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big daddysDiosa has gained recognition in the Phoenix area with her orange double veils. Her love of double veil began with her first instructor in 2001 with Joynan of Colorado. Diosa formerly studied with local instructors, Danah Stedman and Ava Fleming for her continued training. She has received specialized workshop training and classes with other local instructors, such as Yasmina, Katayna, and Melissa. She receives all her advanced training from Master Instructors from all over the world such as Leila Haddad, Jillina, Aziza, Bert Belladine, Leyla Jouvana, Fahtiem, Suhaila Salimpour, Rachel Brice, and more. Diosa began teaching Beginning Belly Dance in May 2002. She was Synergy Center’s (formerly Belly Dancers Boutique) first instructor, and has also taught across the Valley for places such as Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management, Naturally Women Fitness Centers, City of Peoria, and the City of Glendale. Her concern for safety encouraged her to obtain her ACE Personal Training and Group Fitness Instruction Certifications, so she could properly teach her students about muscle groups, safety, posture, and form. Currently, she is working toward her Pilates Certification which is a great supplement to belly dancing.

Diosa won 1st runner up for Belly Dancer of the Universe 2004 in the Fusion Category. She was formerly a member of the Arizona Belly Dance Troupe, led by Danah Stedman, the award winning Black Opal Dance Company directed by Ava Fleming, and a guest dancer of Maryana/Melissa's Unity in Motion. Diosa is currently the director of two Middle Eastern ensembles, the Desert Flowers and Osiris Dance Company. Visit these sites for more information: www.thedesertflowers.com and www.osirisdance.com.

She also performs at many venues and has danced for Shakira, the Arizona Republic, Lollapalooza, Rakkasah, Cooperstown, Arizona State University, & more. . .

NOTE: "Instruction" and "Performing Arts" categories still need to be updated between 2005-2010.

INSTRUCTION
PREVIOUS TRAINING
Danah (Arizona)
AUG 2001 to 2004
•Zills •Veil •Sword •Cane •Egyptian Dance •Turkish Dance •Persian Dance •Gypsy Dance
Ava (Arizona)
JUL 2002 to 2004
•Veil •Cane •Technique •Transitions • Floor Movement
SPECIALIZED TRAINING
Joynan (Colorado)
OCT 2002
•Single Veil •Double Veil
Katayna (Arizona)
JUN 2002
•Double veil
Melissa (Arizona)
JUL 2002
•Sword •Props •Shimmies
Yasmina (Arizona)
JUL 2002
•Tribal Dance
MASTER INSTRUCTION
SALOME'S SECRET
NOV 2005

• DaVid from Scandinavia
Bollywood

DOMBA STUDIO
APR 2, 2005

• Rachel Brice
Constructing a Personal Practice and Emphasizing Posture

SYNERGY CENTER
NOV 6 & 7 2004

• Suhaila Salimpour (California)
Technique, Finger Cymbals, and Choreography

SALOME'S SECRET
JUN 2004

• Fahtiem (California)
• Zahra Zuhair (California)

IAMED
"Belly Dance Rocks!"
MAY 22-23 2004

• Leyla Jouvana & Roland
Shimmies and Dance of the Seven Veils
BELLY DANCERS OF THE UNIVERSE COMPETITION
FEB 2004
• Angelika Nemeth (California)
Persian, Turkish, and Egyptian Styles of Dance
SHAKE AND BAKE TRAINING
AUG 2003
• Raffa (Utah)
• Amaya (New Mexico)

SALOME'S SECRET
"DANCE REVELRY"
JUL 2003

•Jillina (California)
Egyptian Pop and Drum Solo Choreographies

RAKKASAH TRAINING
MAR 2003
•Aziza (Oregon)
•Suzanna Del Vecchio (Colorado)
•Leila Haddad (France)
•Bert Belladine (California)
•Elena Lentini (New York)
EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
• Masters of Arts in Education (2007)
GLENDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE
• Personal Training Certification (2003)
• Group Fitness Certification (2004)
NEW MEXICO
STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelors of Fine Arts in English (1995)
• Creative Writing
• Professional Writing
EXPERIENCE
PERFORMING ARTS
SPECIAL SKILLS
•Cane •Sword •Double Veil •Isis Wings
• Zils •Dumbec •Shamadan •Candles
PRODUCTIONS, DVD &
TELEVISION SPOTS

•Synergy Center's Suhaila Salimpour Evening Show (November 2004)
• Herberger Theatre's Second Act "Midsummer Night" (August 2004)
• IAMED "Belly Dance Rocks!" DVD (May 22-23, 2004)
•Rappin' With Randy "Phoenix's Most Gorgeous Women" on Cox Cable 98 (May 2004)
•Sonoran Living on ABC 15 (April 28, 2004)
•Salome's Secret Dance Revelry with Jillina (July 2003)

