And so it begins....

And instantly a new passion was born.   The music mesmerized, the costumes and glitter sparkled, and the joy I felt when dancing was exhilarating.  All of a sudden, I could share in someone's special moment, and make it even more special.   

Laila Aziz


She's Got the Beat!

Laila has danced for Bono's (of U2) birthday and is well known as the Greektown dancer, having danced regularly at Chicago's Taste of Greece on Halsted Street, Long Grove Greek Festival, and Greek Days in New Buffalo, MI. She has danced for many of Chicago's top corporate and cultural events, including the Chicago Green Tie Ball, Lincoln Park Zoo Ball, Chicago Rehab Institute Galas, Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff (Folkloric Egyptian presentation),  Purim Festivities, High Tea, Chicago World Music Festival, Arabian Fest in Milwaukee, and numerous corporate events, weddings, zaffas, parties, grand openings, festivals, birthdays, anniversaries, family gatherings,  at Chicago's top venues, including, the Wrigley Mansion, Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, The Hotel Intercontinental, and the Chicago Park District.

Laila's passion for the dance and culture led her to travel to Turkey, a few times, and to study with many world-renowned instructors. She also traveled through the Balkans and danced with the Romani in the streets of Berovo, Macedonia. Laila specializes in  Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, Persian, and Romani/Balkan Dance.

Mission Statement

It started with a friend saying I should take belly dance classes.  Why?  Because it's fun....

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Laila's percussionist background makes the rhythm of her finger cymbals mesmerizing, while her passion for the music never fails to entertain young and old alike. Show props include wings, veil, finger cymbals, cane, and of course, fabulous costumes! 

Contact Information

It is your special day, and you want it to be perfect.   In addition to providing quality entertainment, our goal is to create a customized show to fit your event and make your special day, truly special.

-Laila Aziz

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