Leona started dancing at an early age with Slovenian Folkloric dance and continued on over the years, moving and grooving to different dance styles. She found Middle Eastern dance in 2001 in Vancouver and she knew she had found her dance form.
She has studied with and found inspiration from many dancers within her life: Venus, Rahma, Tamalyn Dallal, Bozenka, Jillina, Kaeshi of Bellyqueen, Ranya Renee, Roula, Suhaila Salimpour, Sharon Kihara, and Rachel Brice to name a few.
While Leona was living in Vancouver she was part of the popular and fiery Vancouver dance troupe Ala Nar and Director of Y Bellydance. Leona's experiences in bellydance are ever evolving and some key moments in her journey have been: being one of the feature dancers on the "Bellydance Workout" hosted by Omni Television, and performing on the Main Stage with Ala Nar at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in 2010 and with Eastside Hips in 2012. She has been performing at the Kitsilano ShowBoat and the PNE for the past several years!
"Leona brings her vast joy of Middle Eastern dance to every class. Her knowledge and warmth reaches out to every participant, enabling all students to learn the technique, artistry and history of this dance form at their own pace and with genuine smiles and laughter. She is a truly gifted instructor and a wonderfully engaged performer" Cheryl Wellington
Welcome to the home of Leona Belly Dance
A dancer in her heart and soul, she captivates her audiences with her passion of dance.
Leona has been bellydancing for almost 20 years, gracing stages, teaching classes and lessons, her passion for the dance form is still as great as it was in her first class. She is sought after for her smooth transitions, beautiful hipwork and captivating smile. She is currently living in the Central Okanagan (Kelowna) performing, dance coaching,offering classes, workshops and retreats!
Leona is not only a performer but as well a teacher. Leona teaches all levels and ages from beginner to advanced, so take a look at her Classes page.
With her recent move all of her regular Lower Mainland classes will be taught by Eastside Hips instructors and she will be travelling back and forth for workshops and events. Leona is available to travel for instruction, from private classes to troupe classes to workshop instruction.
Hire for: family events, parties, workshops, corporate events, fundraiser's, weddings, and more. If you would like to obtain further information about Leona please contact her at [email protected] or 604-240-7387.
Leona's performance at
MEDA's Twilight at the Oasis, October 2016
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Classes are available online
and in person.