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The Gilded Serpent presents...

Iana Komarnytska

From the Ukraine to Ontario!

Iana has been dancing since she was 4 years old. First, she attended classes at the children's dance studio affiliated to Ukrainian State Folk Dance Ensemble Virsky, then studied at the choreography school for almost 7 years.

The Oriental dances have been huge impact on her life since 2004. Iana's first teacher was Olga Grechanyuk. Since 2006 her performing arts training took place at the prestigious Oriental dance studio Amira. In 2007 she already became a participant of the Ishtar Dance Company (Ukraine) for the next three years. During that period she has performed and choreographed for many full dance productions, such as “The Jewel of the Orient” (2008), “Dancing under the Stars”(2009) and "Fantasy of the Eastern Night"(2010).

Contributor to the Belly Dance Reader Volumn 1In 2009 Iana won a belly dance championship at the Bastet Competition in the youth category (Ukraine).

In the end of 2011 Iana joined Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra (Canada) for the next year and has performed at their main dance production "Jamra" (2012).

In December 2012 Iana received a Silver Award at Spark Dance Competition (Toronto/Canada).

Today, Iana is an independent artist and a member of the Dance Ontario, currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Arts program in dance at York University (Canada).

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Iana

  • Our Rules: Beauty & Professionalism, Elena Ramazanova Speaks About the League of Bellydance Masters
    We had the pleasure to meet with Elena Ramazanova, president of The League of Bellydance Masters in Russia, artistic director of “Ramiza Dance Group”, and a successful dancer and teacher at the open beach party of the Seventh International Belly Dance Festival titled “Expression of the East” in Berdyansk, Ukraine.
  • Dancing for Tourists in Istanbul, A Personal Impression
    Additionally, their friendly and respectful relationship was highlighted when she finished her show, dancing to each instrument separately, and in this way she introduced each of the musicians. Such a relationship between dancer and musicians is not widely seen in today’s restaurant atmosphere… unfortunately.
  • Dreaming of the East, Orientalism in Early Modern Dance
    As a belly dancer and a modern dance student at York University, my attention was captured by the fact that a number of early modern dancers performed variations on Oriental themes. I became interested in how they interpreted the Orient through their modern dance technique, and how they represented the Orient in their choreographies, since their performances could have been loosely associated with actual Middle-Eastern dances.