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A COWBOY FROM THE BRONX

Angelo Iodice/AJ Silver performs a high energy western variety act which includes trick roping, whip artistry and boleadoras. He's performed in prestigious venues around the world.

You would probably assume that trick roper AJ Silver/Angelo Iodice grew up on a ranch out West. Well you'd be wrong! He was born and raised in The Bronx, New York where he learned his riding and roping skills. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

As a child, Angelo was fascinated by the Cowboy and tales of the Wild West. He saw his first rodeo at Madison Square Garden. The skill, speed and danger of the trick riding exhibition blew his mind, and at eleven years old he found his calling: He would be a rodeo trick rider!

As fate would have it he met the professional rodeo couple Nick and Helen Panzella, also Bronx natives. Helen, one of the nation's top trick riders, was so impressed with Angelo’s determination to learn that she agreed to mentor him. Nick, a blacksmith and rodeo competitor, taught Angelo trick roping and prepared him for life on the rodeo trail. Every day after school, while his friends were playing stick ball, Angelo was practicing the cowboy arts with the Panzellas.

Out of respect for his Italian immigrant Grandparents, he put his rodeo career on hold to attend Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, but even there he found horses. Pace’s equestrian program gave him the opportunity to train in many equine disciplines. He even became captain of their newly formed polo team. Pace was so impressed with his achievements that they selected him as a participant in the school funded Leadership Program.

After graduation, Angelo taught high school for one term, but quickly gave it up for the rodeo trail. He was immediately hired by the Longhorn Rodeo Company - the world’s largest producer of indoor rodeos. He traveled across the USA getting much attention for his outstanding trick riding and roping skills and signature showmanship.

Within one year he was honored as the Act of the Year by the International Rodeo Association at The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and was accepted as a member into the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association.This Bronx boy’s dreams were coming true!

Angelo was now travelling across the USA performing in countless rodeos and achieved a lifelong goal when he was featured trick riding in Madison Square Garden the place where his dream was born.
He eventually decided to take a break from trick riding and horses and turned his career focus on creating a western variety act combining trick roping, bullwhip artistry and boleadoras. Under the stage name AJ Silver he currently preforms this unique/high energy act in a variety of entertainment venues around the world.

All the world’s a stage for this talented entertainer.

 

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Irina Naumenko was born in Marks, a small city of central Russia. At the age of 11, Irina joined the Children Circus of her hometown. During her years with the Children Circus, Irina received honors at the National Children Circus Festivals, both in Anapa, Russia and in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

In 2001, at 18 years of age, Irina joined the Russian Circus State Company of Moscow as a solo hand balancer and contortionist. The following year, she won the gold medal at the International Circus Festival in Enschede, Netherlands.

In 2003, she was invited to join Cirque du Soleil's Varekai production as its female lead character. She traveled around the globe with this show for 8 years, visiting more than 50 cities, discovering 5 continents. After such a rich and committed journey with Varekai, Irina said her goodbyes, needing to explore new horizons and push herself to reinvent her acrobatic and artistic skills.

In July of 2011, she gave birth to a beautiful little boy and spent some quality time with her family, in Montreal, Canada.

Being a true performer at heart and an artist in need to challenge herself, Irina then started to work on a new hand balancing and contortion act along side Julie Perron, a young and edgy contemporary choreographer. Irina wanted to build an act in which a woman could express her duality as a fierce character, while exposing a vulnerable and graceful soul.

Irina is excited and inspired by all the possibilities presented to her since she became a freelance performer. She takes every project as a privileged opportunity to offer her high-caliber performance to amaze and bring delight to clients of all areas who have high standards when it comes to entertaining their distinguished guests.

To have Irina Naumenko, internationally-renowned artist, perform at your event is to offer an unforgettable moment of seductive grace and powerful elegance by her unique and breathtaking talent.

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Christian Atayde Stoinev is a fifth generation performer born on December 4, 1991 in Sarasota, Florida. With a fluency in three languages- Bulgarian, Spanish, and English - Christian has traveled the world performing in front of Princes, International audiences, and renowned public officials.

