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Ioanna Piagalis is a passionate and dedicated Oriental Dance teacher and performer. Her main goal as a teacher is to bring out the best version of her students, relaying as much knowledge over as possible and working with the strengths of each individual in order to master the art form with confidence. As a performer, Ioanna strives for authenticity. Authenticity of the art form & its culture, as well as authenticity from within.
Ioanna has trained with great International Masters including: Randa Kamel, Mohammed Kazafy, Yasmina of Cairo, Sadie, David Abraham, Amir Sofi (music training), Mercedes Nieto, Sandra Danse, Maria Aya(teacher training) to name a few. Self-study of theory, history & musicality is a large part of her discipline. It is also essential for Ioanna to maintain her own study and training and therefore travels to Egypt annually for training.
As a former Miss Belly Dance South Africa 2014. She performs & competes alongside her troupe and they proudly hold many titles and first places in various competitions.
Ioanna, her Troupe & Dance Academy strive to uphold international standards in Oriental Dance with the main purpose being to preserve and promote the Oriental art form as much as possible.
My name is Kayla which means “crown” in Arabic, the native tongue of Belly Dance. I believe that every person I meet or influence through my dancing is a jewel that is added to that crown.
I started belly dancing at the age of 13 in 2012 and now at 21 years old I am still loving every moment I get to dance.
Belly dancing has given me the self-confidence I thought I would never have and has taken me on such a spiritual journey.
I have been dancing as a professional belly dancer for 5 years and have trained with some of the best dancers Internationally and locally. I take pride in my awards and achievements, from being part of Team South Africa to winning multiple awards at Miss Belly Dance South Africa with my troupe and my latest victory, winning the title of Miss Belly Dance South Africa 2019.
I am passionate about belly dancing and hope to explore this art form for many years to come.
I am a proud tribal fusion teacher at Oriental Invasion. I obtained 2 teachers diplomas in the year of 2015. With 13 years of belly dance experience, tribal is the style that stole my heart.
A lot of people ask me this question; "What is tribal fusion?" Well, the answer is simple. Tribal fusion is something that has been there since the beginning of time, and the Oriental Invasion family wants to keep the torch alight.
Tribal fusion is a modernanised version of traditional tribe dances, with influences of the popping and locking of hip-hop, the artistic aesthetic of contemporary and serpentine fluidity, with very strong influences of several belly dance styles.
I fell in love with tribal fusion at the very young age of 13. I guess as a belly dancer I started exploring genres to determine my style. Every belly dancer has a style unique to their personality, tribal fusion is mine. I fell in love with tribal fusion because of its vast variety of possibilities. Tribal fusion can be fused with anything, as I've mentioned above, and that truly feeds my creative mind.
The influences are much more vast than that, the opportunities are endless. Tribal fusion is a chance to identify who you really are, going back to your roots, your tribe of origin. And this is where I get personal, I'm Irish originally and I've grown up with a lot of Celtic beliefs that are very tribal in essence. That's another reason why I identify with this style for I can be myself all the way to the roots.
The Lebolcé Tribe of Oriental Invasion strive to respect the culture tribal fusion stems from with utmost authenticity.
Our award winning dancers are available to to teach classes as well as attent events and perform as live entertainment. We offer a truly amazing personal experience to all involved.