Nona Mizuta began her dance career at a young age in 1976, studying classical ballet and tap dance at
Arlene's Studio in Federal Way, WA. Within a few years, she added jazz to her subject of study at the
studio. While studying at Arlene's Studio, she performed in numerous recitals, shows, and productions,
including local performances of The Nutcracker Ballet and Alice in Wonderland.
In 1986, Nona moved to Puyallup, WA and began studying at Suburban Dance Studio. Here she excelled
and quickly became a member of the ballet, tap, and jazz performance and competition group. She
participated in many performances and competitions, including Seaside, Oregon's Dance Magic
competition. Her dance team frequently won titles and awards over the six years Nona accompanied
Nona then moved onto Green River Community College to further her scholastic education, but did not
give up her dreams of dancing. She took several sessions of the college's ballet and jazz classes along
with her regular education schedule, and even choreographed and taught a jazz routine which was
performed by Nona and her classmates at the Grand Opening of Incredible Universe in Auburn's
After a few years, Nona took a hiatus from dance to try and discover where her adult life would lead
her. In the summer of 2003, it took her back to dance when she stumbled across an advertisement for
belly dance lessons.
Nona began studying Middle Eastern belly dance under Jaleh of Puyallup. In just a few short months,
she was an official member of the troupe Raks El Zahira. Soon after, she was helping Jaleh out by
substitute teaching her classes when she was needed. During her two-year stay with Jaleh and the
troupe, Nona participated in performances in many large shows, including Mediterranean Fantasy
Festival (Seattle, WA), Cairo Moon (Renton, WA), Powers of Belly Dance Conference (Yakima, WA), and
Rakkasah West (Richmond, CA), as well as various local street festivals, restaurants, and haflas. In
2004, Nona competed at the Double Crown Competition in Portland, OR as a member of Raks El Zahira
and took first place in the Nile (troupe) category.
In 2005, Nona joined up with her best friend and dance partner, Kiara, and they ventured out on their
own to create Jeweled Scarab Dance Company (JSDC), which now boasts a talented six person
performance group who regularly performs at haflas, restaurants, and private parties.
Nona currently teaches several belly dance classes at various locations in Puyallup, Spanaway, and
Lakewood, choreographs and performs with JSDC, and was a key factor in producing a belly dance show
with Pangia, a live Middle Eastern band on their 3rd CD Release Tour.
Nona continues her studies in dance as often as possible. She has participated in workshops with such
renowned belly dancers as Saqra, Mahasti Abidi, Aziza Nawal, Zeeta, Tahia, Sharon Moore, Nadira, Sana
Olwi, Amelia Moore, Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Erna Woo, Jim
Boz, and Kamaal, and has taken private instruction with John Compton. She has also studied intensively
with Aleedra in Lakewood, WA, Adriene Rice of Ballard, WA, and California's Suhaila Salimpour.
Nona's style of dance is distinct due to her ability to blend a variety of dance styles to create a unique
fusion, which is also the style that is the main focus of JSDC. She enjoys the many positive aspects of
belly dance, including the camaraderie between dancers and the fact that the dance allows her to
express herself by translating music through movement. She strives to be the best instructor and
performer she can be, while focusing on remaining true to the dance and following her heart. "When the
music moves you, dance with all your heart."