Christian Performed in his first international festival in Monaco in 2005 with his hand-balancing act with his beloved dog, Scooby. Christian would compete in his second festival just three years later. Being young was not going to stop him from succeeding, in 2005 he received the Grand Prize of Prince Rainier III, the Coupe "K Bronze" and awarded with the Coupe Foundation Turquoise presented by The French - Mexican Consul in Monaco at the International Festival “Premier Rampe” in Monaco.

Christian continued his international presence by performing at the 2008 Festival di Latina, where Professor Leonid Kostyuk presented him with the Special Prize of The Great Moscow State Circus. Christian’s international status has been recognized in international newspapers such as El Diario (Mexico), Nice Matin (France), Monac-Matin (Monaco), and Il Nouva (Italy).

Christian’s commitment to the performing arts began in Mexico at the age of 5.  At the age of 13, Christian was one of the youngest acts in the renowned Big Apple Circus. Since 2001, Christian has been a company member of the Big Apple Circus touring throughout the United States. Christian has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Baltimore Sun.

Although Christian has primarily focused on live performances, it has not stopped him from appearing in TV commercials and Television Specials worldwide. Whether it has been performing as the opening act on Britney Spear’s “Circus” tour, appearing on MTV en Español, America’s Got Talent, or Martha Stewart Live; Christian’s athleticism, personality, and high quality live performing skills are paramount.

Christian’s commitment to performing arts thrives, but he also remains focused on his goal of earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Illinois State University. Since beginning his college career at the age of 17, Christian has also developed a solo hand-balancing routine that he has performed in Dayton, Ohio and Dallas, Texas as part of Cirque Musica. He has also performed solo at events in Chicago, Illinois and College Basketball Halftime performances. 

Christian's professionalism, modesty, and respect are unique qualities that are leading him to a promising future. Following his anticipated graduation in May of 2013, Christian will become the first in his family to earn a college degree. Following graduation at the age of 21, Christian plans on continuing to perform around the world.

RESUME:

D.O.B. Dec/04/1991
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Bulgarian

T.V. COMMERCIALS

2004- Big Apple Circus 2004-05 Tour Commercial. On air for 1 year.
2003- PBS Kids Boston Promos 04/03. On air for 1 year.
2002- PBS Kids Boston Promos 04/02. On air for 1 year.

T.V. SPECIALS

2010- PBS’s “Circus” TV Documentary Series
2008- Univision-TV “Don Francisco Sabado Gigante” 04/08 and 05/08.
2007- NBC-TV “America’s Got Talent” Season 2.
2006- MTV en Español.
2005- NBC-TV "Martha Stewart Live" 12/05.
2005- National PGA Tour 12/05.
2005- News Channel 4 “Circus Kids” 11/05.
2005- CNN en Español 10/28/05.
2005- Channel 22 Mexico “Video Clip” 08/05.
2005- Univision-TV “Control” 02/05
2004- Televisa-TV Channel 2 Mexico “Nuestra Casa” 08/04.
2004- National Geographic “Under the Big Top” 04/18/04.
2004- “Teen Kids News” 03/20/04.
2003- U.K.-Canada-Australia TV “Aliens Among Us” 03/18/03.
2002- Japanese TV “The World, My Sentimental Journey-Mehumi Nisada” 04/07/02.

NATIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS

2012- Hanneford North Carolina Gala Show
2012- Cirque Musica Dallas, TX
2012- Cirque Musica Dayton, OH
2012- College Basketball Halftime Performance
2008-12- The Box NYC, Miami, Los Angeles

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS

2010- Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus Home Show
2009-Performed on Britney Spears “Circus” Tour in Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY 2008- International Circus Festival in the City of Latina, Italy
2005-International Circus Festival “Premiere Rampe” in Monte-Carlo 02/05/05

MEDIA AND JOURNALS

Appearances and/or Interviews in 45 U.S. Newspapers

New York Times
The Boston Herald
The Columbus Dispatch
The Boston Globe,
The Washington Times

4 International Newspapers

Nice-Matin/France
Monaco-Matin/Monaco
Il Nuove/Italy
24Hrs/Bulgaria

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Melani D. Hailey was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She began her formal training at LaGuardia Performing Arts High School. While attending LaGuardia she also studied at The Alvin Ailey School on a full scholarship. Ms. Hailey continued her training at The Julliard School. Along with her many dance performances Melani has also performed in national commercials, music videos and several night clubs.

