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 in its various forms ever since, including ATS, American Cabaret, Turkish and 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. 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 Allegro Dance Company. Currently, Emilie teaches weekly belly dance, Pilates, and barre classes online, via Zoom. Emilie uses her extensive dance and movement training to help her students become stronger, more confident dancers and movers.