Faculty

Daliana Simons, Owner

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Ballet, Lyrical, International Dance

Daliana is the proud owner of Daliana Dance, and prides herself in providing dance instruction to the community in a skilled, diverse and passionate setting she considers HOME.

Her classical dance training began in 1976 at June Claire School of Dance in Long Island, NY and began belly dancing in 1984. She was honored to be a member of both the Long Island Ballet Theater under the instruction of Robert Sean Christopher of ABT (American Ballet Theatre for 4 years while also performing with a professional international dance troupe in New York for 8 years. She also competed nationally in baton twirling for over 6 years with the USTA.

Daliana has judged dance competitions and scholarship events within the Dance Masters of America network.

Her quest for personal growth continues thru Teacher Training at the Dance Teacher’s Summit and Classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York along with international dance and belly dance workshops and classes with instructors from all over the world.

She prides herself in bringing superior dance instructors to the Triad area to enhance further the skill set of her amazing and valued students of all ages!

She is also a professional model with Directions USA since 1995. Some of her work includes commercial print, web and film ads for companies such as Wrangler, Hanes, Spanks, belk.com, Playtex, Lowes Home Improvement just to name a few. On a side note Daliana is married and a mother of three.

She is also an active member of the following organizations:

    • ASCAP
    • NDA (National Dance Association)
    • BOCA (Belly Dancers of Color Association)
    • AAHPERD(American Alliance for Health. Physical Education,Recreation and Dance)
    • SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors & Composers)
    • BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc)

Instructors and Staff

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Emmanuel Malette (Hip Hop and Contemporary) He began his dance training at the age of 13, taking summer classes available at his home church. As the urge to learn about dance arose within him, he joined Katura Productions Inc. in 2009. While there, Emmanuel received much of his training in hip hop taught by Kimberly Jones. In 2012, Emmanuel auditioned for the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After being accepted, Emmanuel had the opportunity to perform with and learn from many great teachers such as: Duane Cyrus, BJ Sullivan, Janet Lilly, and others. Emmanuel has also had the opportunity to perform at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Monticello, Vybez Showcase Atlanta, and at many other respectable places. Emmanuel has also worked with television networks, such as TLC, and has also had the opportunity to work with dance film makers from all around the world through the Experimental Films Virginia founded by Renata Sheppard. Today Emmanuel focuses primarily on inspiring everyone that he comes in contact with and whether it is performing, filming, or teaching.
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Nicki Wallschleger (Tap and Lyrical) She began dancing at the age of four and grew up in a tap focused competition and award winning studio in New Jersey  Although she also studied Contemporary and Lyrical dance her heart is in the essence of tap.  Alongside of her studio training, she regularly attended classes in NYC at Broadway Dance Center with both nationally and internationally renowned instructors. Nicki is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as an Elementary Education major.
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Vasha Powell (Acrobatics and Tumbling) Originally from Long Island NY, Vasha was an Elite Level Gymnast. She studied at Liberty University, UNCG, GTCC with a focus on Early Childhood Education, and Behavioral Science. She is a certified USAGymnastics Coach.  She coached competitive gymnastics for over 20 years (17 at Tumblebees), bringing athletes to State, Regional, and National Levels. She is also USASF Certified in Level 1-5 Tumbling and coaches Competitive Cheerleading at Cheer Elite All Stars.  Vasha is the mother of two athletes, daughter Paige and and sonTyler.

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Thunder Nguyen (Hip Hop) Thunder comes to us as true passionate hip hop artist.  While primary self taught, he indulges in as many classes as are available to him as additional inspiration.
10505375_10152342418933108_2945978661062663268_n LaNeese Ray (Hip-Hop) LaNeese is originally from New York. She began dance classes at the age of 4 with The Ailey School. She later attended Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA) receiving instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, African, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. In 2005, she was accepted into Frank Sinatra School of Arts founded by Tony Bennett. Her high school years were spent studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ballet, kinesiology, dance history and dance notation. Her studies continued with American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, New York City Ballet, and Robert Battle. She has performed at City Center, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera. She graduated Frank Sinatra in June 2009 with a high school diploma and an arts diploma. She continues her education at North Carolina A&T State University with a double major Liberal Studies (Dance) and Journalism & Mass Communications (Media Management). In 2009, LaNeese became a member of the E. Gwynn Dancers of NC A&T. LaNeese has worked with artists such as Lanelle Tyler, Caree Rajae, Donalija James, Evin Gibson, and Mundo. She has recently opened up for Jacob Latimore with artist Career Rajae. For more about Laneese: www.laneesechantel.com
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daliana_Staff_006 Wendy Weeks (Core Barre Pilates)Wendy is a Certified AFPA Yoga/Pilates Instructor, Certified Absolute Core Barre Pilates Instructor, and CPR and First Aid certified. She has 5 years experience dancing tap, jazz, ballet and has studied bellydance with Daliana since 2005 and has been a Troupe Bellysima member and soloist since 2006. She has been practicing yoga since 2002 and weight training since 2004. Through these disciplines, she has lost and maintained a 40 pound weigh loss for over 7 years! Wendy has also been a bellydance fitness instructor since 2009. When she’s not at the studio, she has her own photography business, www.wendyweeksphoto.com.

