It is a dance form that is challenging to learn. Mastery comes with patience and tenure. One wonderful aspect of Belly Dance is that it is a very individualistic dance form. In the course of your study, and as you internalize the movements and understand the concepts behind them, you develop your own unique style and it becomes a blueprint for your interpretation.
An alumnus of Serena Studios, Serena Dance Theater, and currently Co-Artistic Director of Serena Studios, Layla began her journey into this beautiful dance form in 1978 when she first met Serena Wilson at her famed studio in New York City. A life-long passion ensued!
Layla has been performing New York Cabaret-Style Belly Dance for over 40 years and has appeared in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Queens Central Library Concert Series, United Nations, and 92nd Street Y Harkness Center. Layla has performed in Egypt, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the Tri-State Area and West Coast.
A multi-level instructor, Layla offers group classes as well as private coaching with finger cymbals and performance preparation her specialties. She has over thirty years of teaching experience throughout the NYC area. Layla is currently the director of student troupe, Veiled Visions Dance Ensemble, as well as a member of professional dance company, Kismet Dance Ensemble.