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Irina Akulenko Bellyqueen

Irina Akulenko Bellyqueen

Gorgeous dancer, Irina Akulenko Bellyqueen

Irina Akulenko Bellyqueen
The art of belly-dance lies in the dancers mastery of elegance, precision and passion. Irina “Bellyqueen” Akulenko is originally from the Ukraine. Today Irina Akulenko performs as a soloist on various New York stages. Besides, she has recently released her first instructional DVD “Tribal Fusion Workout” with World Dance New York and an instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast”. Her soft delivery of deliberate movements seem natural and instinctual, yet that is precisely what took her almost 10 years of vigorous cross-training to develop.
Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age. Engaged in ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons, the girl was also fond of drawing. However, belly dance became her main addiction which she sustained by seeking instruction with numerous local teachers as well as visiting master performers. Since 2001, Irina explored both Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance and now enjoys fusing these styles as well as everything in between.

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A New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer Irina ‘Bellyqueen’ Akulenko

Irina is one of the principal dancers and instructors with Bellyqueen Dance Theater. She is a performer for Project “Bella Gaia”, and directs her student troupe – the Rising Sirens. In addition, she is an alumni member of Alchemy Dance Theater. According to Irina, she loves collaborating with other artists. In particular, she has completed projects with Jillina (Bellydance Evolution projects in NYC and DC), Dalia Carella, BALAM Dance Theater and many others.

Dedicated to continuing her dance education, Irina is always looking for new ways for inspiration. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women’s issues and visual arts.

Irina Akulenko Bellyqueen

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