"In photos-she's gorgeous. In action-flawless!" Alexandra Ahnide 2015.
Sept/2015-Aziza has just played a "psychic fortune teller" in the trailer for her first speaking role in a feature film, in the as yet to be titled project. Details to come.
"Thank you for your wonderful entertainment!" Avalon Resort Fairy Fest, June 2015
Aziza still spends months creating and hand beading most of her own costumes as she was taught by her mother, New York City and Chicago Belly dance star Johanna. Aziza does not do anything that reduces belly dancing to a "singing telegram." Her performances are authentic ethnic entertainment fun for the whole family. To watch her is to be transported to the streets of "Old Cairo" or "Old Istanbul."
Professional belly dancer since age one. Playing finger cymbals since age two. Her family roots on her paternal side are Italian-Armenian rooted in the legendary ancient Biblical city of Tarsus which was in "Cilicia" and is now in modern day "Turkey." Her mother was a dancer of Gypsy, English, Italian and Cherokee origin.
Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman was her first acting teacher at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan.
As an "auteur film maker" she has been described as a new Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Ed Wood Jr., George Romero, and even Andy Warhol!
As a belly dancer, after going "pro" at age one she has performed with some of the biggest names in belly dance music history including Aris San of the "Sirocco," "Baba" Ajdin Aslan ("In an Egyptian Garden"), Freddy Elias ("Strictly Belly Dancing"), and Anestos Athanasiou ("Concerto for Bouzouki") among others.
Aziza has entertained in fine restaurants, nightclubs, country clubs, college campuses, block parties, and festivals. She was on the "Turkish Voice" TV show as a guest artist for several years. She received recognition as an "Armenian in World Dance" from the "Armenian Museum of Literature and Art" in Yerevan in 2009.
Aziza has sung with some former members of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and other bands and ensembles.
Aziza also performs Jazz, Afro Caribbean, and Latin Freestyle Dance. She can perform Middle Eastern and Medieval themed shows, 70s and 80s Pop oriented shows with song and dance, and also retro Big Band and Burlesque type offerings.
Aziza has also made a splash on the Fairy Festival circuit with a triumphant performance at the Avalon Resort near Washington, DC. Another recent performance was as a Pirate Queen in a "Rock and Roll" club in WV. Her costumed characters include Greek Goddess, Gypsy, Pirate Queen, Fairy or Butterfly.
SOME COMMENTS FROM THE PRESS AND OTHERS:
“Tell me. How long have you been belly dancing? No!!!! Don't tell me!!! For I know. ALL YOUR LIFE!!! ALL YOUR LIFE!!!.”- Enthusiastic Greek gentleman at an outdoor fest.
“I thought I knew what belly dancing was but then I saw you and realized I knew nothing!!!”- Member of the “Baha'i Faith of Long Island” after seeing a performance by Aziza.
“Aziza is a master of the hand percussion!”- Soraya El Khouby, Atlantic City Middle Eastern Dance Star and Entrepreneur.
“Aziza is beautiful on our color television program.” Faruk Fenik, Producer, “Turkish Voice.”
“Aziza has grown up on Turkish Television. She is outstanding because she is so very graceful.” Inci Fenik, Producer and Host, “Turkish Voice.”
“Aziza did indeed make it look as easy as breathing.” The Charleston Gazette.
“But you could tell when Aziza did it-it was the real thing!” nightclub patron.
"My prayer is that the world be allowed to hear your exquisite voice/talent. I held my breath almost the entire time you sang not wanting to miss one little note and hearing you sing was like being caught up into a very beautiful dream.You are truly one in a million Dear." - Internet fan.