A professional belly dancer in the Buffalo, NY area since her teens, Kenzie is an experienced performer with a devotion to professional-level dance. Her recent accomplishments include winning 2nd place in the Professional category at the Euro Crown Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece (October 2016) and 1st place in the Professional Cabaret category at the East Coast Classic Competition in Williamsburg, VA (January 2017). Kenzie is a leader in the Buffalo area, constantly travelling the US, Canada, and abroad to bring back knowledge and expertise to her community. She is noted by audiences for her magnetic stage presence, solid dance training, and ability to captivate all types of audiences.
Kenzie is super talented and friendly! She was such a great sport including my 90 year old grandpa and 92 year old uncle in the dance.
Response from Belly Dance by Kenzie:
Ciara, it was such a pleasure working with you! Thank you!
Kenzie always would get back to me very quickly when I had a question. She came early to the event to set up. She is an excellent performer, reliable and professional. You could tell that she loves what she does.
Response from Belly Dance by Kenzie:
Thank you so much for your review, it was a pleasure to be part of the celebration!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 12 - 30 minutes
What to Expect
Kenzie is an experienced performer, and her shows are classy, upbeat, elegant and glitzy. Her costumes are imported directly from Egypt and are adorned with gorgeous sequins, gems and beads. Kenzie always uses authentic Middle Eastern music, and her shows are guaranteed to enthrall audiences of all ages and ethnicities.
2nd place, Euro Crown Competition - Thessaloniki, Greece (Oct 2016)
1st place, East Coast Classic Competition - Williamsburg, VA (Jan 2017)
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Kenzie became enthralled with bellydance at a young age. She began studying classical ballet, modern and jazz as a child, and would often follow her mom to bellydance classes, performances and rehearsals just to watch. In 2006 and 2007, Kenzie was honored to be one of just 35 dancers in the state of New York selected by audition to attend the New York State Summer School for the Arts School of Dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. There, she studied intensively under many well-known and upcoming dancers and choreographers, most notably Carolyn Adams (formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company) and Robert Battle (artistic director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre). Finally, in 2007, she added bellydance to her repertoire of dance forms. When she began to study bellydance under her mother Faaria, Kenzie realized that she naturally soaked up the movements and cultural context of belly dance like a sponge. She quickly progressed and began her professional performing career at the age of 17, performing at Egyptian, Lebanese and Pakistani weddings, festivals, restaurants and hookah lounges around WNY.
Kenzie earned her BFA in Dance from SUNY Fredonia, where she was a member of the college's pre-professional performing company, the Fredonia Dance Ensemble and was a choreographer and performer for the student-run dance company, Orchesis. While at Fredonia, she was the recipient of several dance scholarships including the Gertrude Prushaw Maytum Scholarship, the 1929 Graduates Ballet Fund Award, and the Trent Illig Memorial Scholarship. Kenzie attributes her success in the world of dance to three amazing women: Kerry Ring, Tressa Crehan, and Faaria. She continues to study belly dance at Oasis Dance Center in Tonawanda, NY and is an active member of the Oasis Binat Belly Dance Ensemble. She continuously seeks out opportunities to study with the best in the industry and travels to workshops all around the United States and Canada. Kenzie has been invited to perform all over Western NY at various events including Canisius College's Arab Night, the STORM Buffalo Gala, and Hillel Buffalo's Israeli Carnival at the University at Buffalo. She has performed at countless other venues and parties as well. Kenzie has a reputation for bringing tasteful elegance and style to every event she performs at.
Kenzie's full resume is availble upon request.
Additional Booking Notes
Kenzie can provide a sound system, or use one that you provide. Kenzie is adaptable and can dance in any type of environment, whether it be a large ballroom or a tiny living room packed with family members!
Past Booked Events
|April 14, 2018 • 4:00pm - 4:15pm||Birthday Party|
|March 18, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|March 05, 2016||Birthday (Child)|
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