While visiting Dallas in the spring of 2009, Lileith was invited to go out to eat at an Armenian restaurant. Everyone was a bit skeptical of what they would find at the restaurant, but when Lileith saw they had live belly dance entertainment, she was sold!
This is where she saw her first live belly dance performance and from that moment she knew she had to do THAT! She didn't know how, living in Fayetteville, AR, but she just knew she had to try. To her delight, she was able to find classes with the Siren Bellydance Troupe of Northwest Arkansas, led by local belly dance teacher Diana Shepherd. After studying with them, she quickly became a performing troupe member, and performed her first solo dance after just one year of study.
This led to many other troupe and solo performances at conventions and festivals and eventually to professional work in hookah bars, private parties, fundraising events, art shows and corporate events.
Lileith has studied with both local teachers, and world famous belly dance stars including Ansuya Rathor, Sadie Marquardt and Isidora Hart (Izzy). She has taken workshops with Yasmine of South Carolina, Aradia, Michelle Joyce and Zoe Jakes, Princess Farhana, Suhaila Salimpour, Aziza, and Mia Sha'uri, Hassan Khalil, ZaZa. She was fortunate to take private lessons with original Belly Dance Superstar Ansuya Rathor, eventually earning her Ansuya Bellydance Certification, in 2013. This program is a deep dive into creating an evolving, eclectic, sensually empowered, personal belly dance style with a strong technical base in American Cabaret Technique and Improvisation Concepts, Fusion and Prop Technique and Combos.
Through her education and experience she developed a style that is uniquely hers. Lileith's dances tell stories, embodying a character, so that each dance has depth and meaning. Her goal is to touch and stir the souls of the audience.
Most recently returning from Egypt where she performed at the Crazy Nights International Dance Festival & Competition; she has been honored to perform at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Arts Center of the Ozarks; the Big Night Gala for the Children’s Safety Center; regional hookah lounges/restaurants; multiple regional belly dance and cultural festivals; private dinner parties; special events; graduation parties and more! She teaches workshops, private lessons, Ladies’ Night Parties; and will be offering classes again in the near future. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any booking or class information!
Lileith holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Adult Education. During the same time period she found belly dance, 2009, Lileith also found her love of personal coaching. Her friend had been consulting and coaching for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, so she was able to shadow her work there with the leadership organization, soon thereafter, earning her professional certified coach title in personal and executive coaching from the College of Executive Coaching in Pismo Beach, CA
Although Lileith has tried to separate her coaching work and her love of dancing, they can’t live without the other. So she is bringing them together in her new online community – Awaken Your Instinct, all the while, dancing locally and doing an elite selection of events throughout the year.