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Bellydancing Chef

A native to Hampton Roads, I have been dancing and singing since I was a young child. My dance began with ballet, on to tap then to my love of Belly Dancing.
It all began while I was stationed in Southwest Harbor, Maine in 2001 and continued when I returened home to Hampton Roads.
With over 8 years in the Middle Eastern genre I continue to learn, teach and perform through out the area in several genres of dance including Praise Dance, Hula and Bollywood.
I have been in some sort of chorus or group most of my life. Whether it was through school or professionaly. Currently I help lead the worship team at my church and I'm available for shows, parties, etc.
After several years in the food service industry I graduated from the Norfolk campus of Johnson and Wales University with an AAS in Culinary Arts in 2000. My Studies focused on the culture and history of food as well as nutrition. I continue to persue my dream of having my own diner and catering business.

Profile Summary:
Middle Eastern Dance Chesapeake, VA
Singing Chesapeake, VA
Culinary Arts Chesapeake, VA
Hula Dance Chesapeake, VA
Bollywood Dance Chesapeake, VA
Praise Dance Chesapeake, VA
More About Me
Dancing, singing, cooking, reading, swimming and spending time with my family.
Training in hip hop
different styles of Bollywood
certification in Zumba
Masala Bhangra
Work Experience:
Over 15 years in professional arts and sciences. Well experienced in organizing, planning and overseeing projects. Very knowledgeable in hiring, training and supervising. Committed to high work ethics as well as being creative.

-Responsible for interviewing, hiring, training, and counseling qualified employees on a staff of over 50+.
-Competent in handling a variety of tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.
-Able to see “the big picture” and provide creative input.

-Implemented community/ tourist marketing strategy which resulted in increased earnings as catering/ event coordinator.
-Increased profits 12% by cross merchandising and developing special promotions.
-Built sales for dance studio by 10% by interacting with community members and media.
-Commitment to integrity and creativity resulting in increased sales and customer confidence.

-Developed inspection, sanitation, inventory and expense reports for multi- tiered company.
-Coordinated specials and negotiated contracts with vendors for over 80 special events.

Writer for Dance Fitness Article
April 2010- present

Armed Services YMCA of South Hampton Roads
Dance Instructor
March 2010- present

Chesapeake Parks and Recreation
Chesapeake, VA
Dance Instructor
October 2009- present

Bellydancing Chef
Chesapeake, VA
September 2007- Present

Chesapeake, VA
HR Administrator
October 2005- October 2009

Joe’s Crab Shack
Hampton, VA
Kitchen Supervisor
September 2004- September 2005

Kingsmill Resort and Spa
Williamsburg, VA
First Cook
April 2003- September 2004
February 1999- March 2000

Fountain Walk Foods
Charleston, SC
Manager/ Catering Coordinator
January 2001- September 2001
My year of tap was taken at Field's Dance Studio in Hampton, VA
My formal belly dance (Middle Eastern Dance) training was from Janna Beaufait at Janna's International Dance Studio in Newport News, VA. I have also taken taken several workshops with world renowned bellydancers as well as artists from the area.
I received my Hula training from Ipo through Janna's International Dance Studio as well.
My Bollywood training is from Sandip Soparkar workshop and Hipnotic Dance Company in Chesapeake.
AAS in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University aquired in 2000.
Organizations / Affilations:
Bellydancing Chef is located in Chesapeake, VA and has the following skills: Middle Eastern Dance, Singing, Culinary Arts, Hula Dance, Bollywood Dance, Praise Dance
Music, Dance , Cooking / Culinary
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My Skills

Middle Eastern Dance

Category: Dance
Relevant Education / Credentials
1 semester @ The Harbor House, Southwest Harbor Maine 5 years @ Janna's International Dance Studio Workshops with Sonya of the Bellydance Superstars, Aziza of Montreal, Ansuya Rathor and Nadia.
Years Experience: 8


Category: Music
Relevant Education / Credentials
All Girls Choir, Hampton High School 1988-89 Hampton Harmonics Show Choir, Hampton High School 1990-91 Worship Leader and back up singer, BCN 2006-present
Years Experience: 17

Culinary Arts

Category: Cooking / Culinary
Relevant Education / Credentials
AAS in Applied Sciences in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in 2000
Years Experience: 19

Hula Dance

Category: Dance
Relevant Education / Credentials
2 years @ Janna's International Dance Studio- Instructor- Ipo Have been an instructor/ performer for 3 years.
Years Experience: 5

Bollywood Dance

Category: Dance
Relevant Education / Credentials
1 semester @ Hipnotic Workshop with Sandip Soparrkar of India
Years Experience: 2

Praise Dance

Category: Dance
Relevant Education / Credentials
Lead dancer/ member of Crazy Prayz dance ministry @ BCN
Years Experience: 4