Biography

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Photo July 2018 by Heather Wynne Photography

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. 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.

Dance Training

  • Samantha Karim. Phoenix, AZ  |  October 2017 to Present
  • Aziza. Montreal, Canada | July 2016 to Present
    • Week-long Intensive Studies through Aziza’s Dream Camp
      • 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

Teaching Experience

  • BELLY DANCE
    • 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. Creates lesson plans and corrects 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.

Academic Education

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
  • 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

  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certified Through 8/23/2020
  • American Red Cross Adult First-Aid/CPR/AED Certified- Through 3/16/2020
  • Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)-Student member2015-2016
  • 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.

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
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