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The Gilded Serpent presents...

Jhavia Nayeli

Jhavia Nayeli is an Atlanta based belly dance student and performer. She started dancing as a fun form of exercise in 2009, briefly studying modern and jazz dance before falling in love with the beautiful yet challenging art of belly dance. In 2010, she began studying at home using DVDs, and taking technique and choreography classes. Jhavia has studied with several teachers in the Atlanta area, primarily Samora. Her studies include American Cabaret, Tribal Fusion and Egytian style belly dance. She had her first performance in April 2011, and has since danced in showcases, haflas and at private celebrations.

In 2012, Jhavia (along with dance partner Sabia Nayeli) founded Nayeli Belly Dance Troupe . Nayeli is a performance troupe completely run and organized by students. In addition to belly dance, Jhavia is also a poet, photographer, and singer/songwriter.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by Jhavia Nayeli


  • After a brief intermission, it was time for the BDSS half of the show. Could this extravaganza get any better? I assumed so, because the Bellydance Superstars were in the building; my expectations were sky high!