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Meghan McHone (Guest Instructor & Choreographer: Contemporary) Meghan is a native of Asheville, North Carolina where she began dancing at the age of 3, training throughout grade school at Asheville Center of Performing Arts. She attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography alongside a minor in Media Studies. There she studied under BJ Sullivan, Duane Cyrus, Janet Lilly, Robin Gee and Jan Van Dyke training in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, improvisation, West African Dance, contact improvisation, and intensive course work in anatomy and choreography. Prior to graduating Meghan choreographed, costumed, lit and edited music for her BFA thesis “As the Stars Are Alight”. Meghan was also a member of the UNCG Dance Team the “Spartan G’s” for the 2012-2013 season, performing at many student body sporting events.

Upon graduating Meghan relocated back to Asheville joining the WNC Dance Academy faculty, working with pre-professional and recreational students and continuing to explore her love for choreography through freelance. She served as a guest choreographer at many public high schools in the area, choreographing her first full length musical “Footloose” at Enka High School and working as a guest artist for the UNC-Asheville Dance Department creating her work “but the soft words, they are spoke so gentle”. She is currently dancing as a member of the Ametista Collective Dance Company, collaborating with other dancers in the area to share the art form at a local level.

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Lianna Solina (Guest Instructor & Choreographer: Acro)Was born and raised in the Dance Capital of the World, New York City. With a true passion for dance, Lianne was honored to receive and train on a full scholarship at Ballet Hispanico under the Director and Founder, Tina Ramirez. She also expanded her studies at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Broadway Dance Center. Lianne is a well-rounded educator today thanks to her extensive studies that included: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip-Hop, Modern, Limon, Horton, Martha Graham, Flamenco, Musical Theater, Salsa, Latin Jazz, & Afro-Caribbean. Lianne’s natural talent was immediately recognized and she was invited to audition for “So You Think You Can Dance” Guest Choreographer, Maria Torres. Lianne was then selected to be a part of a performance with the Grammy Award winning Hip-Hop Group, OutKast. Additional Credits include: Britney Spears, Chris Brown, LL Cool J, and ABC’s Hit Television Show “The View”.For the past 10 years, Lianne has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of dance genres for all ages and levels. Remaining a student at heart, she continues to educate herself of the latest techniques and attending teacher workshops. Recently Lianne has Directed and Choreographed a large production with more than 70 dancers to perform for Showtime’s Dance Challenge National Award Gala. As a successful result, Lianne’s choreography was invited to be showcased at Disney Springs, which allowed her dancers to be Honorary Disney Cast Members.
Currently, Lianne has been delighted to be Choreographing and Adjudicating for Dance Competitions and Workshops internationally. She also Certified with Acrobatic Arts. It is Lianne’s mission in life to inspire and aid the next generation to continue to grow and reach their full potential!

