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.
Ashley May, AKA “Ca$hley” is a professional dancer and choreographer. She is also the co-owner of Rainbow Entertainment that hosts all types of events, from weddings to birthday parties. Ashley is a dance-floor master who takes her teaching to the next level while keeping her students engaged and excited to learn.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tiffany-Marie loves to entertain and inspire others! She has been performing – dancing, singing & acting – since she was a small child and has always found great joy in being on the stage and sharing her creative spirit. When she was 8 yrs old, Tiffany witnessed her first live Bellydancer perform at a friend’s birthday party and *starry eyed* thought to herself “some day, I want to do THAT”. In addition to Bellydance, Tiffany is experienced and trained in many other styles of dance as well as yoga, dance fitness, and meditation. Tiffany has been performing with Layla’s Lotus Dancers for over 10 years and feels that Bellydance is one of the best ways to get in touch with feminine power and health. Tiffany’s class is energetic and uplifting. Her goal is to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where her students can learn, have fun, and feel free to express their own creative spirits and leave class feeling empowered and in alignment.
Athena is passionate about helping her students learn to fall in love with dance the way her dance teachers helped her. She has worked as a professional dancer in Los Angeles and uses her knowledge and experience to shape young dancers. She teaches our youngest students here at Layla Dance Academy. Through creative moment she teaches ballet to her beloved students by making the class fun and engaging for all ages.
Simon AKA “Sonic” has traveled the world as a featured BBoy. Some of his impressive accomplishments include: being a featured B-boy on Glee Season 6, being the opening breakdance act for 2014 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour, having a lead supporting actor in Michael Damien’s High Strung (2015) choreographed by Dave Scott (You Got Served, SYTYCD, B2K), and being a breakdancer for Team iLuminate from America’s Got Talent (2009-present). He is passionate about teaching his students and helping others express themselves through dance.