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Helena Vlahos is a legendary belly dancer who is well known for her “Nine Quarter and Dollar Bill Act.” She is in the Guinness Book of World Records for Unique Abdominal Dexterity.
Helena started her dance career in Los Angeles, California in the mid 1960's. She moved to Texas in 1971, where she was asked to perform at various Greek nightclubs. While there, she ran and operated two belly dance schools.
Helena moved back to Los Angeles in 1978 and was invited to perform her unique act on television shows such as “AM Los Angeles,” “That's Incredible,” “Spectacular World of Guinness Records” and many more.
In 1990 Helena moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught classes at numerous colleges, dance studios and resorts. She also found time to perform at the Bacchanal Greek Restaurant.
She is on the Executive Panel of Judges for Tonya & Atlantis' Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition every February in Long Beach, California.
Helena has mentored dancers who have gone on to win titles in competitions including the BDUC.
Helena has graced the covers of two magazines: “Studio,” A Quarterly Journal of Folk & International Music & Dance, in January 2006, and “Belly Dance,” A Raqs Sharqi Magazine in the summer 2008 Issue. She is also a featured dancer in a new DVD “American Belly Dance Legends” produced by Amaya.
Helena’s finger cymbals can be heard on Damon the Gypsy’s original (1969) and re-mastered (2009) album “Song of a Gypsy” and in his new re-mixed album “Gypsy Eyes.” Damon has a new DVD “Dance Little Gypsy” in which Helena has a featured part.
Helena moved back to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2011, where she teaches and performs when not traveling for master workshops.
· That’s Incredible
· Spectacular World of Guinness Records
· AM Los Angeles
· Merv Griffin Show
· Mike Douglas Show
· Here’s Richard
· Thicke of the Night
· Regis Philbin’s Health Styles
· Enjoy Yourself Tonight (TV Hong Kong)
· The Crime Killer (movie)
· American Belly Dance Legends (video)
· Dance Little Gypsy (video)
· Good Morning Arizona Channel 3 Appearance
Helena Vlahos is a precise, energetic performer and instructor with a wealth of knowledge to share!
She teaches improvisation and choreography, zills, veil, cane, arms, hip articulations, upper body, belly work (with quarters & dollars), and rhythms with zills (beledy, Maqsum, saidi, chifte telli, 9/8 and 6/8, to name a few).
Helena is teaching an ongoing class at Dance Garden LA. More classes to be added soon!
Check her website at www.HelenaVlahos.com.
Some of you may be aware that I have been doing lots of Art and Art related projects over the past few years. In fact, I now sign my name Penny Lee StewArt!
Penny Lee StewArt
aka The Pink Gypsy