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Nyla Crystal

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Why a Belly Dancing Biochemist is a Brilliant Choice for your Party Entertainment

If you are planning an amazing event or wedding and want a talented, family-friendly belly dancer, Belly Dance Brilliance is the right choice for you.

If you are looking for an intelligent performer with a Ph.D. in biochemistry who will custom build a belly dance show for your unique event, Belly Dance Brilliance is also the right choice for you.


Nyla Crystal began her obsession with belly dance while earning her B.S. in biotechnology at UC Davis. Her background of ballet, tap dance and cheerleading, combined with the graceful, feminine and emotional aspects of Middle Eastern dance result in her unique style of belly dance. She has won multiple belly dance awards in solo, duet and troupe categories.

Performance highlights include belly dancing in shows with Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, Turkish pop star Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan, and the Grammy nominated Brothers of the Baladi. She has performed for international corporations including Cirque du Soleil’s cast of Alegria, Nordstrom, SanDisk, and Herbalife as well as belly dance shows in Japan, Iceland and Germany.

Between performing at parties, weddings and corporate events all over Sacramento and San Francisco, directing Kanz al Sahara, and co-directing Troupe Scimitar, Dr. Nyla Crystal works at a pharmaceutical company researching the molecular pathways of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

Belly Dance Awards

  • Desert Rose – Duet Category Winner!
  • Double Crown – Troupe 1st Runner Up
  • Belly Dancer of the Year – Duo/Trio 1st Runner Up
  • Belly Dancer of the Year – Duo/Trio 1st Runner Up
  • Wiggles of the West – Troupe 1st Runner Up
  • Hips of Fury – Troupe 1st Runner Up
  • North Valley Belly Dance – Solo 2nd Runner Up

In the Press

Sacramento Raks! Belly Dance Show 2012, Sacramento Press

Interview on Being a Belly Dancing Biochemist, HipMix.net belly dance magazine

Sacramento Raks! Belly Dance Show 2011, Sacramento Press

Sacramento Wedding Faire, Sacramento Press

Review of Dangerous Beauties Belly Dance Show, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Raqs Sharki Interview, UC Davis Aggie

Carnival of Stars Featured Workshop Instructor, Diablo Magazine

Carnival of Stars Write Up, Ghawazee Gazette

 Floralia Festival 2010 Write Up, Gilded Serpent

Floralia Festival Performance Write Up, Gilded Serpent

Surreyya’s Interview of Helena Vlahos, Gilded Serpent

Additional Info

  • Dancer Skills: Belly Dancer
  • Act Type: Single Act
  • Available For: Anniversary(celebration of Marriage years), Bars, Birthday Parties, Charity, Clubs, Concerts, Corporate Affairs/ Events, Cruise Ships, Grand Openings, Hoiliday, Private Parties/Events, Street fairs / Festivals, Weddings
  • Language(s): English

  • Country: United States
  • City / Region: Redwood City, Sacramento, Santa Clara
  • State: CA
  • Zip Code:
  • Will Travel?: Yes

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