She is also skilled in the Art of Voguing and has been apart of The House of Ninja & Xtravaganza. She was a member of Heidi Latsky Dance Company in NYC. Recently she performed in the Burlesque Show “Crazy Horse Paris” at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada which she will soon be performing at the original Crazy Horse theatre in Paris, France.

Melani is thankful to GOD for this beautiful gift of being able to express herself through dance and thankful for her supportive mother, sister and friends for always giving her the strength to believe in herself and dedicates dance to them.

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Libby, aka Libra Fairy, is a dance artist with expertise in performance and choreography. After discovering an organic Hip-Hop flow and a passion for movement expression, Libby began formal training in Modern dance at age 14. Since then Libby has tapped into and fallen in love with other dance styles, namely African dance, Middle Eastern dance and Hoopdance.

She experiments with fusing these different styles to create movement that is fresh and unique. Libby has performed alongside The Manhattan Project (Rochester, NY), Govinda (Austin, TX), Laser Sex (Scranton, PA) and Solaris (Binghamton, NY).

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Beautiful Bellydance by Yasmeena.

A native New Yorker of breathtaking beauty and universal appeal, the glamorous Yasmeena is a dynamic, elegant and professional belly dancer who will unquestionably enhance your next event! Her style,

 

A MÉLANGE OF FIERCE FEMINISM & FLUID, BEAUTIFUL MOVEMENT

commands an intensity that epitomizes the art form!

Upon witnessing her first belly dance performance, Yasmeena felt alive and immediately began studying the art form intensively. Yasmeena has developed her craft through an ETERNAL LOVE AFFAIR, coupled with diligent study and training. She studies privately with several of the most respected and revered performers and teachers throughout the New York City area, such as Shoshana & Jehan Kamal, and performed as a member of the prestigious Temple of Jehan dance company. Yasmeena has a STAR-QUALITY that mesmerizes and charms her audience, and her beauty and grace is matched by her polished, refined and elegant performances. As a student of music, (Yasmeena holds BACHELOR’S AND MASTER’S DEGREES IN MUSIC and has spent over a decade teaching music to school children of all ages) her goal is to captivate her audience with lyrical and artistic interpretations of all aspects of the music while maintaining the stylistic qualities and nuances of the dance form. While BELLYDANCING IS HER PASSION, Yasmeena has also immersed herself into the study of other dance forms including flamenco, salsa and classical Indian dance.

Yasmeena’s unparalleled versatility, talent and mesmerizing beauty enchants audiences throughout the greater NYC area, Long Island and beyond! Dubbed

“NEW YORK CITY’S HOTTEST BELLYDANCER”

by a famed NYC promoter, Yasmeena graces the stages of prestigious NYC banquet halls, restaurants, lounges and clubs. In 2009, Yasmeena showcased at the Decotach Fashion Model Show and was the featured entertainment at the 2009 Salon Envee Hair and Fashion Show. She modeled at the Avon 125th Anniversary Fashion Show at Madison Square Garden with Style Network’s famed make-up artist and fashion expert, Jeannie Mai in April 2011. Yasmeena has also lent her talents to a multitude of community, educational and charity events, including the Bottomless Closet Charity Fashion Show in December 2010. Her theater experience has brought her to the stage at the American Globe Theater in NYC’s theater district for a joint production entitled “Tradition, Myth & Fantasy,” with the Temple of Jehan Dance Company and Mosaic Dance Theater Company. Yasmeena has performed at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center with famed choreographer Brice Mousset in a production of “Romeo & Juliet,” and is a FEATURED DANCER IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL AND PERFORMANCE DVD, “BELLYDANCE WITH FAN VEILS” by internationally acclaimed bellydance star, and master teacher, Jehan.

Yasmeena has danced for Wendy Williams and upon meeting Miles Copland, the American entertainment executive, best known for founding I.R.S. Records, she was invited and flown out to Hollywood to audition for a spot in the world famous BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS. In January 2011, Yasmeena performed for internationally acclaimed R&B superstar Mary J. Blige as well as Beyonce & Jay Z, Anita Baker, Russell Simmons, Nas, Taraji P. Henson, Gayle King, Jacob the Jeweler, Sean Puffy Combs, Angie Martinez and many other A-list celebrities as part of Mary J’s surprise Egyptian themed 40th birthday party extravaganza.

