Talia is a second generation dancer from the Pacific Northwest. She started learning Middle Eastern dance at the age of eight performing in local events and festivals. After attending Oasis Dance Camp, where she was introduced to the world-renowned teacher and performer, Cassandra Shore, she decided that she wanted to become a professional dancer. She began studying with some of the highest-quality teachers and choreographers the U.S. has to offer, to include: Zahra Zuhair, Artemis Mourat, Angelika Nemeth, Dalia Carella, Amel Tafsout, Kay Hardy Campbell, Sahra, Mahmoud Reda, and others, too numerous to list, as well as continuing her studies with Cassandra. From those amazing teachers, she learned an array of different Middle Eastern dance styles, including traditional & modern Raks Sharki, Ghawazee, Khaliji, Moroccan Guedra & Shikhatt, Tunisian, Hagullah, Turkish Oriental & Romany, Raks Assaya, Malaya Leff, and Persian. She also studied Arabic drum with the fabulously talented Nicole LeCorgne and San Diego’s amazing Frank Lazzaro.
One of the biggest highlights of her career was working closely with the master oudist, John Bilezikjian for many years.
Over the years, she has been lucky enough to win multiple awards for performing, taking home four “Best Oriental Dancer” awards from her peers at Oasis Dance Camp, as well as a “Spirit of Aphrodite” award. In 2006, Talia took the third runner-up award in the Egyptian category for Belly Dancer of the Universe.