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 belly dance class in high school and has been studying belly dance ever since. Emilie has studied and performed a wide variety of belly dance styles, including ATS, American Cabaret, and Classical Egyptian. She has studied and performed in both the United States and Germany. In addition to her dance training, Emilie is a certified full-studio Pilates & Balanced Body Barre instructor.
Emilie draws on her ballet and gymnastics background to create her own elegant and athletic style of belly dance. Known for graceful floorwork, thrilling sword-balancing, and the creative and deft integration of silk props into her performances, she is a sought-after performer and choreographer in the Portland, Oregon belly dance community. In addition to her solo work, Emilie currently dances with the award-winning Raqs Ayana Collective. She was also a founding member of the influential Znama Dance Company, and an original member of Ashley Lopez’s Allegro Dance Company. Currently, Emilie teaches weekly belly dance, Pilates, and barre classes online, all via Zoom these days. Emilie uses her extensive dance and movement training to help her students become stronger, more confident dancers and movers.