Carlyn is a Denver, CO based, multi award winning Belly Dance performer, instructor and choreographer. Carlyn, an up and coming artist, has been studying belly dance for over 10 years while teaching and performing for over 6. A long time student of American belly dancer, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Carlyn has also had the pleasure of studying intensively with international superstar Sadie Marquardt, also of Denver, completing both levels I and II of her Raqs Flow program. She is the Heart of America's 2016 International Belly Dance Competition 1st Place Queen, judged by the accomplished Egyptian dancer and teacher, Raqia Hassan, and the 1st place winner of the Houston Oriental & Folklore 2017 Dance Competition judged by another wonderful Egyptian dancer, Aida Nour. Carlyn embodies a classic Egyptian sensual elegance full of grace and style pulling audiences in not just as spectators but as participants on a journey of the human experience.
As a long time student of internationally recognized Belly Dance artist, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Carlyn has dedicated over 10 years to the study of this art form specializing in Egyptian Oriental and American Cabaret styles. She is one of Suzanna's premier teachers at her Belly Dance School of Arts and has been teaching as well as choreographing for her students since 2013.
“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. 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. 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. And in May of 2017, she took home the crown again at the Houston Oriental & Folklore Dance Competition.
Carlyn has had the honor of attending workshops by many talented international Belly Dance artists including but not limited to: Aziza of Cairo, Madam Raqia Hassan, Suhaila Salimpour, Karim Nagi, Ava Fleming, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Aziza of Montreal, Princess Farhana, Sadie Marquardt, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Kami Liddle, Sahra Saeeda and many more!
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 princess parties, 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 Maleb, Lebanese Simon and Valerick Molinary
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
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Red Cross CPR & First Aid