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Welcome to American Cabaret Belly Dance with Layla in the Serena Tradition!

Open Level Belly Dance Instruction (including veils)

Thursdays  6:00-7:00 p.m. (Technique) 

                    7:00-8:00 ( Cymbals/ Veils - Rehearsal)


Drop in:  $20/ per hour

Five-lesson card:$90 (two-month expiry)


For more information, please contact Layla at

 An alumnus of Serena Studios and Serena Dance Theater, Layla began her journey into this beautiful dance form in 1978 when she first met Serena Wilson at her famed studio, Serena Studios, in New York City. A life-long passion ensued from that meeting!


Layla has been performing New York Cabaret-Style Belly Dance for over thirty-five years and has appeared in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Queens Central Library Concert Series, United Nations, and 92nd Street Y Harkness Center. Layla has performed in Egypt, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the Tri-State Area and West Coast.

A multi-level instructor, Layla teaches group classes as well as private instruction with Finger Cymbal, Performance Preparation, and Cabaret Karsilama her workshop specialties.  She has over thirty years of teaching experience throughout the NYC area. Layla is currently the director of student troupe, Veiled Visions Dance Ensemble, as well as a member of professional dance company, Kismet Dance Ensemble.

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$20/ HOUR


Zenaide - has been a performer, teacher and choreographer of Oriental Dance for more than 30 years.  Her repertoire includes American Cabaret, Classical Egyptian, Turkish, Arabic and Spanish-Arabic dance styles. 
Zenaide began as a child performer on Latin American television variety shows, went on to study classical ballet in NYC and at the age of seventeen, discovered Oriental dance with the legendary dancer, Serena. It was the beginning of lifelong collaboration of study and working with the Master artist of our art.
Zenaide has been a featured dancer in New York City’s top nightclubs.  She has performed in Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Carnegie Hall, The Riverside Dance Festival and The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center as well as many other prestigious show venues.  She has travelled the world dancing on cruise ships, and in international clubs. 
She has been a theatrical performer as a member of Serena Dance Theater, as well as a founding member of Kismet Dance Ensemble, a multicultural dance Group.
Zenaide is a graduate of Vassar College and holds Masters Degrees in Anthropology and Education. She is a dance educator for the NYC Department of Education and has taught Middle Eastern dance workshops in the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. 
Zenaide has been an instructor at Serena Studios since the early 1980’s and continues to teach workshops and to perform and choreograph in off Broadway theatrical presentations.

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