaña
is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the well-known
San Francisco Royal Academy Belly Dancers.artists such as Farouk
Tekbilek and Raja.
A great influence
in her knowledge of Egyptian dance technique has been her friendship
of more than 20 years with Dr. Mo Geddawi, the great dancer, choreograper,
and teacher from Cairo, Egypt.
is also a noted YOGA teacher. She established the first Belly
Dance Boutique in the San Francisco Bay Area. She designs
costumes for herself, for her dance group, other Oriental Dancers,
theatrical stars, the Opera, and Society.