Biography

About Lenora

A life-long dancer, Lenora studied dance as a minor to her studies in college. It was there that she fell into love with belly dance and began to pursue her path in this art form. Since college, she has been teaching and performing belly dance across Arizona and has had the honor of performing with and learning from many belly dance greats. It is her desire to push herself to be the best dancer she can be, to share the history as well as the foundational movement to aspiring dancers, and to live a life of grace, creativity, and innovation. She is continually inspired by the Golden Era, Oriental and Modern Egyptian dance. Although belly dance has become her predominate style, she enjoys fusing her past dance styles in modern and ballet into her belly dance choreography and believes technical variety is important for building well-rounded, strong dancers.

Teaching Experience

BELLY DANCE

Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ August 2019-Present

Beginning and intermediate belly dance choreography and technique under course code DCE 111 and DCE 211

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation. Apache Junction, AZ. March 2018-Present

Beginning belly dance and beginner and intermediate choreography and technique. Learn more.

Phoenix College. Phoenix, AZ. September 2014- December 2015

Assistant teacher for introductory belly dance class. Created lesson plans and corrected technique to provide a safe foundation in dance for beginning students.

Studios 806. Phoenix, AZ. May 2013 - April 2014.

Taught beginning belly dance technique including proper posture and introductory choreographies

EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. January 2013 - May 2013

Part of curriculum for minor in Dance at ASU. Taught preschool-middle school children dance lessons based on their academic curriculum incorporating Laban movement principles and Arizona Dance Standards in collaboration with fellow student teachers.

PRECISION DANCE TECHNIQUE

Bay City H.S., Bay City, TX. June 2008 - May 2010.

Taught choreography and technique in a variety of styles including modern, jazz, lyrical, and high-kick.

ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certified Through 8/23/2020

American Red Cross Adult First-Aid/CPR/AED Certified- Through 3/16/2020

Dance Training

Belly Lab Phoenix. Phoenix, AZ | August 2019- November 2019

Intensive study program run by Amanda Rose via distance coaching culminating in live group performance.

Samantha Karim. Phoenix, AZ | October 2017 to August 2019

Lisa Zahiya. Asheville, North Carolina | February 2018 to February 2019

Year-long "Year of You" mentoring program centered on dance technique, goal-setting, teaching, marketing and more.

Aziza. Montreal, Canada | July 2016 to February 2019

Week-long Intensive Studies through Aziza's Dream Camp and year long "Year of You" mentoring program

July 2016, June 2017, February 2018

Amanda Rose. Phoenix, AZ and Spain | January 2015- Present

Egyptian, Oriental and Shaabi. In-person classes.

Online intensives and mentorship in Choreography Creations, Musicality, and various stylings.

Ava Fleming of Studios 806, Phoenix, AZ | August 2011 to December 2015

Classical Egyptian style belly dance, fusion belly dance, props (including sword, veil and zills), dance fitness, and history

Aristocat Dance Team. Bay City High School, Bay City, TX | August 2006 - May 2010

Chief officer, choreographer, and member of award winning dance team specializing in high-kick, military precision, lyrical, novelty jazz, modern, and pom pom dance routines. Promoted to leadership in 2008.

Lynn Fife School of Dance. Bay City, TX | August 2006 - May 2010

Classical ballet including pointe work

Texas A&M University Summer Intensive. College Station, TX. July 2009

Modern and contemporary dance

Lynn Bates School of Dance. Bay City, TX | May 2002 - May 2006

Jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance

Academics

2017 Arizona State University | M.S. Global Technology and Development

Capstone Title: Dance regulation and reclamation: Dance, technology and meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

2013 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ | B.S. Anthropology with a minor in Dance

Relevant coursework includes: Modern Dance I and II, Raqs Sharqi I and II (Belly Dance), Moving Histories, Ethnography of Dance Practices, Creative Approaches to Teaching Dancing, The Body Conditioned, and Anatomy and Physiology, Dance: Cultural & Global Contexts

Research Presentations

2017

1st Annual School for the Future of Innovation in Society Research Symposium

Dance regulation and reclamation: Dance, technology and meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

2013

3rd Annual School of Human Evolution & Social Change Undergraduate Research Symposium

Orientalism, Ethics and Cultural Appropriation in Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance)

2012

2nd Annual School of Human Evolution & Social Change Undergraduate Research Symposium

Body Language: Communication Through Dance–Can cultural dance be used as an educational tool?

Certifications and Affiliations

  • Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)-Student member, 2015-2016
  • Journey through Egypt- Level 1 Certified, February 2014

This 20-hour intensive lecture course is taught by Sahra Kent (a.k.a Sahra Saeeda) whom studied Dance Ethnology at UCLA, during which time she spent 6 years in Egypt researching and writing her master’s thesis on the zeffah, and opening doors to all kinds of knowledge. Her research has culminated the the creation of Journey through Egypt Levels 1-5. You can learn more about this program here.

“Journey Through Egypt 1 is an overview on the movement, posture, clothing, history, and cultural diffusion in the different regions of Egypt. Sahra’s unique perspective follows how the dance transforms from the homes of the people to the sparkling stages of Cairo.

These dances are put into the context of the local culture and histories. Their transformation from homestyle to the stage is also covered in depth. For several of the dances the students break from lecture to stretch their muscles and learn the movements that can traditionally be found in these dances. The way that these dances have been interpreted and adapted for the stage is also discussed and shown.

The course also covers many of the rights and rituals that can be found throughout Egypt, such as zeffah, zars, and moulids. Whenever possible, these rituals are described and explained with video Sahra has taken on one of her own research journeys to Egypt. Here you’ll find a play by play of what you’re seeing and how it is affected by culture and people’s perceptions.”–Text from Journeythroughegypt.com.

  • Journey through Egypt- Level 2 Certified, June 2019

"In addition to addressing movement and culture, we are introduced to core Dance Ethnography concepts. Sahra brings to JtE Intensive Courses concepts and experiments taught to her by her professors, pioneers in the field of Dance Ethnology, at the University of California, Los Angeles.

During the process of preparation and discovery in JtE-2 we begin to form our personal interests and questions, the base of our future research and specializations.

This 20-Hour Intensive Workshop includes dance and ritual movement of the “Dance Zones of Egypt” with special work in a variety of dances, such as Awalem Shamadan Farrah style, Cairo examples of Hassaballah, Beja Bravery Dance of the Eastern Desert, Bamboteyya of the Suez Canal, Awlad Ali Bedouin Hagallah dance, Zaggala of Siwa, Saidi Assaya, Firqit Zeffah, and much more." –Text from Journeythroughegypt.com.

Recognition

  • Amethyst Dance Festival 2018 Top Fusion Professional Performer. 3rd Place Oriental/Egyptian Professional Performer. Casa Grande, AZ
  • Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association of Arizona, Dancer of the Week- May 2014
  • Texas Dance Educators Association All-State Dance Team 2009-2010
  • Showmakers of America Superlative Dancer 2009