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Golden Festival is Back!

Despina will be performing on Saturday May 11th at 8pm with Scott Wilson & Efendi *Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Armenian dance music.
Find us in the IMPERIAL Room!


Live & In-Person in 2024!

Friday May 10th, 7:00 pm – 12:30 am

Saturday May 11th, 5:30 pm – 2:00 am

Join us for North America’s biggest celebration of community through the music and dance of the Balkans and beyond. Immerse yourself in two nights of uproarious performances across multiple stages featuring 50+ bands.

 Sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band

Now in Queens, NYC

Astoria World Manor
25-22 Astoria Blvd
Astoria, NY 11102

Friday: General Admission $50, Students with ID $35

Saturday: General Admission $95, Students with ID $65

Both Nights: Children (12 & under) Free

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Dance Astoria 2024!

Despina is also a proud sponsor! Find her performing during the 3pm set.


Sunday May 19th, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Pig Beach BBQ

35 - 37 36th Street,
Queens, NY 11106




And So They Gathered - A Cryptic Soiree

When: Friday, October 27th.

Where: 184 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002

Join us for a evening of theatrical dark fusion cross

cultural belly dance celebrating all things dark and spooky!

Featuring Guest Artists:

Sera Soltice, Elizabeth Khard, Pure Onyx Movement, The Laurens - Marie & Jeanette, Maki Moves

Dalia Carella Dance Collective *Diane Hutchinson, Debbie Despina Cartsos, Hila Sabin, Lucia Travaglino*, Irina Akulenko and Dancers, Dalia's and Irina's Performance Project Dancers

Theater: Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street, NYC

*Dress Code: Costumes highly recommended. Dress in your spookiest for a Halloween Costume Competition

*Tickets are non-refundable and all sales are final however you may sell your ticket at your discretion. Original ticket holder's name must be mentioned at the box office.

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Despina & Asteria Belly Dance School are proud sponsors of DANCE ASTORIA 2023

When: June 11th, 2023

Where: At Pig Peach BBQ, Queens 

35-37 36th Astoria, NY 11106


  • Alex Dombroski

  • Astoria Dance Center

  • Aubrey Cheek

  • Axons Dance Theater

  • Cole Collective

  • Dance Matters NYC

  • Despina Dance NYC

  • Grandma Hilda

  • Kamel Martinez & Elijah Olivo

  • Kat Katona

  • Kelly Carpentier

  • Leigh Ann Gann

  • LFX Dancers

  • Long Island City of Ballet

  • MK Dance on Hudson

  • Navatman Dance

  • Open Dance Ensemble

  • Sheep Meadow Dance Theater

  • Skyline Company

  • Stephanie Ramirez

  • Trevor Ricardo Spencer Jr.

  • ZCO / Danceproject

Djam NYC Old School with Live Music + Belly Dance

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for a feast for the senses, as we showcase the artistry of

talented musicians and dancers who will take you on a journey through the music and dance traditions of the

Near East. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sounds and movements of ancient cultures

hat have been passed down through generations.


Souren Baronian - Clarinet / Mal Stein - Percussion / Paul Brown - Bass / Robert Boghosian - Oud

Dalia Carella / Despina / Gabriela Figueroa / Kaeshi Chai / Layla Isis / Myra Krien from Santa Fe, NM

Maahi / Nur from Istanbul, Turkey /Vin / Brenna's Troupe /Aigerim /Angela Ng /Gail August / Mara /Vivimar / Gabriela's Troupe

Aleshiya Shearing /Anju Andre / Clara Henriquez / Eden Al / Gloria Mendoza / Kuting Gajelonia / Melissa Amernick / Nada Terra
Salma / Layla Isis' Troupe / Chantal / Elana / Inessa/ /Tara


Secret Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, New York, NY 10036, between 44th and 45th St


6:30-7:00pm Doors Open

7:00-9:30pm Show


$20 / $25 at the Door / $30 VIP Seat at a Front Row Table

Plus 1 drink or food item if seated at the bar, or 2 drinks or food items if seated at a table

* Drinks and food are NOT included in the ticket price

Tickets are non-refundable


Text Luana (347)404-0888 with your name, ticket tier and number of people you want seated at your table


Check out other upcoming Djam NYC events!

DETAILED BIOGRAPHIES (Listed Alphabetically)


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Dalia Carella Dance (DCDC) presents:

Choreographers' Showcase Afternoon Salon. New & Special Works of Vintage/Theatrical/Fusion BellyDance and more. Choreography by: Dalia Carella, Debbie Despina, Diamante Habibi, Han, Elizabeth Khard, Mariyah, Nyota Nayo

Presenting the Dalia Carella Dance collective:

Diane Hutchinson, Hila, Lucia and Debbie Despina.

Music: Scott Wilson

Where: Ripley Grier Studios , 939 8th Avenue, 4th Floor - Studio 4A, NYC: 3-5pm EST(Ring bell 307 to be buzzed in, take elevator to 4th floor)

Tickets: $25 ( No Refunds)


July 22, 2018

Dalia Carella - Summer Gala Salon July 22

Join us for a fun evening of dance at our Gala Salon on Sunday, July 22! Performances by Dalia Carella, Debbie DespinaDanielle Hutton & workshop participants! Sign up soon to secure your spot for these awesome workshops (and if you want to perform.) We're hoping for some duets, trios or group numbers, so sign up with friends! ;)

For full class descriptions, pricing and to sign up, go to:

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September 12, 2018

Menagerie d' Arte: 11-30 - 12-2, 2018. Dance Event

Drawn into the surreal, become instant voyeurs of immersive macabre & circus like dance.

It's been a dream for Dalia Carella, international dance artist/artistic director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective to collaborate with stylist/designer/dancer Debbie Despina Cartsos (DWebb Designs) on an interactive and immersive dance production of “Menagerie d'Arte”. DCDC's collaboration with Ms. Cartsos, whose extensive design and styling artistry provides a sophisticated urban direction to the program, will bring human fashion installations to life, merging the worlds of couture and dance. For more info and to contribute for this link and please share with your loved ones!!! xoxo

PS: All amazing photos by Monzeeki Photography!

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May 18, 2018

Glitter Glam Soiree

Friday, May 18, 7:30-10 pm
Dalia Carella & Debbie Despina of D.Webb Designs Present: Glitter Glam Soiree 
A DCDC Fundraiser Dance Party 

Get READY for a seriously glamorous & glitter-tastic party!

Put on your best dancing shoes, most sparkly outfit and come dance your heart out! With fun & exciting raffles, hot dance performances, and tunes by DJ Baby D! All proceeds will benefit DCDC, as we gear up for our Nov/Dec 2018 production, Menagerie D'Arte!

Featuring stellar dance performances throughout the night: 

POM (Pure Onyx Movement)
Alice Giampieri 
Brenna Crowley
Elena Nayiri
Debbie Despina

When: Friday, May 18, 2018
Where: You Should Be Dancing, 412 8th Avenue
Doors open  @7:30 pm
Full cash bar! 

$20 online, $25 door
To purchase your discounted ticket:

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