DeVilla is a prolific and multi-award winning Middle Eastern dancer based in Los Angeles, known for her polished and dramatic stage presentations. She has studied dance extensively since childhood; including the Ahla Wa Sahlan Dance Festival in Cairo to learn from Egyptian greats such as Raqia Hassan, Dr. Mo Geddawi, Rhanda Kamel, Momo Kadous, and Diana. She has also trained with renowned dancers in America such as Zahra Zuhair, Helena Vlahos, Kamala Almanzar, Fahtiem, Jillina, Ansuya, and Sadie.
DeVilla’s performances have been said to be dynamic, mixing contemporary raqs sharqi innovation with classical Egyptian inspiration. DeVilla works both locally and nationally as a soloist and troupe leader. She has held the title of Artistic Director for a multitude of troupes, and currently leads Sekhmet Dance Company, established 2010. DeVilla and Sekhmet Dance Company have performed at events such as A Night of World Dance at PCC Center for the Arts, Jillina’s nationally touring show The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and headlined Cairo Caravan on The Queen Mary. Even so, DeVilla and the Sekhmets may be best known for producing the Siren Sundays dinner showcase, which sold out seating for four years at Moun of Tunis Restaurant---a hub for North African culture for over 40 years.
In addition to performing and producing, DeVilla is a seasoned dance educator. For ten years she has been on staff at Dance Garden LA, named “Best Place to Learn the Art of Bellydance” by LA Weekly, 2012. Her expertise has also been sought out for popular festivals such as The Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive and Cairo ShimmyQuake---the largest Middle Eastern dance event in Southern California.
What’s more, DeVilla juggles dual careers as an Emmy-nominated makeup artist. A background in fine arts—including a painting degree and a minor in art history from one of the highest-ranking art schools in the nation—carved her pathway directly to the film and TV industry, where she paints the faces of Hollywood’s biggest stars on hits like American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Star Trek: Picard, and Ratched. DeVilla regularly teaches theatrical makeup workshops, so you too can learn the tricks of the trade!