Irina Akulenko - BELLA GAIA choreographer, Dance Artist
Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres.
Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as 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.