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Naiya started her dancing with childhood ballet and tap classes and recitals. In college she studied Caribbean dancing. She continued these classes (while riding with the Equestrian Team and collecting degrees.) She became interested in Oriental Dance after moving to California.

 

Her belly dance training started with Leea Aziz in Walnut Creek. She spent weekends at local festivals and workshops. She began coaching lessons with Monica Berini of San Francisco, with Nanna Candelaria of Berkeley and with Sausan of Sausan Academy. Alyne Hazard of San José taught her the joy and beauty of Double Veils and the art of spinning.

     
Naiya continues to take workshops and private lessons to evolve her own personal style and to develop a solid foundation of American Cabaret, Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish dancing. She has won 2008 Belly Dancer of the Year Duet, 2008 Double Crown Gemini, 2006 winner Star Fusion Harlequin competition (Latin), 1st Runner-up, 2007 W.O.W. Fusion (Latin), 2007 1st runner-up Belly Dancer of the Universe Veil, 1st Runner-up Best Mini-ensemble W.O.W 2007, 1st Runner-up Belly Dancer of the Year Duet 2006, 2nd runner-up Best mini-ensemble W.O.W 2006, Winner People's Choice Best Duet 2005, Winner Best Troupe, People's Choice Awards, 2nd runner-up Belly Dancer of the Year Troupe 2005 & 2006  
 
Naiya dances professionally as part of a male-female duet with Numa'ir and as a solo dancer in Bay Area restaurants and clubs. She co-directed and choreographed for professional belly dance troupe, Troupe Sahar. She also performs in Bad Barbie.
     
Naiya & Numa’ir are invited performers at the Annual Carnival of Stars, MEDCA Shows, at the Stellar Advantage Orlando Shows as well as international shows. Naiya offers belly dance classes at Ohlone College, private coaching lessons and belly aerobics/pilates.

 

 

 

"Dance, like all forms of language, is about communicating: reaching out to speak and to listen."