In Greek mythology, Terpsichore "delight of dancing" was one of the nine Muses, ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus. She lends her name to the word "terpsichorean" which means "of or relating to dance". She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre, accompanying the dancers' choirs with her music. Her name comes from the Greek words τέρπω "delight" and χoρός "dance".
HELENA VLAHOS is well known for her classical belly dance style as well as her "Nine Quarter and Dollar Bill Act". She is in the Guinness Book of World Records for "Unique Abdominal Dexterity".
Helena started her career in 1964 in Los Angeles, California where she performed in the local Greek and Middle Eastern night clubs. She moved to Houston, Texas in 1971 where she was invited to perform at the Bacchanal Greek Restaurant. Helena opened and operated two belly dance schools in Houston and Austin, Texas.
In 1978 Helena moved back to Los Angeles and was invited to perform her unique quarter act on television shows such as "AM Los Angeles", "That's Incredible", "Spectacular World of Guinness Records" and many more.
Helena is a sought after performer and workshop instructor and travels extensively but still finds time to perform and teach locally as well. Catch Helena's show at the Bacchanal Greek restaurant in Phoenix.
Helena is on the Executive Panel of Judges for the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition held every February in Long Beach California.
In January 2006 Helena was featured as the "Diva of Dance" in the "Studio" A Quarterly Journal of Folk & International Music & Dance. She was also featured In the Summer 2008 edition of "Belly Dance a Raqs Sharqi Magazine"
Helena is featured in the DVD "American Belly Dance Legends".
MORGIANA'S first work was performing for Western Sing-a-Gram in 1977, which she continued to do occasionally until 1980. Soon, her increasingly polished skills landed her regular engagements at the Valley's finest, most famous venues, including her club debut at the Phoenix 7th St. hotspot, The Seventh Veil. She continued to perform at the Seventh Veil from 1976-78, and also appeared frequently at The Pyramids from 1978-80. Sword-balancing became her best-known act, and continues to be a favorite performance for her even today. Feature performances included the Baghdad, Aladdin's, the old King Tut's, The Grecian Village, Andros, The Bacchanal, India Palace, and a well-publicized engagement as house dancer at the now Moroccan Restaurant in the early 1990's
After working on the performance floor for a few years, Morgiana also began to teach, feeling it offered a great way for her to continue her own growth. In the late 70's she founded her first troupe, Musalim Sais. A natural at teaching, she found the experience rewarding and productive, but performing at restaurants as a soloist remained her primary effort but the teaching experience had captivated her, she dedicated study and lots of legwork to become a well respected instructor, fitting easily into the role thereafter at many outlets, including classes at Bookman's, Mountain Side Fitness, Tempe Parks and Recreation, Gentle Strength University in Tempe, Body Works Studio, and Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Scottsdale.
Out of her teaching, the troupe experience inevitably arose, bringing about her formation of Egyptian Cartouche in 1991. Egyptian Cartouche continues performances to this day, showcasing Morgiana's pupils at their best. A second troupe, the Daughters of Isis, was formed in 1998 to accommodate the growth of her Tempe student base. From troupe work, Morgiana has extended her ministries to production and community service. Since the early 90's she has staged many mini-workshops and charity benefits, ever widening the scope of those she is able to touch with her very appreciable and praiseworthy efforts and performances.
HELENA and MORGIANA have formed the dance troupe TERPSICHOREANS, not only performing their specialty dances live, they are passing down their wealth of skills and experience in dance and introducing their most talented and promising proteges to the dance community to delight audiences everywhere. The first student Helena and Morgiana are presnting is VENUSAHARA.