Layla has studied classical, Egyptian-style belly dancing under the world’s premier belly dance instructor, Raqia Hassan. Layla began working as a soloist in Los Angeles where she performed for a variety of audiences at restaurants, concerts, music videos, and private parties for numerous celebrities and members of the Saudi Royal family. Her celebrity clients include, the Kardashians, Paulina Rubio, George Clooney, MTV, and more. Her TV show and DVD (12 Hottest Bellydance Moves) have reached millions of viewers worldwide.
Layla created her own dance company, The Lotus Dancers, fourteen years ago. They won Best Troupe Cabaret in 2008, Troupe champions at Ya Halla Y’All in 2008, Belly Dancer of the Universe in 2012, and Troupe Champions again at Mediterranean Delight in Greece in 2014. They are best known for their international dance shows that feature a fusion of dances from around the world.
The Lotus Dancers have been the opening acts in Las Vegas for Amr Diab, Nancy Ajram, and Shareen to name a few. They are one of the top professional dance companies in Los Angeles that perform weekly, and have traveled the world performing in many countries including Dubai, Paris, and Egypt.
Sharifa Bailey began her classical dance training at the age of four. She competed nationally in various competitions and received a dance scholarship from Columbia College in South Carolina. Sharifa has performed with Vibrations Dance Company, Dancewordz, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Royal Caribbean, Disney Jr Live Pirate and Princess Adventure Nationwide tour etc.
Her experience with special needs began during college as she became the music and dance specialist for a multi county special needs program. She has also been trained in Facilitated Communications by Marilyn Chadwick herself at Syracuse University.
Sharifa currently performs with Samba and More Entertainment and looks forward to each and every Dance From Your Heart class!
Eden Reynolds started her dance training at the age of four with Los Angeles Ballet Academy where she studied classical ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, as well as training in jazz, contemporary dance, and musical theater. She’s performed as an interactive character at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, CA, and with the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade in Los Angeles as a contemporary dancer.
As a dance instructor, Miss Eden believes in building a solid foundation for her students to learn, grow, and excel in – no matter their age or ability. She loves bringing an element of magic into her classes, whether that means working to expand the imaginations of the littlest dancers or breaking through a barrier with the older students!
Eden began leading her own classes at age thirteen and has been teaching dance ever since. She is so very happy to be a party of the faculty at Layla Dance Academy and can’t wait to welcome you into class!