Belly Dancing Bio

Deniz has studied, performed, and taught oriental dance for over 20 years, and has a background in Ballet and Modern Dance as well. An expert in Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian, and American Caberet styles, she is also versed in some folk dance styles from those countries.

Deniz teaches Oriental dance at Sinclair College in Dayton, has taught in Turkey, and does workshops all over the US.

Her skills extend to choreography and performance that has been featured in Sinclair Dance Department concerts, as well as private productions by the Quagmire Dance Company, and Sandstorm Productions in Dayton Ohio.

As performing is the key to understanding an art fully, Deniz has performed for Turkish, Greek and Arabic audiences throughout the United States, in dinner theaters as well as private ethnic functions like festivals, weddings and other celebrations.

She regularly performs with the noted middle eastern musicians Hakan Kaya, Karim Nagi, John Bilezikjian, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. One of her most cherished performance experiences was being the feature entertainer at a private gathering in Istanbul, Turkey.

She has performed as a guest for Colleges including Calvin College in Grand Rapids MI, The University of Dayton, Antioch College in Yellow Springs OH, Ball State University, Purdue, and Wright State University in Fairborn OH.

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