BIO

Encouraged by a friend, Layan signed up for her first bellydance lesson in Montreal. Performed her first solo in front of an audience.

2008

2009

Layan embraced improvisation while training intensively with expert Zafirah of Montreal and attended her first major dance workshop with Randa Kamel.

2010

She was hooked! Layan began taking private lessons with several local instructors, several times a week.

Layan resettled in Alexandria, Egypt to complete her degree. Her passion for bellydance thrived under the guidance of the great Sara Farouk in Cairo.

Work took Layan back to Cairo to work, and attended her first major dance festival for the Nile Group.

Layan became a full member of the folklore troop Sanaa Dance under the
direction of Samantha Burnstein.

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2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Now in Washington DC to obtain her master’s in Arabic, she continued to train day and night and attended workshops by Karim Nagi and Dina, among others.

Layan performed for the first time with a live band in Boston, as well as in her home state of Connecticut.

Layan entered her first major dance competition and began Middle Eastern folklore instruction under Samantha Burnstein.

Layan took first prize in the oriental dance competition at Festival Accès Asie in Montreal for her performance to the classical Egyptian song “eh hwa da?” as well as first place in the Foklore category of the 2017 AQDO Competition.

Layan took first place in the Maitre d'improvisation category at the 2018 AQDO Competition.

2018