Znama Studio

Emilie Lauren


Since the age of four, Emilie Lauren has been involved with dance and gymnastics. She was a gymnast for seven years before moving on to classical ballet, which she continued to study in college. She took her first bellydance class in high school and has been studying bellydance in its various forms ever since, including Tribal, American Cabaret, Turkish and Egyptian.  Emilie draws on her ballet and gymnastics background to create her own elegant and athletic style of bellydance, and help her students become stronger, more confident dancers.



Claudia is a soul dancer with roots in many dance forms. A broad title for her style could be “American Cabaret,” however she has been active in the ever-changing progression of this grand art. Being inspired by many innovations in this dance, and allowing herself the freedom to create her signature style, she has developed into a compelling and powerful dancer over the past 13 years.




Ameena Lacey


Ameena Lacey is a Pilates, Barre and Aerobics instructor. She is Stott Pilates and Total Barre certified through Merrithew Fitness, having trained in NYC with founder Moira Merrithew and at Pacific Northwest Pilates in Portland. She has a background in dance and marketing, holding a BA in Anthropology from the University of Oregon.

She is the founder of The Art of Movement, a dance based fitness company.  A Portland native, a professional musician, a parent, as well as a life long health & fitness enthusiast. She believes in making exercise an essential part of life, including the benefits of Pilates as part of an overall wellness routine.
She completed her Stott Pilates certification in mat work, reformer and stability chair with an apprenticeship in 2011 at Pacific Northwest Pilates. She completed her Total Barre training through Merrithew Fitness center in NYC in 2013.

April MacKay

Hey, yo! I’m April, and I love to MOVE. I fell in love with dance at age 3 at my cousin’s recital and insisted repeatedly to my mom that I needed to get “up there” and “do that”. I love performing (which I do with PDX Dance Collective) but what I love even more is getting into the studio and dancing for the pure joy it brings me. Working the body brings a smile to my face every time, and I love bringing that smile to others. My teaching style focuses on developing whole-body connection, functional strength, cool/weird applications of science and physics, and lots of bad jokes.
I have over 20 years of studio training between Detroit, Portland, and Melbourne (Australia), a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Marygrove College (Detroit), and I train regularly at BodyVox, Vega Dance+Lab, and NW Dance Project. I’m also a yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance certified 200eRYT/500RYT) and I like to apply the principles of both movement disciplines to my classes.