Meet Lisa Zahiya!

There are only 17 days to go till the start of the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival and are we excited!

Today I would like you to meet one of our guest judges and instructors, Lisa Zahiya! 

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Lisa is no stranger to the Burgh as she has lead a Bellydance Retreat in 2013 and will be leading another exclusive Bellydance Retreat in May 2014.

Lisa Zahiya is an innovative, award-winning performer, in-demand instructor and successful studio owner. Working in the genres of bellydance, Indian dance (Bollywood & Bhangra) and hip-hop dance, Lisa travels nationally and internationally teaching and performing.

Lisa is a alumni of the University of Maryland Dance Team and has a background in musical theater, jazz and hip hop. In 2008, her strong powerful style earned her the title “2008 Tribal Fusion Bellydancer of the Universe” and she went on to win the Alternative Category at the Wiggles of the West bellydance competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lisa’s unique style and fusion dance forms has gained her recognition in the International bellydance community. She travels, teaching workshops, performing and developing curriculum. She has developed a fusion dance curriculum for a dance school in San Raphael, France. She serves as guest faculty at Sahara Dance in Washington, DC. At home, she is faculty at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where she teaches bhangra, hip hop and bellydance. She also served as an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, Asheville.

389587_10151466495050613_1767526639_nLisa is also known for her work with children and women, using dance as a impetus for change. Lisa serves as a Resident Artist with the Lake Eden Arts Festival, working with 1st-8th graders in public housing communities and is also a Guest Dance Instructor with the Buncombe County School System. Additionally, she travels nationally teaching in school systems and for childrens’ organizations. Lisa has completed training in Developmental Assests and 21st Century Skills.

See Lisa in Action: 

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