Born and raised in Maryland, Ayperi began pre-professional dance at an early age, taking up ballet and tap until her teens. During that time, she was also introduced to the Middle Eastern dance styles by her mother, who taught and performed on the East Coast. Ayperi began her pre-professional Middle Eastern dance training in 2004 with Wendy Broadway of Masala Movements and then with Katayoun of Mosaïque.
In 2010, Ayperi started teaching and performing Middle Eastern dance, or “belly dance” in Northern Virginia. She taught level 1 and 2 dance at the Cub Run RECenter in Fairfax, VA for a year and filled in as workshop guest instructor for various studios in the area. In 2012, she opened her own studio in Haymarket, VA where she currently holds weekly classes.
Ayperi is currently working toward completing the Raqs Mosaique Teacher Training Certification. Ayperi teaches and performs Classic American Belly Dance styles and also her own Contemporary Fusion Belly Dance style. She can sometimes be found on the weekends dancing in various restaurants in the Northern Virginia area.
Ayperi teaches Belly Dance Technique, Artistry & Choreography. She also offers specialty workshops.
Ayperi’s website: www.dancewithayperi.com