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Meredith Gaither  (Teaching Assistant) Meredith has studied under Daliana since 2010 with her primary focus on Ballet, however she maintained classes in all genres offered.  She is currently attending UNCG as a nursing major and participates in teacher workshops in NY to enhance her personal and teaching skills in the dance classroom.  She spends an average of  10 hours weekly continuing her study in dance.  She is presented with quarterly reviews throughout the dance season and attends continuing education at Broadway Dance Center. She has attended classes with international hip hop artist Luam, Belly Dance Artists Amar Gamal and Kaeshi Chai, Musician and Folkloric Dance Instructor Karim Nagi and famed Contemporary dance instructor Tracie Stanfield. Meredith has a passion for dance and truly enjoys being a student, a menthe, and a mentor!
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Lori Sashame Anderson (Tribal Fusion Belly Dance)Sashame is a professional tribal fusion bellydancer who has taken her love of ballet and bellydance and artfully blended the two. She has studied under the most talented Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love,Tempest, Blue Moon Bellydance, and Hasam Houshan.Sashame began ballet at the age of 7 and then went into gymnastics & Classical ballet under the instruction of her mother, Marilyn Bowman, and friend, Jamie Powell-Planck. Dancing in core, duets, and solos on both flat and pointe for 10 years, her life and its journies consumed her. After the birth of her second child, she decided to look into Bellydance as a form of dance fitness. She studied under Aten Rah, Faun Finley, and Carmen Cavanagh. While forming and dancing with Torque for over 4 years and being a beginner/intermediate Tribal Fusion teacher for 5 years, she longed to reach and educate more dancers about this amazing dance form. She had done theatre, dance, and an improve comedy troupe in KY. Her love of music, numerous dance styles and moods come together to give a different flavor to every performance.
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Chelsea Horton (Ballet & Reception) Chelsea has been dancing since the age of 2. She has done ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop as a child/teen. Chelsea’s mom loves to tell the story of Chelsea’s first year of dance at 2 years old. Chelsea stood in class, refusing to dance the entire year, but the night of the show knew the entire dance and lit up on stage! Life took a hold and dance was put aside for years until she took a belly dance class in 2012. Her love for dance was sparked again and she immediately fell in love with this style of dance. Chelsea has been dancing with Troupe Bellyisma since 2012. Belly dancing is something new, but is now a love and passion of hers! Chelsea also continues her traditional dance classes at Daliana Dance.
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Avery Church (Teacher’s Assistant) Avery discovered her true love for Dance when joining Daliana in 2010. Although she came with some dance experience, Avery has excelled in technique, stage presence, and theatrics. She is loved for her connection of body movement to sound that is a challenge for so many her age to parallel. She participates in all genres of dance at Daliana Dance and spends approximately 20hrs per week in the studio. She is presented with quarterly reviews throughout the dance season and attends continuing education workshops selected by Daliana in her off season at Broadway Dance Center. She has attended classes with international hip hop artist Luam, Belly Dance Artists Amar Gamal and Kaeshi Chai, Musician and Folkloric Dance Instructor Karim Nagi and famed Contemporary dance instructor Tracie Stanfield. Avery has special dance qualities to share as a student, class assistant and performer.
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Angela Greene (Guest Instructor & Choreographer: Contemporary & Jazz Fusion) Angie Greene has been teaching and choreographing for 20 years. She began her teaching career as a studio teacher and later received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Art degrees in Dance Education from UNCG in order to teach dance in the public school system. Angie loves teaching jazz, contemporary, and West African. She has studied West African dance from world renowned teachers both here in the states and in Mali, West Africa. Angie was a performing member of Kambankofo, West African Dance Company under the direction of Mohammed DaCosta. Angie continues to teach in the private studio and public school settings
daliana_Staff_010 Lisa Negron (Accounting) Lisa has practiced accounting full time for over 15 years.  She began instruction of bellydance with Daliana in 2005, she is also a member and soloist of Troupe Bellysima and began teaching belly dance fitness classes 2009. She enjoyed Baton twirling in her youth along with high school cheerleading. She is a two time Breast Cancer SURVIVOR, she prayed and danced her way back to health!
 daliana_Staff_009 Leslie Williams (Front Desk)Leslie has been a registered Nurse for 15 years. Worked in Hospital, Home care, OB/GYN, Pediatrics.Employed as Registered Nurse with United Healthcare Heart Failure Program. She has two daughters currently enrolled at Daliana Dance and members of Troupe Bellysima. She is also a former Tap, Ballet, and Jazz dancer
photo Sherona Sirkisoon (Marketing and Business Liaison)Sherona is a graduate student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is working on her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, concentrating on Cancer Biology. Sherona had no prior dance experience before taking her first class with Daliana in 2011. She has been dancing ever since and is also a member of Troupe Bellysima.
 profile-picture-2 Becky Scoggins (BUTI Yoga Certified Instructor)
Becky Scoggins spent over 15 years in marketing, advertising and public relations for large and small companies alike. Her journey with weight loss eventually led her to practice yoga which allowed her to draw on her previous competitive dance experience as a tween at Diane Guzetti’s School of Dance. Five years after beginning her yoga practice, her passion for health and wellness enabled her to obtain her RYT-200 certification, which she utilizes to teach students of all shapes, sizes and abilities. Specializing in an innovative style of yoga called BUTI Yoga, which combines tribal and hip hop dance, primal movement, power yoga and plyometrics into a calorie-torching, insanely fun practice, she now empowers others to take their movement practice to new heights. Becky shares her love of yoga and dance by equipping her students to tackle any challenge in life with a no-frills, down-to-earth approach to each class or practice. She is currently the only BUTI Yoga Certified Instructor, and in 2017 will be the only BUTI Master Trainer in the state. She lives in Greensboro with her spoiled trio of boys; her husband, son, and chihuahua.
SashaMallory.aspx Sasha Mallory (Guest Instructor Contemporary) just completed her second world tour with Madonna, the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour, and she is already preparing for her next job. As the second place finalist of the 8th season of So You Think You Can Dance and accomplished dancer and choreography in the industry, she has been asked back this year as a mentor for the upcoming season, SYTYCD Next Generation.

