A world class belly dance performer and master, Sophia Meng Lanyu is a trained Chinese folk dancer since young with a strong dance background. She was in the dance performance team since primary 3 and was promoted to be the choreographer and team leader since her middle school. Her team has won countless awards in school and also in the city. She graduated with a dance diploma in Tianjin University of Sport in China. She obtained both dance instructor certificate and yoga instructor certificate, and worked as a fulltime dance instructor and yoga instructor in China during college.
She has been performing in Middle Eastern dance (belly dance) since 2005 after training in China. Later in Singapore she also learned from local teachers as well as workshops with Dina and other Egyptian masters.
She is currently the Art Director and core instructor of Desert Roses Belly Dance where she both leads the performance troupe as well as trains students. She had taught belly dance at the National University of Singapore and new classes were added to due to the popular demand from students. She has also been invited every year to give one day belly dance workshop in Australian International School since 2010 and received appreciation email from the school.
In June 2010, she was invited to perform overseas in Abu Dhabi for summer in Abu Dhabi festival for 1 month to showcase Chinese Dance together with Malay and Indian dancers to represent the beauty and harmony of Singapore culture and was interviewed and reported in local newspaper.
She has been the residential professional belly dance performers in three authentic Middle Eastern restaurants respectively from 2009, where the most famous belly dancers in Singapore perform throughout the week.
From 2009 to the present, Sophia has performed in many NAC-AEP programmes in local schools and countless other company function performances outside of schools, highlights include F1 Singapore 2009.
In 2010, Sophia joined Mediacorp channel 5’s talent show One Moment of Glory (OMG) with other two instructors from Desert Roses Belly Dance Singapore. Desert Roses maintained in the program for 11 episodes and won the top 6 in the talents competition. Sophia and friends were invited to perform for the biggest countdown party of 2010 by channel 5 and also performed with many TV celebrities in President’s Charity Show 2010.
She was awarded first runner up and group championship, in Asia Global belly dance competition 2012 at Singapore Street Festival.
In 2012, she represented Singapore and won the first international belly dance champion in Nagwa Fouad Competition in Seoul, Korea. She was interviewed in Channel Newsasia and Channel 8 (Good Morning Singapore) for bringing the awards back to Singapore.
She is young and talented, yet very experienced and inspiring belly dance instructor. She is extremely good at stage performance, has wowed audience with her graceful moves and extreme flexibility. Her love for dance and students will inspire her students to explore more in belly dance with her.