Lava is a Dance and Music Artist, Choreographer, and Instructor with over 30 years experience in the dance world. Lava has been fully committed to Belly Dance, and yoga, since 1999, and has journeyed through various stylings over the years, building her own unique style. Lava started in Egyptian Cabaret, as a solo artist and instructor, discovered ATS (American Tribal Style) in 2000, and began to study on her own and travelling to learn, since there was no tribal style belly dance in BC.
Having had many years of study with various styles of dance since she was a child (jazz, modern, tap, ballet, hip hop, Bharatanatyam and Odissi Classical Indian dance, and Can Can, to name a few), Lava then began developing her tribal fusion dance troupe "Sisters of Alchemy" in 2004. SOA started out as 3 members and over the next 6 years, grew to 12 members. Lava and SOA travelled to various shows and festivals, throughout Canada and the US, to perform, while Lava also taught many workshops throughout North America. Also with the growing popularity of SOA, in 2006, Lava created her own dance evenings that incorporated performances and total audience dance participation with ATS throughout the evenings called "the Sisters of Alchemy's Tribal Soirees". These were a huge hit and launched many of the tribal and fusion belly dance groups that having been performing throughout the Vancouver aerator the past 10+ years.
Lava also created her own ITS (Improvised Tribal Style) format that was a Belly Dance/Can Can and Vaudevillian styled dance, called "Sideshow Improv", that SOA performed and Lava taught throughout Canada and the US. The costuming that Lava designed for this, then led to her skirt line named "the Sideshow Frock 'n Roll Collection".
Lava continued to expand her styling repertoire with Bellydance fusions such as Belly Dance/Odissi Classical Indian, Belly Dance/Hip Hop, Belly Dance/Turkish Gypsy Rom, and more with Contemporary and modern jazz stylings woven in.
Lava's latest fusion styling she's developed is Yoga and Belly Dance movement, which she calls "Flexi-Belly - Flexibility for Belly Dance". Not only does this create some powerful stylized movements, it also serves as a fabulous body conditioning practice, that greatly improves the student's dance technique, health and well-being, and the newest addition to this Class Series is "Lava Flows" - Lava's specifically designed yoga flows with her unique belly dance style built into it. Her "Flexi-Belly" Classes are meant for any dancer to train in great body conditioning specifically for Belly Dance.
In addition to Lava's varied dance practice, she also created new troupes such as "State of Grace", and her newest group "Electro-Belly". She has also produced 3 cd's of electronic dance and world dance music, with more to come.
Lava's classes include dancers of all ages, shapes and sizes, where she encourages all students to embrace their own uniqueness and build a healthy self image to live from.
Lava Lava instructs the following:
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance (Open level)
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance (Open level). Lava, known for clear concise break down of movements, will take you through the steps to build a solid foundation in isolations, to develop articulation of the hips and torso, with your shimmies, shapes, locks, pops and waves. Experience flowing arm work, footwork and travelling steps, turns and level changes. Also, the introduction to "Layering" - layering multiple movements for some slightly more advanced goals to shoot for. Movements, Combos and Choreographies include Lava's Fusion styling that embodies mesmerizing smooth flowing Serpentine sequences as well as Lava's Powerful and Edgy synchronized locking sequences. Classes include a short warm up, technique training, combinations and choreographies. Dancing to World fusion music, various drum rhythms, and popular electronic music. This class is for Everyone.
Flexi-Belly Workshop Sept 17-Oct 29
Sundays at 11:00
September 17-October 29 (no class Oct 8)
6 weeks for $96
"Flexi-Belly - flexibility for Belly Dance" - this class is a Bellydance and Yoga Fusion class that not only introduces you to proper healthy movement through the spine for your torso shapes and movements, body waves, and all levels and degrees of backbends, but will teach you a variety of body conditioning sequences that relate to accomplishing your maximum Belly Dance range of motion and much more clearly defined technique with greater flexibility throughout the whole body and mind. this class is a dance and yoga class, as well as a lesson in developing body awareness. Each class begins with yoga postures that develop into bellydance movements and into a gorgeous, luxurious, graceful combination for practical application. this class is great for all Belly Dance students of any style, since it will help you learn much more about your body's workings in dance and in life. *Please bring a yoga mat.
Fusion Belly Dance Styling Workshop Sept 17-Oct 29
Sundays at 12:00-1:00
September 17-October 29 (no class Oct 8)
6 weeks for $96
Fusion Belly Dance Styling - Belly Dance & Odissi Classical Indian moves and flavours - this class will take your current belly Dance repertoire of moves into a brand new territory and help you build your movement vocabulary, with some beautiful, graceful, powerful moves and sequences that you can blend into your own belly dance stylings. Lava creates a blend of training with these two gorgeous styles of dance that come together in a beautiful and powerful way. Learn some Odissi Classical Indian footwork and beginner steps and turns that are blended with Belly Dance in Lava's own unique styling. Dancing to beautiful heartfelt music, some popular electronic music and some traditional, for a well rounded feel of practice.
Lava's Belly Dance Workshop drop-in
Drop-in option for the Flexi-Belly at 11AM or Belly Dance Fusion at 12PM workshop for $17.
Odissi/Bellydance Fusion Workshop Sun Nov 6-Dec 17
Odissi/Bellydance Fusion Class
Sundays with Lava 11:30-1
Nov 5-Dec 17, 7 weeks for $126 by Oct 29, $133 afterwards.
Belly Dance & Odissi Classical Indian moves blended together to create a richly moving and powerful style - "Sacred Sundays" - some of Lava's most favourite dance practice training... these classes are the perfect way to empower your state of mind and start your Sunday with Peace, Love, and Freedom! "Open your Heart, Open your Spine, Open your Mind"!! This class will take your current Belly Dance repertoire of moves into a brand new territory and help you build your movement vocabulary, with some beautiful, graceful, powerful moves and sequences, that borrow and embody the grace and power of Classical Indian Dance movement and marry the two stylings, and allow you to express from a deeply emotional place and bring a whole new feeling of movement into your body. Lava creates a blend of training with these two gorgeous styles of dance that come together in a beautiful and powerful way. Learn some Odissi Classical Indian footwork and beginner steps and turns that are blended with Belly Dance in Lava's own unique styling. Dancing to beautiful heartfelt music, some popular electronic music and some traditional, for a well rounded feel of practice. For more info on Lava's stylings check out