Formed in the summer of 2003 as the "Jim Boz Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble," Sandstorm specializes in the Raqs Sharqi (cabaret) and folkloric styles of bellydance presented in a choreographed, highly theatrical style. They utilize a variety of Middle-Eastern music ranging from Turkish folkloric to Egyptian cabaret to Lebanese techno.
In addition to the professional troupe, there are two corresponding student troupes for bellydance students wishing to build their performance skills and learn from the professional troupe members. One, the folkloric group, is designed for new performers, and teaches foundation techniques while exploring folkloric dances such as Ghawazee, Saidi, Kaleegy, Roman and North African styles such as Tunisian, Moroccan and Bedouin. The other contingent, known as the theater group, presents Raks Sharki in troupe format choreographies designed for the large stage.