Dance Instructors in: 

SOUTH of the River in AUSTIN, TEXAS

(512) 441-4645
Full Moon Studio
409 Tilbury Lane


Lucila Velez

Corazon Latino Dance Studio 500 W. William Cannon Dr & S. 1st St, Suite 400 Saturdays at 12 pm.

STYLES TAUGHTVarious forms of Middle Eastern Dance, including classical Egyptian, cabaret, ethnic and gypsy fusion, Latin favorites and flamenco.

LEVELS TAUGHT:  Beginner to Advanced


DANCE BACKGROUND: Lucila Velez has been in the Austin dance community since 1979. Her first teacher and mentor on Belly Dance was Maria Amaya in Austin, TX by 1977. Other great teacher that influence. Lucila, to mention a few: Jamila Salinpour and Carolena and FCBD of Ca., Elena Lentini and Della Carella of N.Y., Vashti of Dallas and the Icons of Belly Dance, Bert Balladine and De Ann Adams of Ca. Lucila study the Russian Ballet in her childhood and the Flamenco Dance as a teenager in Colombia, South America.  

DANCE PHILOSOPHYLucila believes in the beauty and benefits of dance, sharing her passion with students of all ages, shapes and backgrounds. Lucila’s philosophy is: “Live to dance and dance to live.”

Michelle Manx
Michelle Sefcik

Galaxy Dance Studio on South Lamar

STYLES TAUGHTTribal Fusion stylization with an emphasis on technique and Pin-up Bellydance.  Michelle teaches her signature style of incorporating the glamour, poses, and facial expressions of the pinup girls of the 40�s and 50�s into her Tribal Fusion style

LEVELS TAUGHT:  Beginner to Intermediate


DANCE BACKGROUND: Michelle's love for dance started at the age of six when she began participation in ballet and tap classes. She became interested in bellydance when her mother enrolled in a bellydance class in the 70's and with her background in anthropology, the study of ethnic dance seemed to be a natural progression. Michelle has studied the art of bellydance for six years including Suhaila Salimpour technique (Level I certified), various forms of Tribal Bellydance, and Egyptian Cabaret. She has also supplemented her knowledge of dance and movement by taking Bharata Natyam and yoga classes.  After years of intensive study of different forms of bellydance and a year-and-a-half of assisting her former dance partner Tashar's class, Michelle started teaching Tribal Fusion classes in Austin, Texas.    

DANCE PHILOSOPHY:  Michelle believes that mastering and drilling safe, solid technique allows a dancer to focus on stage presentation and communication with one�s audience.

Stacey Lizette
Stacey Lizette

Mondays 7:30pm
Tapestry Dance Studio
2302 Western Trails Blvd.

Tuesdays 6pm, 7pm and 8:15pm
3212 South Congress Ave.

STYLES TAUGHTTechnique is applicable to all styles of bellydance.  Choreographies and dance combinations may be folkloric, American, Egyptian, or Lebanese influenced.

LEVELS TAUGHT:  Beginner to Advanced



DANCE BACKGROUND: Stacey began studying bellydance in 1995.  In 2001, she was introduced to Suhaila Salimpour�s format and has been hooked ever since.  Certified Level I in 2001, Level II in 2002, Level III in 2008, and Level IV in 2009;   Stacey is currently pursuing her Level V certification.  She enjoys cross training in other physical pursuits such as ballet, jazz, Pilates, weight training, running and yoga.  She has attended numerous bellydance workshops throughout the years with instructors from around the world:  Momo Kadous, Randa Kamel, Yasmina of Cairo, Aida Nour, Mo Geddawi, Farida Fahme, Jillina, Magda & Atef Farag, Aziza, Bozenka, Delilah, and many others. 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY: The most inspiring performances fuse strong technique with personal style, passion, honesty and inventiveness.  Bellydance as art is a lifelong pursuit and an ongoing personal process.

STUDENT TROUPE or DANCE OPPORTUNITIES: Annual student recitals and periodic dance opportunities for group performances.


Go Dance Studio
2525 W Anderson Ln, Ste. 530 Austin, TX 78757 

Galaxy Dance Studio
170 S. Lamar Ste. 338 Austin, Texas 78704
Amara's website

Amara has over 17 years of experience in Middle Eastern dance and is a doctoral candidate in Dance History and Theory (UCR).

STYLES TAUGHT: Middle Eastern dance, American belly dance, Staged folk dance, Experimental Middle Eastern dance, Bellates  

LEVELS TAUGHT: Beginning through Professional. Amara is available for Private Lessons and Coaching.

Angela Nations

El Buen Samaritano Community Center
7000 Woodhue Drive
Angela's website

Angela has been belly dancing since 1998 and has a BFA in Theatre and Dance. She studied the Erick Hawkins Modern Dance Technique at Texas State University and is a RYT 200 certified Yoga Instructor.

STYLES TAUGHT:Tribal Fusion, ITS, Belly Dance fundamentals technique

LEVELS TAUGHT: Beginning through Advanced.




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