Her playful sensuality and ability to interact and captivate AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES promises for a truly unforgettable experience! While all performances are tailored to suit the needs of your specific event, every show is meticulously planned to the last detail with regards to music, her elegant, high-end and handmade designer costumes, timing and prop work such as, veils, swords, wings of Isis, finger cymbals, fan veil, fire tray, lotus candles, shamadan and folkloric cane.

As part of the audience, you’ll be tantalized with Yasmeena’s unforgettable shimmies and undulations that ripple with sensuality and grace. Yasmeena will BRING TO LIFE right before your eyes, the mystery of the timeless art of belly dance. Her professionalism and energy will bring an air of class and excitement to your festivity!

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Welcome! I am Larena, owner of Isis Dance Academy (IDA)! Our goal at IDA is to provide you with a variety of classes in order to fit your bellydance needs. Whether you are new to the dancing culture or have many years of experience, we can develop the most appropriate class schedule for you. We specialize in many styles of Bellydance along with other world dance traditions. Along with our classes, we offer shows at private parties, event venues, restaurants, and other location sites. IDA's mission is to teach and promote the cultural history of Middle Eastern Dance through classes and professional performances.

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Sa'Noorah is a Middle Eastern Dance Artist (Belly Dancer), who performs in New York and New Jersey as a soloist and as a member of the NJ troupe The Caravan Dancers. Always a dance enthusiast, Sa'Noorah has studied different forms of dance since childhood, but didn't find her true calling until she stepped into a belly dance class. She was immediately taken by the sultry yet family friendly environment that the dance brings and she was hooked. She has studied belly dance for several years with numerous Master Instructors. Sa'Noorah’s technique is based on classical Egyptian style fused with a touch of American Cabaret glamour.

She takes her passion for the dance and fuels her energy along with her professionalism to create a unique, memorable and fun experience for your affair. Shows are family friendly and guests are always invited to get up and dance. Respectfully, decline all male parties, such as Bachelor Parties.

Sa'Noorah is is available for hire for Performances for Birthdays, Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Restaurants, Clubs, Instruction, Charity, School events and much more. She works directly with you via phone or email to create the most memorable and unique experience for you and your guests.

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Sultana has loved to express herself through movement to music since before she could walk.  She is one of the most popular, dedicated, and exciting soloist belly dancers in the New York night club and hookah lounge scene, performing regularly at various venues and private parties throughout the NYC area.  Sultana's performances are known for being passionately expressive and exude enthusiasm, energy and superior technique.  Her warm and outgoing personality compliments her energetic style, making her outstanding and in high demand as an entertainer. 

In addition to performing weekly at several NYC restaurants, nightclubs, and hookah lounges, Sultana has also performed for many special events and parties throughout the New York area and beyond including performances for the ambassador of Qatar to the USA, Saudi Arabian Royalty, the grand opening at Le Souk Harem nightclub in New York City, NYC's Mercedes Benz Fashion week, movie opening parties for various celebrity audiences, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Egyptian room opening, world famous nightclub Webster Hall, the popular TV show America's Got Talent, several music videos, a New York Film Academy movie production, and by invitation at the closing gala for the International Bellydance Conference of Canada.  Sultana has made appearances with Bellydance America on Fox's Good Day New York, and has had the privilege of doing the introduction to Mohamed Shahin's DVD Dance Like an Egyptian Vol. 2.  She also has a featured performance in Jehan Kamal's DVD "Bellydance with Fan Veils".  Some of Sultana's theater production appearances include "Creature" with Ru Paul's drag race winner Bebe Zahara Benet, "Cirque Arabesque - A Caravan of Dreams" at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, "The Pearl" at the Schermerhorn Theater, and "The Choreographer's Canvas" also at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

Sultana began her dance training at the age of 5 in jazz, tap, lyrical, character and ballet, performing and competing in local and national competitions.  She credits the late Shirley Larkin and her daughters Michele and Molly of Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN for her early training in jazz and tap.  A natural lover of show business and the arts, she cultivated a passion for the stage, performing, and pageantry at an early age, gaining poise and showmanship as a child.  A Minnesota native, she became involved in many opportunities to perform such as beauty pageants, dance competitions, cheerleading events, and musical theater productions.  She discovered her love of Middle Eastern dance in 2002 and has become dedicated to the art form ever since.  Sultana's relationship with dance is like traveling a never ending and amazing journey, each step of the way progressing forward revealing beauty and love.  She is continuously learning and being inspired along the way through her experiences with life.

