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 started her dance career in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has traveled to Texas, San Francisco, Detroit, and parts of Virginia, performing with a dance internship. She then moved to California to pursue her dancing career. She is an energetic, high spirited teacher with a passion to help kids learn and succeed.
Meital is a dancer, Teacher, choreographer and singer from Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has been professionally teaching, choreographing and performing for many years in Israel and Europe and from 2015 in Los Angeles. She teaches all ages and styles of dance including Jazz, Hip-hop, Theatrical/Musical Jazz, Modern and Contemporary. She has worked as a dancer and choreographer for many of Israel’s top recording artists and has also appeared in fashion shows for several fitness companies including Nike .
Sharifa Bailey began her classical dance training at the age of 4. 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!
Kristel first found the love for dance at a very young age. She studied and danced ballet from the age of 3 until she was 18 years old. She studied the U.K. based dance education and training program with an emphasis on classical ballet,called Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) at the Ballet Conservatory in San Diego. She started teaching locally in San Diego at the age of 15. After graduating from high school, she attended California State University, Northridge and joined the CSUN Hip Hop for 4 years. During her time attending college, Kristel also taught at an after school program, Star Education, as the dance instructor. She is currently a commercial actress and a professional dancer. Kristel wants to express her gratitude as a new instructor and is happy to be apart of Layla’s Dance Academy.
Jay-Dilla is a high energy B-boy dancer who enjoys dancing in many styles of performance and entertaining professionally. He has been able to develop his skill of dancing with consistent dance training and has developed a strong unique skill in dancing. He has also had the opportunity to travel and perform at many events throughout California
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