Kiana Esna-Ashari fell in love with Iranian culture, specifically Persian dance, at a very young age. She joined Beshkan Dance Academy at the age of 6 where she was introduced to Persian dance and continued her journey with the academy for many years. During high school, Kiana took a break from dance to focus on academics but returned during her Sophomore year of college as a Teacher’s Assistant. She is now a Teacher at Beshkan working closely with ages 3 to 6. She has shown passion, dedication, and responsibility in taking on this role and creates a fun and safe environment for her students to not only learn about Iranian dance, but also master skills and qualities that will lead them to become confident, successful women in the future. She really enjoys her students and feels enormous gratitude to have the opportunity to help guide a new generation of strong Iranian girls.
In addition to teaching Iranian dance, Kiana enjoys working out and photography. She has her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Economics from San Jose State University. She has accepted a full time offer with the accounting firm PwC, but still plans to be involved with the academy.
Kiana looks forward to continuing to grow both as a dancer and instructor at the academy, and hopes to become a role model to her students, just as her teachers, Razieh &
Sharareh were with her when she joined Beshkan as a little girl.