I had the opportunity to meet with Katya in person - for dinner actually! We both wanted to get to know each other and she took the time to get to know what my vision was and also gave her professional opinion and shared her experiences. If you are interested in having a middle eastern band or dancers, she has a ton of contacts. She kept in touch leading up to the wedding, and made sure the music was to our taste. She offered to do an entrance with me and my husband in addition to the 3 dance set - and that was awesome! Love her and would definitely recommend her to anyone. She is such a beautiful dancer and great entertainer. Definitely best in Indiana!
She received a "Best of 2013 Award" based on her clients' reviews on GigMasters! On January 14, 2013 she was the featured performer in the GigMasters blog, "The Life of the Party", in their Real Event Spotlight, "A 60th Birthday Roast"! She was the principle dancer for Salaam Middle Eastern Music and Dance Ensemble, and has worked with other musicians such as Latif Bolat, Amir El Saffar, and Francis Batayeh. She is known for her graciousness and musicality, and has brought people to tears with her emotive interpretation of the music. Come see Katya at Prestige Family Club in Detroit, Michigan once a month with an Arabic live band!
Katya has complete command of the event when she dances, and nothing makes her happier than bringing a smile to people's faces, and joy to their hearts! She has been blessed with performing for literally hundreds of gigs in her performance lifetime, and has consistently been Indy's favorite bellydancer for restaurants, hookah cafes, and special events. She has had the honor of dancing for political dignitaries, royalty, and Hollywood actors at exclusive private functions such as the NFL Superbowl XLVI ESPN private party in Indy, Verizon Wireless Music Center Casbah Tent, Chicago River East Art Center K.I.S.S. corporate fundraiser, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibits. From Beverly Hills mansions to Iowa campgrounds, Katya's passion for the dance extends to all people, and she takes her job to the highest level by caring for your event with the utmost respect and attention to detail. You can trust her with entertaining you for the special occasions of your life, such as weddings, bridal showers and birthday parties. In this age of "Instant Bellydancer Just Add Water", Katya's artistic integrity is a refreshing reminder that it takes years of practice to hone the skills necessary to be called "the real thing" by her Middle Eastern clients, and is the highest and most humbling honor she has received in her reviews. Hiring Katya means you've got a real pro!
She received her M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, and produced the "Mosaic Dance Concert Series" at the John Waldron Art Center Auditorium in 2008, and at the Buskirk Chumley Theatre with the Bellydance Superstars in 2011. While she does bellydance shows for all types of events, she also does cultural education multi-media presentations on Middle Eastern folk dance and music for children of all ages, including several university presentations. Her vast knowledge of authentic dance techniques and musical forms is matched by her subtlety, grace, and personal charm. A typical performance with Katya features her dancing in the traditions of Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, and American cabaret style Raqs Sharqi ("Oriental Dance"), all complete with superb finger cymbal playing and veils. She also uses Isis Wings, fanveils, candles, swords and canes for her shows, and is a real crowd pleaser!
Katya currently is a course instructor with IUPUI in their Department of Continuing Education, and also teaches out of her home studio, the Mosaic Dance Academy. She began teaching as an Egyptian dance instructor in 2017 at the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, Indiana. From 2002-6 she taught at Indiana University, Bloomington Campus where she was the Director of the Middle Eastern Dance Program at the Student Recreation Sports Center (SRSC).
Katya's performances always generate a great deal of energy and excitement. Audiences have responded to her dances with overwhelming enthusiasm. Her talent and loyalty to an authentic traditional style have proven to be both educational and entrancing!