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June 16, 2020

Helena Vlahos Performing Her Famous Nine Quarters Belly Dance Act, 1979

Helena Vlahos is a precise, energetic performer and instructor with a wealth of knowledge to share. She is a legendary belly dancers who is well known for her “Nine Quarter and Dollar Bill Act” of which she is in the Guinness Book of World Records for Unique Abdominal Dexterity.



Helena started her dance career in Los Angeles, California in the mid 1960s. She moved to Texas in 1971, where she was asked to perform at various Greek nightclubs. While there, she ran and operated to belly dance schools.

Helena moved back to Los Angeles in 1978 and was invited to person her unique act on television shows such as “AM Los Angeles”, “That’s Incredible”, “Spectacular World of Guinness Records” and many more...

In 1990 Helena moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught classes at numerous colleges, dance studios and resorts. She also found time to perform at the Bacchanal Greek Restaurant.

Currently, she is on the Executive Panel of Judges for Tonya and Atlantis’ Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition every February in Anaheim, California. Helena has mentored dancers who have gone to win titles in competitions including BDUC.

Helena’s finger cymbals can be heard on Damon the Gypsy’s original (1969) and re-mastered (2009) album “Song of a Gypsy” and his new re-mixed album “Gypsy Eyes”. Damon has a new DVD “Dance Little Gypsy” in where Helena has a featured part.

Helena moved back to Los Angeles in the fall of 2011, where she teaches and performs when not traveling for master workshops.

For more of her work, please go to her website at bellydancela.com




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