About

Ashley Rhianne is an award-winning Oriental dance artist based in Vancouver Canada drawing on over 15 years of experience as a professional dancer and instructor. She is a highly sought-after performer, known for her expressive and personable performances, elegance, and natural joie de vivre.  She was drawn to this dance form first because of  the music and then because of the powerful femininity, grace and strength of Oriental dance.  It is her true love and the main driving force in her life! Ashley Rhianne firmly believes that dance is a constant evolution and requires a lifelong commitment to learning.

Training

Ashley Rhianne took her first Middle Eastern dance class in 1995  after years of studying ballet and jazz as a child and teen.  Ashley Rhianne has continued to further her dance training by studying with many of the world’s finest Middle Eastern dancers and teachers such as: Mohamed Shahin (Egypt / USA), Tito Seif (Egypt), Mahmoud Reda (Egypt), Jillina (USA), Dr. Gamal Seif (Egypt / Germany), Ranya Renee (USA), and Tamalyn Dallal (USA). Ashley is currently studying under Egyptian superstar Randa Kamel’s tutelage.

Performance

To date, Ashley Rhianne has performed throughout Canada, the USA, Trinidad, Egypt, Ecuador, Ukraine and in the UK. Ashley Rhianne has long held residency in most of the Greek, Arabic, Persian and Mediterranean restaurants and venues in Vancouver, BC since 2001 and has performed in many festivals, multicultural events, theatres and on television. Ashley Rhianne performed with live musicians while living in London, UK at many Arabic and North African restaurants and venues. In 2004, Ashley Rhianne and Yasmina (Vancouver, BC) were featured headliners in the “Young Stars: Sunidhi Chauhan and KK” Bollywood concert in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with Universal Concerts. Ashley Rhianne has performed live with award winning Arabic composer and electric oud player Jef Stott, and with world music DJs and composers Cheb I Sabah and DrumSpyder.  Ashley Rhianne has also performed personally for celebrities such as Bif Naked, Calvin Ayre of BoDog, Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal.  Ashley Rhianne currently holds 2nd place in the Randa Kamel Crown Competition in Dallas (2014), Fourth Place in the Randa Kamel Crown Competition in Cairo Egypt (2016) and Third Place in the NYCairo Queen Competition (2016 & 2017).  Ashley Rhianne also spent 2 months in Cairo in the summer of 2017 performing on boats on the Nile for Egyptian and foreign audiences.

Collaboration

Ashley Rhianne was a founding member of the longest running professional belly dance company in Vancouver, BC “The Harem Dancers” and was also a principle dancer in the Middle Eastern Folkloric and debke dance group “Ninawa: Eastern Magic” from 2005-2008. Ashley Rhianne is the dancer in a live oriental drum & dance group with long time friends and collaborators Tim Gerwing, Liam MacDonald, and Andre Thibault  “Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble” and has formed the Anwaar Dance Company with fellow dancer Carla Naar. Ashley Rhianne works with other world dance artists & musicians: Vancouver flamenco dancers Kasandra “La China” (Mozaico Flamenco), Andrea Williams (Raices y Alas), Davide Sampaolo (flamenco cajon); Irish Tap dancer Joel Hanna, Madrid-based flamenco superstar Ricardo Lopez, and Hardeep Sahota (bhangra).  Ashley Rhianne also is a featured member of the acclaimed Dances for a Small Stage cast.

Instruction

Ashley Rhianne has been teaching  Oriental dance classes since 2002. Ashley Rhianne firmly believes in proper body mechanics and alignment with a firm focus on core conditioning.  She is currently teaching at 1000 Rivers Studios and Ache Brasil- please contact Ashley Rhianne for further details.  Ashley Rhianne is also available for workshops, choreography creation and coaching.  Ashley is also taking her Stott Pilates Teacher Training through Full Circle Studio in Vancouver, BC.

Local Performances

Ashley Rhianne performs regularly in and around Vancouver, BC in venues such as: Anatolis Souvlaki, the Afghan Horseman restaurant, Pasparos Taverna, Papas Shish Kabob, Anatolis Souvlaki, Kypriakis Taverna, Cristos Taverna, and Gilgeneh.  She also performs regularly at weddings, private functions, corporate and other special events.

Competitions

Ashley Rhianne is an award-winning performer and has competed in 9 competitions to date.

  • Randa Kamel Crown Competition 2014, Dallas TX – 2nd Place Winner
  • Randa Kamel Crown Competition 2016 Cairo Egypt – 4th Place Winner
  • NYCairo Queen Competition 2016, NYC NY – 3rd Place Winner
  • Randa Kamel & Mohamed Shahin Crown Competition, Toronto, ON – 3rd Place Winner
  • NYCairo Queen Competition 2017, NYC NY – 3rd Place Winner
Ashley Belly Dance Performance - Raqs of Course