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KAYA is a performer who draws upon a myriad of life experiences to make her dancing a unique and exciting experience. Since she was a little girl, KAYA has had a love affair with music and dance. From an early age, she experimented with many different dance styles including everything from jazz to hip-hop to MTV’s latest moves. It was belly dance, however, that truly captured her spirit.
KAYA has enjoyed learning firsthand about music and dance styles from around the United States and Europe. For a time, she lived in the Mediterranean learning about the culture while she pursued an international career in modeling. She lived and worked in Greece and Germany before returning to the States where she continues modeling and acting nationally.
In addition to dance, KAYA has a passion for personal growth and development. She began studying belly dance at the same time she returned to college to pursue a degree in psychology. While earning her degree Summa Cum Laude, KAYA danced in some of Colorado’s top Middle-Eastern restaurants and clubs, and appeared on an acclaimed belly dance video, establishing herself as a rising star in belly dance.
KAYA began studying belly dance in Denver, where she received a great foundation in the basics of the dance and was encouraged to develop her own unique style, which she quickly did. She took to watching performance & instructional videos from around the world, and going to as many shows as possible, teaching herself what she saw. Being self-motivated and hungry for more knowledge of this dance, KAYA became her own teacher, unlocking the mysteries of belly dance by trial and error. Along her journey, she also took workshops with many of the acclaimed dancers in this art form including: Mona el Said, Mahmoud Reda, Sahra Saeeda, Jamila & Suhaila Salimpour, and more. Although she is now an instructor herself, she remains dedicated to continue studying with as many different teachers as possible in an effort to constantly grow as a dancer and teacher. Her most memorable workshop experience came when the great Mona el Said nicknamed her “Tiger” because of her passion & handling of the stage. She offered herself as a mentor, and named KAYA the future of belly dance with a refreshingly unique style. She has also been studying ballet and jazz, and is now learning to play the Dumbek, with the incomparable Souhail Kaspar as her instructor, to further her knowledge and understanding of the many intricate and exciting rhythms of the East.
KAYA’s hunger and dedication to her craft has led her to become one of Colorado’s most sought after performers and teachers. She is currently a featured dancer at many of Colorado’s top Middle-Eastern restaurants & nightclubs. KAYA also entertains at weddings, parties and concerts, nationally and abroad.