Aryka was born in Los Angeles, California, and so, with music and movement rooted deeply in her Latin heritage and Angeleno/Hollywood culture, she naturally developed a passion for performing arts. Aryka was introduced to Oriental dance (belly dance) by her mother, who is primarily a visual artist with a love for dance and music like her daughter.
Aryka did mostly hip hop and Latin ballroom styles in preceding years, but in 2010 she switched focus when she was asked to belly dance in a live concert for singer/musician David Longoria. Afterward, Aryka was invited to train with the Zahira Dancers, but a brief few months later she decided to take a two year break from dancing. In 2012, Aryka’s desire to practice Oriental dance returned full force. At that time, she joined the Lotus Dancers and remained with the company for nearly two years. In 2014, Aryka decided to pursue and grow her career as a solo artist.
Since beginning her journey as a Middle Eastern dance performance artist, Aryka has been privileged to partake in workshops with masters from around the world, such as Princess Turrini of Cairo, Simona Guzman, Asi Haskal, Tommy King, Vanessa Moreno and more. She also attributes much of her dance knowledge to peers and teachers from the famous LA belly dance studio, Dance Garden LA.
In the United States, Aryka has delighted audiences throughout Southern California, Las Vegas, and Boston. Internationally, she has had the pleasure of performing in Peru, Greece, and Italy. Although devoted to her weekly local shows, Aryka’s passion for traveling encourages her to continue shimmying around the globe. She makes annual trips abroad and incorporates shows as part of her travels.
As part of a very recent chapter in her career, Aryka has teamed up with fellow dancer and dear friend, Jasmina, to found an international belly dance troupe called Raqs Unity, which promises to bring together talented women from all corners of the world for an unforgettable experience.