Born in the USA and trained by master teachers in New York City, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, Athena has traveled the globe dancing. She lived for nearly a decade in Athens, Greece, where she currently co-organizes a successful annual International Bellydance and music event, Habibi Tsiggana Festival, and is also a founding member of Kazafy Troupe Greece, works created by Reda-Style dancer from Egypt, Mohammed Kazafy.
Athena’s dance background began from childhood with years of dedicated training in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance, graduating from the famous Performing Arts High School Walnut Hill as Dance major. Her education continued with special training at Laban Centre London and at New York University, from which she holds both a Bachelors (BA) and a Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Dance & Culture (Performance Studies).
Athena has been awarded First Place prizes in International bellydance competitions throughout Europe and in Egypt and is now frequently invited to teach workshops and judge/evaluate amateur dancers and aspiring professionals.
Athena performed on-contract in several Arabic countries, working with one of the most reputable entertainment agencies in the Middle East, (Lebanon, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain).
She is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. She travels often to teach at international festivals and performs in the public entertainment and tourism sector as well as for special private/family/corporate events.