First Jordanian woman to study ballet abroad.
Deputy Director of the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA), The King Hussein Foundation.
Director of the Amman Contemporary Dance Festival.
Rania Kamhawi has been the Senior Programme Development Manager at the National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) of King Hussein Foundation since 1997. She is also Director of the Amman Contemporary Dance Festival (ACDF), an annual regional festival founded in 2006 which operates under MASAHAT Dance Network, encompassing Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Jordan that aims at introducing contemporary dance to the region. Her passion for dance continues through her position as Director of NCCA Dance Department, where she trains students in various genres of dance, choreography, costume, set and light design.
Kamhawi received her dance training in the UK where she graduated from The Royal Academy of Dance with Distinction specializing in the teaching of children. She is credited with establishing the dance movement in Jordan and the creation of the first professional dance program. She is the first and only professionally trained Jordanian ballet dancer and instructor.
In 1998, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as a Scholar in Residence at the University of South Dakota with a focus on Culture of the Muslim World where she also choreographed and premiered a traditional Jordanian performance "Eyes to The East." She was invited as International Choreographer to the 60th anniversary of the Ballet de Havana in Cuba in 2008 and to the American Dance Festival, held at Duke University in 1993. She has choreographed several works both locally and internationally; including the famous classical ballets Coppélia, Scheherazade, the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Giselle.
Kamhawi was the choreographer for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, for the musical Walking the Winds: Arabian Tales in 2006, the musical Petra Rocks, the largest Jordanian production, for a cast of 70 performers in 2010; Opera Abu Hassan featuring French opera singers, the Moldavian Orchestra, Jordanian actors and dancers in 2006; and was the artistic director and choreographer of Fusion, a Jordanian/Finnish Choreographic interchange, and the 1-2-1 Project in cooperation with the Royal Danish Opera.
Last modified: 01/09/2019