Aslahan began her dance training in 1992, and has been performing professionally, delighting audiences up and down the East coast, since 2000. Specializing in Turkish Oryantal style since 1998, she has come to be known for her lyrical flow, fiery stage presence, and mastery of finger cymbals. Her passionate performances to 9/8 are unforgettable. A favorite of Turkish and Armenian audiences, she has performed at country clubs, museums, weddings, film premieres, New Year galas, and belly dance festivals, as well as appearing in music videos and feature films.
Aslahan has taken workshops and private lessons with such luminaries as Anahid Sofian, Rhea of Athens, and Reyhan Tuzsuz, and continues to study intensively with the amazing Artemis Mourat. She has also studied music and dance in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2013 she won first place in the Turkish Professional category of the MidWest Dance Competition, the first competition in the U.S. to have such a category.
As an instructor she has a gift for breaking down technique in multiple ways, and in identifying and communicating those fine insights that take a dancer from merely good to mesmerizing. She has taught workshops, classes, and private lessons in New England for several years, and has been published in Belly Dance New England Magazine. Her online articles are frequently referenced by other Turkish dance enthusiasts. She has also presented (lecture and performance) on the history and artistry of Oriental dance at local colleges. She currently has an instructional DVD on finger cymbals in the works, to be released in early 2014.