Sultana credits the world renowned Jehan Kamal as her mentor and as the woman who helped her to start her career as a belly dancer. Sultana has been greatly influenced by Jehan's style of dance and inspired by her continuous generosity towards her students.  Sultana has also studied extensively in the United States and Egypt with other well known and respected teachers such as Cassandra Shore, Nourhan Sharif, Azza Amon, Ranya Renee, Yousry Sharif, Gamila El Masry, and Egypt's most famous choreographer and performer, Mahmoud Reda.   She has taken workshops and intensive master classes with Hassan Afifi, Raquia Hassan, Soraia Zaied, Randa Kamel, Aida Nour, Faten Salama, Mohamed Shahin, Karim Nagi, Tito, Nour, Jillina, and many others. She is a member of the Temple of Jehan and the performing theatrical group, Bellydance Raks Stars, led by Jehan Kamal, which carries on the philosophy of sacred Belly Dance as an ancient art form, healing and empowering for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.

Sultana is available for weddings, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, theatre and stage productions, family events, corporate parties, and any special event.  Her charisma, warm personality, technical strengths, energetic style, and dedication to her art has gained her recognition among the belly dance community and those who love the performing arts.  In addition to performing, Sultana currently teaches weekly classes at Bellydance America and has taught the art of Middle Eastern dance at other prestigious schools throughout the New York area such as Steps on Broadway, the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Queens Community College, and Taliah Performing Arts Center. 

In addition to dance, Sultana is also a talented theater and film actress and is an active member of New York City's Michael Chekhov Theater Company.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology.

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Carrara Nour is a professional belly dancer offering creative customized entertainment for weddings and elegant events. She is known throughout Central Florida for her refreshing blend of substance and style, her genuine joie de vivre both onstage and off, and her ability to engage a crowd while treating each client’s special occasion with dignity and respect. But what makes Carrara truly a star in the Orlando wedding industry is her one specialty: performing at weddings, and making wedding dreams come true for each couple she works with.

Born on New Year’s Eve, Carrara naturally believes that life is a party! She brings this joyful spirit to each of her performances. From her fun-loving improvisational style to her knack for getting even the shiest audience members up to dance, Carrara embodies the real essence of belly dance as an exuberant dance of the people and a celebration of life. Onstage, Carrara exudes grace, femininity and a charming sense of humor as she effortlessly connects with her music and the crowd. Both approachable and glamorous, Carrara is a quintessential crowd pleaser you can trust to bring out the best in every occasion and enliven every crowd.

Before Carrara moved to Florida in 2011, she began her performing career in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she discovered her natural gift for bringing people together through Middle Eastern music and dance. Like many Northeast belly dancers, including her earliest mentors Adina (CT) and Careesah (CT), Carrara has a well-rounded Pan-Arabic repertoire, and a deep appreciation for the classics. Her background includes Lebanese, Turkish, Golden Age Egyptian, Greek and American Vintage styles of belly dance, along with regional folk dances from the Middle East. Dancing since 2003, Carrara continues her education in Orlando and beyond through workshops, seminars and intensives with many of the top names in her field, as well as careful observation of her Arab friends dancing in casual situations. Carrara’s heartfelt love of Middle Eastern music and culture make her not just another Orlando belly dancer, but a positive ambassador for a beloved cultural art form.

Carrara Nour is an amazing dancer, with a passion for the dance that the audience can really feel. Her personality is warm, friendly and upbeat, which nicely compliments her dedication to the dance and her professionalism. I highly recommend her for performance and teaching opportunities!
- Aradia,
Master Performer and Instructor in Las Vegas

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