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.  Emilie is also a certified Balanced Body Barre instructor and is finishing her 480 hour Pilates mat and equipment apprenticeship with Momentum Pilates at Pearl Pilates.



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.


Kelsey, born and raised in Portland, OR has been dancing her entire life with a strong influence in Hip-Hop and Club dance. After training in various dance forms for over fifteen years and cheerleading for over eight years, she began a professional GoGo dance career five years ago. Starting on a small team, she quickly advanced to managing performances for clubs and events all around Oregon, as well as performing in international music festivals all over the world!



CiGi was born and raised in Portland, OR and has been traveling and studying various dance forms throughout her life!  Her passion has always been for folkloric dance which has driven her study into various cultural dances, but she has found herself most at home in the free form club dance.  CiGi has performed as a freeform dance artist in six different countries, has over 1 million views on her online dance videos, and is a nationally recognized authority on GoGo Dance.

Stephanie O'Donnell-Peters

Stephanie is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing massage therapy for over 7 years in the Portland Metro area, and was just recently named on of Portland Monthly’s Top Docs of 2018. She loves anatomy and studying how the body moves and works. Stephanie has completed over 500hrs of yoga training at Yoga for Life in North Portland. She is a Universal Yoga Yogi and all of her yoga classes are sequenced to target specific muscle groups while also working in all of the rotations in the body. This allows the student to feel complete and balanced during and after class. Stephanie also leads a series of workshops throughout the year that cover anatomy, movement, yoga, and so much more.
*Classes and workshops with Stephanie start in February.

Tabra Bay


I absolutely love movement. Whether it’s sports, dance, or every day movement it’s all miraculous to me. What it takes for the body to perform these movements is where my passion lies.  I currently study Ballet, Contemporary, Fusion, Tribal Fusion, American Tribal Style (ATS), and Cabaret Belly Dance. A Level II 8 Elements Certified dance student, 200 hour registered Yoga teacher (RYT) in Vinyasa, and a Pilates Instructor.

Heather Powers


Heather Powers is a movement artist and instructor based out of Portland, Oregon. Her journey started with belly dance and blossomed into a full blown passion for many modalities of movement including, ballet, hip hop and modern dance, as well as receiving certifications in Pilates, yoga, and fitness.

Heather is a certified personal trainer through NASM, with a specialty in Nutrition. She is committed to sharing what she has learned to encourage self awareness and creative growth in others.

Zora Phoenix


Zora Phoenix is a Portland-based burlesque production powerhouse, producing two monthly burlesque shows (including Portland’s Longest Running Burlesque Show) as well as two bi-monthly events and quarterly burlesque & variety productions, all with a goal of bringing incredible burlesque to Bridgetown since 2009 with an emphasis of the diversity and variety in the art of striptease.  In addition, she is the Executive Director of the Rose City School of Burlesque, as well as founder and webmistress of BurlesquePDX.com

*On break for summer, but Zora returns in September 2018!

Diana Esquerra

Diana received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from San Francisco State University. Since then, she has become a certified Zumba instructor, a professional dancer, and Birth & Postpartum Doula. Her background includes teaching and dancing in several companies spanning from the Bay Area to Portland. Diana’s professional dance experience includes Samba, Salsa, theater, commercial dancing, contemporary, and African.
Diana delights in connecting with people through movement, and hopes to connect with YOU in class!
*Diana’s classes will return in July 2018.