Current member bios

photo credit Andrew Trousdell / Jirrupin Images

photo credit Andrew Trousdell / Jirrupin Images

Anastasia Giorgiova discovered her love for dance at age 4 and enjoyed her teen years performing in many company productions with Ballet Northeast, in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  She has a strong foundation in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Brazilian samba, and burlesque, however, it was the art of belly dance that stole her heart.  She found her soul connected to Middle Eastern dance during the search to learn more about her own Lebanese ethnic background.  After moving to Los Angeles in the late 2000s, she began studying with various mentors and performing raqs sharqi.

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

IrinaXara has been engaging audiences since childhood through dance, and began studying Middle Eastern-derived dance forms in 2005. Her influences are a collage from all over the map. Her foundations are in raqs sharqi and a variety of Middle Eastern and Arabic folkdances. Her current emphasis is on performing and reflecting upon the dance stylizations of Anatolian, Iraqi, Iranian and al-Sham cultures, as well as American Cabaret stylizations and theatrical fusion.

photo credit Bob Debris

Jewel (of Denial) kicked off her performance career in 2003 with The Velvet Hammer Burlesque and has been performing, teaching, mentoring, choreographing, modeling, touring, directing, & judging since. Named one of the Top 50 Industry Figures by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine & title holder with The Burlesque Hall of Fame–the world’s only burlesque museum. 2010 marked Jewel’s foray into Middle Eastern dance, & in 2016 she established Crown Jewels Entertainment–a commercial entertainment company & culmination of work fusing burlesque, bellydance, jazz, & showgirl stylings in choreography, costume & headdress design.

Shauntel Jarreau is a classic oriental fusion belly dance artist residing in Los Angeles, California. A dedicated student of belly dance, Shauntel has had the honor of training under and dancing alongside her mentor DeVilla of Hollywood since the start of her career. 

Shauntel has also had the opportunity to train with globally acclaimed teachers such as Princess Farhana, Helena Vlahos, Sherri Wheatley, and Heather Shoopman. In addition to her solo career, Shauntel is a founding member of Sekhmet Dance Company, as well as a past member of the tribal ITS troupe Heavy Metal. Most recently, Shauntel became a member of the featured belly dance troupe of the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Seraphim Arabesque Ensemble. Her dance style is a blend of classic oriental, tribal fusion, old Hollywood glamour, a bit of drama, and some campy fun all wrapped up in a shiny hip sash.
photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

photo credit Maharet Hughes/GraphicVibe

Soni Benson has been studying dance since she was thirteen years old with a focus on lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and multiple belly dance styles. As a member of a state champion dance team, Soni has won several awards from the Oregon State Dance Association. She has been featured in the LA Weekly as a soloist and group performer in the dance comedies “Bathroom Follies” and “Go Metro.” She loves belly dance with a passion and practices daily.