Lisa Lumina

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 responsible for the level format of this school. My goal is to build frameworks for understanding and give you tools I wish I'd had when I was first learning.

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Level One

Every class introduces a few of those fascinating isolations (yes, your body DOES move that way!) with a focus on building good movement habits for safe technique. We put those moves into combinations and cover basic dance skills. Four mini sessions, of 4 weeks each, build and can be repeated for a year.

Starting at the beginning of any of the 4-week units is ideal. Come cut loose, meet some new friends, gain strength, and discover the amazing things your body can do!


Level Two

Level two classes review moves from level one and teach musicality, so that you  can develop your own style and express your own feeling, or just cut loose and enjoy without needing to think about what comes next. Although choreographies are used as teaching tools, and to provide the option of performing together at semi-annual student recitals.

​11 week sessions alternate between introducing content and applying it to a recital ready choreography. Topics include: rhythms, drum solo, instruments and phrasing, and veil. 


Level Three

Levels 3, 4, and a Folklore Year are planned for the future, depending on student interest. 


These courses are each four semesters and can be repeated as you like once you've gained proficiency with level 2 material. As with level 2, every other semester includes a choreography, which students have the option of performing. Level 3 focuses on developing and applying the skills learned in level 2 and can be taken before or after folklore classes.

Tarab and Orientale: Spring
Beledi and Awalim style: Fall

Tray, sword, and floorwork: Summer
Double veil, fan veil, & wings: Winter


Level Four

Levels 3, 4, and a Folklore Year are planned for the future, depending on student interest.


 This level does not provide choreographies, however students have the option of preparing choreography or improvisation for feedback. Improvisation is encouraged for those who think they might want to gig, since performance conditions are generally unpredictable. 

Entrances, Vintage American & Egyptian approaches: Spring
Floorwork & Folklore in a bellydance show: Fall

Am Cab veil & audience interaction: Summer
​Dum Solos and Finales: Winter

Mosaic Lamps


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

— Celeste, NYC student

Vintage Floor Tiles

Lisa had several brushes with bellydance before it took root in her life. Finally, in 2005, a friend's DVD and information on Shira.net 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.