Emily Aiyana is a fire and fusion belly dance artist and instructor from Maui. She is the artistic director and fire dancer at Merkabah Fire Hawaii and member of Maui Belly Groove. Emily performs at all types of events and is known for her dynamic choreographies and exquisite costume designs. Emily specializes in tribal fusion belly dance and has studied extensively with some of the most influential artists of our time.
Emily began studying Belly Dance in 2009 with Kajira Djoumahna and holds a level 2 Teacher Certification in her BSBD (SGI) Tribal Style Format. Emily holds a level 2 certification in Zoe Jake’s DanceCraft program and a level 1 certification in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements program. She studies Classical, Contemporary and Fusion Belly Dance styles most intensively with Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, and Andria Perkins. She also studies Odissi Indian Dance with Sarala Dandekar and Hula with Kumu Ehulani Stephani.
Emily has been dedicated to hot yoga for over a decade, she incorporates elements of her yoga training into her dance classes for a more well-rounded, body educated practice.
Teaching has become one of Emily's greatest passions and feels that it is part of her life mission to share what she deeply loves with others. “I envision a world where women feel empowered through sacred dance. By teaching, I can act as a catalyst for other dancers, as many great teachers have done for me." ~ Emily Aiyana