Nyla Crystal began her obsession with belly dance in college and depended on belly dance to survive graduate school. She graduated from UC Davis with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology for her dissertation work on estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. As a dancer, Nyla has won multiple belly dance awards in solo, duet, and troupe categories. Along with her partner in crime, Surreyya, Nyla co-directs Troupe Scimitar, an internationally performing duet, and the Dangerous Beauties belly dance show. Nyla Crystal currently performs for weddings, private and corporate events in the San Francisco Bay Area.