Alice Massabki was born in Beirut Lebanon where she studied classical ballet in the studio of Sonia Poladian (among the pioneers of classical ballet teachers in Lebanon.
Fond of dancing and encouraged by her numerous stage performances, she perfected her technique in Paris with Suzanne Oussov (now living in Tours, France) who teaches the Vaganova method.
She discovered, in parallel, the Graham technique, with Georges Bellecroix in le Marais studio (Paris) and studied it with Marianne Hraibi, in Lebanon as well.
“I started teaching, because I couldn’t find in Lebanon ballet classes matching my expectations”.
“All I wished was to dance, dance and dance”.
But where could one dance in the Lebanese civil war?
Alice Massabki founded the Dance Studio in 1984 and created in 1985 Variety show with Eddy Lister with the participation of May Chelhot, a leader in Modern dance in Lebanon.
She went on perfecting her technique, back to Paris, with Marc Jebejian (Vaganova formation &Felix Blaska) in classical technique and with José Cazeneuve and Peter Goss in contemporary technique.(Lemon,, Matt Mattox, Feldenkreis).
She was very much influenced by the three of them, and is now applying their methods and principles in her own teaching.
But the big turning point lately was Yoga practice (Claire Nohra and Willy Van Lisebeth). With this marvelous support, she was able to enhance her teaching and give a new dimension to every figure, movement and dance combination.
She is presently teaching in her studio Art& Movement (2003) along with her daughter Caroline Hatem (RIDC, Paris).
The cooperation of mother and daughter was a positive step in the studio history within the complementarities of both personalities and energies.
Main stage creations in Beirut Lebanon
• La Traversée 2000
• Le Temps Arrêté 2004
• Till the dust settles 2007
• Rech Mayya 2010 &2011