Belly Dance in the City Beautiful: Lake Eola Photo Shoot with Lee Hodge

Once upon a time, a girl moved from Connecticut to Florida to make a better life for herself. She packed her entire life in the back seat of an Acura TL, and left behind her family, her friends, and a successful dance business, only to start all over again.

There were some bumps in the road. There were many sleepless nights, and there was definitely a meltdown or two!

And there were also new friends, new dance opportunities, and new adventures in the days ahead.

She still misses good pizza and bagels, her trips to NY for belly dance workshops, and beautiful fall foliage. She misses her family each and every single day – Mom, Dad, sister, and golden retriever. …

Real Orlando Wedding: Julissa + Chayanne

There’s nothing I love more than a fairytale wedding. You know, the kind where two too-good-to-be-true human beings who have been through everything in life together, finally get their Ever After. The kind of wedding that makes even a seasoned vendor like myself want to tear up a little.

Julissa and Chayanne’s Arabian-themed wedding at Radisson in Celebration was nothing short of magical! From the plum-and-gold Moroccan-style drape and decor to the serendipitous way it all came together, this Orlando wedding was filled with fairy dust and had everybody feeling the love.

The most wonderful moment happened just before my show, when the DJ handed the mic to Julissa’s daughter and her little voice announced, “I’m gonna be a big …

A Month in the Life: My Recap of Fabulous February Gigs!

Holi photo shoot by Orlando belly dancer Carrara Nour, Ashley Jane Photography, Flower Girl Designs, and The Henna StudioHello, fans! Have you missed me?

In my efforts to make Central Florida an even more magical place, one belly dance show at a time, I’ve pretty naughty about blogging. It’s high time that I fix that!

Quiet times have become increasingly rare in my world, and while I’m experiencing a short but much-needed lull, I thought I’d recap what was truly an amazing month for my belly dance business. Thanks to lots of referrals in Orlando’s wedding and entertainment industry, and some repeat customers, February was my best and busiest month to date! As any of my friends can tell you, I’m not in this business to build an empire or become a household name. I’m in this business …

Real Wedding: Ediz and Laura at JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando

When I think of Spring weddings, so many wonderful things come to mind – soft colors, fragrant flowers everywhere, and tons of romantic details. One of my April couples, Ediz and Laura had the perfect Springtime wedding at the JW Marriott in Orlando. The second you set foot in the ballroom, you couldn’t help but to get swept up in the soft, romantic elegance. My kind of wedding!

This wedding also had Turkish delight on the escort table; a very fitting treat for a sweet multicultural celebration!

As with so many of the weddings I perform, I was hired by the father of the groom, as both a nod to their Turkish heritage and a fun, interactive icebreaker. The couple …

New Video! Full-Length Show Coverage from Ashley and Ryan’s St. Cloud Wedding

What do you get when you combine a too-cute-to-be-true couple, an awesome crowd, and a fabulous fusion belly dance show with dramatic Isis wings, shimmering candles and sassy raqs assaya (aka the “party stick”)? You get a picture-perfect wedding. Literally picture perfect, when you’re working with your good friends at SugarPop Films and their 3-camera crew!

Brian Bazala was nice enough to send me this BEAUTIFUL footage that he and his team captured on Ashley and Ryan’s special day at the Riverside Pavilion in St. Cloud. It is not only a short teaser clip, but virtually my entire show, edited only to show a few different angles and some fun, silly and adorable reactions from the crowd.

Before we cut …