Akasha has over 25 years of dance experience and 13 years of teaching experience.
She began dancing at the age of 4 when she joined her first ballet class. She instantly fell in love with dance and it began a lifelong passion for performing. Early on she began her training in ballet, jazz and tap. At the age of 14 she began Irish step dancing and got her start competing and performing professionally. She won over 100 awards in Irish step dancing competitions. When Akasha was 16 she became an assistant dance instructor and by the time she was 18 she was an instructor.
By the age of 19 competing began to take it's toll on Akasha. She was faced with a difficult decision, the possibility of knee surgery or give up step dancing. Unwilling to take the risk of never being able to dance again she quit Irish step dancing. At that point she had been taking belly dancing for almost a year. She was surprised to find out that belly dancing not only was gentler on her body but actually helped the problems she had with her knees and hips. She began devoting herself to belly dance and within a few months she was teaching and performing professionally. Akasha studied belly dancing under the internationally famous dancer and instructor Joynan for 9 years. In the past few years she has also studied the salsa and the Viennese waltz.
Besides belly dancing Akasha also teaches piano, violin, drums and guitar. She has a strong understanding of music from a musicians perspective which she incorporates in her dance classes.
Akasha has had a lifelong passion for ancient Egypt which drove her to take up belly dancing. Besides the movement she also teaches the history of this ancient dance form. She is a former member of the Egyptian Study Society of Denver,CO. Akasha has also taken classes in reading ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. She has been to the Middle East several times and plans on continuing her travels there.
Akasha has been performing most of her life. Besides dancing she also has experience in modeling, acting and competing in pageants where she has won many awards. She spent 5 years performing with the Heritage Irish Step Dancers and has been with numerous belly dancing troupes as well as performing as a solo act. Akasha has performed on television and at the renowned Blue Bird Theatre and Oriental Theatre in Denver, CO.