Middle Eastern & Flamenco Fusion Dance Performer and Instructor

Caliana has been immersed in music and dance arts since she was young. She learned how to play piano, saxophone and guitar at various points of her childhood and teenaged years. From a young age, she had developed a strong ear for music and rhythm which helped her to excel in dance.

Caliana has 33 years of dance & performance experience. This includes 14 years of ballet (Russian Vaganova Method) under close instruction of the late Bella Kovarsky. Caliana has explored other dance forms such as jazz, modern, and latin dancing, but found that her true calling was Flamenco Dance which she has been studying since 1999. She started out with Esmeralda Enrique and is now studying with Carmen Romero in Toronto. Caliana started Middle Eastern Dancing in 2004 at the Arabesque Academy and studied with Emese, Mary, Denise, and Melissa. She ventured out and continued her training at Hannan's Belly Dance Studio & with Roula Said. Caliana studies intensively under Hadia & supplements her studies through private instruction with Maha.

Caliana has performed at cultural events throughout the GTA including the Toronto Street Festival, The Dragon Boat Festival and the Peruvian Festival with Flamenco student groups. She has also now performed at various venues such as Roula Said's FunkaBelly Parties, Adishakti's Evening of Oriental Dance II and III, Hadia's Soiree Orientale, Ottawa's Dance the Night Away Fundraiser, IBCC Open Stage 2010 and at Showers and Weddings. She is a versatile dancer.

Caliana continuously seeks new ways to improve as a dancer through workshops with Flamenco and Middle Eastern dance artists from around the world. As of April 2010 Caliana is fully certified through Hadia’s Middle Eastern Dance Instructor Training Program. Caliana attended and participated in Hadia's Professional Course in July 2008 & July 2009. She has also become the Organizer for the Belly Dance Meet Toronto Group and formed the Alhambra Dance Company.

Caliana teaches out of Tandem Dance & Fitness Studio, GoodLife Fitness and on request teaches both Bellydance and Bellyrobics classes and workshops at other fitness, yoga and dance studios throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
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