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.

Melodee Calderon


Yogi, dancer, eternal student of life! My love of movement began long before I even understood the vast healing energies it conjures.  My compassionate heart is compelled to share the joy and truth I find within my personal yoga practice with others, to share knowledge for the whole – so I trained to gain my 200 RYT certification and here I am, present moment – ready to share.

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.


Sitara’s love for dance is inspired by the music and dance of the global community.
Sitara started dancing not long after she learned to walk – inspired by her Afghan culture and Indian Bollywood movies.  Ballet was the foundation of dance, discipline, and grace in her youth.  During college, she discovered her love for Kathak (North Indian classical dance form).  
In 1993, Sitara began training under Gita Jhan in Santa Cruz, CA who then introduced her to Shrimati Anuradha Nag and the Tarangini School of Kathak Dance in San Jose, CA. She has been Sitara’s guru and mentor for over 20 years with 7 years of intensive training and performing in her troupe. She also regularly trained with Smt Anuradha’s gurus – Pt Birju Maharaj, Pt. Vijay Shankar and Swapna Saswati Sen.
Brazilian dance is her other passion which she finds to be a perfect compliment to her love of Kathak.
In her Portland community, Sitara enjoys performing Kathak, Bollywood, Afghani folk, and a variety of other styles.  She is also a member of DJ Anjali’s performance dance troupe, Gulabi Gang (Bhangra and Bollywood).
*Classes start in February.

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.

Tiare Tashnick


Tiare Tashnick is a breakthrough bellydance artist who specializes in Classical Temple Fusion, Tribal Bellydance and Ritual Theatre. After spending 3 years in the California mountains refining her artistry, she is excited to return to her Portland roots where she began her career as a performer, grew into a teacher, founded and mentored her dance troupe Apsara, produced multitudes of shows and toured with the circus. She is a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor with an extensive background in Tribal Bellydance, Indian Classical Temple dance, Modern Contemporary, Ballet, Hula and Butoh. Her classes are fun and encouraging, while her teaching approach is extremely informative fused with a focus on feeling good in your body, therefore easy to digest and always inspiring.

*Classes with Tiare Start February 8th.