Kiyaana's Blog

Happy 2013!!!!!

Happy New Year from Kiyaana!

Hope the New Year is off to a great start!  I'm really excited about getting back in the swing with classes next Monday & Tuesday, January 7 & 8. It's always fun to see returning students and meet new ones. As always, you have two options - regular bellydance classes on Monday nights at Strictly Ballroom and SharQui, bellydancing as a workout, at Bodyworks on Tuesdays, all in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Please let me know if you have any questions about class details.

Bellydance Hafla at Nora

Join us for great food & fabulous dancers! Call 703-753-0233 to make a reservation. 4-6:30 pm. 
Nora Taste of Lebanon in Gainesville, VA.

Where You've Seen Kiyaana

Hey, you look familiar! Here's a list of where you may have seen me.
Check my Events to see where I'll be near you in the coming weeks.

Nora Taste of Lebanon, Gainesville, VA   Regularly featured on Fridays & Saturdays (ongoing)  
Riad Moroccan Grill, Richmond, VA   Friday dining room and hookah lounge bellydance performances. May 2013.  
The Phoenician, Richmond, VA   Regularly featured on Saturdays in 2012  
Laziza, Fredericksburg, VA   Regularly featured on Fridays & Saturdays (May 2008 - December 2010); occasional Ladies Night classes  
Aladin, Fredericksburg, VA (Rte. 3 and Rte. 17)   Regularly featured on Fridays (December 2007 - February 2010); Regularly featured one Saturday a month (2012 - ongoing) at the Rte. 3 location, one Sunday a month at the Rte. 17 location  
Casablanca, Alexandria, VA   Occasional live music shows with multiple bellydancers on Fridays (ongoing)  
Jimmy the Greek, Stafford, VA   Restaurant show in September 2009; special events   
Mediterranean Breeze, Ashburn, VA   Tiraz Holiday Hafla, December 2011 and December 2012  
Greek Islands, Richmond, VA    Shimmy Sunday, May 2011 & April 2012   
Off the Hookah, Richmond, VA   Lounge shows, two occasions, 2010   
Baba Ganoush, Fredericksburg, VA   Bellydance Social for Hope House (benefit that raised $250!!!!)  
Art Attack, Downtown Fredericksburg, VA   Arts promotion event on the streets of Fredericksburg. September 8, 2012.  

Day of Dance, Spotsylvania Towne Center,
Fredericksburg, VA

  Dance for health event sponsored by Mary Washington Healthcare's Spirit of Women. February 16, 2013.  

Review of Insider Secrets: Market Yourself with Michelle Joyce

Quick! Check out this title as soon as possible! It is available in streaming format only until Oct. 1st. For professional wanna-be's, it's a must. For those who have already been working on their careers a few years, I bet you'll still find something to inspire you (I did!)

When Michelle Joyce (Cheeky Girl Productions) posted on that she had a new product and was offering a few free copies (or viewings, since it's only available streaming on, I responded quickly. Michelle's other productions have had great content and the "Insider Secrets" title had me curious. Michelle has experienced success as a dance performer, teacher, workshop instructor, DVD producer, and event organizer (including the current season of Project Belly Dance) and I have appreciation for what she has offered the belly dance community as well as the general public.

This new title is a perfect example of Michelle's willingness to share and help other dancers reach their goals. While the "Secrets of the Stage" series already shares many performance tips for dancers, hobbyist or pro, with "Insider Secrets" it's as if you are sitting down with Michelle as she tells you how to exude professionalism as a belly dancer to other dancers. In this four-part, approx. 90 minutes production, Michelle gives information about appearance, costuming, professional photos, websites, promotional videos, networking, teaching workshops, and even producing your own DVD. Even if you don't think you're interested in all of those topics, hearing Michelle's advice based on her own experiences is inspiring.

Most of the video shows Michelle standing in a studio space, so grab some hand-sewing or knitting while you're watching this, as you don't always need to look at the screen. (At times, I wondered if this could easily be a podcast instead of a video.) Be sure to pay attention when she shows Michael Baxter during the photo tips section in Part 1 (he was one of my favorite parts!), the Photoshop tutorial, and the make-up tutorial with Adriana at the very end of Part 4. 

Head over to and check out "Insider Secrets: Market Yourself with Michelle Joyce." Be ready to take notes and check out websites of the resources and dancers that she mentions. All this info for only $19.99 is a great way to invest in yourself as a professional!

Bellydance Hafla at Aladin August 2012

Join us on August 9th for multiple performances and open dancing at Aladin!

Thursday, August 9th
7-9 p.m.

Bring your family and friends for a fun night of dance. Arrive by 7 to order dinner, dancing will start by 7:30.  We will be in the non-smoking side of the restaurant.

Aladin Restaurant
2052 Plank Rd
Fredericksburg, VA

Performances by Fredericksburg favorites Yaalini, Souris, Nashida, Kiyaana, and Alimah. Gaia of Richmond and Suzana Nour of Alexandria will be dancing, too! (List will be updated as performers are added.)

Interested in performing with a group? I have a simple group choreo and EVERYONE is invited to get up and join me. Send me a message ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and I'll send you the video clip to practice.

Have a solo, duet, or trio you'd like to share with us? I have room for a couple more performers. Send me a message and we'll chat. :)

Printable flyers (PDF) - medium and small.

Hafla at Aladin in Fredericksburg Aug 2012