Biography

Nilay (pronounced Knee-lie) is Turkish born and raised belly dancer who has studied the art of belly dance for several years with many highly accredited dancers in US and Turkey. She moved to US for further studies in 2001 and started to develop her belly dance technique. She danced in New Mexico with a troupe and solo. Her early choreography work is rooted from these dates.

 

Prior she belly danced in the living room to Turkish cassette tapes of infamous Turkish belly dancer compilations. Today she is based in Bakersfield, but performs all throughout California and competing in the United States and internationally. Upon developing her style, she has been performing, teaching, choreographing, producing workshops and short videos.

 

Her style is a lively, joyous and energetic mixture of excitement from modern Turkish oriental belly dance. She has extensive prop usage of, but not limited of tambourine, fans, fan veils, veils, isis wings and sword. Her dance has been expressed to contain fierce, feisty, and fiery quality which makes it unique in the sensuous world of belly dance.

 

Currently Nilay is working on competitive belly dance choreographies, show production and youtube channel recordings to serve belly dance students. She taught Belly Dance Fitness classes at In Shape Health Clubs of Bakersfield for 5 years. Also she combined hot yoga format with belly dancing for Hot Belly Dance format at Warrior 1 Yoga Spa of Bakersfield. These classes have been designed to incorporate internal muscle connection to belly dance isolation technique to target muscle toning especially for hips, abs, legs and shoulder frame. Simple but various choreographies are introduced every month to achieve cardio improvement. Upon layering the correct technique on choreography combinations and creating continuous flow of dance, core impact also becomes a pleasant side effect.

Aside from fitness Nilay has been teaching intermediate belly dance classes at Divine Integration Studio in Bakersfield as well as NEMA (Neighbors Embracing Multi-Cultural Arts) in Oxnard. Her troupe Zultanite performed in variety of shows in Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, Bay Area and San Francisco. Nilay regularly performs almost every weekend in many California locations as well as other states. Please check the Calendar to find a show. 

Nilay has won multiple awards in various categories of belly dancing in many states and internationally. She has been crowned as the Belly Dancer USA in 2018 and got inducted into the Hall of Fame of Belly Dancer of the Universe in 2019.  Please see the awards list below. 

AWARDS WON 

 

2003 Amaya's Shake'n Bake Troupe Competition, Albuquerque, NM: 3rd Place with Troupe Et Alia

2012 Shimmython, Cairo Caravan, Long Beach, CA: 2012 Shimmy Queen

2013 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 2nd Runner Up Specialty Prop

2013 Jewel of the Sierra, Placerville, CA: 1st Runner Up Got Props?

2014 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 2nd Runner Up Taksim 

2014 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 2nd Runner Up Fusion

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 1st Place Oriental

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 1st Place Drum Solo Improv

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 1st Place Fusion

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 1st Place Taksim Improv

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 2nd Place Props

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 2nd Place Oriental Improv

2014 Michigan Middle Eastern Dance Championships, Grand Rapids, MI: 2nd Place Routine Roulette

2014 Jewel of the Sierra, Placerville, CA; 2nd Place Fusion

2014 Jewel of the SIerra, Placerville, CA; 2nd Place Professional

2015 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Taksim Champion

2015 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Universal Category 1st Runner Up

2015 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Miss Congeniality

2015 La Danse Oriental, Seattle, WA: 1st Place Alternative-Themed Solo
2015 La Danse Oriental, Seattle, WA: 2nd Place Prop-tacular

2015 Belly Dancer of the Universe Westcoast Regionals, Glendale, CA: Champion

2015 Belly Dancer of the Universe Westcoast Regionals, Glendale, CA: People's Choice 

2016 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Universal Champion

2016 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 3rd Runner Up Drum Solo

2016 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Pro Alternative Music Category

2016 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 1st Place Pro Alternative Music Category, People's Choice

2016 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Professional Live Music Improv

2016 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 2nd Place Jungle Boogie Improv

2016 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 2nd Place Jungle Boogie Improv, People's Choice

2016 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 2nd Place Fusion

2016 Belly Dancer of the World, Duisburg, Germany: 1st Place, Folklore

2016 Belly Dancer of the World, Duisburg, Germany: 2nd Place, Fusion

2017 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 1st Place CD Improvisation Category

2017 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 2nd Place Pro Alternative Music

2017 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Professional Live Music Improv

2017 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Kooky Spooky Improv

2017 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 1st Runner Up Professional Solo - CD 

2017 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 1st Runner Up Live Solo

2017 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 3rd Place Alternative Theme Solo

2017 Belly Dancer of the Universe North California Regionals, San Francisco, CA: 2nd Runner Up

2017 Belly Dancer of the World, Duisburg, Germany: 4th Place Folklore

2017 Belly Dancer of the World, Duisburg, Germany: 4th Place, Fusion

2018 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 2nd Runner Up Fusion

2018 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Body of the Universe Champion

2018 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Body of the Universe 1st Place People's Choice

