Starting sometime in the 1980s the Egyptian style started becoming popular. By the 1990s both Egyptian and Tribal had become popular. As a result the Turkish style/American Cabaret became less popular, with fewer dancers learning the style. I believe that some just thought it was outdated and some belly dancers evolved into the Egyptian style.
We are starting to see a new interest in this style of dance, and I am so glad that we are.
Two of the finest dancers in the field of Turkish dance are Eva Cernik and Elizabeth Artemis Mourat. If they are teaching anywhere in your area, you would greatly benefit from classes from them. Or invite one of them to teach a workshop in your area.
The Second Awards of Belly Dance