"Watching Donia dance was like watching the slow lick of a flame--powerful, sexy and beautiful."
- Mark Blaise Fallon, Writer

"A powerful flame within a delicate flower"
- Zajal (aka Katharyn Howd Machan), 2002 Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, NY

"The movement of her body sends ripples through the thick, fragrant smoke that lingers in the air"
- Nicole Krestos, Journalist


Los Angeles has been so good me! Although I'm not a newbie anymore, I still feel like I'm trying to get settled. I love having so many amazing teachers nearby. And I've been so blessed with work! I'm literally dancing almost every night. I miss teaching, but I haven't found the time to start back to a regular teaching schedule again.

Can't wait for me to start teaching again? Email me about teaching a workshop in your area!


I'm a choreographer, dancer, and teacher working to share the beauty and joy of this art form with as many people as I can.

I perform all over the Los Angeles area both as a soloist and with Jillina's Sahlala Dancers.

I've shared the stage with a range of live artists including: U2 cover bands, Middle Eastern fusion groups, beatboxers, and drummers both famous and "locally famous".

I've danced on enormous stages and in tiny tea rooms, entertained in modest homes, Hollywood mansions, farmer's markets, casinos, music festivals, restaurants, and more.