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Jun
09

Spice Lounge welcomes Paola Leyla Kipp- picture is from other venue and event

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 Paola Leyla Kipp

Middle Eastern Dancer

Born in Peru of Lebanese heritage, Leyla started
dancing at a very young age, as it is usually the case
in most Latin American and Middle Eastern countries
… music and dancing is just a part of life.

While her studies at SUNY Purchase NY, Leyla continued her true passion for International Folklore at the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in New York City under the instruction of renowned
teachers/artists such Elena Lentini , Yosery Sharif ,
Serena Wilson, Morocco and Anahid Sofian.

 

Later on Leyla decided to continue her studies abroad
and this took her to the American University in
Cairo,Egypt where she broaden her knowledge in
Folklore as well as defined her Egyptian dance style .
She also traveled extensively while continuing her folklore research through Jordan,Palestine, Israel and Lebanon.

Leyla has also trained with Flamenco aclaimed dancer Pilar Rioja in Mexico City.

Throughout the 13 years of dancing and teaching
experience in New York, Leyla has danced at venues
such as The Lincoln Center Festival, The United
Nations, Columbia University, Fordham University,
Summer Stage in Central Park, New York Fashion Week
and many more.

She has also performed for celebrities such as
Madonna, Bono, Sandra Bernhard, Chris Rock, Robert
DeNiro, Christy Turlinton, Helena Christensen,
Smashing Pumpkins, Liv Tyler, Kate Moss, Natasha
Atlas, Cameron Diaz, Michael Stipe, Amr Diab, Mark
Anthony, Natalie Portman to name a few …

She now resides in Durham, NC with her husband and her
two beautiful children

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