Kenzie's Story

You may have seen Kenzie in the news... 

Kenzie won first place in the professional cabaret category at the East Coast Classic in Williamsburg, VA (Jan 2017) and second place at the Euro Crown Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece (Oct 2016).  See her story in the Amherst Bee >> click here

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Kenzie became enthralled with bellydance at a young age. She began studying classical ballet, modern and jazz as a child, and would often follow her mom Faaria to bellydance classes, performances and rehearsals just to watch. In 2006 and 2007, Kenzie was honored to be one of just 35 dancers in the state of New York selected by audition to attend the New York State Summer School for the Arts School of Dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. There, she studied intensively under many well-known and upcoming dancers and choreographers, most notably Carolyn Adams (formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company) and Robert Battle (artistic director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre). Finally, in 2007, she added bellydance to her repertoire of dance forms. When she began to study bellydance under Faaria, Kenzie realized that she naturally soaked up the movements and cultural context of belly dance like a sponge. She quickly progressed and began her professional performing career at the age of 17, performing at Egyptian, Lebanese and Pakistani weddings, festivals, restaurants and hookah lounges around WNY alongside her mentor Faaria.

 

Kenzie earned her BFA in Dance from SUNY Fredonia, where she was a member of the college's pre-professional performing company, the Fredonia Dance Ensemble, and was a choreographer and performer for the student-run dance company, Orchesis. While at Fredonia, she was the recipient of several dance talent scholarships including the Gertrude Prushaw Maytum Scholarship, the 1929 Graduates Ballet Fund Award, and the Trent Illig Memorial Scholarship. Kenzie attributes her growth and success in the world of dance to three amazing and inspiring women: Kerry Ring, Tressa Crehan, and Faaria. She continues to study belly dance at Oasis Dance Center in Tonawanda, NY and is an active member of the Oasis Binat Belly Dance Ensemble. She is a strong believer in being an eternal student of the art form and continuously seeks out opportunities to study with the best in the industry through workshops, classes and private lessons around the US and Canada. Kenzie has been invited to perform all over Western NY at various events including Buffalo State's annual Culture Show, Canisius College's Arab Night, the STORM Buffalo Gala, Dance Days of Buffalo's Inaugural fundraiser at 464 Gallery, and Hillel Buffalo's Israeli Carnival at the University at Buffalo. She has performed at countless other venues and parties as well. Kenzie has a reputation for bringing tasteful elegance and style to every event she performs at. 

Kenzie teaches belly dance specialty classes at Oasis.  Contact Kenzie for more information - kenziebellydance@gmail.com or 716-598-1815.  

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