Lauren Zehara

 Hi, I’m Lauren Zehara.

Here’s a little information about me.I’ve danced and taught in the St. Louis area since 2000. I was the owner of Lotus Arts Studio, a world dance and yoga studio that had two locations in the St. Louis area. My studio was home to The Hips Afire! Bellydancers, a student repertory group and to the Silver Sirens, a senior recreational troupe. I was also director of (and a performer in) Lotus Arts Dance Company, our pro troupe that performed at festivals, universities, and events around the area.

I’m the author of A Belly Dance Journal and A Yoga Journal. I’ve also produced a video teaching Stage Presence skills for belly dancers.

I’m retired from professional dance and at the moment I’m traveling and working as a freelance writer.


headshot beledi-smallExperience

  • Dancing since 2000
  • 2007-2013: Owner of Lotus Arts Studio (locations in St. Louis, MO & Belleville, IL)
  • Performed regularly at Nara Hookah Cafe, Aya Sofia Restaurant and other venues
  • Taught workshops regionally and at Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive 2012
  • Taught on Norwegian cruise ship, Dubai/India in 2012
  • Publisher of Belly Dance U
  • Author, A Belly Dance Journal
  • DVD: Stage Presence with Lauren Zehara

Specialties & subjects

  • Stage Presence: How to relax onstage and communicate with your audience
  • Musicality and Expression: Learn more about Middle Eastern music and/or rhythms
  • Folk Dances (intro level): Saidi, Khaleegy, Beledi, Turkish Romani
  • Props: Shamadan, Goddess Wings, Sword, cane
  • Styles of Dance: Lecture & video presentation comparing Egyptian, Turkish & other styles
  • Technique: Layered and textured shimmies
  • Group choreographies (both Egyptian and Pan-Arabic) for beginner, intermediate, and advanced troupes

My work as a troupe director/choreographer

My work as a soloist


Drum Solo

Improvisation with wings:

Improvisation with sword


My Books & DVD






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