FESTIVALS, CULTURAL FAIRS, CONCERTS, AND CORPORATE EVENTS

•AZ Spring Fest with Ziva (APR 2005)
•AZ Rennaissance Festival with Maryana's Naseem Sahara (MAR 2005)
• Peoria Street Fair /San Gennaro
       (FEB 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) with AZBDT
•Maricopa County Fair (2003, 2004, 2005) with AZBDT
•Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management
        —Middle Eastern Cultural Festival
        (DEC 2002, APR/JUN/AUG 2003, MAR/DEC 2004)
       —European Night
       (DEC 2002, APR/AUG/OCT 2003, MAR/DEC 2005)
•Rakkasah West Festival (Annual International Music and Dance Festival in Richmond, CA) MAR 2003 with AZBDT, MAR 2004 with Black Opal
•Lollapalooza 2003 (Phoenix) with Black Opal

RESTAURANTS
&
CAFES

•Jitters Coffee Shop (MAR, APR, and DEC 2002)
•Lucky Dragon/2nd Anuual Hafla (APR 2003)
•Byblos (2003 hosted by Morgiana)
•The Co-Op (2003)
•Himalayan Indian Restaurant (2003)
•The Lux (2004)
•Jan's European Bar (2004 hosted by Jasmine, APR 2005 hosted by Nakarat)
•Cooper's Town (2004)
•Blue Nile Cafe hosted by Nakarat (2005)
•Sultan's Grille hosted by Nakarat (2005)
•Layalena Restaurant (2005)

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATIONS AND ANNIVERSARIES
•Belly Dancers Boutique and Bead Store/ Grand Opening Celebration (JUN 2002) & One-year Anniversary Show (MAY 2003)
•Domba's One-year Anniversary Party (SEP 2003)
• Sinbad Middle Eastern Restaurant/ Grand Opening Celebration (JUL 2002)
SPECIAL PARTIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

• Madame Sonia Montero de Falcone’s Surprise Birthday Party for Shakira (FEB 2003)
• Arizona Republic's Sales Rally for the Yes Magazine (FEB 2003)
• Glendale Women’s Club's International Gathering (March 2003)
•Domba's Blue Moon Masquerade (July 2004)
• Madame Sonia Montero de Falcone’s New Year's Eve Party (2005)

INSTRUCTOR
Private Lessons, Group Lessons,
Beginning and Intermediate Belly Dance
• City of Surprise (JUN 2003 to present)
•6-week Beginning and Intermediate group lessons
• Luke Air Force Base (NOV 2005 to 2006)
•4-week Beginning group lessons

• Synergy Center (formerly known as Belly Dancers Boutique and Bead Store)
(MAY 2002 to NOV 2004)


•6-week Beginner and Intermediate belly dance group lessons
•2-hour Workshops (Basic moves, Veil, and Double Veil)
•4-week Bellyrobics! group classes
•10-week Beginning Belly Dance Certification
•6-week Pilates on the Ball group classes
•The Art of Sensual Dance (2003)
• Naturally Women
(Jan 2004 to present)
•Sensual Release class
• Danah’s Studio (City of Glendale-2003)
•4-week Beginning group lessons
•3-hour Workshops (Veil and Zils)
• Peoria Sports Complex (City of Peoria-2003)
•6-week Beginning group lessons
• Peoria Community Center (City of Peoria-2003)
•6-week Beginning group lessons
• Thunderbird International School of Business Management (APR 2003)
•4-week Beginning group lessons
PERSONAL TRAINING
NATURALLY WOMEN FITNESS CENTERS 2003-2004
• Strength Training
• Flexibility
• Cardio
• Nutrition
GOLD'S GYM 2005-2006
•Bellyrobics!
•Veil classes
PAST ASSOCIATIONS, AFFILIATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS

•Member of Ava Fleming’s Black Opal (2003-2005)
•Member of Maryana/Melissa's Unity in Motion (2004)
•Arizona Middle Eastern Dancer’s Association (AMEDA)
•Member of Natium Tribal dance (2005)
•Guest member of White Claws World Percussion (2006)
•ACE certified Personal Trainer

PRESENT ASSOCIATIONS, AFFILIATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS
•Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association (MECDA)
•Director of The Desert Flowers belly dance troupe (2006-present)
•Director of Osiris Dance Company (2008-present)
AWARDS

•Best Belly Dance Troupe (Shake and Bake Belly Dance Festival)
Albuquerque, NM Aug 2003 with Black Opal
•Belly Dancer of the Universe 1st Place Runner Up Fusion Category
Long Beach, CA 2004
•Best Fusion Troupe 3rd Place (Wiggles of the West)
Las Vegas, NV July 2010 with Osiris

 

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