I began my dance career in 1996 taking dance classes at local studios. I studied all styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, Irish Dancing, Ballroom, and Belly Dance. I have always loved the performing arts as well as physical fitness. I have been a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and obtained a double degree in Paralegal Studies and Business Management from Penn State and Manor College in 2003. Upon my graduation from college I pursued the knowledge of physical movement through Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Group Exercise, and teaching various styles of fitness. I began teaching dance classes to youth, teens, and adults in the following styles: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Belly Dancing. I hold annual workshops as well as weekly classes, and also offer private sessions.
I obtained my 200 Hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certificate, my 20 Hour Kids Yoga certificate, and am registered with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal. I am currently working towards my E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). I have learned and taught: Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Athletes Yoga, Calm Yoga, Teen Yoga, and Kids Yoga. I specialize in teaching yoga to athletes and dancers to better expand their range of motion and improve muscle longevity.
I have acquired my Mat Pilates, Personal Fitness Trainer, Primary Aerobics, and Group Exercise certificates to better expand my knowledge of the human body and conditioning needed for training, health, increased strength, and flexibility. In addition to the above group exercise certificates, I also hold my Barre Fitness certification. I offer classes in various styles of Group Exercise and enjoy teaching fusion classes that combine styles to keep the physical movements fresh and exciting.
I have also obtained my Zumba B1, B2, and Strong by Zumba certificates. I am currently an active member on ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network), and enjoy learning new styles as well as teaching the latest trends.
I am certified through the Red Cross for First Aid/AED/CPR/OXG for both Adults and Pediatric. I have been certified as a Mandated Reporter through PA State ChildLine. I stay up-to-date yearly on all safety and health necessities for teaching physical activities, while safely coaching adults and children.
I have been one of the area’s leading Professional Belly Dance Performers since 2002, performing all over the tri-state area. I have been requested by invitation to perform in Atlantic City at various casinos (Harrah's, Borgata, Golden Nugget), for the Turkish Ambassador to The United States, by renowned dance companies in the area, and in Cairo, Egypt; and I have performed on stage as Lola in an off-Broadway rendition of the Damn Yankees in New York City. I have been certified in and received numerous awards in the Turkish, Egyptian, and Lebanese styles of dance.