Damiana Levy Dance Studio in Quito

I LOVE my dance studio here in Quito! For the first couple months in Ecuador, adjustment wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. In Tallahassee, and then in Guatemala, I had my place in the community, and that was lacking here in Ecuador as I threw myself into a new job. I tried out some belly dance classes at a different studio, but could tell it just wasn't my style. So I kept searching for dance studios online and found one that stood out- Damiana Levy Dance Studio. Damiana, the owner, is everything I could hope for in a teacher. Not only is she a beautiful dancer, but she pushes you and inspires you to be the best possible dancer you could be as well. The classes are structured, strict, and yet I still have fun and get to be expressive.



 Having a fun time dancing in a circle around a birthday girl in class

My teacher and studio owner- Damiana Levy
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There are 4 levels for adults.
Level 1: Beginners
Level 2: Cardiobelly (belly dance with an aerobic twist, so much fun!)
Level 3: My class, a little more advanced and focused on technique
Level 4: The 'teacher' class

There are also classes for young girls, as well as yoga and jazz. I haven't had to wear a uniform to dance class in ages, but Dami has really high expectations for her students. She is truly a professional, constantly providing workshops for students with various teachers, and training in Egypt.
I performed with them for the first time a few weeks ago in the 'Festival Danza Arabe.' I danced two numbers, a percussion song and an Oriental song. The costumes were great and the show ran smoothly. I had 14 friends come to the show, which was so great because I was not expecting that at all! My studio packed the theater at Colegio Benalcazar and had a great time! There was a professional photographer there, and since I still don't have a camera, I am using his photos in this post.

Hanging out backstage with my fellow dancers
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Hams in the green room
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Gorgeous costumes custom made for the recital
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Percussion dance
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My awesome dance troupe
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Dress rehearsal photo
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We are spot on the choreography! 
Drilled it enough in the months before the show.
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Encore with the entire studio!
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