LaLanya Cameron was born in Portland, Oregon, and was raised in San Francisco where she studied ballet, and Afro-Haitian, Jazz, and modern dance from the most noted teachers in the Bay Area.

 

 

She worked professionally in Los Angeles in television, film and theater with dozens of credits. She danced in “Staying Alive” and “The Blues Brothers” as well as “Body Rock” and “Hysterical”. TV credits included shows such as the “Golden Globe Awards”, the “American Music Awards”. In live theatre, she worked in “Guys and Dolls” and in “Pal Joey” in Las Vegas. She also made national commercials for Schlitz, McDonald’s, Coke and Nestle’s.

 

 

LaLanya Cameron then moved to Italy where she danced on RAI television and in films made in the reknowned "Cinecitta". Among these was the role of the “Serpent Woman” in “The Secret of the Sahara”. She danced on the “Miss Italia” show, and on RAI's prestigious TV award show with her partner from Milan's La Scala theater. She was invited to perform for the prime minister of Malta. She began teaching large groups mixing various dance techniques.

 

 

She has taught at the UCSF’s Milberry Center in San Francisco, and at ClubSport. She has also taught at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and presented at their OHSU Women’s Health Conference at the Oregon Convention Center.