Devon Near-Hill

Devon N.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I fell in love with lambada and Brazilian Zouk five years ago and have since been exploring its depths. As an advocate for understanding the roots of a dance, I made the pilgrimage to Rio De Janeiro to perform with Renata Pecanha’s company to complete a teacher training program, learned from Braz Dos Santos in his 50-hr teacher training in Key West, trained and toured with Mestre Gilson Damasco, and deeply immersed myself in the school Renata Pecanha USA directed by Cristi and Clinton. I won first place in the first ever lambada competition at New York City Zouk Festival and second place in the LA Zouk Festival Semipro US Zouk Open competition as the first female lead to ever compete. In 2018, I produced & hosted LA’s only Lambada & Zouk social, ENERGIA. That same year I began collaborating with Jerry Lai to continue expanding his pedagogy, Deconstructing Zouk with the goal of creating versatile and connected dancers. To cultivate freedom of movement and safety in social dance for followers, I also created The Efficient Follow curriculum (find us on facebook). Together we went on tour to teach both programs in London, Washington DC, Warsaw, Paris, and are now teaching online! I recently became certified as a Judge for the Brazilian Zouk Council and scored my first intermediate competition in January. My goal is to use information from multiple modalities to create well-rounded and informed dancers who move from the inside out. I'm so excited to share with you!

About Devon N.

Interested in dance lessons? Devon began dancing when she could walk and has since appeared on stage, in international congresses and nightclubs. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 from the University of Southern California, where she majored in theater. With years of extensive dance training, she's had the opportunity to choreograph for various productions there. As a prize- winning social dancer, she began to partner with Jerry Lai and now teaches her dance curriculum Efficient Follow online.


Prior to the pandemic, Devon was teaching bellydance at Los Angeles Bellydance Academy and was on tour teaching Brazilian Zouk. Driven by her passion for teaching, she has turned to teaching 4-week long courses to over 300 students and counting. Devon's vivacious and energetic personality have drawn in followers from all over the world to her live and prerecorded content, and there’s no sign of her slowing down. "Art saves lives, and it's the artist's duty to keep folks inspired during hard times!".

Let’s dance!

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Donna G.
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My first class with Devon was amazing. She is very patient and pleasant. I was impressed with her knowledge and is a great teacher. I am looking forward to my next class.

Posted Jan 28, 2018

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Experience

Belly Dancer
Jan 2012 - Present

LA Restaurants and Private Parites

Performed at events, parties and local venues including Byblos, L’Ambiance, Eden Garden, The Palace, DeLounge, Koutoubia, and the Seaside Palace.

Choreographer
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013

USCs theater department

Choreographed Arabian Nights for the School of Dramatic Arts

Education

Belly Dance
Feb 2015 - Present

LA Bellydance Academy

Theater
Aug 2012 - May 2016

University of Southern California

Belly dance
Jan 2006 - Nov 2012

SPACE, LA Bellydance Academy

Languages

Portuguese

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher Training
May 2019

Braz Dos Santos Lambada

Key West origins of Lambada Training

Awards

First Place in Troupe Division
Feb 2012

Oroville Bellydance Competition

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