Fall in love with dance with Athena

Athena is a passionate teacher who sees the potential in every student and looks to share every aspect of the dance form she loves so much. She is always looking for new techniques and ways to help students reach the next level! Belly dance classes in taught Columbus Ohio, but are currently being taught online.

      I'm passionate about teaching this dance in a safe way for all bodies while still staying respectful to the cultures belly dancing comes from. I'm always a student, so be prepared for me to come to class so excited to show a new youtube video, dancer I love, or song I just discovered. I'm excited for you to join me in class, where we learn and grow together. I can't wait to see the dancer you become!                                    Athena

Belly dancing has a long and fascinating history, and it still being performed nightly all over the world! Join Athena in learning more about amazing art form in safe weekly classes.  

Next class session starting March 2021 at Sacred Shimmy Studios 

Bring The Beat: Finger Cymbal Fundamentals


Join Liila and Athena in a course designed by dancers for dancers to tackle finger cymbal fundamentals. In this multi approach course we will work to make finger cymbals accessible and exciting. 


This is the perfect time to reinvigorate your finger cymbal practice. This course will be taught completely online with live class and recorded options, allowing you to practice on your schedule (and no one can hear you hit the wrong note!) 


We’ve designed this class for all levels and will include ways to practice at home in ways that won’t annoy your family or your animals. Be prepared to learn the history, rhythms and choreography to a popular belly dance song and to be excited about the progress you will make. 


Class starts Monday, March 29, at 7:30 EST but the recording will be available Wednesday afternoons.


Have questions? We'd love to help! Email questions to LiilaDanceArt@gmail.com


To register, please send payment for your desired class option on PayPal to AthenaShimmy@gmail.com. She will send you an email with class information and links to the classes.

Former students have said:
“Athena is the best professional belly dancer in the Columbus area hands down. I first met Athena a few years back and was amazed not only by her performance but her attitude, charisma and dedication to the dance form. Over the last few years, I have been able to see her continue to grow in not only the community, but with her own stylization, she has taken this dance form up the highest of levels.

I have seen her in action when it comes to teaching and she is very caring and is able to break things down so students can understand and execute the movement easily.  She is always coming up with fun and innovative ways to learn and with her charm and enthusiasm she will not only have you laughing and smiling, but dancing before you know it!!  

Athena knows the business and knows the dance form she is an encyclopedia of information!  When you go to a class you will feel welcome and at ease upon your arrival.  She wants the best for her students and when you go to one of her classes you will get the best of the best!  The Columbus area is so lucky to have her because she is a rare jewel! “