Summersaulting from her mother’s womb, Zahava has always been a somatic and kinesthetic adventurist. She started training as a professional dancer at the age of two. By age twelve, she began her professional performing career with legends including the Joffrey Ballet, the cultural anthropologist and “Matriarch of Black Dance,” Katherine Dunham, Urban Bush Women, and the Sufi Dancemeditation ensemble, Dunyati Alembic. She has had a childhood fantasy of learning the dances of every culture and embodying a dance of Oneness and peace. Thirty years later she has been focusing on 5 main forms, truly appreciating the depth of each one: modern, Middle Eastern, West African, ballet, and yoga.
She has performed with Tania Isaac of St. Lucia, Wanjiru Kamuyu of Kenya, and Mana Hashimoto of Japan. Her dance training has been a lifelong study including attendance at the Juilliard School, Tisch School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, the Alvin Ailey School, the Princeton Ballet, Sarah Lawrence College, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, with Oh!ni Sowa of Ghana and Marie Basse Wiles in Senegal.