2018 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 1st Place Professional Solo

2018 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 2nd Place Disco Improv

2018 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Pro Alternative Theme Music

2018 Hot Raqs, Clovis, CA: 3rd Place Fusion

2018 Yaa Halla Y'all, Dallas, TX: 2nd Place Fusion

2018 Yaa Halla Y'all, Dallas, TX: Photographer's Choice

2018 Belly Dancer of the Universe Las Vegas Regionals, Las Vegas, NV: 1st Runner Up

2018 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 1st Place Prop Category

2018 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 3rd Runner Up Professional Solo - CD 

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Universal Champion

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 1st Runner Up Fusion

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 1st Runner Up Specialty Prop

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 1st Runner Up Egyptian

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Hall of Fame

2019 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 2nd Dance of the 7 Veils

2019 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Pro Live Music Improv

2019 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 2nd Place Pro Alternative Theme Music

2019 Belly Dancer of USA, Canyonville, OR: 3rd Place Hawaii Improv

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe SoCal Regionals, Glendale, CA: 1st Runner Up

2019 Belly Dancer of the Universe NoCal Regionals, Alameda, CA: 1st Runner Up

2019 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 1st Runner Up Alternative/ATS/Fusion

2019 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 1st Runner Up Professional Live Music Drum Solo

2019 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 2nd Runner Up Professional Live Music

2019 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 2nd Runner Up Prop

2019 La Danse Orientale, Seattle, WA: 2nd Runner Up Professional CD

2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Specialty Prop Champion

2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 3rd Runner Up Egyptian

2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 1st Runner Up Finger Cymbals

2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: Finger Cymbals 1st Place People's Choice

2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe, Long Beach, CA: 3rd Runner Up Champion of the Champions

2020 Hot Raqs, Online Live Competition: 2nd Place Fusion

2020 Hot Raqs, Online Live Competition: 3rd Place Pro Cabaret

 
 
 
 

Classes

ONLINE BELLY DANCE & FITNESS CLASSES

via Zoom!

Please register for the classes you like by clicking on the Online Belly Dance Classes link and you will be emailed a link to connect to Zoom video conferencing system to attend your classes. 

Beginner

Intermediate

Group

or 

Private

Belly Dance Classes

Divine Integration Studio

323-920-5094

8812 Fox Creek Ct

  Bakersfield CA 93312

Please call, email or book from above link

Scheduled according to your availability that matches mine. 

Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Intermediate Belly Dance

Divine Integration Studio

323-920-5094

8812 Fox Creek Ct

  Bakersfield CA 93312

Please call, email or book from above link

Space is limited and experienced dancers only for this class

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Hire Nilay for Entertainment

Nilay Engin
 

Tel: 323 - 920 - 5094

Email: NilayEngin@gmail.com

Regarding performances you can reach me out calling or emailing me at the number or email above or filling out the contact form below.

 

WHAT TYPE OF PARTIES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR BELLY DANCING?

Excluding bachelor parties and all male events, I can be your entertainer for the following type of parties: weddings, birthdays, celebrations, retirement parties, quinceaneras,  corporate events, senior communities, bachelorette parties, holiday parties, girls' night.

WHAT TYPE OF AN ENTERTAINMENT EXPECTED FROM BELLY DANCING WITH NILAY?

Usually a belly dance performance by Nilay is about 25 minutes. There will be many different elements of belly dancing you will be entertained by such as Middle-eastern melodies, drum solo, Taksim (soft slow section), utilization of many props (these can be but not limited to finger cymbals, veil, Isis wings, fan, fan veil, sword, voi, etc.)
Please inform me about the following to make your event a perfect success and a life-long memorable time for your party:

  • Event date and time. Best to book ahead. My calendar gets very full. Please check the availability of my dates from the calendar above. 

  • Event location (indoors/outdoors) and the terrain to be danced on (cement, grass, carpet, marley, etc.)

  • Is this a surprise party?

  • If you have any special music requests. I bring my own music, but can dance to any song you wish as long as it is not explicit.

  • In what formats you can play the music? CD, audio jack, usb stick, etc.

  • If you have special colors for your party.

  • Is there a special guest for your party that I can pay special attention in the honor of?

  •  Will your party like interaction? I can do a group dance and even a mini dancing lesson at the end. But if your party is shy and they rather watch, that's good to know. Best to know crowd demographics (age, ethnicity, etc.)

WHAT IS THE PRICE?

  • For in town (Bakersfield) events, I charge only $150. 

  • You can add a belly dancing class prior or after the entertainment for 30 mins (+$50) or 1 hour (+$100). If the class will take place at a dance studio, there will be a studio renting fee depending on the studio of choice. My home studio Divine Integration can handle up to 7 students and is free of charge. 

  • For out of town events LA, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Ventura and San Diego stretch will be $250. Closer than 2 hours will be $200.

  • If you'd like to have 2 shows at the event with a costume change, please double the price of the flat rate.


 

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