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Lisa Lumina,  Teacher

I started teaching because I wanted people to dance with, and kept teaching because I love to help dancers build confidence in themselves through gaining confidence in their dancing.


I'm a synthesizer, and believe it is the teachers job to build skills up like rungs on a ladder for students to climb. 

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"Lisa's music mapping class gave me tools I use today. Jump on it folks."

— Celeste, NYC student

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Lisa had several brushes with bellydance before it took root in her life. Finally, in 2005, a friend's DVD and information on started her journey in earnest. A dedicated student, Lisa sought out resources when beginning her Middle Eastern dance study while attending university in a small town in Western NY. She spent many hours mastering technique and trouble shooting mechanics in her first years of study, giving her an exceptional ability to help her own students through any trouble spots. 

From the beginning, Lisa has found joy in this dance and been driven to share it with others. She began performing professionally at the urging of her first long-term teacher, Hannah, in 2009 at the Greek family-restaurant, The Black Olive. She was a regular there for years and it is where she learned the importance of inspiring her audience to cast aside their worries and join the party.

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