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Vilia is an award winning Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer
and instructor based in San Diego, California. In addition
to being on staff as a Middle Eastern dance instructor at the University
of California San Diego, Vilia also choreographs and directs the multi-award winning,
Arabina Dance Company. Recently securing the titles of Group Champions

(Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition),Troupe of the Year (Belly Dancer of the

Year Competition) and Ensemble of the Year (Wiggles of the West Competition), the
Arabina Dance Company has performed dinner shows every weekend
at the

award winning Zorba's Greek Restaurant in San Diego for the past seven years.

An accomplished and popular dance soloist, Vilia has performed at
numerous professional venues throughout Southern California. She spent
six years as a principal dancer with the Lebanese dance company

Raks El Anwar, directed by Middle Eastern Dance Hall of Fame inductee,

Morwenna Assaf and was a featured instructor at Arabian Fest in

Guadalajara, Mexico. Vilia was also two-time winner of the Belly Dance Evolution

competition through which she was selected by Jillina (former artistic director of the

Belly Dance Super Stars) to perform in her Belly Dance Evolution theatre
show debut
in Los Angeles and New York City.

 

Currently studying with the renowned Suhaila Salimpour, Vilia has

recently achieved Level 4 certification in the Suhaila Salimpour format and
Level 3 certification in the Jamila Salimpour format through which she
continuously
strives to improve her
dance and teaching technique. Vilia has been

honored to perform with the Bal Anat Dance Company on multiple occasions

and will be teaching and performing with them in their European debut which

will take place in Belgium in the Fall of 2016!

 

A former student and instructor of ballet, tap and jazz dance styles,Vilia’s primary goal
is to use every facet of her dance expertise
and extensive training to expose,
educate and entertain others in the art of
Middle Eastern Dance.
 

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