Mallory’s training began in her hometown of Bakersfield, California at the age of five and since then she has trained at the top Academy’s and distinguished schools of dance around the world. Including, but not limited to, the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.), the Civic Dance Center, the Ailey School Summer Intensive and Certificate Program, Boston Summer Intensive and the Houston Ballet Summer Intensive to name a few.

Her first major dance breakthrough was with Adam Lambert on his Glamnation Tour 2010. From there she went onto SYTYCD and was the runner up on the critically acclaimed shows’ 8th season. Mallory has worked with a number of artists and companies in music videos, commercials, stage and live performances including Rihanna, Wayne Brady, Uh Huh Her and Budweiser. Mallory has choreographed a number of pieces and productions in a variety of styles. She teaches and judges on a number of dance conventions and competitions around the United States as her work schedule will allow.

casie Casie Goshow (Guest Instructor Hip Hop), also known as ‘Tynee,’ specializes in hip-hop and break dancing. She has worked in the commercial entertainment industry for years and now lives in Los Angeles. She has worked side by side with various artists and organizations such as Chris Brown, Lil John, Psy, French Montana, Beats, the NBA, Adidas and was a Las Vegas Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance? Currently she is touring around the country teaching kids of all ages at studios, conventions and competitions.
Cheer_Coaches_001small Hallie Carter (Cheer and Tumbling)Hallie is Owner and Head Coach of Cheer Elite AllStars Greensboro.  She is a member of USASF and NCA. She is currently a Kinesiology major at UNCG, a UNCG Spartan cheerleader.  Her cheer experience includes all facets from Pop Warner and Middle School as well as High School Varsity Cheer and school competition winning the State Championships. She also competed Level 3-5 with All Star Cheer.  Hallie was also a Miss NC Teen USA Pageant Competitor, and a National American Miss Pageant Competitor and Awards Recipient. She has also studied International Dance with Daliana since 1999. Hallie is First Aid, CPR, AED Certifird thru the Red Cross.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Robyn Hayes-Owen (Former Instructor, Yoga)Originally from NY, she danced competitively in Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Modern for 8 years, and studied with some of the finest choreographers from top NY City studios and Broadway. She is also a certified yoga instructor and will be sharing her 10 years of yoga experience with us. She combines elements of dance and yoga to create a class that is not only fun, but builds strength, flexibility and balance. She is CPR certified, and when she is not dancing or doing downward dog, she is a wife, a mom and practices Real Estate with Allen Tate.
daliana_Staff_001 James Shover (Former Tap Instructor)Jim has over 30 years of extensive dance, theatre, and production training and instruction. He was a dance studio owner for 32 years, has been certified with Dance Masters of America for 25 years where he was also a board member and judged local, regional and national dance competitions. He has produced many State and National Dance winners. He is currently a dance, music, drama and journalism instructor in public schools and has been doing so for almost 20 years. He has crested, directed and designed fine arts programs within the public school system. He has held the title of Director, Actor, Dancer, and Choreographer for many shows.
amar+gamal Amar Gamal (Guest Master Belly Dance Instructor Belly Dance)Amar Gamal was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. She began her belly dance training at the Mideastern Dance Exchange at the age of 13, under the direction of dance legend Tamalyn Dallal. Amar is the double crown winner of Ms. America and Ms. World of the Bellydance (San Francisco, CA); winner of Bellydance Break Beats Competition (Los Angeles, CA); and first runner up Ms. Egypt competition (Cairo, Egypt).
In 1998 Amar and her dance partner Kaeshi co-founded Bellyqueen, a New York based belly dance company. From 2006-2009 Bellyqueen toured the US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia. Amar was a founding member of Bellydance Superstars, the world-renowned international belly dance touring company.
Amar’s elegant and unique style has made her a sought after performer and instructor worldwide. She has had the privilege to be an invited guest teacher and performer all over Europe, Asia, and North and South America. http://amargamal.com/
knagi_front2 Karim Nagi (Guest Master Musician and Folkloric Dance Instructor)Karim performs primarily Arabic, Turkish and Andalusian hand percussion, including the Egyptian Tabla (goblet drum), Riqq (tambourine), Duff (frame drum), and Segat (brass castanets). Karim has authored instructional CDs and DVDs including the first DVD resource on Riqq technique.
