Your event is special, so you deserve to have an entertainer that fits the bill! Laleh is a versatile dancer with many styles of performance available including: classical bellydance, Persian dance, Tribal Fusion Bellydance, and props including sword, veil, and fire! Give your guests an experience to remember by planning a group dance lesson with Laleh, complete with bellydance accessories! Perfect for parties, workshops, restaurants, bridal showers, or a girl's night out.
About: Laleh is a BFA Dance Major with 14+ years of dance experience and study in Middle Eastern and fusion dance styles. She proudly directs the Phenomenon Ensemble and works closely with the Springfield Dance Alliance.
When Laleh enters a room with her megawatt smile booming with kindness and confidence, you can't help but get excited to watch her presentation. She has over a decade and a half of intense training in multiple styles of bellydance, ballet, modern, hip hop, Middle Eastern studies, anatomy, kinesiology, theater and who knows what else! When she instructs, you are enlightened. When you watch her perform, in every nuanced movement, her training shines through like a well written thesis, wrapped in unending love for the dance, presented as the sweetest, sassiest gift! You will fall in love!
Response from Laleh:
Wow!!! I am seriously honored by this, especially coming from a fantastic performer and instructor like yourself. <3 Thank you!!!!
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 10 - 30 minutes
What to Expect
Laleh tailors each performance to the unique needs of the event. Regardless of style or setting, you will experience a professional demeanor and costuming, a warm and welcoming attitude, a powerful and exciting stage presence, and an ever-present smile. You can also expect technical virtuosity combined with musicality and entertainment value. If you are hiring Laleh as an instructor for your event, your guests will receive individualized instruction methods and a safe, fun learning environment.
Brittney “Laleh” Banaei has been studying and performing dance since the age of 14. Her dance education began with Yasmin Al Abassi of Springfield,Missouri, and went on to include intensive study with Yasmina Ramsy of Arabesque Academy (Toronto) and Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour (Berkeley). Most recently she has studied with Amy Sigil (UNMATA, Sacramento) and is currently a certified instructor of UNMATA’s Improvisational Tribal Style.
Brittney is currently working towards a degree in Dance and Anthropology at Missouri State University, and intends to use her research as a catalyst for change. Being from a Middle Eastern background, she has seen first hand cultural misunderstanding, and she began to see a great need within her community to bridge cultures through the universal language of dance and music. Through her continued study of both Eastern and Western dance forms, she aims to translate and transmute the dance of various cultures in a way that brings new understanding of our general human condition, and hopefully establishes common ground between cultures that cultivates more compassion and understanding.
Brittney’s community involvement in Springfield spans many years, with an emphasis on bringing cultural, thought-provoking, and different work into the local arts scene. In 2006 she wrote, cast, and performed in a show outlining the history of Bellydance, and in 2012 she directed and choreographed a show mixing electronic music, dance, and manipulative arts to create a truly unique evening of integrated performance. Her annual conceptual show “The Big Show”has offered a performance platform for local dancers for many years. She is also very involved with the Springfield Dance Alliance, and has choreographed and performed in every show they have hosted since the organization’s inception. In October of 2014 her “Say Something” choreography was selected as the winner of the SDA’s Community Dance Slam.
As a performer, Brittney is renowned for her passionate, uplifting, and generous stage presence, as well as deep musicality and precise technique. Often called a ‘stylistic chameleon’, she draws upon her knowledge of many dance forms in order to clearly express ideas and emotion that results in a unique brand of dance fusion.
Brittney choreographs and directs for her experimental dance company, Phenomenon, established in 2011.
Additional Booking Notes
iPod compatible sound system required. If this cannot be provided then Laleh can provide sound for an additional fee. 50 sq feet of clean, smooth dance space required, more if Laleh will be working with props.
Music varies depending on audience and show. We can work together to tailor music selection to your event and audience demographic.
Influences & Inspiration
UNMATA, Suhaila Dance Company, Bellydance Superstars, Zoe Jakes, Yasmina Ramzy
iPod compatible sound system
50 sq. feet of smooth, clean dance space
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