Sophia's Belly Dance Studio

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  • College Education:  Has a B.S. in Biology from Radford University, in Virginia.  She has lead environmental education programs at many Greene county & Springfield city parks.
  • Ballet Dance:  1995-2007 trained under teachers Mildred Deans, Barbara Pontecorvo, and Cynthia Kaney.  Performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Copellia, The Nutcracker Unlimited with Gem City Ballet and was on the Board of Trustees for Gem City Ballet.
  • Belly Dance:  2000-2006 trained under teachers Ray-Anne and Deniz.  Continues-to-this-day Middle Eastern dance lessons through Master Classes taught by Internationally and Nationally known teachers and performers.  Performed with Egyptian Breeze and Sandstorm.  Founder and Director of The Shimmy Cats.
  • Israeli Folk Dance:  Grew up as a Jew learning Israeli folk dance choreographies and appreciating the music.  Began researching Jewish dance and related music formally, in 2004.  Created Temple Israel's religious school Jewish dance curriculum and continues to teach children & adults in the Dayton area.
  • Teaching Experience:  Has been teaching belly dance classes and workshops at various locations since 2004 and has been teaching fitness classes since 1997.

Studio director

Jennifer Mollenhauer / Sophia