Karim was a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years. Karim leads the SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble performing the classical Arabic instrumental and vocal repertoire. Karim travels the country presenting his education program called Arabic Music, Dance and Culture to school grades 2 up through the university level.
Karim developed and currently performs Turbo Tabla : a music and dance show that combines traditional Arabic and Turkish music with modern Electronica and Techno. Turbo Tabla CDs are distributed internationally by Universal Records. Karim dances and teaches Dabka (Arabic Line Dance), leads the Zaitoun Dabka Troupe, and is the director of the Arab Dance Seminar, a travelling weekend of workshops for professional training in pan-Arab dance. http://www.karimnagi.com/
Sunni Sunni Haralarka (Guest Instructor & Choreographer Tumbling, Hip Hop, Jazz)Sunni holds a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Dance and Theater from UNC Pembroke where she was Cheerleader from 2007-2010 receiving Coaches award in 2011. She was also a Dance Team member and Captain 2009-2011 holding the title of All American Dancer in 2010 and is the Founder of “Expressions” a dance club at Pembroke. She is a former member of the Lady Cougarz Cheer and Dance Team to the Carolina Cougarz a semi professional basketball team. She has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance and is currently a member of Troupe Bellysima
daliana_Staff_005 Alaina Allred (Former & Guest Instructor Beginner Belly Dance, Bollywood)Alaina has been dancing with Daliana since 2007 and is currently a student as well as a Feature Soloist for Troupe Bellysima. She is gifted with natural stage presence and grace. She has wonderful vocal talent and continues her dance education with Daliana as well as participating in Master Classes and workshops. Her passion for Bollywood has blossomed allowing it to be an intergral part of Daliana Dance. WHen she was younger she participated in Cheerleading at five, served as co-captain in middle school and went on to varsity as well as competition team in high school. She began a successful run in the Pageant World at age 4 and some of her titles include Little Miss Randleman, Jr Miss Randleman, Miss Randleman, Miss Fall Festival, Miss Teen North Carolina, American Rennaissance, and The Treasures Queen.
1930716_47333630837_2753_n Bill Jurney is a voiceover artist who lives in Los Angeles, CA. His long career in radio and voiceovers has seen him as Staff Announcer for CNN Headline News; Commercial voice for Disney Theme Parks, Ovaltine and Farmer’s Insurance; Movie trailers for Miramax and Roadhouse Attractions; and Narrator for PBS and Reader’s Digest.He’s a fan of old-time and modern radio theater and has participated in The National Audio Theater Festivals. He studied English and Speech at East Carolina University and received a B.A. in Communications from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Originally from North Carolina Bill has worked and lived in The Carolinas, Atlanta, New York City; and now Los Angeles. Bill does much of his work from his own ISDN studio. Visit Bill’s Website! http://billjurney.com
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 Project1 Wesley Williams (Guest Instructor, African Dance)Wesley L. Williams Jr. is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Williams is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher of West African Music & Dance and African contemporary dance styles. Wesley has performed with “Jan Van Dyke Dance Company”, “Ballethnic Dance Company”of Atlanta, G.A., and “North Carolina Black Repertory Company”. Wesley Williams is a former dancer of the Chuck Davis ” African American Dance Ensemble”. He is currently the founder and Artistic Director of “SUAH African Dance Theatre” based in Greensboro, NC. Mr. Williams attended North Carolina Central University where he studied Psychology and received a full four year scholarship in two sports, football and track & field. Recently Mr. Williams was featured in the May 2014 issue of” Dance Magazine” as well as “ Teacher Magazine”. Mr. Williams travels all over the country sharing his gift to create dance works with all arts lovers. He has been invited to choreograph new works on several universities, such as, Radford University, Lincoln University, Stephens College, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts to name a few. He has also studied and perform with world renown teachers such as Youssouf Koumbassa, Mamady Sano, M’Bemba Bangoura, and Dr. Chuck Davis. His dream is to eventually set his work on a major company such as Alvin Alley Dance Theatre. Until then, he will nurture his own dance company with passion and love. Mr. Williams thanks Sherone Price, Gabrielle Williams and his dance family for such awesome support throughout his journey. ”
Love Life, Live Dance”.