Alaina began her dance training at the age of 4, at the Royal City School of Ballet and Theatre Jazz (RCSB) in Guelph. In her 13 years at RCSB, Alaina learned the value of strength, grace and discipline—skills that have helped influence and inform her current dance practice. Encouraged by her sister, Natalie, Alaina got her first taste of belly dance in 2008 under the instruction of Invoketress alumni Stephanie Gamble. In 2012, Alaina began taking classes under the instruction of Ishra Blanco and eventually joined the Invoketress Dance troupe. Since then, Alaina has been able to perform at a variety of events including weddings, festivals and charity functions. In 2016, she competed in the Star Belly Dancer Canada competition in Toronto and performed as an opening act for Jamaican recording artists Sean Paul and Akon at the Guelph Concert Theatre. In 2017, she competed in the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition and won 1st place in the Fusion Solo category, 2nd place in the Professional Solo category, was part of the 1st place Invoketress ensemble in the troupe category, and was awarded Judge’s Choice as selected by esteemed judge Anjelica Scannura.
Alaina enjoys incorporating belly dance with other art forms as well. She has been able to do this with performances alongside Juno-nominated Eccodek at the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival, at the finale of the River Run’s artist in-residence- program The Whole Shebang, as a singer and dancer for the Pirate Festival for several years, and within her own visual and performance art practices.
With experience dancing at various events including concerts, weddings, festivals and charity functions, Alaina is delving deeper into her dance career than ever before. Alaina has also recently started teaching Egyptian Bellydance and Youth Bellydance with the Upper Grand District School Board.
Professional Solo 2nd Place Performance at HIBC:
Afro-Cuban/Latin Bellydance Fusion
Invoketress Dance troupe member Alaina was featured in this artistic video around the theme of “water.”
Bollywood Bellydance duet with her sister Natalie
“Lady Grinning Soul” duet with her sister Natalie