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26 years in business

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I have  Ph.D. in dance ethnology from UCLA. I have been teaching and performing authentic belly dance for 25 years.

I love to see students learn to use their body in amazing ways and see the results of their investment in themselves.

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Palo Alto, CA 94303
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7 Reviews


  • Sanneke Jang

    She was very personable, skilled and fun.

  • Sandy Arellanes

    Jaynie is a spectacular performer. She is mesmerizing! And as an instructor, her method is timeless. Her instructions clear and precise. Anyone who is lucky enough to work with her will receive high quality training.

  • Wendy Birky

    Jaynie is a wonderful teacher. She is bright, humorous kind and knowledgeable.

  • Sandy Arellanes

    Jaynie is the best belly dancer I've ever seen. Her performance is outstanding. She is definitely unforgettable.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I teach students rhythm, timing, musicality and an appreciation for individual authenticity. I inform the students about the cultural and historical significance of bellydance.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Dr. Jaynie Aydin is a folklorist, visual anthropologist, and world dance researcher. She received her PhD from UCLA’s department of Dance/ World Arts and Cultures in 2007. She has professed in institutions such as UCLA, The UCLA Fowler Museum (www.fowler.ucla.edu), California State University Northridge, The Ventura Community Colleges, Istanbul Technical University, Yasar University, Lebanon American University and the State Performance Conservatory at EGE University (www.ege.edu.tr/en) in Izmir, Turkey. Jaynie taught and performed in three continents for a variety of audiences.

Dr. Jaynie Aydin is a Los Angeles native, born in Hollywood and raised in West Los Angeles, California. She divides her time between her family in California and Turkey.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

120 per hour with discounts for duets and group lessons and continuing education.

How did you get started teaching?

I have been perfoming and teaching for 20 years. I began my career in Los Angeles under the tutelage of the legendary Aisha Ali (www.aishaali.com). I am a professor of Dance Ethnology and earned a Ph.D. from the UCLA Dance Department.

What types of students have you worked with?

Students of all ages and cultures.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Please investigate the background and education of your instructor. The level of expertise varies and "professional dancers" may be self-proclaimed and inexperienced.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are the students personal or professional goals as they relate to the bellydance? How much time are you willing to put in to learn this art?

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