BIO

LALE SAYOKO
(Professional Oriental Belly Dancer & Instructor)
Lale was one of the founding members of Japan's famous Samanyolu professional bellydance group, and has since developed her own solo career touring with UK's Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers on a 44 city tour of the UK, to Turkey's Baba Zula, to New York's Bella Gaia multimedia Earth from Space journey show. Appearing in Japanese and American magazines and newspapers, Lale aspires for dance to be a powerful communicator though traditional technique and spiritual embodiment.

*Lâle means tulip in Turkish (given by Mishaal.)
*Sayoko means night in Japanese.
Performance Highlights

LATEST
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers main dance performer 2008,2009,2010 UK tour (44cities)
Bella Gaia 2010 - Ongoing (Global)
Hot Hot Hot! 2009 (Tokyo)
Hot Hot Hot! New York 2009 (Hosted by Lale Sayoko, with Dalia Carella etc...)
Djam under Je'bon 2009,2010 (Hosted by Kaeshi Chai)
Desert Swirl 2008 (Tokyo)
Amareen 2009 (New York)
BellyDance Lounge 2009 (New York)
Four Elements 2009 (New York)

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Smithonian Folklife 2008 at NASA Galaxy Stage
(Washington DC)
Glastonbury 2007 Dance Village West Stage, Glade Stage (UK)
Glade festival 2007 (UK)
Island of Fire Festival 2007 (Lemnos Island, Greece)
Rhythms of Peace 2005 (Morocco)
Vision Quest 2002+2003 main stage (Japan)

DANCE ENSEMBLE
Founding member of SAMANYOLU, an Oriental Fusion Dance Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan. 2000-2005 (Director: Mishaal)

MUSICIANS
Kenji Williams's performer since 2002
Baba Zula's North American tour dancer 2008: in Memphis, Wisconsin, Chicago, Minneapolis, NYC and Toronto, Canada.
Mugenkyo's UK tour performer in Oct 2008 (16 cities), 2009 (44cities)

DVD
"World Spirit" as the AURA Dance performer (2004)
"Samanyolu Ambient Oriental Bellydance" (2005)

THEATER
Orpheum (Memphis)

NIGHTCLUB
TOKYO: AgeHa, CAY, Spiral Hall, Kinema Club, November Eleventh, Romarakuda
NEW YORK: Lafayette Grill, Mezzo Mezzo, Cupping Room, Woolworth Tower Kitchen, Layaly
LONDON: Darbucka
OKINAWA: Chakura

HOTEL
Palms Hotel (Las Vegas), CLIFT (San Francisco), Okura, Meguro Gajoen, Roppongi Hills Grand Hyatt (Tokyo)

RESTAURANT
Resident dancer at legendary Marrakesh (Washington DC/2005-2006)

Weddings and private events in Japan, Washington DC area, San Francisco, and New York

FASHION (Tokyo)
HYSTERIC GLAMOUR 20th Anniversary at AgeHa
OZONE ROCKS Opening Party in Osaka
DUNE Fashion Magazine Anniversary
marie claire Japan "EcoLuxe" at Spiral Hall

REGULAR EVENTS in TOKYO
Kervan Serai (by Mishaal)
Samanyolu Ambient Oriental Nights at Tokyo Salon
Dakini Nights (by DJ Makyo)

 
Lale Sayoko
TRAINING

Extensive training with Mishaal (Tokyo/1999 -2005)
Extensive training with Faten Salma (Washington DC/2005-2006)
Studying under Master Drumer AJA ADDY from Ghana (Summer 1997-1999)

Yousry Sharif (NYC), Lulu Sabongi (Brazil), Amina (San Francisco), Amani (Lebanon), Morocco(NYC), Yasmin (DC), Nourhan Sharif (NYC), Zaza Hassan (Paris), Tayyar Akdeniz (Turkey), Kamelia (Paris), Ansuya, Zahra Zuhair, Akiko Takada, Maha, Barbee Mako, Inako Matsuya.

BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL&WORKSHOP
Maharajan (Tokyo/2000-2002)
Rakkasah West (San Francisco/2003-2004)
Rakkasah East (New Jersey/2006)
Ahlan Wa Sahlan (Cairo, Egypt/2007)

Lale Sayoko