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Vegas Baby! Leyla was accepted from hundreds of applicants to teach at the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive 2013. For more information or to register: www.bellydanceintensive.com

A Huge Honor- Leyla was selected as a contestant on Project Bellydance Season 2, a realty show/ dance contest. Watch the show at www.topbellydancer.com

Scholarship Winner! October 2011 Leyla won a scholarship to attend the MECDA (Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association) professional dance conference. She won this award based on merit and contributions to the dance community.

About- A dancer since childhood, Leyla Soleil is a graceful, polished performer and a caring instructor. At the age of 8 Leyla was a competitive baton twirler who stayed 2 hours after school every day to prepare for competitions. Her talent was proven with many trophies and awards, some at the state level and she hasn’t stopped since. Leyla has always continued practicing some type of movement art. Besides bellydance, she has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, samba and flamenco and continues her studies through master workshops and other classes.

Instructor/ Studio Owner- With many years teaching experience already under her belt, Leyla opened the doors to Dance du Soleil, her first dance studio in 2007 in downtown Akron, Ohio. It was here that Leyla began to really analyze and hone her teaching skills and curriculum. She devoted herself to developing a training program that would produce beautifully skilled professional belly dancers. Leyla has since relocated to Columbus, Ohio and has now opened her second dance studio, Dance du Soleil Dance and Media Center in Aguust 2013. Visit www.dancedusoleil.com For more information about Dance du Soleil Studio.

Performance Artist- Having captivated audiences across the country for many years, Leyla is known for her strong, yet graceful style. Comfortable performing in many different situations, Leyla is equally at home at a family wedding and a large scale theatrical event. She has been the featured dancer at many restaurants, night clubs and other events across northeast Ohio including Kan Zaman, Club Roma, Darna, Nikos on Detroit and many, many more, too numerous to mention.

Dance du Soleil Performance Troupe- Over 8 years in the making, Leyla’s vision of a professional performance troupe was just beginning to finally come to fruition when things were cut short as her family was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, 2 hours away from her studio and troupe. Leyla’s partner and the co-director of Dance du Soleil, Andrea Love is now directing the troupe in Akron and Leyla plans to eventually start a new division in Columbus.

Fitness- Leyla is also passionate about dance as an avenue to fitness and health. She  regularly teaches 3-5 cardio classes per week and is  certified in Yogafit level 1 and Zumba. She also trained intensely in Pilates on the reformer and taught at the Tom Smith Studio in Akron for a year and a half. Fitness and dance are intertwined. You can’t have one without the other!

Makeup Artist- Leyla has freelanced as a professional makeup artist for over 20 years. Her work appeared in a feature story in Natural Organic magazine. She has worked for various luxury brands, was the official makeup artist for the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, where she designed the makeup concept for all characters for their performance of Snow White,  and has taught many seminars in the dance community on how to apply makeup for dancers. One of her favorite seminars to teach is “Arabic Eyes”.