Dana Beaufait Stevens
Dana Beaufait Stevens is a second generation Bellydancer & Entertainer from Virginia, USA. Veil Poi, Hula fusion, Theatrical dance, Spiritual Dance, Cosplay Entertainment and Tribal Fusion Belly dance are just a few of her passions. She started dancing at the age of thirteen, with a love for Egyptian cabaret and Fusion Belly dance. Dana began teaching through her mother’s studio, Janna’s International Dance Studio, at the age of seventeen introducing her love of dance to women and men all over the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. Dana enjoys crafting dramatic fantasy, nerdy, gothic, theatrical performances, Exploring as many facets of human and un-human nature as she can through dance. Drawing out character dances with the help of theatrical makeup, costuming and music.
She has taught over a hundred classes including costuming and makeup workshops, Veil Poi workshops, Basic Belly Dance classes, Zil classes, Veil classes, Theatrical movement course, Ritual dance movement, Makeup, and more. Creating over fifty choreographs including classes at the College of William & Mary and Published Voi Choreo ‘Wraith’ in the Choreographer’s Notebook: Undead Edition.
Winner of Jewels of the Orient Professional Tribal 2016. Runner-up winner of East Coast Classic Tribal Professional 2016. Assistant Producer of East Coast Classic 2017. Workshop instructor East Coast Classic 2017. Studio instructor BeFlat Japan 2013-2015. Studio manager of Seven Cities Dance Studio 2016. Artistic Director of East Coast Classic 2017. Hospitality Coordinator Tribal Con 2017. Guest Artist and Instructor at Ravens Night D.C 2016. Lead role in Madame Oncas: Manna Saga theatrical belly dance production 2017.
Dana Beaufait Created Veil Poi, Poi Veil, Voi, Silk Poi, a new Belly Dance prop that has been taking the world by storm. Even though it has many different names it is always fun and Beautiful to dance with. In 2007, Dana released her instructional DVD ‘Voi: Fireless Poi Spinning’ to promote her own Voi technique to an international audience. Since then it has taken off to inspire Dancers from Japan, Russia, Europe, Australia and the united states, just to name a few, to create their own techniques and choreography. Veil Poi has been used to express emotion from Belly Dance to worship dance and continues to grow every year!