Carlyn is a Denver, CO based, multi award winning Belly Dance performer, instructor and choreographer.
Carlyn has dedicated over 11 years to the study of this art form specializing in Egyptian Oriental and American Cabaret styles. In 2013, she was selected as one of Suzanna Del Vecchio’s (award winning, international belly dance master) student teachers at her Belly Dance School of Arts in Denver, CO. She taught and choreographed for her intermediate students up until Suzanna’s retirement in May of 2017. She was later brought on as the teacher for the advanced class and troupe at the belly dance school as well as still teaches the intermediate class.
“Some dancers learn their craft well and some are truly gifted.
Carlyn falls into this 2nd category. She is a born natural. With given grace and calm demeanor, she takes to the stage easily. Carlyn is also a leader and has much to offer her students in way of encouragement & creativity as well as her fine technique.”
-Suzanna Del Vecchio – International Belly Dance and Yoga Master
Carlyn began her teaching experience in 2010 when she was first hired to design and implement a belly dance fitness curriculum geared towards the “Active Adult.” Classes are ongoing today and some of her original students are still in attendance.
“Carlyn is a fabulous teacher for all ages. I have enjoyed being her student for several years.”-Sandra Healy – Active Adult Center Student
With a firm belief that being a professional performer and teacher is a never ending evolutionary process, Carlyn is constantly seeking out new information, tools and teachers to enhance her skills as an Oriental Dance artist and instructor. She has studied under international belly dance superstars and fellow Denver based dancers Sadie and Kaya and is a level one graduate of Sadie’s Raqs Flow program. She has since continued onto level 2 completing the courses in the program April of 2017 however is still waiting to test. In August of 2016, Carlyn had the great pleasure of traveling to Montreal to participate in Aziza’s Dreamcamp, a 5 day professional belly dance intensive featuring workshops by international belly dance megastars Aziza of Montreal and Belly Dance Superstars’ alumna Bozenka. Carlyn has had the honor of attending workshops by many talented international Belly Dance artists including but not limited to: Aida Nour, Nourhan Sharif, Mounir Malaeb, Lebanese Simon, Aziza of Cairo, Madam Raqia Hassan, Suhaila Salimpour, Karim Nagi, Ava Fleming, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Camelia of Cairo, Sahar Samara, Luna of Cairo, Princess Farhana, Sahra Saeeda and many more!
In June of 2016 she was named Kansas City’s Heart of America Belly Dance Competition Queen by Aziza of Cairo, Madam Raqia Hassan, and Sammia Du of China. In May of 2017, just shy of a year later, she took home the first place crown at another competition. This time it was for the Houston Oriental and Folklore Festival hosted by Lebanese Simon. Judges were, Egyptian star Aida Nour, Lebanese dancer and actor Mounir Malaeb and Lebanese Simon.
Carlyn performs regularly in and around the Denver metro area at restaurants Mataam Fez, Phoenician Kabob and India’s Castle. You can also catch her at various local belly dance and cultural events. She is available for private parties such as birthdays, weddings, engagement parties, hen or bachelorette parties and corporate parties. As a professional belly dancer, she strives to provide her clients with world class entertainment that is engaging, exciting and fun for all.
2016 Heart of America Belly Dance Queen First Place Winner – Judges Madam Raqia Hassan, Aziza of Cairo and Sammia Du of China.
2017 Houston Oriental Belly Dance Superstar First Place Winner – Judges Aida Nour, Mounir Malaeb and Lebanese Simon.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design – Art Institute of Colorado 2004
-Portfolio Par of Excellence
Sahra Saeeda’s Journey Thru Egypt levels 1 & 2
Sadie Marquardt’s Raqs Flow level 1
Red Cross CPR & First Aid